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Factory farms, antibiotics and superbugs: Lance Price at TEDxManhattan
 
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http://tedxmanhattan.org http://saveantibiotics.org How antibiotics are being used to compensate for the overcrowded, stressful conditions on industrial farms and how that's creating superbugs that threaten public health. Lance Price is a public health researcher who works at the interface between science and policy to address the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance. In the laboratory, Dr. Price uses cutting-edge DNA sequencing to trace the origins of new antibiotic-resistant pathogens. By analyzing the genomes of bacteria found in humans, food, and livestock, Dr. Price and his colleagues have traced the origins of new superbugs to industrial livestock production. Dr. Price and his colleagues have also begun to broaden the scope of foodborne disease to include urinary tract infections caused by foodborne E. coli. In the policy arena, Dr. Price works with grassroots organizations, NGOs, and policymakers to develop science-based policies to curb antibiotic abuse in food-animal production and stem the emergence of new superbugs. Dr. Price's work was selected by Discover Magazine as one of the top 100 science stories of 2012. His research has also been covered by top-tier media around the world, including the BBC, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Scientific American, Men's Journal, and Fitness Magazine, among others. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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How Much Are Antibiotics Used in Your Meat?
 
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The meat industry pumps livestock with antibiotics. How much are they putting in, and why is this a growing concern? Is The Future Of Antibiotics At The Bottom Of The Ocean?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqj9QkcvUgo Read More: Antibiotic Use In Meat Is Soaring http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/21/antibiotics-meat_n_6916932.html “Soaring demand for meat across the world has caused a major uptick in the amount of antimicrobial drugs in pork, beef and poultry, according to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.” Antibiotics in Livestock: F.D.A. Finds Use Is Rising http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/03/science/antibiotics-in-livestock-fda-finds-use-is-rising.html?_r=0 “The amount of antibiotics sold for use in livestock rose substantially in recent years, according to the Food and Drug Administration, a pattern that experts said was troubling given the efforts to battle antibiotic resistance in humans.” Is Your Meat Safe? http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/meat/safe/overview.html “Ranchers and farmers have been feeding antibiotics to the animals we eat since they discovered decades ago that small doses of antibiotics administered daily would make most animals gain as much as 3 percent more weight than they otherwise would. In an industry where profits are measured in pennies per animal, such weight gain was revolutionary.” U.S. meat industry bought more human antibiotics to 2013: FDA http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/10/us-food-health-antibiotics-idUSKBN0N11MC20150410 “Sales of medically important antibiotics in the United States for use in livestock jumped by 20 percent between 2009 and 2013, federal regulators said on Friday, although recent statements by producers suggest those figures could be dropping.” Antibiotic/Antimicrobial Resistance http://www.cdc.gov/drugresistance/ “Antibiotics and similar drugs, together called antimicrobial agents, have been used for the last 70 years to treat patients who have infectious diseases.” ____________________ DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories & perspectives you won't find anywhere else! New videos twice daily. Watch More DNews on TestTube http://testtube.com/dnews Subscribe now! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=dnewschannel DNews on Twitter http://twitter.com/dnews Trace Dominguez on Twitter https://twitter.com/tracedominguez Julia Wilde on Twitter https://twitter.com/julia_sci DNews on Facebook https://facebook.com/DiscoveryNews DNews on Google+ http://gplus.to/dnews Discovery News http://discoverynews.com Download the TestTube App: http://testu.be/1ndmmMq
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Dr. Joseph Perrone Antibiotic Use in Animals
 
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Fix Food - Fix Antibiotics - Meat Without Drugs
 
