APHA welcomes publication of two new codes on responsible use of antimicrobials on pig and dairy farms


The Animal and Plant Health Association (APHA) has welcomed the publication of two new Codes of Practice on the Responsible Use of Antimicrobials on Pig and Dairy farms.

The Codes focus on achieving better animal health at farm level through improved husbandry and on protecting the effectiveness of antibiotics in both human and animal healthcare.

The new Codes, which were launched at the recent ONE HEALTH – Awareness to Action Antimicrobial and Anthelmintic Resistance Conference, have been developed by IFA, ICMSA, Veterinary Ireland and Teagasc with the support of a wide range of stakeholders in the agri-food sector, including APHA.

Commenting, Fergal Morris, Chairman of APHA’s Animal Health Division, said: “The challenge we are faced with is the growing threat of AMR and the need to ensure that antimicrobial medicines remain effective in treating disease in animals and in humans. The new Codes of Practice on the use of antimicrobials on dairy and pig farms are the latest in a series of codes promoting best practice and follow publication last year of the Code of Good Practice on the Responsible Prescribing and Use of Antibiotics in Farm Animals. The central message across all three codes is the paramount importance of good animal husbandry in preventing disease. Proper prescribing and good husbandry at farm level go hand-in-glove in protecting herd health and profitability.”

The new codes emphasise the central role of good animal husbandry with each code including a set of practical strategies for farmers to combat antimicrobial resistance at farm level. The new Code of Good Practice Regarding the Responsible Use of Antimicrobials on Dairy Farms and the Code of Good Practice Regarding the Responsible Use of Antimicrobials on Pig Farms are available from www.apha.ie