Cru­cial info for work­ers in game bird sec­tor

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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.

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