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    Farm Animals get 80% of antibiotics sold in U.S.

    Article from WIRED: Updated research (with numbers confirmed or provided by the FDA) pushes the percentage from 70% ten years ago to 80% now.

    "Most important to note: Most of the drugs used in animal agriculture and in human medicine are functionally identical. Thatís one reason why the overuse of antibiotics in animals is such a concern: When organisms become resistant on the farm to drugs used on livestock, they are becoming resistant to the exact same drugs used in humans. (One major drug category used in animals, ionophores, do not have a direct human analog. But use of them on farms is still a concern, because resistance factors can move freely between species of bacteria."
    WIRED: Antibiotics



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    Re: Farm Animals get 80% of antibiotics sold in U.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by asmosis View Post
    Article from WIRED: Updated research (with numbers confirmed or provided by the FDA) pushes the percentage from 70% ten years ago to 80% now.



    WIRED: Antibiotics

    You forgot to mention in your propaganda that we also have the safest food supply in the world, and good animal husbandry keeps them healthy and growing well. If responsible farmers do not take care of there animals correctly that add significant costs to their production.



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    Re: Farm Animals get 80% of antibiotics sold in U.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyfan1843 View Post
    You forgot to mention in your propaganda that we also have the safest food supply in the world, and good animal husbandry keeps them healthy and growing well. If responsible farmers do not take care of there animals correctly that add significant costs to their production.
    And remember city folks.... Swine flu actually came from hogs and eating pork. Run for your life, all farm animals are bad. Eat your tofoo and drink your soy milk. Stay away!!

    Do I need to add jimlad or can you sense the sarcasm?



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    Re: Farm Animals get 80% of antibiotics sold in U.S.

    Antibiotics are over used in humans on a daily basis. Many doctors have been guilty of over using antibiotics in the past. Drug resistant strains of bacteria are the end result. Everyone has to be diligent in the future to use antibiotics only when absolutely necessary.



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    Re: Farm Animals get 80% of antibiotics sold in U.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by asmosis View Post
    Article from WIRED: Updated research (with numbers confirmed or provided by the FDA) pushes the percentage from 70% ten years ago to 80% now.
    Negged.



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    Re: Farm Animals get 80% of antibiotics sold in U.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by vortex View Post
    Antibiotics are over used in humans on a daily basis. Many doctors have been guilty of over using antibiotics in the past. Drug resistant strains of bacteria are the end result. Everyone has to be diligent in the future to use antibiotics only when absolutely necessary.
    This.



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    Re: Farm Animals get 80% of antibiotics sold in U.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by asmosis View Post
    Article from WIRED: Updated research (with numbers confirmed or provided by the FDA) pushes the percentage from 70% ten years ago to 80% now.



    WIRED: Antibiotics
    And?



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    Re: Farm Animals get 80% of antibiotics sold in U.S.

    Coming from a cattle producer, I only use antibiotics when necessary. If a calf is sick, I treat it. That's just how it is. The only times on my farm when all animals receive a vaccination not related to direct illness is when treating calves in the summer for blackleg and pinkeye. Also, I treat all the cows for reproductive diseases before breeding. The stuff I'm treating for probably isn't directly going to affect human resistance. I don't claim to be an expert on the topic, but I like to think I use antibiotics responsibly.



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    Re: Farm Animals get 80% of antibiotics sold in U.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by isufan View Post
    Coming from a cattle producer, I only use antibiotics when necessary. If a calf is sick, I treat it. That's just how it is. The only times on my farm when all animals receive a vaccination not related to direct illness is when treating calves in the summer for blackleg and pinkeye. Also, I treat all the cows for reproductive diseases before breeding. The stuff I'm treating for probably isn't directly going to affect human resistance. I don't claim to be an expert on the topic, but I like to think I use antibiotics responsibly.
    Sounds like you do. This is how it should be.



