Game sector organisations have been working with the Veterinary Medicines Directorate, RUMA and their own sector’s specialist vets on continued antibiotic reduction.
Voluntary monitoring of all antibiotic use in game birds began in 2016, and actions are decided each year through a joint meeting involving all industry stakeholders, followed by a joint communication detailing expectations.
The sector achieved its target of a 50% reduction in total use and a 25% reduction in fluoroquinolone use by 2018, but extremely poor weather in spring 2019 led to an increase back above the target in efforts to control mycoplasma outbreaks.
New goals include bringing in new British Game Alliance Audits and prescription restrictions
Research by BVPA and others into Mycoplasma and protozoal infections is ongoing
The aim is for another 40% reduction in antibiotic use by 2024 based on 2019 usage
For more detail on progress against the 2017-2020 the gamebird targets, and new targets 2021-2024, please refer to the full Targets Task Force Report 2020.