What's new ? - 2018

What's new ? - 2018

RUMA: Antibiotic use in UK poultry

5 August, 2018

RUMA has released a half-year summary of the UK farming industry’s progress towards achieving 2020 targets for antibiotic use in each of eight different livestock sectors. The half-year report from the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) shows that the use of antibiotics in chickens and turkeys is now below the government-approved sector-specific targets developed by RUMA's Target Task Force of 25 milligrams per Population Correction Unit for chickens and 50 mg/PCU for turkeys. Antibiotic use in the UK poultry meat sector fell by 82% from 2012 through 2017, as poultry farmers stopped prophylactic use of antibiotics, ended colistin use (Use of colistin was banned in June 2016); banned use of 3rd and 4th generation cephalosporins, and reduced fluoroquinolone use by 91%. Fluoroquinolone use is completely prohibited in day-old chicks. Fluoroquinolones can only now be used in exceptional situations to protect bird welfare once a specific pathogen is identified and sensitivity testing has confirmed that no other medications are appropriate.