This website is about antibiotics & UK farming, providing news, facts, statistics, science and reports. For the media and interested members of the public, there are progress updates on how vets and farmers are managing antibiotic use to treat and prevent disease – as an industry and by livestock sector. It also contains best practice case studies and inspiration for farmers who want to work with their vets to ensure they are using antibiotics responsibly.
Antibiotic resistance globally
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – and more particularly, antibiotic resistance – is one of the greatest threats to human health globally. Experts predict that without policies in place to reduce antimicrobial use, resistance could be responsible for 10 million deaths each year globally by 2050.
In the UK, AMR has been placed on the Government’s national risk register alongside terrorism and pandemic ‘flu. As part of a ‘One Health’ strategy for tackling AMR in people, animals and the environment, the medical and veterinary professions have been tasked with reducing unnecessary and inappropriate prescriptions of antibiotics.
Antibiotics & UK farming
To help deliver this mission within UK farming and agriculture, the www.farmantibiotics.org website has been set up by RUMA. Founded in 1997, RUMA is the independent agricultural and food industry alliance which promotes responsible use of medicines in farm animals. It aims to communicate facts about antibiotics and UK farming. This includes the work of the scientific, agricultural and food production communities in reducing, refining and replacing antibiotics in farming in the UK. It aims to inspire change in farmers and vets and among various communities within agriculture, and help inform interested members of the public.
Antibiotics: The One Health approach
Antibiotic resistance has the potential to affect anyone and apportioning blame achieves little in terms of progress. In order to save our antibiotics, it is time to work together. We all need to take action in promoting responsible use of antibiotics in UK farming, as well as across human medicine.