Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Norwegian livestock and antibiotics

No, it's not a vegan website. It is Norway's biggest Farmers' Union.

They got it right and don't have to cover-up a veterinary disaster causing human deaths.

As always read in full here - Mechanical Translation

Norwegian livestock and antibiotics

By Guro Bjørnstad, 08/18/2014 11:46

Norwegian farmers have taken a conscious choice to give the least amount of antibiotics to livestock's. It is a victory for both animal health and public health...

...in Europe, a large proportion of swine herds carriers of the bacteria.

This spring all swine herds with more than ten sows tested for infection with the antibiotic-resistant bacterium LA-MRSA. Only one of  nearly 1,000 crews were carrier of the infection.

Good knowledge and positive attitudes

Norwegian agriculture has a good tradition to prevent and eradicate diseases, rather than to live with them. Good knowledge and positive attitudes among farmers, health and veterinary authorities in combination with a strict set of rules, means that we are able to keep the infection from our herds.

" In Norway, the prevalence of antibiotic resistant bacteria is very low, for targeted efforts by farmers and governments over many years.

" Since the mid 90s, the awareness of antibiotic use increased and consumption decreased by 40 percent. While other countries use antibiotics prevention, we use it only for treatment when necessary, and only by prescription from a veterinarian.

" We are proud that Norwegian food manufacturers use very little antibiotics compared with the rest of Europe. Report from the European Union shows that Norway and Iceland are using far at least, while Denmark spends more than ten times as much, and Italy hundred times more antibiotics per kilogram livestock Norway.

" MRSA is a variant of the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. It has developed resistance to several important antibiotics used to treat humans and animals.

" MRSA was originally a "hospital bacteria", but from the late 90th century, the increasingly diagnosed in people outside the hospital environment. The infection is found in both people and animals in Norway, is believed to come from people who take their
infection abroad
" Pet-Associated MRSA spread between herds primarily for moving animals, but can also be spread through contaminated objects and people, including expensive cars. Meat and meat products are not considered as a major cause of infection from animals to humans.

" After contact with pigs in other countries apply general recommendation of a minimum 48 hour quarantine, of which at least 24 hours in Norway before coming in contact with the Norwegian pig.

Read more about MRSA and status of infection in animals in Norway in Animalia.

Healthy animals produce healthy people

- Norwegian farmers want in the future to conduct a contamination-free animal care with minimal use of antibiotics. Then have the system to facilitate it. It will benefit both animals and people for good, writes 1st Deputy Chairman of the Norwegian Farmers Kristin Ianssen in a post. Read full post.

Small-scale food production is best for your health

- There is only one way to reverse this vicious spiral, it is to run a farm with less medication use. Away from Overcrowding in the big barn located next to each other and lead to a massive infection pressure between animals, human beings, insects and birds. Over a small-scale production that emphasizes biological processes and expertise in front of current efficiency. This print head in Sør-Trøndelag Farmers Union Lars Morten Rosmo in an article in Aftenposten on 31 July.