USFRA believes that farmers and ranchers and our partners must do what is in their power to keep animals safe and healthy. And when animals are sick or at risk of becoming sick, they should be cared for in adherence with evidence-based standards of veterinary medicine to decrease suffering.
USFRA is made up of people in agriculture with a variety of perspectives and views. Most of USFRA’s farmers and ranchers choose to use antibiotics to humanely care for sick animals and to keep animals healthy. Some of our farmers choose not to use antibiotics – and they may choose to market their products as “no antibiotics added.” In addition, we have industry partners who develop and manufacture antibiotics.
Farmers and ranchers work closely with veterinarians to develop a comprehensive herd health program, which includes many tools such as vaccination, proper housing and antibiotics when necessary to keep animals healthy. However, responsible antibiotic use is often the best choice to treat sick animals, as well as to prevent animals during key times of their lives from getting sick or suffering. We support science-based, peer reviewed programs that are designed and monitored by veterinarians and animal care experts.
USFRA believes practices that make our businesses stronger over time are those that also improve the quality and safety of our food. Today, farmers and ranchers are continuously improving how they monitor the health and well-being of their animals – as well as the way they use antibiotics.