The Ulster Farmers’ Union says the threat of antibiotic resistance is a growing concern and it is supporting calls for these crucial medicines to be used responsibly. “Antibiotic resistance is an issue for both human and animal health. It’s in everyone’s interest that these medicines remain effective,” said UFU animal health and welfare chairman, Harper Doupe.
As part of the drive to tackle this threat, the UFU has joined the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA). Doupe says being part of this group will help the UFU raise awareness and share expertise, and best practice on using antibiotics responsibly in agriculture. “This is a voluntary initiative. Industry partners are working together on the future of antibiotics and other animal medicines. The immediate concern is to prolong the effectiveness of current antibiotics. We want to see strategies implemented that will secure these vital medicines for the future,” said Doupe.