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Calculator aims to reduce antibiotics on dairy farms

Researcher at the University of Nottingham have developed a free Excel-based tool to reduce the use of antibiotics on dairy farms. It is hoped this will help combat antimicrobial resistance in the farming industry. The calculator gives measurements which graphically display to farmers their use of antibiotics and detects any patterns. The calculator also tells farmers how their antibiotic use compares to other farms.

The launch of Nottingham University's Dairy Antimicrobial Usage calculator follows recent research from the Nottingham Veterinary School showing that 25% of dairy farms in the UK applied 50% of the total antibiotics used across all farms in a year.

The calculator can be downloaded here

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