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Wednesday 21st September 2016.
Alice Mitchell - Editor

Alice Mitchell

MSD Animal Health

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Importance of Antibiotic Resistance in Farming Stressed Ahead of UN Event

This week, the importance of tackling resistance to antimicrobial drugs was underlined by a number of stakeholders ahead of a major meeting at the United Nations today, where countries are expected to sign up to a new plan to reduce the problem.

Disease-causing microbes becoming resistant renders antimicrobial drugs ineffective and puts lives in danger. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said this week that limiting use of antibiotics is the fastest and most reliable way to prevent antimicrobial resistance getting worse.

FAO said that the fundamental way to address resistance in food and agriculture is to adhere to best practice for hygiene, biosecurity, vaccination and animal handling, which reduces the need to use antimicrobial medicines in the first place – click here to read more.

The UK’s government said this week it is committed to finding a global strategy to fight antimicrobial resistance, and it also set domestic targets to reduce use of the drugs.

The government’s stance was broadly welcomed by stakeholder groups. John FitzGerald, secretary general of the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA) alliance, commented: “The UK farming industry is being asked to play its part, in reducing antibiotic use by around 19 per cent by 2018 based on sales recorded by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate in 2014.

This will be testing, but we are confident and determined that the industry can rise to the challenge.” – Read more.

New rules on veterinary oversight for antimicrobial use in US farming come into force in January 2017, but there are still some concerns about implementation of the laws, for example, whether there will be enough vets to allow animals to get the medicines they need. Click here to find out more in our new article from Rachel Lane.

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Behind every good farmer is a great farmer’s wife though the farmer in question may not always appreciate this! Having been married to John for over 30 years, Bobbi Mothersdale knows this more than anyone. Through her diary, Bobbi gives a wry, comical and yet realistic account of life on their East Yorkshire farm. Over the course of the year, we meet her friends and family as well as the three dogs, numerous hens and crafty guinea fowl that play such a big part in their daily routine. Like any farming family they have good days mixed with bad and have to deal with adverse weather, bureaucratic challenges and uncooperative livestock. Bobbi’s accounts of her irate farming husband thwarted once again by the gods of rain or a petulant sheep will be instantly recognisable to anyone who has ever worked on a farm and on many an occasion you will find yourself laughing out loud at her description of the situations she finds herself in. Illustrated with 24 beautiful sketches by Jacquie Sinclair, Bobbi’s dry and witty way with words can not fail to amuse and endear you. If you are a farmer’s wife, you will find this an unputdownable must-read that you will want to share with all your friends. Though be warned - you might need to prise it away from your husband and his friends first…

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This Week's Articles and Analysis

Is the United States Ready for New Rules on Antibiotics?
Antimicrobial use on farms is about to change for animals across the US, writes Rachel Lane.

Company News

Pay Close Attention to Rumen Conditions to Get the Most out of Forage this Winter
UK - With many of the year’s grass silages higher in fibre and lower in energy than in 2015, maintaining ration energy levels and maximising milk from forage could be a challenge this winter, warns Dr Derek McIlmoyle, AB Vista’s Technical Director for GB and Ireland.
Market Reports

AHDB Cattle and Sheep Weekly - 19 September 2016
UK Slaughter Statistics - August 2016

Global Beef Industry News

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Cash Flow Warnings as Northern Ireland's Cattle Forced Indoors After Bad Weather
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Importance of Antibiotic Resistance in Farming Stressed Ahead of UN Event

     United States

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