Husbandry and Antibiotics

Exploring the links between husbandry, welfare and antibiotic use

Good husbandry can lower antibiotic use

The Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics is researching what steps can be made to reduce antibiotic use through improvements to animal husbandry on farms. 

In 2021 we partnered with the Soil Association to research antibiotic use on UK Soil Association certified 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.

In our latest report we examine the EU's new Regulations on farm antibiotic use, and what high welfare management practices are needed to enable EU livestock farmers to move away from routine antibiotic use and preventative group treatments, in keeping with the new Regulations

Click through the links below for more detail.

 

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NEW Report: Ending routine Farm Antibiotic Use in Europe


Cóilín Nunan, our Scientific Advisor, has written a report for the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) on achieving responsible farm antibiotic use through improving animal health and welfare in pig and poultry production. Published January 2022.

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2021 Exec Summary: Antibiotic use in Organic Farming; Lowering Use Through good Husbandry


In this one page summary of our our 2021 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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2021 Report: Antibiotic use in Organic Farming; Lowering Use Through Good Husbandry'


Here 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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2021 Press release: 'Antibiotic use in Organic Farming; Lowering Use Through Good Husbandry'


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 2021 organic farming 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.

2021 - The organic 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.