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YFC members discuss Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in livestock

YFC members discuss Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in livestock

Groundbreaking research on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in livestock brought Oxfordshire YFC members together to discuss an important industry issue.

Researchers from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford approached Rebecca (Becca) Ludlow, Oxfordshire FYFC’s County Chair, about holding the discussion on AMR.

Rebecca said: “With the media spotlight often shining the light on agricultural practices, the latest findings and action to negate effects of antibiotic resistance was a welcome topic and a great boost to hear about good practice and positive results within the agricultural industry.”

Antimicrobials are agents that “kill” a wide range of organisms including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Antibiotics are a type of antimicrobial medicine and act on bacteria specifically.

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) occurs when infectious agents (bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites) evolve over time and acquire new characteristics which reduce or stop their susceptibility to antimicrobials. The inappropriate and excessive use of antimicrobials contributes to the development of AMR. (Source)

YFC members from a range of Oxfordshire YFCs shared their experience, ideas, and concerns during a Q&A session and provided a much-needed insight to the farming industry.

“This was the first AGRI evening that I’ve organised and I was so bowled over by the interest. I think this shows the passion for agriculture within YFC and I’m certainly looking forward to instigating more events in the future,” said Rebecca who was inspired by conversations at the County Chairs Conference in 2023 to host a local AGRI event.

“It just shows how the networking at YFC events helps to stimulate ideas and connections. We were delighted to host such groundbreaking research news and ensure that our Oxfordshire FYFC members had plenty of opportunity to discuss the practicalities of medicine in agriculture but also explore the big picture of future animal health and welfare.”

This article first appeared in NFYFC’s YFC AGRI June newsletter.