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New stricter antibiotics rules

The rules for the "Yellow Card” system that determine the threshold values for the use of antibiotics in Danish pig production changed on 1 July 2016.

The rules for the "Yellow Card” system that determine the threshold values for the use of antibiotics in Danish pig production changed on 1 July 2016.

  • The upper limit for the use of antibiotics in the pig population is lowered.
  • The actual calculation of the farmers’ total use of antibiotics will become more intelligent by giving certain types of antibiotics a higher weight in the medicine rating – and the opposite for other less problematic types.

The reason for the change in the calculation is to steer the use away from the types of antibiotics that can give problems with resistance in humans.

This means that there is an incentive for the pig producer to choose preparations that are not considered to be problematic for the human sector”, says the Chairman of the Danish Veterinary Association’s section for pigs, Kristian Viekild, to the Landbrugsavisen, thereby welcoming the new differentiated yellow card.

Yet another step in the right direction

At the same time, the general threshold values are lowered a little more for a continued reduction of the use of antibiotics.

The yellow card, where pig produces with a use of antibiotics above the threshold value are punished financially, was introduced in 2010. The threshold values are different for piglets, slaughter pigs and sows. 

A 20% lower use of antibiotics achieved

From 2009 to 2019, the total use of antibiotics has fallen by approx. 33 per cent. This has occurred at the same time as the pig production has been constant or slightly increasing.

The use of antibiotics for pigs in Denmark is considerably lower than in most of the other major pig producing countries in the EU.