European Antibiotic Awareness Day, on November 18, found the National Farmers' Union reminding livestock keepers to use antibiotics in agriculture responsibly.


“The NFU and its farmer members recognize the threat to human and animal health of antibiotic resistance and we take the issue extremely seriously," said National Farmers' Union animal health and welfare adviser Catherine McLaughlin. “Antibiotic Awareness day provides an ideal opportunity for the NFU to remind livestock keepers using antibiotics to ensure they are doing so responsibly, which means only using antibiotics prescribed by your vet (and supplied by the vet or from an approved source under a veterinary prescription), and using the antibiotic in accordance with the instructions on the label. It is vitally important to give the full dose for the whole treatment period to avoid increasing the risk of resistance, and not using antibiotics as a substitute for good farm management.”