The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) is committed to answering questions about how food is grown and raised. This includes addressing questions about antibiotic use on farms and ranches and concerns about antibiotic resistance in humans. We, too, are concerned about if or how the use of... Read more
How does ‘responsible use’ by farmers and ranchers help mitigate antibiotic resistance?
Farmers, ranchers, veterinarians and animal health experts work together to make sure they’re using antibiotics responsibly, in order to reduce the chances of antibiotic resistance forming. Steps taken include:
- Identifying the illness affecting the animal by consulting with animal health experts and veterinarians when necessary
- Pinpointing the right antibiotic treatment and dose needed
- Administering the antibiotic for the appropriate amount of time by following the law and clear label instructions (not stopping antibiotics early, which is a threat for antibiotic resistance), as well as following proper withdrawal periods
- Conducting the right research to make sure we continue to protect both animal and human health
- Making the right improvements for future use, such as phasing out antibiotics that are medically important in human medicine for growth promoting purposes in livestock and phasing in more veterinary oversight (Federal Drug Administration’s Guidances 209 and 213)