On-farm antibiotic usage data from 2015 onwards has been uploaded onto the industry’s centralised database known as eMB-Pigs (run by AHDB).
From October 2017, pig producers must upload farm usage figures to eMB on a quarterly basis.
Between 2014 and 2015, sales of antibiotics licensed only for use in pigs dropped by 24%.
National data collected from the UK’s major feed compounders indicate that at the beginning of 2014, 37% of all feed for young pigs contained a prescribed antibiotic; this had more than halved to 18% by the end of 2016.
In 2016 the use of colistin, a critically important antibiotic, in pigs fell by more than 70%, from an already low level.
UK pig producers are investing in improvements to farm management and infrastructure to improve herd health and reduce reliance on antibiotics.
Targets will be published, alongside those for the other key farming sectors, at the RUMA conference on 27 October (see Events page).
For case studies, inspiration and technical tools to help farmers and vets reduce, replace or refine antibiotic use, visit the Ideas Hub.