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Sign the petition now: http://www.meatwithoutdrugs.org/ AMERICANS ARE UNDER THREAT FROM ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANT SUPERBUGS, making us vulnerable to common, once treatable infections. Unfortunately, a remarkable 80 percent of antibiotics in the U.S. are used not by humans, but by the meat and poultry industries so factory farm animals can grow faster and survive crowded and unsanitary conditions. This is creating superbugs and humans are exposed in a number of ways, including when we handle or eat undercooked meat. Our life-saving drugs are becoming less effective when we really need them. Unfortunately, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has refused to take meaningful action to restrict the use of unnecessary antibiotics in livestock production. But consumers can still do something to make change. We can be the catalysts to turn the tide on this public health crisis. We can show our support for companies that don't take our health for granted, and we are asking grocery stores to join us by choosing to only sell meat raised without antibiotics. We're calling on Trader Joe's to only source their meat from animals raised without antibiotics. As one of the most progressive national retailers, Trader Joe's has already demonstrated care for their customers' health by saying no to GMOs, artificial colors and trans fats in the products they sell. Trader Joe's can also be a leader by helping move the livestock industry in the right direction.
Views: 83200 FixFoodOrg
Experts Debate the Use of Antibiotics in Livestock -- The Doctors
 
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Subscribe to The Doctors: http://bit.ly/SubscribeTheDrs LIKE us on Facebook: http://bit.ly/FacebookTheDoctors Follow us on Twitter: http://bit.ly/TheDrsTwitter Follow us on Pinterest: http://bit.ly/PinterestTheDrs Antibiotics stand between us and the bacteria that can make us ill, but some say the overuse of antibiotics for livestock poses an even greater danger to our health. The experts debate the use of antibiotics. Are they being used for other things besides treatment?
Views: 4006 The Doctors
Study Finds Antibiotics In The Air Near Big Cattle Farms
 
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Bacteria and antibiotic-resistant genes were also found in airborne samples. Subscribe! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=vocativvideo See more on our website: http://www.vocativ.com Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/vocativ Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vocativ
Views: 481 Vocativ
Does Using Antibiotics in Cattle Lead to Resistance in Humans?
 
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Antibiotic resistance is a complex topic that is a mutual concern for farmers and ranchers as well as the people who eat their products. Check out www.thecowdocs.com to learn more!
Views: 342 The Cow Docs
Tour of How Antibiotics Are Used on the Farm
 
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Dr. Brad Jones, a veterinarian with the University of Nebraska and Great Plains Veterinary Educational Center takes viewers on a virtual tour of a livestock production facility to show the decision-making process regarding antibiotic use in cattle and pigs, including the diagnosis of illnesses, treatment and antibiotic use considerations and how animals are tracked from antibiotic administration to harvest. "I think the use of antibiotics in our industry is appropriate and I would also use the term responsible. It’s appropriate for animal well-being and comfort. It’s appropriate to treat certain diseases that affect the animal,” Jones says. “How we utilize antibiotics and the decisions we make when we give them have a lot of thought behind them; not only thought because we’re mandated to because of laws and rules, but thought because we understand the importance of maintaining use of antibiotics in our industry for the health and well-being of animals.”
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How industrial farming techniques can breed superbugs
 
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As high-density, industrial-scale livestock farms have become fertile breeding grounds for disease, they’ve also become a major source of drug-resistant superbugs. Science correspondent Miles O’Brien and economics correspondent Paul Solman team up to report on how scientists are studying how superbugs can get into the food supply.
Views: 9269 PBS NewsHour
How to reduce antibiotics in livestock
 
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Antibiotics in meat are an increasing health hazard to people. Some farmers are treating their livestock using homeopathy or phytotherapy as an alternative to antibiotics or other drugs. (RTS/swissinfo.ch) --- swissinfo.ch is the international branch of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC). Its role is to report on Switzerland and to provide a Swiss perspective on international events. For more articles, interviews and videos visit swissinfo.ch or subscribe to our YouTube channel: Website: http://www.swissinfo.ch Channel: http://www.youtube.com/swissinfovideos Subscribe: http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=swissinfovideos
Antibiotic Use on Dairy Farms
 
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Dr. Karen Jordan, a dairy farmer and veterinarian, explains how dairy farmers use antibiotics as a last resort to treat sick cows. Vaccinations, nutrition, and preventative medicine come first.
Views: 104 NationalMilk
The Role of Dairy Technology in Helping to Achieve Responsible Antibiotic Use
 
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Moletech vet Nick Barradale describes the role of technology such as SmaXtec for early disease detection, and how it contributes to reducing antibiotic use.
Views: 62 4D4F EU Project
Antibiotic Regulation & Cattle Farming
 
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Chris Ashworth, Senior Technical Consultant for Elanco Animal Health, discusses the the impact of the veterinary feed directive set to take effect in 2017. This lecture was part of the 2016 Food Animal Wellbeing Symposium at the University of Arkansas hosted the Center for Food Animal Wellbeing.
Antibiotic Use In Farm Animals To End?
 
