Research paper Antibiotic use in dairy herds in the Netherlands from 2005 to 2012Click here for resource
Significant Impact Group(s): AMU reduction strategies \ Monitoring and surveillance \ Antibiotic use ; Prudent use AB
Species targeted: Dairy;
Outcome Parameter(s): Animal-Defined Daily Dosages (ADDD)
Summary: The indicator animal-defined daily dosages (ADDD) was used to evaluate antibiotic use for 3 farmer groups and 6 treatment categories. Large variation in antibiotic use was found between herds, and variation in use among herds decreased during the study period. Reducing antibiotic use and the variation in use were related to changes in management practices, which can enhance drug use awareness. Managing udder health is the main reason for antibiotic use, justifying as 68% of all ADDD. A reduction in use was achieved by reducing daily dosages used as other treatments. A reduction in use for the treatment of mastitis was also noted, but farmers were hesitant to reduce dry-cow therapy. Restrictions on third-choice drugs were successful in minimizing their use, with a shift to increased use of penicillin and certain broad-spectrum drugs. Both lower veterinary costs per cow and antibiotic use decreased in recent years, according to this study.
65 Research paper – Kuipers – 2012 – Antibiotic use in dairy herds in the Netherlands from 2005 to 2012
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