17% drop in use of antibiotics for pig treatment

Animal Health

According to a recent study gathered with the eMB, there has been a 17% drop in the quantity of antibiotics used during treatment of pigs on UK farms over the last 12 months, leaving the statistics from 2015 showing a cumulative decline of almost 70%. This data accounts for about 95% of slaughtered UK pigs.

In 2021, there was 87 mg/PCU of antibiotics used, down from 105 mg/PCU in 2020.

“In 2021, there was 87 mg/PCU of antibiotics used, down from 105 mg/PCU in 2020“

The outcome also represents a positive move towards achieving the secondary group of RUMA Targets Task Force, which calls for a 30% decrease in overall antibiotic usage by close of 2024, this was decided using information extracted in 2020.

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is pushing pig farmers all around the nation to submit their online antibiotic data for the second quarter of this year.

The Levy board commented: "Access to this website is through the same log-in details that you already use for the AHDB Pig Hub and eAML2. If your eMB report highlights issues of concern, such as being a top 5% Persistently High User (PHU), or top 10% warnings, we have produced a template you can use with your vet to create an Antibiotic Reduction Plan."

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