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The World Health Organization warned on Tuesday, farmers should severely limit their use of antibiotics in animals. This in order to stop the growing threat of antibiotic resistance to the human population. Antibiotics are routinely used today to protect the health of the herd and promote animal growth. New guidelines issued by WHO call for an end to those practices in order to maintain the effectiveness of the current supply of antibiotics. This and to quell the rise of superbugs. They are resistant to almost all forms of medication. According to a report published in The Lancet on Monday, limiting the antibiotics given to food-producing animals ― such as chickens, cows and pigs ― can reduce antibiotic-resistant bacteria in those animals by up to 39 percent. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/who-antibiotics-farm-animals_us_5a01fa3be4b0920530585dd9?section=us_healthy-living http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com
Views: 190 Wochit News
Global use of antibiotics on farm animals on the rise?
 
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SuperMarketGuru.com’s Phil Lempert on the concerns caused by increased antibiotic use in farm animals and genetically modified organisms winning the FDA’s approval. Watch Gerri Willis talk about Fda, Food, Health Care, and US Markets on Willis Report.
Views: 143 Fox Business
Antibiotic use targets for UK's key farm livestock sectors announced
 
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Immediately following the news that sales of antibiotics to treat and prevent disease in UK farm livestock have achieved a record low following a 27% reduction over the past two years, targets for further reducing, refining or replacing antibiotic use across the key livestock sectors have been announced. The sector-specific targets were developed over the past year by a ‘Targets Task Force’, facilitated by the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture (RUMA) Alliance. The Targets Task Force comprises a leading veterinary surgeon and farmer from each of the beef, dairy, egg, fish, gamebird, pig, poultry meat and sheep sectors, who have been consulting with key organisations in their respective industries. The group also includes observers from regulators Food Standards Agency and Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD). Watch the Task Force describe how it developed the targets and what particular issues each sector faces. While the targets each sector has set vary according to the availability of data and scope in their sector, the targets as a whole have been described as ‘positive and proactive’ by the VMD.
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Why are Antibiotics Used in Raising Beef Cattle?
 
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Antibiotics are one of many tools used to keep livestock healthy. If you have any more questions about livestock production, visit www.thecowdocs.com.
Views: 588 The Cow Docs
Farm Animals and Antibiotics - CommonGround
 
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Teresa Brandenburg, a Kansas farmer raising beef cattle explains the regulations surrounding the use of antibiotics and farm animals. She points out that antibiotics are only used when prescribed by a veterinarian and they always use the right dosage and keep good records. The FDA requires an animal that has been on antibiotics to stay on the farm a specific number of days while the medicine leaves the animal's system, and farmers must testify that they have adhered to these withdraw regulations before taking livestock to market. "I have a 3-year-old sonand if he gets sick I never hesitate to take him to the doctor and if the doctor tells me he needs antibiotics, I make sure that he get what he needs right away...The same goes for our beef cows," explains Theresa. To learn more about antibiotics in farm animals and to get your questions answered, visit www.findourcommonground.com.
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Study: Use of Antibiotics in Farm Animals Expected to Grow
 
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As the world demands more meat, milk and eggs, experts worry that heavy use of the medicine in livestock will cause a sharp increase in antibiotic-resistant infections. Originally published at - http://www.voacambodia.com/media/video/2815981.html
Antibiotics in Ag
 
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Antibiotic use by livestock producers has gotten a lot of media attention in recent years. We explain there are good reasons why farmers use them to help keep your food supply safe. More at http://VaFarmBureau.org.
Views: 77 VirginiaFarmBureau
Understanding Antibiotics in Dairy Farming
 
