Husbandry and Antibiotics

New Report:

Antibiotic use in Organic Farming; Lowering use through Good Husbandry

In 2021 the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics have partnered with the Soil Association to produce the first report into antibiotic use on organic farms. The antibiotic use on the sample of Soil Association certified organic farms surveyed for this project was four times lower than the UK national average. A finding backed up by the latest data from across Europe.

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Exec Summary: Antibiotic use in Organic Farming; Lowering Use Through good Husbandry


In this one page summary of our new report 'Antibiotics use in Organic Farming; Lowering Use Through Good Husbandry' we analyse the latest data and find that, on average, organic farms use four times fewer antibiotics than the UK national average.

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The Report: Antibiotic use in Organic Farming; Lowering Use Through Good Husbandry'


In our new report 'Antibiotics use in Organic Farming; Lowering Use Through Good Husbandry' we analyse the latest data available on antibiotics use in organic farming. We find that, although there is room for improvement in the organic sector, the husbandry practices used see a reduction in the amount of antibiotics use across farms and species.

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Read the Press release


A survey, commissioned by the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics, found that overall antibiotic use per livestock unit by Soil Association certified farmers was four times lower than the national average. For dairy farms it was fewer than half the national average and for beef farms it was less than a third. For sheep farms it was less than a fifth of the level found in the most recent large survey of sheep farms.

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Watch the webinar


Watch our Scientific Adviser Cóilín Nunan present our report findings, and hear expert guest speakers Helen Browning, Ed Bailey, and Kristin Bash discuss how to reduce antibiotics further, and what government, farmers and vets can do to help. Chaired by Kath Dalmeny, Sustain CEO.

The report data


Please contact Katherine Button at kbutton@saveourantibiotics.eu if you would like to receive high res copies of the tables and graphs featured in this report.