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crobials, such as fluoroquinalones and
third and fourth generation cephalosporins without compromising health or
performance. Antimicrobial stewardship policies were
created as part of individual farm management system
by groups of dairy producers and their veterinarians,
who worked together to develop their own AM stewardship policies leading to changes in farming practice and reduced AM use.
The authors concluded that this study demonstrates
the potential for producers to generate and implement tailored AM stewardship schemes to address the
AMR challenge, without compromising the sustainability of the operation.
Read more online: Initiative aims to tackle
antimicrobial resistance, www.WATTAgNet.
The U.K.-commissioned "Review on Antimicrobial
Resistance" report by Jim O'Neill highlights the reduction of unnecessary antimicrobials in agriculture and their
dissemination into the environment as one of the specific
steps to tackling AMR by reducing demand. They also
cite improvements should be made in monitoring the consumption by animals and humans.
Ultimately, it is in the global population's interest to
eliminate inappropriate and misuse of antimicrobials in
human and veterinary medicine. ■
References available upon request.
Dr. Helen Warren, owner of HW Consulting, achieved her Ph.D. from Bristol University. She is currently chair of
the British Society of Animal Science Industry Association, a registered animal scientist and certified Cow Signals