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Charles Steer of Sunbow Dairy in Tennessee discusses antibiotics in dairy farming.
Views: 1178 The Dairy Alliance
#AskAFarmer about antibiotic use
 
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Healthy animals are the foundation of a safe and abundant food supply. Sometimes it’s necessary for farmers to treat cows with antibiotics when cows are ill, just as people sometimes need medication when they are sick. Dairy farms only use U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved antibiotics and work with their veterinarians to administer them. Milk from a cow being treated with antibiotics is separated to ensure it does not go into the milk supply. All milk is tested for antibiotics upon delivery at the dairy plant. Any milk that tests positive cannot be sold to the public. Festival Foods dietitian Lauren Tulig went to a farm to learn more: http://bit.ly/2p6xE7S We encourage you to #AskAFarmer about dairy farming and food. Visit a Wisconsin dairy farm during #JuneDairyMonth. Full list of events at dairydaysofsummer.com.
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Change farming and save our antibiotics | Cóilin Nunan | TEDxExeter
 
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Imagine a global health crisis which causes more deaths than cancer. That’s the future we face unless we take action now to stop the rise of antibiotic resistance. Drawing on decades of academic research, Cóilín Nunan shares the action we need to take now to save our antibiotics. Cóilín Nunan is the scientific adviser to the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics, an alliance of health, medical, environmental and animal-welfare groups working to stop the overuse of antibiotics in livestock farming. He has co-authored numerous reports on antibiotic resistance and antibiotic residues that highlight the human health impact of excessive antibiotic use in intensive livestock farming. This work aims to encourage a move to more responsible use of antibiotics in farming, through better regulation and improvements in production systems, which would also improve animal health and welfare. -- At TEDxExeter 2018 we focussed on making connections - and building bridges. Our speakers challenged us to reflect on how, in this interconnected, interdependent world, global issues affect all of our lives, and our actions affect others. In these turbulent times of shock political outcomes, “fake news”, data breaches, war, mass migration, rapid technological progress and climate change we believe that ideas have the power to change attitudes, lives, and ultimately, the world. TEDxExeter Curator - Claire Kennedy @clairekennedy__ - http://tedxexeter.com Production Manager - Andy Robertson @geekdadgamer - http://www.youtube.com/familygamertv Film & Livestream - First Sight Media @firstsightmedia - http://firstsightmedia.co.uk/ Cóilín Nunan is the scientific adviser to the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics, an alliance of health, medical, environmental and animal-welfare groups working to stop the overuse of antibiotics in livestock farming. He has co-authored numerous reports on antibiotic resistance and antibiotic residues that highlight the human health impact of excessive antibiotic use in intensive livestock farming. This work aims to encourage a move to more responsible use of antibiotics in farming, through better regulation and improvements in production systems, which would also improve animal health and welfare. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
Views: 697 TEDx Talks
Antibiotics Risk to Humans
 
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A congressional hearing is underway to determine whether or not the feeding of antibiotics to healthy farm animals could pose a significant health risk to humans. Katie Couric reports.
Views: 7681 CBS
US state limits use of antibiotics on animals
 
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California is set to introduce strict new rules on the use of antibiotics in livestock production. There are growing concerns that the overuse of such drugs is contributing to the rising number of life-threatening human infections from antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as "superbugs." Al Jazeera's Tarek Bazley explains. Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/AJEnglish Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aljazeera Check our website http://www.aljazeera.com/
Views: 1198 Al Jazeera English
Livestock Farming & Antibiotic Resistance - BBC Science Editor Tom Feilden Reports
 
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Via a BBC Radio 4 report, we learn about the role livestock farming has in increasing antibiotic resistance in the wider environment. In the second half of this video we hear from Professor David Heymann of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Professor Dik Mevius of Utrecht University. Professor Dik Mevius is in charge of the National Reference Laboratory on Antimicrobial Resistance in Animals - in the Netherlands.
Views: 753 CaringAboutAnimals
Fair Farms: Keep Antibiotics Working
 
