Antibiotics are widely used in healthy food-producing animals to promote growth and prevent disease. This practice contributes to the emergence and spread of resistant bacteria in both animal and human populations. Read more about the responsible use of veterinary medicines and how to reduce reliance on anti-biotics at Farm Health Online.
Antibiotics are substances given in a controlled amount, meant to kill or reduce the growth of microorganisms, particularly bacteria (Ghosh et al., 2007).
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The livestock industry is an integral part of the agricultural sector, encompassing various aspects of animal husbandry and production. It plays an important role in global food security and supports the livelihoods of millions of people worldwide.
Animal health is integral to the sustainability, profitability, and ethical considerations of livestock farming. It involves a combination of preventative measures, good management practices, and veterinary care to ensure that animals are raised in a manner that is both economically viable and environmentally responsible while prioritizing their well-being and public health.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in agriculture is a pressing global concern that arises when microorganisms, including bacteria, develop resistance to antimicrobial agents such as antibiotics and antifungals commonly used in agricultural practices. This resistance can have far-reaching consequences for both agriculture and public health.