November 15, 2021

UK saw drop in use of antibiotics in livestock in 2020


The use of antibiotics in livestock in the United Kingdom has fallen again, according to a report released by the government's Veterinary Medicines Directorate.


Last year, the UK saw another drop in the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals, with the nation now having one of the lowest levels of antibiotic use in Europe. The UK managed to cut their use in livestock by 52% in just six years between 2014 and 2020.


The use of highest priority critically important antibiotics in animals has declined for the sixth consecutive year, with a total reduction of 79% since 2014, and they now account for only 0.5% of the total antibiotic sales in 2020.


Since 2019, reductions in antibiotic use were reported by the pig, chicken, turkey and gamebird sectors.


- UK Government