Keepers asked to use fewer antibiotics
The National Gamekeepers’ Organisation (NGO) has asked members to use fewer antibiotics when rearing and releasing gamebirds this season, in order to keep the drugs more effective.
Writing in the NGO’s Keeping the Balance magazine, political advisor Charles Nodder explained: “This is about stopping the evolution of antibiotic-resistant bugs so that we can retain effective antibiotics for treating disease and covering human surgery.”
The call comes as all livestock sectors are working towards substantial antibiotic reductions. Mr Nodder continued: “If the game bird sector lags behind others in reducing antibiotic use, there will be seriously bad publicity for the industry and the chance of further regulation.”