K-State ASI Department Launches KSUAntibiotics.org
Looking for information about antibiotic use in livestock or the new veterinary feed directives (VFD) set to go into effect? Check out KSUAntibiotics.org for resources to answer your questions.
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Antibiotics are critical tools for treatment and control of diseases in livestock. Antibiotic resistance threatens the use of antibiotics in livestock for two important reasons. If resistance develops, the antibiotic may not be effective in treating the disease. Increased antibiotic resistance could lead to policies limiting access to antibiotics for use in livestock.
"KSUAntibiotics.org was created as a launching point to find information about antibiotics," explains Mike Tokach, K-State Department of Animal Sciences & Industry distinguished professor and swine extension specialist. "The new site includes a section on antibiotic resistance, featuring new K-State fact sheets about how antibiotic resistance occurs and why livestock producers should care about antibiotic resistance."
The website also includes links to sites that provide an overview of antibiotic resistance, mechanisms, the current knowledge about resistance in livestock production, the USDA and FDA action plans concerning resistance, and news feeds where you can find the latest information on the topic. Each of the subpages contains the major agency (ex. WHO, FAO, CDC), producer group (National Pork Board), and Journal publications on the topics.
Besides information on resistance, there are links to the rules concerning Veterinary Feed Directives (VFD) and other antibiotic regulations. Links to videos created by the Beef Cattle Institute can be found under the VFD section. Another section leads the user to reviews on the main alternatives to antibiotics that have been tested. The last section provides links to information on management practices that can reduce the need for antibiotics.
"We encourage producers to visit this site to learn about antibiotic resistance and alternatives to antibiotics," Tokach says.
Development of the website was supported by a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
The Kansas State University Animal Sciences and Industry department serves students, livestock producers and the animal and food industries through teaching, research and education.The K-State ASI department prepares students for careers in the animal and food industries. The curriculum includes the study of nutrition, reproduction, genetics, behavior, meat science, food science with production, management, and agribusiness skills.