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Antimicrobials are often used to treat bovine respiratory disease in feedlots. But there’s little hard data, which makes it difficult to know how practices such as low-stress weaning might lower use.

Feedlots to be put to the test — and that’s what they want

Thwarting resistance and reassuring consumers behind antimicrobial monitoring

Reading Time: 5 minutes A new pilot project will give Canada’s cattle industry some long-overdue and much-needed data about antimicrobial use and resistance on Canadian beef farms. “Antibiotic resistance is a really, really big deal, both for human and animal health,” said Reynold Bergen, science director for the Beef Cattle Research Council. “If bugs get resistant to antibiotics, the […] Read more

Close up of veterinarian's hand preparing vaccine for cattle on the farm

There’s a learning curve with new rules on medication

Now is the time to get up to speed on the ins and outs of the regulations on medicated feed and additives

Reading Time: 3 minutes Changes to Health Canada’s policy on medically important antimicrobials, which came into effect Dec. 1, include those medications administered in water and in feed. This change is in response to antimicrobial resistance and the assurance of a safe food supply. It will also, I feel, be a positive step to further assure accuracy in milled […] Read more


There’s a story to tell about antimicrobial use — and it’s a good one

There’s a story to tell about antimicrobial use — and it’s a good one

Beef 911: The industry and veterinarians are doing what they should be doing to minimize resistance

Reading Time: 5 minutes There have been volumes written about antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in recent years — this article will highlight some of the key points on how well the cattle industry is doing so far and what changes veterinarians may make in their recommendations going forward. For those of you who crave more detailed information, there are several […] Read more

Farmer with cattle in barn

It’s a new era when it comes to livestock medication

Don’t wait until the new rules go into effect in December — the time to get ready is now

Reading Time: 3 minutes Having a professional relationship with your veterinarian has never been more important. New regulations passed by Health Canada that come into effect Dec. 1 will require that all medically important antimicrobials (MIA) — including those that are injected, dissolved in water, fed in feed, or administered as a bolus — will need a prescription. Just […] Read more


If you don’t make arrangements with a vet, you won’t be able to access a long list of livestock drugs currently available over the counter. 

BE PREPARED: How new drug rules will affect your ranch

Now is the time to get ready for when a host of antimicrobials will no longer be available over the counter

Reading Time: 6 minutes The clock is ticking on new rules that will require a prescription for livestock drugs that can currently be bought over the counter. This blog from the Beef Cattle Research Council looks at how to prepare and why antimicrobial resistance needs to be on everyone’s radar. The article has been edited for length, but the […] Read more

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Stop using antibiotics in healthy animals, WHO urges farmers

London | 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 deadly […] Read more


Colostrum is the best ‘drug’ that a producer can use, says Roy Lewis.

The facts about the dangers of antibiotic resistance

Beef 911: The cattle industry is doing a good job to prevent resistance and 
we are improving those efforts


Reading Time: 4 minutes There has been volumes written on antibiotic/antimicrobial resistance in the last several years. This article will highlight some of the key points on how well the cattle industry is doing so far and predict what changes veterinarians may make in their recommendations going forward. For those of you who crave more detailed information, there are […] Read more

Bacteria share antibiotic resistance with genetic partners

Bacteria share antibiotic resistance with genetic partners

Reading Time: 2 minutes Michigan State University researchers have uncovered a troubling trend towards multiple antibiotic resistance in concentrated animal feeding operations. A research team led by James Tiedje, distinguished professor of microbiology found that in large swine farms where antibiotics are used continuously in feed for growth promotion and disease prevention, multi-drug-resistant bacteria are likely the norm rather […] Read more


Research on antimicrobial use and resistance to be funded

A total of $1.5 million available for 
projects that reduce antimicrobial use 
or combat resistance

Reading Time: < 1 minute Alberta Beef Producers and the Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency are seeking research proposals focused on antimicrobial use and resistance. The two organizations will be awarding $1.5 million in grants for research in the following areas: Identify and/or develop practical and economically viable modifications to current beef production practices that reduce the need for non-ionophore […] Read more

New website focuses on antimicrobial resistance

New website focuses on antimicrobial resistance

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Alberta Veterinary Medical Association has launched a campaign called Raised with Care to inform livestock producers about upcoming changes to antimicrobial regulations and livestock production practices. “Controlling the spread of (antibiotic) resistance is essential if we hope to retain our access to these tools that save countless human and animal lives,” the association said […] Read more