Game bird an­tibi­otic use has halved over two years

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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.”

The Gov­ern­ment has asked all live­stock sec­tors to re­duce an­tibi­otic use in the face of global con­cerns about the emer­gence of su­per­bugs which are in­creas­ingly re­sis­tant to an­tibi­otics. The Assynt Crofters’ Trust has is­sued a new leaflet on hill stalk­ing. The Trust be­came the owner of the 21,000-acre North Assynt es­tate in 1993, when it was bought by lo­cal crofters. Guided stalk­ing is avail­able for one or two Ri­fles, with stags at £400 and up to three hinds for £250. The fee for a blank day is £100.

Con­tact ad­min@as­syntcrofters. co.uk or tel 01571 855298.

The cam­paign to re­duce an­tibi­otics in game birds be­gan in 2016

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