Antimicrobial Resistance


The conference will examine the issue of Antimicrobial Resistance, its relevance to the dairy industry and the initiatives being developed to tackle the problem.

09:00 – 09:30  Shabbir Simjee, Elanco: Antibiotic Resistance; An Overview

The science behind AMR and the mechanisms by which antibiotic use in livestock farming can actually affect human health are not widely understood. Shabbir Simjee will present on the bacteria that are causing the challenge, the antibiotics used to manage them, the meaning of antibiotic resistance and how it is measured whilst concluding with the importance of using risk assessments to make regulatory and policy decisions.

09:30 – 10:00  Nigel Gibbens, UK Chief Veterinary Officer: The UK and AMR

The UK Government has pledged itself to undertake a leading role in tackling AMR. Nigel Gibbens will present on how the UK Government sees the role of the livestock sector, what strategies and initiatives it will seek the sector to put in place and the activity the UK Government will be undertaking at the global level.

10:00 – 10:30  Professor Ulf Magnusson, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences: Challenges faced by developing countries

AMR is an issue that requires concerted action at a global level, however the challenges faced by developing countries are diverse and complex. Drawing upon the experiences of a range of countries Professor Ulf Magnusson will present on the knowledge and challenges related to antimicrobial resistance in these countries with particular reference to the dairy sector.

11:00 – 11:30  Dr. SK Rana, Scientist, National Dairy Development Board of India: Minimising medicine residues in raw milk

Distinct from but nevertheless strongly related to the issue of AMR is the challenge of minimising medicine residues in milk. This problem can be particularly challenging when production is fragmented over many small animal holdings. Dr Rana will present on the systems being operated in India to prevent the carryover of drugs to raw milk.

11:30 – 12:00 To Be Confirmed: Initiatives by International Organisations

Presentations will be given on the major initiatives being undertaken by international organisations relevant to the dairy sector.

12:00 – 12:30  Leaders’ Forum

The conference will conclude with a Leaders’ Forum that will draw upon the speakers presenting throughout the session and provide an opportunity for the delegates in engage in an interactive debate.

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