Regardless of your opinion on antibiotic use, it tends to be a touchy topic to discuss. It is of upmost importance to have the ability to communicate our commitment in providing excellent care of our animals while also producing a safe food supply. This week we are putting antibiotic use in the spotlight to assist farmers and ranchers with creating a game plan for talking about the “A” word.
Our antibiotic coverage began last night as Executive Director, Emily Zweber led a dynamic #AgChat discussion where members of the community were free to get down to the nitty-gritty. The archive of the lively conversation will be posted soon. For now here is a small sample of the questions asked:
- Q1: Via @KateGriswold : why/why don’t you use antibiotics on your farming operation? #agchat
- Q8: Could we ever have a farm system that never uses antibiotics? #agchat
- Q11: Has consumer pressures changed how you use antibiotics on your farm/ranch? #AgChat
These questions served as a starting point to spur a basic conversation about antibiotics. The information gained can now be utilized when those farmers and ranchers are talking about antibiotics with customers. Above all and again, regardless of your opinion, the more you know, the better prepared you are when explaining the different aspects of usage.
As we continue our week-long coverage of antibiotics, helping you be better prepared for those tough questions is our goal. We are thrilled to be featuring two different viewpoints on the subject beginning with Veterinarian Jen Trout, DVM. We will be following that post with the writing of pro-organic and pro-science farmer Rob Wallbridge from TheFanningMill.Wordpress.com. Both of these guest bloggers will share their perspectives and tips about how to talk about the “A” word.
Do you receive questions about antibiotics from you customers? If so, what are their main concerns?
This is the first in a series of blog posts about antibiotics and how farmers and ranchers should be discussing the issue while remaining respectful to all segments of Agriculture. The second part includes a veterinarian’s perspective from guest writer Dr. Jen Trout. We close with a piece which speaks to organics and antibiotic use entitled “Antibiotics and Organic Animal Care.”
written by Jenny Schweigert