UK livestock producers have been committed to – and successful in – meeting government targets on antibiotic usage over recent years, but Sweden is still leading the way.
A 2017 EU report concluded that the country consistently records the lowest use of veterinary antimicrobials among EU member states, suggesting there is room for improvement in the UK.
Ylva Persson, associate state veterinarian at the Swedish Veterinarian Association, explains how the country is achieving this and offers advice on how UK farmers can aspire to do the same.
More on antibiotics and advice on how you can cut their use:
- Sector-specific antibiotics targets and what they mean
- How Dutch farmers reduced antibiotics use by 60%
- How a Somerset dairy farm slashed antibiotic use
- 7 ways a sheep farmer has cut antibiotics use
- Thermal imaging cuts antibiotics use on Northants beef farm
- 5 steps to reduce antibiotics use in your pig herd
Source and further reading: Farmers Weekly