Dairy Producers “Take the Pledge” to Use Less Antibiotics

Ask a few dairy producers what’s been on their minds lately and you’ll likely hear antibiotic use.

Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) understands the concerns about antibiotic resistance and is dedicated to helping the dairy industry reduce its overall antibiotic use. In an effort to do so, they invited dairy producers and veterinarians to join them in taking a pledge to commit to using their antibiotics judiciously, specifically when it comes to treating mastitis, at industry trade shows over the last year.

“Trade shows are a great way for us to get out and talk about this topic,” said Dr. Linda Tikofsky, senior associate director of dairy cattle professional veterinary services at BI. “We’re eager to talk with producers to help them further understand the ethical and medical responsibility to use the correct antibiotic for the condition being treated, at the proper dosage, at the correct time, for the appropriate duration, and always with veterinary oversight,” she explained. “More than 170 producers and veterinarians signed our pledge, joining our commitment to stand together and use antibiotics judiciously.”

Dr. Craig Jones, head of cattle professional veterinary services for the U.S. cattle business unit at BI said that with a strong preventive medicine protocol and strong animal care standards, BI believes antibiotic use can be decreased substantially over time. “Taking one small step today can make a difference for the future of the industry,” Dr. Jones continued. “While cattle health starts with preventive medicine, antibiotics are also important for the well-being of cattle.”

Show your commitment to the responsible use of antibiotics by taking the pledge at bi-pledge.com.

As the second largest animal health business in the world, Boehringer Ingelheim is committed to improving animal health. With more than 10,000 employees worldwide, Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health has products available in more than 150 markets and a global presence in 99 countries. For more information, visit Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health.

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