As the biannual Pig & Poultry Fair has kicked off in the United Kingdom, the news broke that the British pig industry has reduced antibiotic usage by 28% in 2017, bringing the total reduction in 2 years to more than 50%.
A press release
communicated by the country’s Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board
(AHDB) pointed to the latest data taken from the electronic medicine book (eMB), which represents 87% of pigs slaughtered in the UK. In this group, antibiotic usage on pig farms dropped from 183 mg/PCU to 131 mg/PCU within 12 months.