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    Re: Farm Animals get 80% of antibiotics sold in U.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by isufan View Post
    Coming from a cattle producer, I only use antibiotics when necessary. If a calf is sick, I treat it. That's just how it is. The only times on my farm when all animals receive a vaccination not related to direct illness is when treating calves in the summer for blackleg and pinkeye. Also, I treat all the cows for reproductive diseases before breeding. The stuff I'm treating for probably isn't directly going to affect human resistance. I don't claim to be an expert on the topic, but I like to think I use antibiotics responsibly.
    This.

    It's a catch-22 situation. Producers needs to use antibiotics to keep the animals healthy, and as a result, we have very safe food. However, there are some producers that overuse antibiotics, just like humans, and now some bacteria are becoming resistant.

    Isufan seems to be doing it the right way. But not everyone is.



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    Re: Farm Animals get 80% of antibiotics sold in U.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyfan1843 View Post
    You forgot to mention in your propaganda that we also have the safest food supply in the world, and good animal husbandry keeps them healthy and growing well. If responsible farmers do not take care of there animals correctly that add significant costs to their production.
    Pardon me for posting an article communicating the amount and percentage of antibiotics used in agriculture today, and sharing the concern of increased antibiotic resistance. Guess we wouldn't want this propaganda to get out.



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    Re: Farm Animals get 80% of antibiotics sold in U.S.

    According to what I have read on the subject, and I am neither a cattle feeder nor an expert on antibiotics, a central problem is the need to use antibiotics on large feedlots in order to cure beef cattle that have developed health problems due to their being fed corn, which is not their natural food. I have a friend who raises just grass-fed beef cattle and who claims his cows do not have such problems. As someone not in the business, I have little knowledge to judge these sorts of problems judiciously.



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    Re: Farm Animals get 80% of antibiotics sold in U.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kitkat View Post
    According to what I have read on the subject, and I am neither a cattle feeder nor an expert on antibiotics, a central problem is the need to use antibiotics on large feedlots in order to cure beef cattle that have developed health problems due to their being fed corn, which is not their natural food. I have a friend who raises just grass-fed beef cattle and who claims his cows do not have such problems. As someone not in the business, I have little knowledge to judge these sorts of problems judiciously.
    There is strong evidence towards the rise in E. Coli stemming from corn fed animals. Supposedly cows cant process the corn and their guts fill with E. Coli and other bacteria that normally arent there. I read a claim that if a cow is switched back to grass feed, the E. Coli population drops by 80 percent. If I remember right, it was an ISU study.



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    Re: Farm Animals get 80% of antibiotics sold in U.S.

    Growing up on a livestock farm our treatment plan was similar to isufan, however our volume was very small.

    I followed the link and the first post articulates a thought I had much better than I could.....


    <LI id=comment-143527 class="comment byuser comment-author-riverrat even thread-even depth-1">
    Posted by: river_rat | 12/28/10 | 9:45 am |
    While I understand the concern for overuse. Antibiotics are dosed by body weight and a quick comparison of the US population (310.5 Million) at an average body weight of say 175# for adults against the US Cattle population of 98.7 million. (2008 was the most recent number I could find fast) at an average body wieght of 900#. That gives cows a 34 billion pound advantage in the need for antibiotics. Let alone all the other livestock like hogs and sheep.
    I struggle with the articles using just the weight of the drugs to compare usages. Doesnít seem like a very objective approach.. Consider that farming is a for profit venture, I would guess that farmers are generally not wasting their cash on unnecessary drugs.




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    Re: Farm Animals get 80% of antibiotics sold in U.S.

    Quote Originally Posted by asmosis View Post
    Article from WIRED: Updated research (with numbers confirmed or provided by the FDA) pushes the percentage from 70% ten years ago to 80% now.



    WIRED: Antibiotics
    So?

    You like eating food don't you? Then why mess with a system that has produced the world's safest and cheapest food for over 30 years?

    Edit (to the grass feed guys): Grass feed dairy produce about 50% less milk than a regular TMR. And grass feed beef would require a huge shift in acreage and would produce a meet less desirable with little fat. It simply isn't going to happen.


    Last edited by CyForPresident; 12-28-2010 at 11:32 AM. Reason: Grass feed

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