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Critics allege antimicrobial use in livestock increases the likelihood of bacteria that infect humans will become resistant to common drugs.

Antimicrobial resistance: No smoking gun, study finds

Study finds no link between antimicrobial use in livestock and antibiotic-resistant bacteria in humans

Researchers say they’ve tried very hard to find a link between antibiotic-resistant bacteria in cattle and humans — but despite all their efforts, were unable to do it. “We did a very comprehensive study where we studied enterococci in cattle, in waste water treatment plants, in catch basins and surrounding fields, and also collected isolates […] 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

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


As of December 2018, you’ll need a prescription if livestock fall sick and need an antibiotic or other antimicrobial. But you wouldn’t be able to just call up a vet and ask for one if you don’t have a Veterinarian-Client-Patient-Relationship.

How’s your relationship with your vet?

Antimicrobials will soon require a prescription, but a vet can’t write one if he or she hasn’t worked closely with a producer

When it comes to antimicrobials, one shoe has dropped and the other soon will. And that means livestock producers who don’t have a working relationship with a vet better start developing one. As of last month, producers can no longer import antimicrobials for use on their ranches and farms, and growth promotion claims have been […] Read more

How antimicrobial use will change in a year’s time

Alberta Beef Producers highlighted changes for medically important antimicrobials (MIAs) that will take effect on Dec. 1, 2018. “While current research does not point to any clear, direct link between antimicrobial use in cattle and resistance in people, it is in our best interests to use these products appropriately,” the organization stated in the Nov. […] Read more


Widespread antibiotic use reduced disease levels in herds but also sent resistance levels soaring.

Antimicrobial resistance in cattle means big changes coming

Resistance crisis even has drug companies calling for producers to change their ways

Multi-drug resistance to disease-causing bacteria is quickly becoming a complete “game changer” that could cripple the cattle industry’s ability to manage common bovine diseases. “We are really slamming into the end of the antibiotic era,” said Dr. Trisha Dowling, a professor of veterinary pharmacology at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. “I’ve got 24 different […] Read more