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Consumers can make choices when buying meat to feed their families. In this video, Fair Farms farmer Kim Wagner of Black Bottom Farm talks about growing practices on her farm; Michael Berger of Elevation Burger talks about his business practices to source antibiotic free, sustainably grown livestock; and Mae Wu of NRDC gives an overview of antibiotic resistance. Please visit http://fairfarmsnow.org/ for more information about the campaign. Black Bottom Farm: https://www.facebook.com/Black-Bottom-Farm-587138324630320/ Elevation Burger: http://elevationburger.com/ NRDC: https://www.nrdc.org/
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Iowa Cattle Farmers: Kennedy Cattle Company
 
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Since 1943, Kennedy Cattle Company of Atlantic, Iowa in Cass county, has been passed down through generations. Brothers Zak and Mitch strive for excellence every day and hold each other accountable within their business on the farm. Farming practices have changed over time to provide efficient, safe and wholesome beef to consumers. The legacy they are building for future generations includes safe animal handling, the use of vaccines, hormones and antibiotics when necessary to produce the best products.
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Antibiotic use in farm animals adds to superbug threat
 
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As chicken consumption in India increases at a rapid pace, so do concerns around the use of antibiotics by the country’s poultry farmers. Drug-resistant bacteria can transfer to humans through meat or the environment. (June 27, 2018) THE CANADIAN PRESS https://twitter.com/cdnpress https://www.facebook.com/thecanadianpress The Canadian Press is Canada’s most trusted news leader in providing real-time, bilingual multimedia content for online, mobile and emerging platforms.
Views: 58 The Canadian Press
Antibiotics, Resistance and Livestock
 
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Does the use of antibiotics in agriculture impact human health?
Views: 1173 PurdueFAEN
Where the Best Beef In America Comes From
 
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On this week’s episode of The Meat Show, host and professional carnivore Nick Solares visits 44 Farms, a Black Angus ranch in Cameron, Texas. Known for its genetics program and hormone-, antibiotic-, and feed additive-free beef, 44 Farms is the nation’s gold standard for Black Angus beef; watch as Solares tours the facility, and gets up close and personal with a giant steer. For more episodes of The Meat Show, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_5mqRCiZAc&index=2&list=PLUeEVLHfB5-SXVvGyBE_sAXRuO5t2wape — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —  Eater is the one-stop-shop for food and restaurant obsessives across the country. With features, explainers, animations, recipes, and more — it’s the most indulgent food content around. So get hungry. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel now! http://goo.gl/hGwtF0 Our Video Crew: https://www.eater.com/pages/masthead-video
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Know How Antibiotics Are Used In Food - The Balancing Act
 
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Join woman rancher, blogger and CommonGround volunteer, Kelsey Pope, as she talks about the safe use of anti-biotics in farm and ranch-raised cattle. Learn how misconceptions concerning the use of antibiotics are changing as cattle experts lend insight and perspective on this important consumer topic. Visit: http://www.thebalancingact.com Like: https://www.facebook.com/TheBalancingActFans Follow: https://twitter.com/BalancingActTV #TheBalancingAct #BalancingAct 102297
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FDA Limiting Antibiotic Use in Livestock
 
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FDA has released guidance for antibiotic use in livestock. The rules ban the use of low levels of antibiotics as growth hormones in swine and require a veterinarian to recommend use of the drug to treat sick animals. FDA has proposed the rules due to concerns about resistance to antibiotics in humans. However, Michelle Rook reports there is no proven link. Heartland Consumer Report on KTTC-TV 5pm News air date 12-26-13.
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Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work on the Farm
 
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With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), DHEC launched a campaign to raise awareness among S.C. dairy farmers on the proper use of antibiotics in herds.
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Farmer: Stop Overusing Antibiotics in Animal Production | Pew
 
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Georgia farmer Will Harris ran an industrialized farm until the early 2000s when he decided to stop giving animals antibiotics unless they were sick. http://www.saveantibiotics.org Using these drugs in meat and poultry production is common practice and it is breeding dangerous, antibiotic-resistant superbugs that can infect people. But Harris's farm is proof that meat producers can scale up without using antibiotics in animal feed to promote growth. Now his vertically integrated pastured livestock farm promotes animal welfare and environmental sustainability. Learn more at: http://saveantibiotics.org.
Views: 1200 Pew
Manure, Antibiotics & Compost
 
