WATCH: How to cut your antibiotic use


Caroline Garvan Veterinary Inspector for DAFM gives us a glance at her information stand at the Dairy-Calf-to-Beef event that was held at Teagasc Johnstown Castle.

The vet discussed Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) otherwise known Antibiotic resistance, as it is a major challenge for the agri-food sector.

She explains that the antibiotics that we have been using to treat disease both in humans and in animals are no longer effective.

AMR is a human health issue, there has been estimations that by 2050, there will be more people dying as a result of antibiotic-resistant disease than there will be from cancer.

How bacterial resistance develops;

  • A number of bacteria exist, including a few resistant to antibiotics

  • The bacteria get treated with an antibiotic, the resistant bacteria survive

  • The resistant bacteria multiply and become more common

  • Eventually, the entire infection evolves into a resistant strain

What can we do for disease prevention?

  • Reduce stocking density,

  • Ensure good ventilation

  • Increase vaccines

Follow these six ‘rights’ to use antibiotics responsibly;

  • Right veterinary diagnosis,

  • Right animal,

  • Right veterinary medicine,

  • Right dose,

  • Right duration,

  • Right disposal.

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