Familiar names shortlisted for Antibiotic Guardian awards

ForFarmers, the National Office of Animal Health and Pruex are among the familiar names shortlisted for an Antibiotic Guardian award.

They have all been shortlisted in the Animal Health, Agricultural and Food Supply category along with Kite Consulting, Royal Agricultural University and Semex UK.

The awards, hosted by Public Health England, recognise achievements to combat antimicrobial resistance across the world in the human and animal health sectors. The winners will be announced on June 27 in Solihull.

ForFarmers has worked with producers and vets to help reduce antibiotic usage on farms, including provide their pig customers with the information they require to upload in feed medication into their electronic medicine book (eMB) for pigs database.

Pruex works with farmers across all animal sectors Farmers to ‘develop evidence based strategies on their farms to enable them to develop and demonstrate to consumers their prudent as opposed to excessive use of antibiotics’.

NOAH, which represents animal medicine companies, launched its Animal Medicines Best Practice Training Programme (AMBP) in July 2018, providing farmer training to support the responsible use of antibiotics across UK farms. NOAH led the programme development, working in partnership with other stakeholders and leading academics, to create ‘robust and trusted training for all those working in the sheep, dairy, beef and pig sectors’.

NOAH chief executive Dawn Howard said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted, alongside the other excellent projects in the Animal health, Agricultural and Food Supply section of these awards.”

Dr Diane Ashiru-Oredope, from the Antibiotic Guardian campaign, said: “The Antibiotic Guardian awards are an excellent opportunity to champion organisations and individuals who have supported the Antibiotic Guardian campaign and have enacted change to tackle antimicrobial resistance, one of the biggest global public health threats we face.”

The Antibiotic Guardian campaign urges healthcare professionals to take one of a number of pledges to drive down inappropriate antibiotic prescribing.

You can see the full 2019 shortlist here

The Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA) alliance won two awards, while Wayland Farms was highly commended at the 2018 Antibiotic Guardian Awards.

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