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Antibiotics are masking disease challenges in pig farms, report claims
Antibitoic use has led to a lack of focus towards disease prevention.

Usage must be reduced to avoid  endemic disease
Research by Dr Georgia Crayford, senior policy advisor at the National Pig Association (NPA), has concluded that pig farms must reduce the need for antibiotics if we are to avoid drug-resistant diseases.

Speaking at the Nuffield Conference in Glasgow last month, Crayford explained how antibiotic use has led to a multitude of disease challenges being masked. Crayford concluded: “This has resulted in a lack of focus and resource being directed towards effective disease prevention.”

Crayford went on to explain how the focus should not be “zero use of antibiotics in pig production,” but instead to, “reduce the need”.

Behaviour change in pig farmers, specifically in improved infection prevention through industry-led initiatives, was highlighted as a method for tackling the issue.

 “Framing the problem in a different, more personal way can help farmers to understand why tackling antibiotic resistance should be made a priority,” stated Crayford.

Conclusions warned that failure to address overuse of antibiotics may result in endemic disease to which antibiotic treatment is no longer a successful option. Crayford urged pig farmers to consider the true cost of antibiotic medication.

Writing on its website, The Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board Pork (ADHB) commented that the topic has never been more important than it is today.

The full presentation of the research can be viewed here.

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New road sign to protect small wildlife

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 Transport secretary Chris Grayling has unveiled a new road sign to help cut traffic accidents and protect small wildlife, particularly hedgehogs.

Local authorities and animal welfare groups are being asked to identify accident and wildlife hotspots where the sign - which features a hedgehog - should be located.

Government figures show that more than 600 people were injured in road accidents involving animals in 2017, and four people were killed. These figures do not include accidents involving horses. The new sign will be used to warn motorists in areas where there are large concentrations of small wild animals, including squirrels, badgers, otters and hedgehogs.  

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NOAH members re-elect Jamie Brannan as chair

Jamie Brannan, senior Vice President of Zoetis, has been re-elected as chair of NOAH for 2019/20, during this year’s AGM, held in London.

Mr Brannan joined Zoetis and the NOAH board in 2016, becoming NOAH’s vice-chair in 2018 and replacing Gaynor Hillier as chair later that year.

He commented: “I am extremely pleased to have been elected by the NOAH membership and am proud to be able to represent our industry at such a critical time for the UK animal health industry. I look forward to driving forward our new NOAH Strategy and to working with our members, old and new, in the coming year.”