30 Jul 2017
It is time for the dairy industry to prove it can responsibly use antibiotics so they are not removed from the toolkit altogether, say vets and farmers. Industry-leading vets and farmers gathered on 29 June to discuss ways to reduce antibiotics use in the dairy industry at the “Securing Futures” roundtable discussion, moderated by Gwyn Jones, chairman of the AHDB and Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA) Alliance. The discussion group, organised and hosted by Elanco at Dairy Crest’s Innovation Centre, agreed that the mindset of vets and farmers needs to change to overcome the fear of cutting antibiotics use. Instead of focusing on using antibiotics as a prophylactic treatment or cure for disease, a more holistic approach needs to be taken to increase animal health and welfare, they said.