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It's common knowledge that the commercial livestock industry stuffs its cattle, hogs and chickens with antibiotics. A new study shows just how dangerous the practice is. A review of 440,000 patient records in Pennsylvania found that those who lived near farms and areas where manure was dumped were 38 percent more likely to develop a MRSA infection. MRSA is one of the most insidious and deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria now spreading across the globe, attacking skin and other soft tissue.
Beretta Farms Cattle Move
 
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Antibiotic and Hormone Free Cattle
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How Dairy Farms Judiciously Use Antibiotics
 
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Cows come first on dairy farms, which means farmers feed their cows a healthy diet, provide safe and clean housing, and watch them closely every day. Sometimes dairy cows do get sick, and Dr. Richard Veeman, an Oregon veterinarian, explains how and why he would give a cow antibiotics to get better. To learn more, visit DairyGood.org.
Views: 450 Dairy Good
Antibiotic-free Animals
 
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American farmers use more growth-promoting-antibiotics than any other place in the world. Katie Couric reports on a possible alternative in Denmark, which bans antibiotic use in livestock.
Views: 2371 CBS
Pathfinder dairy group explains benchmarking and reducing antibiotic use
 
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A Pathfinder dairy group run by Kite, ASDA, Arla and Solway Vets aims to benchmark antibiotic use on its farms so they can reduce, refine and replace overall use as well as use of the highest priority critically important antibiotics.
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How are Antibiotics Used in Livestock?
 
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Antibiotics are used in livestock in many different ways. Check out www.thecowdocs.com to learn more!
Views: 80 The Cow Docs
Dr. Keith Ayoob discusses antibiotic use in animals and safety
 
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Dr. Keith Ayoob discusses antibiotic use in animals and safety at the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance New York Food Dialogues. For more information on how farmers and ranchers carefully use antibiotics, please visit http://factsaboutbeef.com/2012/09/24/are-antibiotics-in-cattle-routinely-overused-absolutely-not-strict-guidelines-ensure-antibiotics-in-cattle-are-used-safely-and-appropriately-to-prevent-control-and-treat-disease-2/
Views: 401 BeefFacts
Innovation on a Dairy Farm
 
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Indiana based Union-Go Dairy shares how they use innovation on their farm to help reduce need for antibiotics.
Views: 763 ElancoAnimalHealth
Antibiotic Residues in Meat and Milk
 
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Does the use of antibiotics in livestock production lead to residues in meat and milk?
Views: 2189 PurdueFAEN
Fox59: Antibiotic Concerns in Cows
 
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Is the food farmers serve to animals impacting your health? A federal judge wants the FDA to limit antibiotics in animal feed out of concern it is making humans immune to those drugs.
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Antibiotics in Beef
 
