Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue, has launched the code of good practice regarding the responsible use of antimicrobials on suckler and beef farms.
The launch coincides with the start of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, which is running from 18 to 24 November.
The guide highlights some of the important actions that beef and suckler farmers can take to reduce their overall use of antibiotics and to improve their herd health.
Minister McConalogue said the resource will serve as a valuable reference for beef and suckler farmers as they work to address the One Health challenge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
The Minister acknowledged stakeholders role in addressing One Health, namely the Animal and Plant Health Association, IFA, Veterinary Ireland and Teagasc.
“I hope the working partnership will continue into the development and iteration of the next version of Ireland’s national action plan to address AMR (iNAP), and the implementation of future sector specific actions.
“In order to successfully address AMR, the primary goal of the agri-food sector must be to reduce antibiotic usage through maintaining the highest possible standards in animal health.”
The Minister urged stakeholders to take part in the upcoming Animal Health Awareness Week, gaining information on how to safeguard their herds and flocks, and the national animal health status of our animals.
Minister McConalogue continued: “It is important to understand that we all have a role to play, and a vested interest in addressing the development and spread of AMR by informing ourselves and following best practice guidance.”