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Frontiers of Agricultural Science and Engineering >> 2018, Volume 5, Issue 3 doi: 10.15302/J-FASE-2018207

Antimicrobial use in food animal production: situation analysis and contributing factors

Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute, Belfast BT9 5PX, Northern Ireland

Accepted: 2018-04-09 Available online: 2018-07-31

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By measuring the quantity and ways in which antimicrobials are used, and reviewing different technical and socioeconomic factors influencing antimicrobial use at farm level, this study discusses the main knowledge gaps in antimicrobial use in food animal production and provides recommendations for future research and policy development. The review reveals that antimicrobial use in food animals exhibit strong regional and species differences, and there are still large information gaps concerning the current state of antimicrobial use. Factors associated with animal health (including antimicrobial resistance), animal health improvement, economic costs and benefits relevant to animal diseases, and potential technological alternatives or alternative systems all have an impact on antimicrobial use on the farm. There is a clear need to resolve the data gap by monitoring antimicrobial use and developing an analytical framework to better understand farmer behaviors under different technical, economic and environmental circumstances.

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