Responsible use of medicines in the farming community helps with good farm management, ensuring the animals are healthy and protecting their welfare. Good health, in turn, has a positive impact on both the productivity and the efficiency of farming.
Farmers play an important role to ensure that animals remain healthy through good husbandry.
Good hygiene, proper feed, appropriate husbandry and good management practices are by far the best strategy for farmers to adopt, not just for welfare and health-related reasons but for economic reasons too. However, despite these measures, animals still get sick and need to be treated.
With regard to the responsible use of veterinary medicines, the role of the farmer is to:
- adhere to the veterinary prescription, including recommendations given on medicine-use;
- record all treatments so the results can be evaluated and allow for a possible adjustment for future treatments.
Thanks to EPRUMA farmers can access a comprehensive and practical framework of best practices for the use of veterinary medicines in the farming sector, contributing to the development of successful management and animal health programmes and the sustainability of the entire farm.
Did you know? Research suggests that if no veterinary medicines were available, the poultry population would have to increase by 20% and cattle by 89% to obtain the same production level as today.