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Why engaging people is key to meeting the antibiotic challenge

7th Jan 2019 / By Alistair Driver

In the latest issue of Pig World, NPA senior policy advisor Georgina Crayford has outlined the key findings from her Nuffield Scholarship. 

GC Nuffield picGeorgina, who presented her report at a conference in Glasgow in November, travelled the world to gather information for her report, which asked: ‘Reducing antibiotic use in pig production – is there a need for systemic change?’.

"There is no need to reinvent the wheel. But there is a vital need to consider and optimise the behaviour of the people operating the wheel if it is to turn smoothly," she wrote. 

In the article, Georgina goes onto explain why farm businesses need to take greater consideration of human behaviour in their efforts to effectively control disease to ensure the appropriate practices are implemented. She gives informative examples where this has been put into practice.

She also explains how National Health Schemes can play an important role in helping livestock industries meet the antibiotic challenge. 

You can read the article in the January issue of Pig World or online here