19 Nov 2020

FAR CPD 2020-21: Antimicrobial resistance and the role of good nutrition in helping to reduce antibiotic use on farm

AIC Services have released their latest Continual Professional Development (CPD) training for advisers registered within the Feed Adviser Register (FAR). This CPD explores the issue of antimicrobial resistance and how good nutrition can form part of the solution to reduce antibiotic use on farm, ensuring livestock remain healthy and build up immunity to disease.  

The new CPD launch comes as RUMA announces new goals, as set out in ‘Targets Task Force Report 2020’, following a successful implementation of the previous targets from 2017. So far, these goals have helped halve UK sales of antibiotics for treating farm animals and helped the UK become the fifth-lowest for usage in Europe.

The report, launched alongside the Veterinary Medicine Directorate’s (VMD) release of antibiotic sales data for 2019 (VARSS report), covers 10 sectors across aquaculture, pigs, poultry and ruminants. For the first time, calf rearing is examined in isolation in order to focus in on the specific health and welfare interventions that will reduce the need for antibiotic treatments.

AIC welcome both the progress detailed in the new VARSS report and the new targets and have developed this latest CPD training in partnership with industry experts, including vets and nutritionists. 

The course is delivered in two parts:

  • Part 1 considers the issues around antimicrobial resistance and the progress which has been made within the livestock sector to reduce antibiotic use. 
  • Part 2 looks at the individual livestock species of cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry, the challenges within each of the species and the role good nutrition can play in providing solutions.

The latest CPD module complements existing FAR training material, ensuing that feed advisers continue to develop their technical skills and enhance their ability to contribute towards efficient and sustainable livestock production. 

Further details can be found on the AIC website at: www.agindustries.org.uk/feed-adviser-register/training-and-cpd/continual-professional-development

For more information, please contact:

Sue Whittington

Sue Whittington

Technical Manager, AIC Services

Project management and technical projects. Areas include feed & food safety, fertiliser security, feed analysis, stakeholder management.

Background: Retail, Food Manufacturers, Professional Service Organisation, Trade Body.

[email protected]
01733 385275

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James McCulloch

James McCulloch

Sector Head of Animal Feed, AIC

[email protected]
01733 385253

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About AIC

AIC is the UK trade association representing the agricultural supply chain sectors of Arable Marketing, Crop Protection and Agronomy, Feed, Fertiliser and Seeds, since its inception in 2003. In all, AIC represents members responsible for some £9 billion of farm trade. A significant part of its work is political lobbying and influencing as well as supporting members with technical information.

AIC Services, which is the professional services arm of AIC manages a range of services, including Assurance Schemes recognised by UK government as essential tools to underpin feed & food safety alongside fertiliser security.  Currently these include:


Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops


Feed Materials Assurance Scheme


Universal Feed Assurance Scheme


European Seed Treatment Assurance


Fertiliser Industry Assurance Scheme


Feed Adviser Register


Renewable Energy Directive


Forage Assurance Scheme


AIC Services Palm Oil Credit Scheme


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