Where Antibiotic Use Has Dropped By 71% ?
Several Big Achievements By The British Poultry Meat Industry
The British Poultry Council (BPC) has published its 2017 Antibiotic Stewardship Report. Over the period of 2012 to 2016 the UK poultry meat sector reduced its use of antibiotics by weight by a massive 71% (23.72 tonnes in 2016). Across the same period poultry meat production has increased by 11% (1.79 million tonnes in 2016).
The reduction in the UK poultry sector is mainly the effect of the ban on prophylactic use of antibiotics, ban of the use of third and fourth generation Cephalosporins in 2012 and stopping the use of Colistin in 2016. UK poultry farmers can only use Fluoroquinolones and Macrolides as a last resort.
Large Drop In Dutch Broilers
The Dutch broiler sector has realised a whopping 30.1% drop in antibiotic use in 2016, compared to 2015, published in the recent Maran publication. Compared to 2009 (the reference year for the Netherlands), this is a drop of 72%. This major achievement is partly due to the fact that Dutch poultry famers have chosen more often for other (slower growing) broiler breeds (something that is demanded by the Dutch consumers).