Productivity in animal production has been advanced by many innovations in farming practices over the years. One contributory factor has been the use of antibiotics in low dosages.
However, there is now a significant body of evidence that substantiates the link between the misuse and over-use of antibiotics in animal production and human medicine and the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the wider population.
AMR is one of the world’s most rapidly emerging public health threats, claiming some 700,000 lives a year and representing a significant economic burden.
AMR is flagged as one of the major issues for humanity. Unless tackled, it will become the single leading cause of death worldwide by 2050.
Rapid counter-measures to introduce alternative, integrated health management programs are therefore under way. This is happening nowhere faster than in the animal farming industry.