Wayland Farms shortlisted for Antibiotic Guardian Award
9th May 2018 / By Alistair Driver
Leading pig business Wayland Farms has been shortlisted for the Antibiotic Guardian Awards.
This year saw a new 'Agriculture and Food' category added to the awards that 'highlight the continuous good work being carried out to support the key aims and goals of Antibiotic Guardian'.
This drew plenty of entries, which have been narrowed down to a shortlist containing a number of familair names, including MSD Animal Health, Tesco, the Co-op, Waitrose and the Bristol Veterinary School, as well as East Anglia-based Wayland, part of the Cranswick PLC.
At a meeting in Diss earlier this year, consultant vet Steve Youngs explained how Wayland had adoppted a proactive approach to health management that is benefiting rearing herd performance and minimising medication use.
“The two-site rearing strategy means pigs are only mixed at weaning, which has made a huge difference to health and productivity overall. Using dedicated nurseries to rear piglets on from weaning at four weeks of age until they are 35/40kgs has also helped us to stabilise health status and build immunity. Mortality rates are lower and we’ve seen notable improvements in daily growth, feed efficiency and performance overall,” he said.
The food and farming sector was represented in other categories, too. For example, the Responsible Use of Medicine in Agriculture (RUMA) alliance is shortlisted in the Community Communications and the Prescribing and Stewardship categories.
2018 Antibiotic Guardian Awards Shortlist
Agriculture and Food
Bristol Veterinary School, University of Bristol
British Poultry Council
Wayland Farms Ltd
Pyon Products Ltd
MSD Animal Health
Waitrose Farming Partnership
University of Nottingham
Capital and Coast DHB, Wellington, New Zealand
Commonwealth Pharmacists Association
Cwm Taf University Health Board
Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA)
Sheep industry group - led by SHAWG
Innovation and Tech
Leicester City CCG
UHBristol NHS Foudnation Trust
Prescribing and Stewardship
Heart of England NHS FT
Hospital Serdang, Malaysia
Kettering General Hospital
NHS Tayside - (JM - HK)
NHS Tayside (HS - JM)
Royal Brompton NHS Trust
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
West Hertfordshire NHS Trust
The award ceremony will take place on June 27 at the Marriot Hotel, Regents Park, in London.
You can sign up to become an Antibiotic Guardian here, pledging your commitment to addressing the challenging of reducing and refining antibiotic usage.