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Antimicrobial Use
Waste milk feeding, antibiotic resistance and animal by-products regulations
  1. N. Pathiraja
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I READ with interest the paper by Brunton and others (2012). While the article reports the results of a survey of antimicrobial usage on dairy farms and waste milk feeding practices in England and Wales, it highlights the risk associated with the feeding of waste milk to calves in the development of antibiotic resistance. The results showed that on over 90 per cent of the farms that fed waste milk to calves, the waste milk contained milk from cows undergoing antibiotic treatment (dry and lactating cows – 93 and 90 per cent, …

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