The National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) has launched its new Animal Medicines Best Practice (AMBP) Programme with farmer training to support the responsible use of antibiotics across UK farms.
The training programme, launched at the House of Lords this morning (17 July), gives farmers and vets access to new resources, enabling a coordinated and consistent approach to farmer training in the responsible use of antibiotics.
The development of the programme has been led by NOAH in partnership with farmers, vets, the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA), the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and academics, to create a training programme for those working in the sheep, dairy, beef and pig sectors.
The programme will help to raise awareness, knowledge and understanding of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and help to drive best practice in a consistent manner across UK farms when it comes to using antibiotics.
Training modules are available for farmers to access via the NOAH website or directly through an online Lantra eLearning platform. In addition to the direct farmer offering, vets will also be to access resource materials, enabling them to deliver training to their clients.
NOAH chair, Gaynor Hillier, said: “We know that there is a real demand for this type of accessible training and we’re delighted to be able to lead the way in making it available. This new collaborative, cross-sector strategy on training will support both farmers and vets, demonstrating that our farmers have the skills to use antibiotics responsibly, providing reassurance to consumers and policy makers.”
Biosecurity minister Lord Gardiner added: “The UK is at the forefront of global efforts to tackle antibiotic resistance. Recent statistics show there has been a 27% drop in use of antibiotics in food-producing animals in the UK since 2014 – meeting a government commitment two years early.
“Our farmers and vets must be commended for driving down antibiotic use in livestock to this all-time low – setting an excellent example for others around the world to follow. But it is vital we continue making progress.”
He continued: “We welcome this new responsible use of antibiotics farmer training programme, which will support the animal medicines industry to take another positive step towards tackling resistance, safeguarding antibiotics for future generations.”