A unique initiative involving organisations representing
every stage of the "farm to fork" process, RUMA aims to promote a
co-ordinated and integrated approach to best practice in the use of
As part of this process, RUMA has formulated comprehensive guidelines for the
responsible use of antimicrobials in livestock production. These give advice on all
aspects from application and responsibilities of the farmer and veterinary surgeon, to
strategies for reduced usage.
The following summaries of the Farmer Responsibilities
sections are available here.
Copies of the full guidelines are also available online to download:
RUMA Alliance member BVA (British Veterinary Association) has
guidance on the responsible use of antimicrobials - a poster for
display about the responsible use of antimicrobials in veterinary
RUMA action plan for implementing the UK 5 year AMR strategy
RUMA fully supports the UK Government’s Five Year Antimicrobial Resistance
(AMR) Strategy launched on 10 September 2013 and has produced an
action plan for the livestock sector (version 1, April 2014).
The first revised version from 2015 is published
here (version 2, April 2015).
RUMA information note on antibiotics and the
responsible use of antibiotics in farm animals
Written in Plain English,
this information note aims to:
Explain antibiotic resistance and why it matters to
human and animal health
Set out why and how antibiotics are used in UK farms
Identify the risks to public health from use of
antibiotics in farming
Explain the responsible use of antibiotics in farming
Identify the changes in legislative controls (for
antibiotic use in veterinary medicines and feed additives) that RUMA
believes are appropriate and proportionate to manage the limited risk of
antibiotic use in farm animals leading to clinical treatment problems in