While the beef sector set a target of a 10% reduction or reaching 10 mg/kg by 2020, whichever is lower, in the 2017 Targets Task Force report, lack of data meant this could not be measured.
Recognising the significant issues with data collection, work was undertaken in the cattle and sheep sectors to explore what a similar industry tool to the electronic-Medicine Book for pigs could look like for their respective industries. Following an initial pilot project with cattle in 2018, a second phase of work on a Medicines Hub was commissioned, this time for both cattle and sheep data. The aim is to capture: national sector level reporting of antibiotic use in line with ESVAC methodology; farm level data for identification of trends in how antibiotics are being used and to facilitate benchmarking within and between farms. The Medicine Hub is being launched by AHDB in January 2021.
However, other targets were met, including a halving in sales of injectable HP CIA products by 2020, and a number of targets on training and engagement.