Farmers’ primary goal is to have healthy animals through good husbandry.

Good hygiene, proper feed, appropriate husbandry and good management practices are by far the best strategy for farmers to adopt, not just for health-related reasons but for economic reasons too. However, despite of these measures, animals still get sick and need to be treated.

With regard to the responsible use of veterinary medicines, the role of farmers is to:

  • adhere to the veterinary prescription, including recommendations given on medicine-use.
  • record all treatments so that the results can be evaluated and allow for a possible adjustment for future treatments.

Thanks to EPRUMA farmers can access a comprehensive and practical framework of best practices for the use of veterinary medicines in the farming sector. This contributes to the development of successful management and animal health programmes for the entire farm.

Veterinarians and farmers work together to control diseases that can be transmitted to humans by animals (zoonoses) through direct contact, the food chain or a shared environment.

See our video featuring a farmer explaining how he ensures that veterinary medicines are responsibly used on his farm.

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