Crucial info for workers in game bird sector
Important information for rearers, shoots releasing game, game feed suppliers, vets, and everyone else with an interest in game bird husbandry and game shooting has been released.
The information has been jointly communicated by the GWCT, BASC, Countryside Alliance, British Veterinary Association, Game Feed Trade Association, NGO, Game Farmers Association, Veterinary Medicines Directorate and British Veterinary Poultry Association.
It concerns the need to further reduce the use of antibiotics in game bird rearing, in response to the global concern about the increased resistance of many infections to antibiotics meant to treat them.
There are fears that, unless action is taken, human deaths associated with anti-microbial resistance could rise to 10 million a year by 2050. Anti-microbial resistance is a natural process but is vastly accelerated by over-use and incorrect use of antibiotics.
The UK, alongside other countries, is fully committed to reducing its antibiotic use in humans and animals, and each sector has its own targets to meet – the game bird sector’s 25% target was well and truly smashed in 2017 when it reduced antibiotic use by 36%, but it is a high-use sector and must continue to reduce usage quickly.