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How much truth is there to claims of risk caused by the treatment of beef cattle with antibiotics? Nobody wants to eat beef containing antibiotics, but there’s a ton of misinformation out there on this controversial practice. Some people think that beef we get from these cows contains antibiotics. This has never been true. Antibiotics are quickly metabolized by the body. This is why when you take antibiotics, you have to take them every day. Each drug has an established “withdrawal time” which is anywhere from 0 to 60 days, during which treated animals cannot go into food production. This is verified by the US Food Safety and Inspection Service, the FDA, and the EPA. Some retailers market their beef as containing no antibiotics. This is deceptive, because no beef on the market contains antibiotics. In advertising they call this a “preemptive claim”, saying something about your product that’s also true of all similar products, in the hope that pointing it out will frighten consumers away from the competition. Don’t be fooled by deceptive marketing. The real concern is that using antibiotics in any species eventually evolves resistant bacteria. If such bacteria are in the meat and we eat it without properly cooking it, then it’s possible for those resistant bacteria to transfer to us humans. Therefore, about 85% of ranchers in the United States follow the Beef Quality Assurance program, which restricts antibiotic usage to the narrowest spectrum that works, treats the fewest possible animals, and limits usage to the treatment or prevention of disease. The guidelines also recommend avoiding types of antibiotics that are used in human healthcare wherever possible, to minimize any possible transmission of bacteria that might be resistant to drugs we use on ourselves. Some farmers, mostly of pigs, do use an antibiotic called ractopamine which promotes faster muscle growth. This is called a sub-therapeutic antibiotic. This usage, while not medicinal, is still subject to a withdrawal time, and this specific drug is not used in humans. So why don’t all farmers do this? One reason is that antibiotics are expensive, so farmers have to find a careful balance of using just enough to make economic sense without wasting money on unnecessary overuse. The bottom line is that as long as you’re cooking your meat, there is absolutely no realistic health concern about eating beef cattle that may have been treated with antibiotics. So enjoy your steak and hamburger, and don’t worry about an imaginary dose of antibiotics. References Antibiotic Stewardship is Not New to Cattle Ranchers. (2015, June 2). Retrieved October 11, 2015, from http://factsaboutbeef.com/2015/06/02/beef-cattle-antibiotics-stewardship/ Dodsworth, T., & Ball, C. A report on the treatment of beef cattle with tranquilisers and antibiotics. Animal Production Anim. Prod., 315-319. Eirich, R. (2015, September 6). Nebraska BQA: Antibiotic Use Guidelines. Retrieved October 11, 2015, from http://bqa.unl.edu/bqanebr-article-3 Jones, G. (2009, May 1). Preventing Drug Residues In Milk and Cull Dairy Cows. Retrieved October 11, 2015, from https://pubs.ext.vt.edu/404/404-403/404-403.html Smith, G., Heaton, K., Sofos, J., Tatum, J., Aaronson, M., & Clayton, R. Residues Of Antibiotics, Hormones And Pesticides In Conventional, Natural And Organic Beef. Journal of Muscle Foods, 157-172. Gonzalez, J., Carter, J., Johnson, D., Ouellette, S., & Johnson, S. (2007). Effect of ractopamine-hydrochloride and trenbolone acetate on longissimus muscle fiber area, diameter, and satellite cell numbers in cull beef cows. Journal of Animal Science, 1893-1901.
Views: 6864 The Feeding Tube
Farm Factor - Insights on Antibiotics - January 17, 2017
 
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(Bob Cervera) Cattle baron Charles Goodnight’s cattle on the trail from Texas to Kansas 150 years ago managed to maintain good herd health, as many small producers do today. Therein lie some lessons for the broader cattle feeding community, says a Zoetis veterinarian. (Dr. Robin Falkner) Before we had antibiotics and before we had the vaccines a lot of the other prevention technologies we have now, people figured out how to how to operate without a lot of morbidity and mortality. (Bob) Those examples continue today, seen in the cattle health results from calves bought at auction markets. (Dr. Falkner) The guy that comes to the sale barn for about 20 calves and doesn’t really know much about good vaccinations, he takes them home and turns them into a pasture – he often gets pretty good results. If we look into the future where we may be rewarded or punished based on animal health outcomes or our use of antimicrobials, that actually gives me hope that we can also manage better. (Bob) That can start with finding new ways to look at animal health successes and problems. (Dr. Falkner) One of my mentors early on in my in my cattle and veterinary career told me to stop going to the places where they were doing everything right and getting good results but to spend more time at the places where they were doing a lot of things wrong and getting good results or the places where they were doing everything right but getting bad results. (Bob) Managing overall herd health is more critical than breaking it down to each animal, but the individuals still need focused attention. (Dr. Falkner) We definitely want to use antibiotics more judiciously and oftentimes that means less. We also are very conscious of our animal welfare outcomes, which means an animal that’s sick needs to be treated promptly. With smarter management with better management will better stockmanship we should have less disease and less reliance on antibiotics instead of just looking at those intentions let's see where that we can put something else in there with them that we can improve on. (Bob) Proactive engagement with consumers, along with and more transparency and dialog will best serve all interests, the veterinarian concludes. I’m Bob Cervera.