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Press Release Press Release2-7-2019
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International Feed Manufacturer ForFarmers has been ‘highly commended’ at the 2019 Antibiotic Guardian awards in recognition of its continued commitment to the role nutrition can play in tackling the global challenge of anti-microbial resistance.

The annual awards, which took place on 27th June in Solihull, celebrate best-practice in tackling Antimicrobial Resistance as part of the Antibiotic Guardian pledge campaign, set up by Public Health England in 2014.

Following its shortlisting in the very competitive category of Animal health, Agriculture and Food Supply, ForFarmers were awarded ‘highly commended’ as Kite Consulting were crowned overall winners in the category.

Steven Read, COO at ForFarmers commented: “We’re absolutely delighted to have been ‘highly commended’, for our work in the important role livestock nutrition can plan in this global challenge. The awards were an excellent showcase of some really interesting work taking place from a wide range of industries; we’d like to extend our congratulations to Kite Consulting, the winner of our category.”

Leveraging international experience in AMR

“Our progress so far comes down to our ability to leverage our international experience, in particular learning from the Netherlands which has already seen major changes to legislation around in-feed medication. We’ve also driven some really ambitious work from our Nutrition Innovation Centre (NIC) based in the Netherlands which we’ve then, crucially, tested practically on farm in the UK.

“Last year we partnered with the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, to deliver a series of producer workshops designed to offer practical advice to farmers on strategies to improve health thereby reducing the use of antimicrobial medication including management advice, nutritional strategies, the use of organic acid complexes and improving water quality.” By the end of 2018, the percentage of feed containing prescribed medication sold to ForFarmers’ UK pig customers had reduced by a further 27%.

“Our commendation is great recognition and validation of our approach and gives us further confidence to continue our efforts in this area. Success so far forms part of a long term programme of activity at ForFarmers; there’s lots more to come over the next two years which we look forward to sharing in due course.”