The Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) has launched its revised guidelines for farmers on the responsible use of antimicrobials in poultry and game production.

RUMA secretary general, John FitzGerald, said the revised guidelines were prepared as part of RUMA’s programme of regularly updating its guidelines.  

He said: “The new revision had been extended to include game production and I am delighted the Game Farmers’ Association had decided to send the revised guidelines to all their members as a supplement to their Game Farming Guide.”

Mr FitzGerald added that the new version of the Poultry and Game Antimicrobial Guidelines for farmers stressed the need to manage farms to reduce disease challenge and minimise antimicrobial use.

They include practical advice for poultry and game farmers, and highlight the Four Golden Rules on Disease Control, that is:

•    biosecurity to limit disease spread
•    avoid stress
•    good hygiene
•    good nutrition

RUMA Guidelines were first introduced in 2000 and are intended as working documents. They are updated periodically to continually provide best advice.

Like all RUMA Guidelines, the new Poultry and Game Guidelines are available free of charge on the RUMA website

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