Antibiotic resistance in livestock
The report has revealed that the use of antibiotics in agriculture outweighs the use in human medicine. Furthermore, The Review on Antimicrobial Resistance warns the use of antibiotics in agriculture is contributing to drug resistance.
The significant risk of resistance occurring is where a course of antibiotics is routinely administered to livestock: a practice that is typical in factory farming, where farmers need to overcome the higher disease risk of intensive, high density stocking rates.
But with organic systems such as our farm at Daylesford we have lower stocking rates and take active measures to reduce the risk of disease building up. We aim to produce healthy animals without routine intervention with antibiotics – and only in the rare event of an animal becoming unwell do we administer a course of antibiotics, as a last resort, and in that instance it is to maintain our levels of high animal welfare.
This initiative supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals.