Drop-in Antibiotic Clinic Fields Team of Specialists
10 specialists across the pig, gamebird and poultry sectors will be on hand to answer your questions on antibiotic use at the RUMA drop-in clinic at this year’s Pig and Poultry Fair (15-16 May).
The clinic, hosted by RASE on stand 290 will have guests ranging from Professor Mark Fielder of Kingston University, who is also current president of the Society for Applied Microbiology, to a number of specialist poultry and pigs vets. Some of the members of RUMA’s Targets Task Force, which successfully identified targets last year for each livestock sector including poultry meat, laying hens, game birds and pigs, will also be dropping on to the stand. These include Christian Blake-Dyke for the gamebird sector, Richard Lister, chair of the National Pig Association and president of the Pig Veterinary Society Mark White.
Representatives from the British Poultry Council and the British Egg Industry Council will be in attendance at times throughout the two days as well.
“All livestock sectors have set themselves big challenges for antibiotic reduction/refinement and replacement over the next three years,” comments Gwyn Jones, Chair of RUMA.
“While some are further ahead than others in terms of reductions, maintaining lower levels of antibiotic use can be just as hard as reducing in the first place, and that’s why events like the Pig & Poultry Fair offer a unique chance to air issues and share problems as well as successes,” he says. “We hope people will feel they can pop on to the stand and chat with whichever expert is there at the time.”