I have received many requests for information over the past week relative to antibiotic use in cattle feed yards. Instead of reinventing the wheel, I am going to share the links to a series of blog posts that I wrote a few years ago, as well as an updated post from the fall of 2013. For those of you with questions regarding this topic, hopefully reading these posts will help you out.
I am also including a short update on my favorite 10 year old whose struggle with pneumonia instigated the antibiotic posts three years ago.
Really, one could argue that I am taking the opportunity to brag about my awesome daughter who (over the past three and half years) over came a series of complications from a nasty illness event with a maturity and tenacity that makes this Mama proud.
She is a rock star runner and swimmer, and maintains a daily fitness level that would leave most people exhausted. Yesterday, during her mile swimming workout she completed her first 50 meter freestyle swim without breathing (that’s two laps of a 25 meter pool with a flip turn and no oxygen intake) — using those lungs that she has worked so very hard to strengthen. Perhaps what makes me most proud is that this journey is one that we have taken together: allowing me to serve as both her coach and training partner :)
You can read here how she is living proof that “drugs can be traded for fitness” with the right work ethic and a little bit of faith…
Below is the antibiotic series. I have written a brief explanation of each post immediately following the underlined link.
- Preliminary background post on Karyn’s illness: The Balancer
- Antibiotics Post #1: The Responsible User of Antibiotics. Human antibiotic use — thoughts from a mom/cattle caregiver.
- Antibiotics Post #2: The Conversationalist Take 2: Bovine Respiratory Antibiotic Use Relative to Human Antibiotic Resistance. Explaining antibiotic resistance with the help of Dr. Mike Apley.
- Antibiotics Post #3: The Misunderstood. Ionophores and additional questions relative to antibiotic use in feed yards.
- The fall of 2013, I wrote an updated post on the topic when the FDA issued Guidance Document 213 relative to antibiotics placed in cattle feed. You can read that one here: Antibiotics.
If you are still interested in more of the day to day workings of a feed yard relative to antibiotic use and cattle health, then I encourage you to click on either the category labeled Animal Welfare or Antibiotics, Hormones and other Growth Promotants that are listed on the right side of the home page. Those categories will take you to other posts written on this issue. Or, you can visit Facts About Beef and read their post Antibiotics 101.
As both a mom and a cattle caregiver, I do my best to be a responsible user of antibiotics. I know how very important they are, and I strive to get better with each day that passes. Appropriate antibiotic use is a journey that we all travel together — One that must be based on a dedication to continuous improvement.