Antibiotic Use

This comment was made in response to a procedure I routinely recommend.

“I used your method this year – after having a lamb come down with pneumonia less than a week after birth – but when I tell people this is how I processed my lambs this year – their reply is I just don’t agree with antibiotic use when there is no infection present. I know it causes super bugs and the pig industry is a prime example if you read more into it. The super bugs are in the meat now and the antibiotics aren’t doing anything – what is your comment on this??”

My response to this is that is what you usually find under a bulls tail after he has had a large meal. The penicillin at processing is used to prevent tetanus of which there is no treatment for. It also reduces the incidence of navel ill that responds poorly to treatment once the disease has established itself. I do oppose the sub therapeutic use of drugs. Therapeutic use is always indicated in case of disease and there are adequate regulations in place to prevent public health problems. These bleeding hearts have their noses where they don’t belong and probably consider themselves as animal welfare advocates when in fact their ideas and acts are detrimental to animal welfare. When an animal or person is sick or threatened with illness, it should have the benefits of the best medical treatment available.

About Ask-a-Vet Sheep

Veterinary services, procedures, biologicals, and drugs mentioned in this publication represent the personal opinions and clinical observations of the contributing author. They are in no way intended to be interpreted as recommendations without the consent of the producer’s own practicing Veterinarian. We strongly urge that producers establish a patient-client-veterinarian relationship that allows extra-label use when there are no drugs approved for treatment or if approved drugs are not effective. This procedure allows veterinarians to go beyond label directions when “prudent use” is necessary. The limited availability of drugs and biologics in this country is a major factor in restricting the growth of the sheep industry and allowing producers to compete in the world market place.
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