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New FDA antibiotic sales data: What’s its relevance to reducing antibiotic resistance?
January 8, 2018

New FDA antibiotic sales data: What’s its relevance to reducing antibiotic resistance?

The Food and Drug Administration releases animal antibiotic sales data annually. The report for 2016 shows decreases in two key categories: sales for livestock and poultry, and medically important antibiotics. Although the latest report shows a reduction, we need to focus on using antibiotics responsibly, which in agriculture means to use less while preserving the ability to responsibly use antibiotics when needed.


Why antibiotic use to prevent disease in livestock and poultry must remain an option
December 4, 2017

Why antibiotic use to prevent disease in livestock and poultry must remain an option

I am deeply troubled by the increasing call to eliminate the use of antibiotics to prevent disease in animals. As a veterinarian focused on the health of animals, I can say without question that if we lose the ability to use antibiotics for prevention purposes, more animals will die.


How are antibiotics in agriculture being used in 2017?
November 13, 2017

How are antibiotics in agriculture being used in 2017?

The use of antibiotics in animal agriculture is an important factor in providing the safe, affordable food we need and want. At the same time, antibiotic resistance is a complex and serious issue. That’s why farmers, veterinarians and regulators, principally the Food and Drug Administration, collaborated to address antibiotic resistance, changing the way animal agriculture operates today.


6 innovations that keep dairy cows healthy and help reduce the need for antibiotics
October 2, 2017

6 innovations that keep dairy cows healthy and help reduce the need for antibiotics

Exciting changes are underway in animal agriculture. New methods of caring for and raising animals are being implemented and new animal health and nutrition products are being developed. Together they’re preventing disease, protecting animal health and reducing the need for antibiotics.


What antibiotics are used for farm animals?
August 14, 2017

What antibiotics are used for farm animals?

Some antibiotics are approved for use in animals, others in people, and still others in both animals and people (also called shared class antibiotics), but the majority of antibiotics used in animals are non-critical to human medicine.


3 reasons why antibiotics are given to farm animals
July 13, 2017

3 reasons why antibiotics are given to farm animals

Animal welfare, food safety and sustainability – there are good reasons animals raised for food are given antibiotics. Responsible use of antibiotics is the key, and procedures are in place to ensure there are no unsafe residues in meat, milk and eggs.


When science and some consumers are on opposite sides of an issue
May 9, 2017

When science and some consumers are on opposite sides of an issue

There’s strong evidence antibiotics used in livestock and poultry are not driving antibiotic resistance in humans, that responsible use of antibiotics minimizes agriculture’s environmental impact, and unsafe antibiotic residue in food from animals is uncommon. While science is the foundation of those findings, and decision-making processes people use to form opinions are complex, it can be discouraging when groups or individuals choose to support science only when it agrees with issues upon which they’ve made up their minds.


Animal antibiotics conversation requires context
March 27, 2017

Animal antibiotics conversation requires context

Comparing animal and human antibiotic use is complicated. That’s why the proper context is so important.


Preventing disease is a big part of a veterinarian’s ethical obligation
January 20, 2017

Preventing disease is a big part of a veterinarian’s ethical obligation

Animals raised for food live in herds or flocks, share water and feed troughs, and seek close contact with one another by licking, laying on each other and even rubbing snouts and noses. This can spread illnesses rapidly. Waiting for animals to show symptoms of an illness before beginning treatment is often too late. Swift action can prevent the spread of disease and result in animals receiving fewer antibiotics than they would have had they not received preventive medication.


New year brings changes: Farmers and veterinarians must work even closer together to use antibiotics responsibly
December 22, 2016

New year brings changes: Farmers and veterinarians must work even closer together to use antibiotics responsibly

New Food and Drug Administration guidance that goes into effect Jan. 1, 2017, will end the use of antibiotics important to human medicine to promote growth in animals or to improve feed efficiency, and require veterinary oversight for the use of medically important antibiotics in animal agriculture.