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.