For livestock producers, animal welfare and animal health go hand in hand. It’s about making sure the animal has the proper nutrition, preventative care and medical support it needs to thrive. This care, when needed, may include the use of antibiotics.
Producers take antibiotic use in livestock very seriously. Both producers and the industry as a whole continuously evaluate the way they are using antibiotics to protect both animal and human health. This antibiotic stewardship focuses on supporting the responsible use of antibiotics to maintain the health of the animals. It includes working with veterinarians to determine when antibiotics are needed and following the appropriate withdrawal times.