Reducing antimicrobial use in poultry farming

How to reduce the use of antimicrobial treatments in poultry in order to fight the spread of antimicrobial resistance?


The Focus Group is ongoing.


Tasks:

  • Identify innovative hygienic and treatment practices (housing systems, feeding, heating, etc.) in order to reduce or even stop the use of antimicrobials.
  • Make an inventory of specific alternatives to antimicrobials including vaccination, feeding approaches and breeding. Document good practices.
  • Analyse the economic implications (cost-benefit, risk, investment needs) of these alternative practices. Identify the financial parameters needed to evaluate and compare the economics of existing strategies and innovative solutions to reducing the use of antimicrobials.
  • Propose potential innovative actions and ideas for Operational Groups in order to develop and explore (integrated) strategies to reduce the use of antimicrobials and protect health and welfare of livestock.
  • Identify needs from practice and possible knowledge gaps which could be solved by further research.
  • List good practices on how to change attitudes, habits and the human behaviour of farmers, agri-advisers and veterinarians and also on how to improve the dissemination of information.

Focus Group members:

Surname, first name Profession Country
Jansson, Désirée Researcher Sweden
Lévêque, Gérard Industry France
Hamina, Hanna Representative of an NGO Finland
Sparks, Nicholas Researcher United Kingdom

Cerdà-Cuéllar, Marta

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Researcher Spain

Gefeller, Eva-Maria

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Other Germany
Hardy, Margaret Other United Kingdom
Koopman, Rik Industry Netherlands

Scerri, Karl

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Farmer Malta
Delezie, Evelyne Researcher Belgium
Ribó Arboledas, Oriol Adviser Spain

Suojala, Leena

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Researcher Finland

Molteni, Roberto

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Civil servant Italy
Kreyenbühl, Karin Other Switzerland

Guarino Amato, Monica

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Researcher Italy

Roque, Bruno

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Industry Portugal

Petkevičius, Saulius

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Industry Latvia

Harmandjiev, Philip

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Farmer Bulgaria

Molnar, Daniel

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Industry Hungary
Christensen, Laurids Siig Researcher Denmark
Facilitation team

Garcia Manzanilla, Edgar

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Coordinating expert Ireland

Gätje, Emilie

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Task manager Germany

Schreuder, Remco

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Backup Netherlands

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