Keep­ers asked to use fewer an­tibi­otics

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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.”

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