Following a study published today on the discovery of MRSA in British milk, the Soil Association is calling for the end of routine antibiotic use in dairy farming. A new type of MRSA bacteria was discovered by scientists from Cambridge University in samples of milk taken from cows with mastitis. This is the first time that MRSA has been found in farm animals in the UK. Commenting on the research, Helen Browning OBE, Director of the Soil Association said: “In the relentless drive for increased per animal productivity, and under acute price pressure, dairy systems are becoming ever more antibiotic dependent. We need to get farmers off this treadmill, even if that means that milk has to cost a few pennies more. That would be a very small price to pay for maintaining the efficacy of these life-saving drugs.”
As Thanksgiving draws near and we remember our colleague and friend Brian Anselmo, we want to share this piece that was in yesterday’s New York Times. Reporter Kim Severson announced that the Standard-Bred Poultry Institute–which would provide training to farmers who want to preserve the genetic pool of heritage breeds of turkeys, chickens and other birds–would be dedicated as a tribute to Brian Anselmo, who was an auditor for the Animal Welfare Approved program as well as a poultry farmer in partnership with Good Shepherd Turkey Ranch.