In a recent episode of 60 Minutes, antibiotic use in the livestock industry, and pork producers in particular, were cast in a harsh light. NPPC and others cited problems with that reporting. The editors of Farm Journal’s PORK and Bovine Veterinarian pulled together resources, including the current state of antibiotic use, to help you educate consumers about antibiotic use in all sectors of the livestock industry.
As we enter a new year and a new decade, antibiotic stewardship remains on the top of issues affecting food-animal veterinarians. Continued public pressure, along with regulatory actions, will drive ongoing change, with more emphasis on preventive care and more veterinarian oversight of antibiotic use.