Game bird antibiotic use has halved over two years
New figures show that the use of antibiotics in the UK for game bird management has fallen by 51 per cent in two years with medication in game bird feed dropping by 70 per cent.
The results were taken from all prescriptions written by game bird vets, for in-feed medication and water treatment. The data was calculated by the Game Farmers’ Association (GFA), which worked with the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD).
The figures have been applauded by the National Gamekeepers’ Organisation and other shooting and game bird management bodies. The campaign to reduce antibiotic use was started in 2016.
VMD’S chief executive, Professor Peter Borriello, praised the achieved reduction, saying: “Reducing antibiotic use in game birds by a further 24 per cent in 2018 and 51 per cent over the past two years is an impressive achievement.”
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The campaign to reduce antibiotics in game birds began in 2016