Cattle Magazine Health Combating antibiotic resistance in cattle – Wisconsin State Farmer

Combating antibiotic resistance in cattle – Wisconsin State Farmer



Miranda Reiman, Certified Angus Beef, LLC Published 4:42 p.m. CT May 12, 2020

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Antimicrobial resistance might sound like a challenge straight out the headlines, but it could become awfully personal when you find routine antibiotics no longer cure a sick calf.

“I think we thought, in the arms race against bacteria, that we could win it,” says Amelia Woolums, Mississippi State University veterinarian. But bacteria replicate quickly, and disclose their tricks to other bacteria by sharing DNA. “It’s really not a race we are winning.”

It’s been a concern in the medical community ever since penicillin debuted early in the last century, but cattle health protocols have been seemingly
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