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Systematic review and social research to further understanding of current practice in the context of using antimicrobials in livestock farming and to inform appropriate interventions to reduce antimicrobial resistance within the livestock sector. - OD0558

Antimicrobials (AMs) have become a critical component of modern intensive livestock systems. Many production systems would not be able to maintain current production levels without use of AMs to combat and prevent animal disease and maintain herd and flock health. However, recent years have seen increasing concern amongst policy-makers, legislators, food companies, veterinarians, farmers and producers, scientists and consumers that current therapeutic use of AMs for the treatment and prevention of animal disease is contributing to growing resistance amongst certain bacteria. Concern also exists that the production and transfer of AM resistant genes to the environment will result in far-reaching implications for the treatment of both human and animal disease as well as public trust and confidence in modern husbandry and food sources. The upshot of this is that there have been growing calls for a reduction in the use of AMs in agriculture. The UK’s 5 Year Strategy explicitly calls for improvements in veterinary disease prevention and prescribing practice, better farm management and animal welfare improvement to reduce disease occurrence a raising of general awareness of the issue and the establishment of responsive governance strategies and mechanisms amongst food chain actors.
To draw on the existing evidence and primary research to understand the factors influencing current antimicrobial use in different livestock farming sectors (from the vet and farmer perspectives) and to inform further intervention based research to reduce the use of antimicrobials within the livestock sector.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Report O00558 Final   (1417k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2014

To: 2015

Cost: £47,162
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University of Exeter
Fields of Study
Animal Health