Dr. Marty Isinger from the Biggar Vet Clinic in Biggar, Sask., prepares to collect a semen sample for evaluation May 3 on the Larson ranch near D’Arcy, Sask. Isinger was also establishing a veterinarian client patient relationship with the Larsons, which will soon be required under Canada’s new livestock antibiotic prescription regulations.  |  Paula Larson photo

Antibiotic rules usher in new vet drug era

Livestock producers will be required next year to go through veterinarians to obtain antibiotics for use on their farms


OLDS, Alta. — As of Dec. 1, veterinary prescriptions will be required for antibiotics for Canadian livestock. The new federal legislation means big changes and covers everything from beef to bees. It could mean added costs for producers, who must also develop a working relationship with a veterinarian. “Producers are going to have to work […] Read more

The U.S. based National Pork Producers Council was less politic in its response to WHO’s recommendation against preventive treatment, calling it “ill-advised and wrong.”
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New antibiotic guidelines ‘ill advised’

Recommendations from the World Health Organization that farmers stop using antibiotics to prevent illness are not sitting easily with all livestock producer groups. WHO released its recommendations on antibiotic use Nov. 7 with the goal of helping to preserve effectiveness of the drugs in the face of growing bacterial resistance that could pose a threat […] Read more

The United States and Canada are falling behind Europe in the fight to curb the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in meat production and experts are warning of the possibility of dangerous drug-resistant

Investor group warns US/Canada farm antibiotic policy lagging EU

LOS ANGELES, Nov 15 (Reuters) – The United States and Canada are falling behind Europe in the fight to curb the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in meat production and experts are warning of the possibility of dangerous drug-resistant “superbug” infections as a result, according to a new report from investor group Farm Animal Investment […] Read more


The World Health Organization urged farmers on Tuesday to stop using antibiotics to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals because the practice fuels dangerous drug-resistant superbug infections in people. | Screencap via Twitter/@WHO

Stop using antibiotics in healthy animals, WHO urges farmers

LONDON/CHICAGO, Nov 7 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization urged farmers on Tuesday to stop using antibiotics to promote growth and prevent disease in healthy animals because the practice fuels dangerous drug-resistant superbug infections in people. Describing a lack of effective antibiotics for humans as “a security threat” on a par with “a sudden and […] Read more



Antibiotic use in agriculture is increasing, but research into alternative medicines is costly.
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Antimicrobial resistance a global issue

QUEBEC CITY, Que. — Resistance to antimicrobials has turned into a major health crisis, says the head of the centre for disease dynamics, economics and policy. “We have not seen a problem of this magnitude that encompasses the world since HIV,” said Ramana Laxminarayan, who is also affiliated with Princeton University. Bacterial resistance to antimicrobials […] Read more

Health Canada has announced plans to limit the use of antibiotics for growth promotion purposes in livestock. Within three years’ time, use will be limited to specific health issues and provided under direction of a veterinarian. Healthy but curious calves like this one will not be given antibiotics as an eventual chaser to scrap pieces of drywall. However, this calf quickly rejected this material as potential fodder.  |  Mike Sturk photo

Health Canada tightens antibiotic use

Antibiotics for treatment, not prevention | Medically beneficial antibiotics can only be used under advice of a veterinarian

Health Canada plans to phase out the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in livestock. In a notice issued April 10, the federal department said the move is designed to minimize development of antimicrobial resistance. In collaboration with the Canadian Animal Health Institute (CAHI), Health Canada said it will implement two key measures: removal of […] Read more