Surveillance of antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance in Canadian fed cattle; supporting sustainable production for increasing market demands

Project Details

Status: Active
Investment: $630,060
Commodity: Beef Cattle
Organization: Alberta Cattle Feeders Association
Investigator: Joyce Van Donkersgoed

This research will help inform and improve AMU practices and will present opportunities for discussions to address the concerns about AMU and AMR in the beef sector.

Why is this research important for Alberta ag?

There is international demand for demonstrated antimicrobial stewardship and AMU reduction, especially in the livestock sector, which is the largest "total volume" user of antimicrobials.

This project will support a surveillance research system to collect antimicrobial use (AMU) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) data from Alberta/Canadian feedlot cattle operations and disseminate this information to key stakeholders in the industry. This information would help demonstrate antimicrobial stewardship, improve treatment decisions, reduce unnecessary or inappropriate AMU, and reduce the potential development of AMR.

What benefits can producers expect from this research?

This research will help inform and improve AMU practices and will present opportunities for discussions to address the concerns about AMU and AMR in the beef sector. This project supports expanded CIPARS surveillance to include on-farm data, a desired outcome of the Canadian Beef Research and Technology Transfer Strategy.

The ongoing availability of consistent and representative AMU and AMR surveillance data is also critical to improving public confidence in Canadian beef.

How will these research findings reach producers on-farm?

Findings will be shared through:

  • Industry associations through board meetings and newsletters, blogs, etc.

  • Annual client meetings for feedlot veterinarians

  • Industry conferences

  • Industry publications

  • Fact sheets

  • Scientific journals

  • CIPARS annual report

  • webinars

Funded in part by the Government of Canada under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

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