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Current anthelmintic and antibiotic use in UK organic farming systems

Chylinski, Caroline; Borthwick, Mark; Michie, David; Hathway, Sarah and Athanasiadou, Spiridoula (2021) Current anthelmintic and antibiotic use in UK organic farming systems. Veterinary Record, 190 (4), pp. 1-5.

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Summary

The use of anthelmintic and antibiotic medicines is imperative to prevent the suffering of diseased stock in organic farming. However, their use must be minimised to comply with low input ideals and prevent the spread of resistance. Reducing such inputs first requires determining their current use, but information is lacking. The objective of this study was to benchmark the current use of anthelmintics and antibiotics in UK organic livestock farming.
Data were gathered by conducting a national survey of organic livestock farmers in the UK and by analysing records of requests for allopathic medicines.
Key findings include (i) anthelmintics used in sheep constitute the greatest input of veterinary medicines in organic systems, (ii) farmers are incorporating alternative/support tools in helminth control to reduce anthelmintic requirements, (iii) the use of antibiotics is targeting individual animals, whereas the use of anthelmintics is targeting groups of animals. This study provides the first benchmark on the use of anthelmintics and antibiotics in UK organic livestock.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:antibiotics, anthelmintics, organic farming
Agrovoc keywords:
Language
Value
URI
English
antibiotics
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_492
English
anthelmintics
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_475
English
organic agriculture
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_15911
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Research affiliation: European Union > Horizon 2020 > RELACS
UK > Scottish Rural Colleges (SRUC - previously SAC)
UK > Soil Association
Horizon Europe or H2020 Grant Agreement Number:773431
ISSN:0042-4900
DOI:10.1002/vetr.947
Deposited By: Herforth-Rahmé, Dr. Sc. Joelle
ID Code:44217
Deposited On:29 Jun 2022 16:36
Last Modified:29 Jun 2022 16:36
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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