Danish pigs get less antibiotics

A new report shows that the use of antibiotics for Danish pigs has continued to fall in 2015.

The annual DANMAP report documents that the use of antibiotics has fallen by 5% in the pig production. These figures must be seen in the light of the fact that Danish farmers produced more pigs in 2015 than in the previous year.

The DANMAP report is prepared in collaboration with three Danish institutions: The State Institute of Serum (SSI), The National Veterinary Institute at DTU and The National Food Institute at DTU. Since 1995, the DANMAP programme has supervised the use of antibiotics for humans and animals in Denmark and the occurrence of antibiotic resistance among bacteria in animals, humans and food products.

Lower use in the pig production

Measured in doses and adjusted for the number of pigs produced each year, the use of antibiotics for pigs is 22 per cent lower than in 2009 when the use was at an all-time high after Denmark stopped using antibiotics to promote the body weight gain.

The lower use is primarily owing to the fact that the use of the antibiotic type tetracyclines has fallen by nine percent since 2014 and by 24 per cent since 2009.

The Danish Agriculture & Food Council is pleased

The DANMAP result is greatly welcomed by the Danish Agriculture & Food Council.

The result is owing to a targeted effort from the veterinarians and the pig producers and it is good news as the use of antibiotics for pigs has in general fallen by 5% from 2014 to 2015 and since 2009, it has fallen by 22%. A reduction from an already low level compared to other countries",says Flemming Nør-Pedersen, Manager of the Danish Agriculture & Food Council.

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