Antibiotic Use

The latest report on antibiotic use, up to and including 2019, shows a continued decline in use in agriculture, and particularly, poultry.

Total Sales (all animals, tonnes)

2015

408

2016

296

2017

248

2018

226

2019

232

 

Sales in Food-Producing Animals (mg/kg)

2015

56.8

2016

39.4

2017

32.5

2018

29.5

2019

31.0


High priority critically important (HP-CIA mg/kg)

 

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Fluroquinolones

0.35

0.23

0.16

0.15

0.13

Colistin

0.12

0.02

0.0006

0.0007

0.0002

Total HP-CIA

0.64

0.36

0.26

0.21

0.17


Active Ingredient (2018)

Tetracyclines

32%

Beta-lactans

28% e.g. Amoxicillin

Trimeth/Sulphonimides

11%

Macrolides

7% e.g. Erythromycin

Aminoglycocides

10% e.g. Neomycin

Others

12%

HP – CIA

0.5%

Laying Hens had a total tonnage of antibiotics in 2019 of 4.8 tonnes, or 0.68% bird days.

Almost 80% of Salmonella isolates from poultry were sensitive to all antibiotics tested, as well as 89% of E. coli to fluroquinolones.