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Antibiotic use falls again in pig industry

Antibiotic use in pigs dropped by 16 per cent in 2018, continuing a trend seen over the past four years.

Figures from the industry’s electronic medicine book (eMB) show that the amount of antibiotic used in 2018 was 110 mg/PCU, edging the industry closer to its 2020 target of 99 mg/PCU.

Antibiotic use in the pig industry has fallen from 238 mg/PCU in 2015 to 183 mg/PCU in 2016 and to 131 mg/PCU in 2017.

The eMB is led by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and allows producers to benchmark themselves against others with similar production systems, enabling them to understand their own patterns of use and, alongside their vets, make informed decisions around animal treatments.

The data from the eMB cover 89 per cent of pigs slaughtered in the UK.

There was also a further decrease in the use of …

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