Antibiotic usage: There is growing scrutiny building around the use of antibiotics, with blanket administration likely to become a focal point in the coming years. This is stemming from growing concerns around antimicrobial resistance.

The main drivers of antibiotic use at this time of year relate to lameness, blanket treatment for E coli scour and in the face of an outbreak of enzootic abortion. Treatment for E coli scour is particularly worrying because there has been a small number of cases of suspected resistance to preventative treatments used, which leaves the farms in question very exposed.