disease preparedness

Eliminating Antibiotic Use Would Cost Cattlemen $1.8 Billion

Dan Cattle, Economy, Industry News Release

Kansas State University recently announced the results of a study on the economic impact of treating high-risk groups of animals with antimicrobials. They undertook the study to contribute to the growing public debate on antibiotic use in animal agriculture. The study focused on the practice (called metaphylaxis) of treating an entire pen of high-risk animals to eliminate or minimize the …

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Alternative Antibiotic Gives Piglets a Boost

Dan Industry News Release, Pork

An amino acid produced naturally in humans, swine and other species shows promise as an alternative to antibiotics and growth promoters for piglets. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists found that L-glutamine fed to piglets produced positive growth and health effects. This news comes at an opportune time in light of the 2017 Veterinary Feed Directive banning the use of antibiotics in swine …

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Wendy’s to Reduce Antibiotics Use in Beef Supply Chain

Dan Beef, Industry News Release

The Ohio-based burger chain Wendy’s will reduce antibiotics use in its beef supply chain. The announcement follows similar measures the fast food restaurant chain took in its poultry supply chain. Starting next year, Wendy’s will source about 15 percent of its beef from producers that have committed to a 20 percent reduction of the only medically important antibiotic product routinely …

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Resources Available on Antibiotics Use

Dan Industry News Release, Pork

The Pork Checkoff has taken a leadership role in the responsible use of antibiotics. National Pork Board director of producer and public health Dr. Heather Fowler sees value in having farmers tell that story. Farmers The FDA has released a new report on the use of antimicrobials in all food producing animals. National Pork Board vice president of science and …

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FDA Report on Antibiotics Released

Dan Industry News Release, Pork

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released its 2016 summary report on antimicrobial use in food producing animals. National Pork Board vice president of science and technology Dave Pyburn says this research confirms reduced use of antibiotics at the farm level. Antibiotics This is a milestone in antibiotic stewardship. Pyburn credits the success back to pig farmers and their …

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Antibiotic Use in Livestock Drops

Dan Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock

The Food and Drug Administration began keeping records on antibiotic use in livestock animals in 2009. For the first time since then, the agency says antibiotic usage dropped. Sales of medically important antimicrobials for livestock and poultry fell by ten percent in 2016. The decline actually took place ahead of new antibiotic usage requirements that became law in January. As …

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Perdue on WHO Antibiotic Recommendations

Dan Cattle, Livestock

We told you last week that the World Health Organization (WHO) had issued recommendations on the use of antibiotics in agriculture. And the fact that USDA acting chief scientist, Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, said the WHO guidelines are not in alignment with U.S. policy and aren’t supported by sound science. Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman had a chance to ask U.S. Agriculture …

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USDA Chief Scientist Responds to WHO Antibiotic Recommendations

Dan Beef, Cattle, Industry News Release, Livestock

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued recommendations on the use of antibiotics in agriculture. Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young, Acting Chief Scientist with the USDA, says the WHO guidelines are not in alignment with U.S. policy and aren’t supported by sound science. “The recommendations incorrectly combine disease prevention with growth promotion in animals,” she says. “The WHO previously requested the standards for …

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NPPC Statement On WHO Call For Ban On Prevention Uses Of Antibiotics

Dan Industry News Release, Pork

A ban on disease prevention uses of antibiotics in food-animal production being advocated by the World Health Organization (WHO) would be ill-advised and wrong. Denying pigs, cows, and chickens necessary antibiotics would be unethical and immoral, leading to animal suffering and possibly death, and could compromise the nation’s food system. America’s pork farmers share the WHO’s concern about the rise …