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#COLOSTRUMISGOLD Campaign aims to slash antibiotic use

UK livestock sectors are teaming up next month to promote the ‘liquid gold’ properties of colostrum in reducing the need for antibiotics and improving their lifetime performance.

The #ColostrumIsGold campaign, created by the RUMA (Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture), aims to remind producers that responsible use of antibiotics starts with the newborn receiving the right amount of colostrum within a couple of hours of birth.

Supporting the campaign Dr Fiona Lovatt says: “Lambs receiving insufficient colostrum at birth is behind one of the sheep industry’s biggest antibiotic use ‘hotspots’, in what is otherwise a low-use sector and it’s largely avoidable. The reality is we simply don’t see watery mouth in lambs that have taken sufficient colostrum on board in that golden 24-hour window immediately after birth. A 5kg lamb at birth needs 1l of colostrum in its first 24 hours to give essential levels of natural immunity, but importantly, the first feed should be within two hours of birth”.

For more information search #ColostrumIsGold on Twitter, or visit www.farmantibiotics.org

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