Antibiotics: How are they used for livestock?

11/22/2013 1:34:54 PM
Teresa Bjork


Farmers, veterinarians and the health community are working together to promote the responsible use of antibiotics to prevent antibiotic resistance.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control explains the antibiotic-resistance issue and answers frequently asked questions about antibiotic use in agriculture on its website: http://www.cdc.gov/narms/faq.html

Dr. Scott Hurd, an animal-health expert at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, explains why all meat is antibiotic free, and why antibiotic-free doesn’t necessarily mean healthier, on his blog: http://hurdhealth.com/2013/08/08/is-antibiotic-free-really-healthier/.

In addition, the National Pork Producers Council details why farmers use antibiotics in livestock, how antibiotics used in agriculture compares to those used in human medicine, and how farmers are continually working to ensure the foods they raise are safe. Make sure to check out the infographics: http://www.nppc.org/issues/animal-health-safety/antimicrobials-antibiotics/.

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