RUMA launches new cattle guidelines

Published 5 August 15

The Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) has launch the revised guidelines for farmers and vets on the Responsible Use of Antimicrobials in Cattle Production. 

Armstrong , Derek 2Derek Armstrong, AHDB Dairy Programme Manager Endemic Diseases who also sits on the RUMA group, said: “The revised guidelines were prepared as part of RUMA’s programme of regularly updating its information, with help from the British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA). 

“The guidelines provide quick and easy guiding principles that can be used as a working document by farmers. The longer version which is primarily aimed at veterinary surgeons and other advisers, supplies more detail.” 

The holistic approach to minimising disease set out by the Four Guiding Principles on Disease Control helps reduce the need to use antimicrobials, including antibiotics, without adversely affecting animal welfare. It is important to reduce the risk of antibiotic resistance without reducing the availability of necessary antibiotics. 

The guidelines are available for download from RUMA’s website. Gwyn Jones, who chairs the AHDB Dairy Board is also chair of RUMA. 

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