A Thats Farming survey has shown that 88% of readers are aware of the danger of antibiotics overuse.
The news comes on the foot of yesterdays report into antibiotic overuse Europe wide. The information was brought to light by the Europeans Medicine agency in their most recent report.
The overuse of antibiotics can raise disease threshold and making these life saving drugs redundant when it comes to treating illness in the human population thus giving rise to more resistant and potentially deadly superbugs such as MRSA.
Routine use of antibiotics on animals – which is frequently used across the world as a method of promoting their growth – may well be banned across the EU to combat future untreatable human outbreaks.
50% of Polled Readers said that on average they had administered between 1-3 antibiotics throughout the year on livestock, while worryingly 39% had administered 5 or more antibiotics a year.
75% of farmers have thought that that the antibiotics they use may lead to more dangerous and stronger strains developing.
[the That's farming poll was carried out on 17/10/18]