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Less antibiotics in cattle breeding

Although less antibiotics are used in cattle breeding, there is a need for poultry farming. This is the result of BMEL's report.

Although the number of antibiotics in German pigs and cattle has decreased significantly over the last few years, there is still a great need for poultry, especially in the case of spare antibiotics. This stems from the evaluation report of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, reported by

Accordingly, total consumption for all six breeding animal species fell by 31.6% between the second half of 2014 and the second half of 2017 to 203.9 tonnes. Consumption of fattening pigs fell by 43% to 65.2 tonnes in the reporting period. In pigs, 46 percent to 47.2 tonnes in the same period. Significantly decreased cattle. Consumption fell by 76 percent, but at a low level of 0.4 t, which was already low. The fattening calf consumed 25.0 tonnes of such active ingredients in the second half of 2017. Consumption fell by 1.0 percent in the same period.

It does not happen much with turkeys and chicken

Less pleasant were just a small reduction compared to the toast. According to the report, there is only a relatively small reduction of 3.8% to 36.7 tons achieved in this type in the same period. In fattening chickens, the use of antibiotics at 29.5 t was only slightly lower than in the second half of 2014. As the assessment report also shows, the share of "critical" classes of active substances that were also important for human medicine were fattened pigs, fatted calves, fattening calves and Cattle in the reporting period by less than 10 percent. In Turkey and Chicken Mushroom, the share of spare antibiotics was almost 40 percent of the calculated consumption.

Federal Minister of Agriculture Julia Klöckner Although he commended a significant reduction in antibiotic consumption, he described the high share of spare antibiotics in the poultry sector as "unacceptable". Here is an urgent need for action and the industry expects "concrete proposals and activities to ensure a permanent improvement in their business". Otherwise, the federal government will adopt laws, the minister warned.

DBV speaks of a visible reduction

Today, the report is confirmed by the German Farmers' Association (DBV), which for years has seen a noticeable reduction in the use of antibiotics in cattle breeding. "It is once more clear that animal owners are acting conscientiously and responsibly with antibiotics," DBV chief secretary Bernhard Krüsken said. The pioneering role of antibiotic monitoring in the QS system has made a big contribution here. "

Also i The Chairman of the Veterinary Association (bpt), Dr. Siegfried Moder, was very pleased with the score. At this time, however, the effects on sprouts in the food chain can not yet be expected, as they are only postponed. Here, a period of five years has to start.

source:;; dfv media group