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Targets Task Force

The intention to form the RUMA Targets Task Force was first announced in May 2016 by RUMA after the final findings of the O’Neill review on Tackling Drug-Resistant Infections Globally were released.

RUMA acknowledged that targets for the responsible use of antibiotics were inevitable – but also believed they could also be most meaningful, appropriate and effective if the different livestock sectors steered their development.

This concept became reality when the Government response to the O’Neill review findings were released later that year, and within them the Government asked the farming industry to develop its own sector-specific targets to reduce, refine or replace antibiotic use.

The original task force – formed of a leading producer or industry representative and leading vet from eight different sectors (with trout and salmon combined as aquaculture) – convened for its inaugural meeting in December 2016. Ten months later it delivered the RUMA Targets Task Force Report 2017 at the RUMA conference on 27 October 2017. Since then, the different livestock sectors have been working to deliver the targets by the 2020 deadline.

The wholesale industry engagement with these voluntary targets and the collaborative nature of the way Government and industry have worked together is unique globally, and has attracted interest from a number of other countries as well as from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety DG Sante. The work of the Task Force was officially recognised by the medical and veterinary communities when it won the Prescribing and Stewardship category at Public Health England’s 2018 Antibiotic Guardian Awards.

 

The original Targets Task Force was:

RUMA Beef hex icon Beef Hugh Broom, Surrey beef farmer and NFU Livestock Board member; Dr Elizabeth Berry, specialist cattle vet and British Cattle Veterinary Association Council member
RUMA Dairy Hex icon Dairy Di Wastenage, Devon dairy farmer and Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers Council member; Dr Elizabeth Berry, specialist cattle vet and British Cattle Veterinary Association Council member
RUMA Laying Hens icon Laying hens Richard Kempsey, free-range egg farmer and Technical Director of Stonegate; Paul McMullin, Consultant Veterinarian to the British Egg Industry Executive
Ruma Salmon icon Aquaculture Dr John Webster, Technical Director at the Scottish Salmon Producers Association; Ronnie Soutar, specialist fish vet and President of the Fish Veterinary Society
RUMA Gamebirds icon Gamebirds Paul Jeavons, Worcestershire game farmer and Chairman of the Game Farmers’ Association Health and Welfare Committee; Christian Blake-Dyke, specialist poultry and game-bird vet
RUMA Pigs icon Pigs Richard Lister, Yorkshire pig farmer and Chairman of the National Pig Association; Mark White, President of the Pig Veterinary Society and Chairman of PVS Medicines Sub-committee
RUMA Poultry meat icon Poultry Meat Thomas Wornham, Hertfordshire poultry producer; Daniel Parker, specialist poultry vet and Veterinary Adviser to the British Poultry Council
RUMA Sheep icon Sheep Charles Sercombe, Leicestershire sheep farmer and Chair of the NFU Livestock Board; Dr Fiona Lovatt, specialist sheep vet representing the Sheep Veterinary Society
Observers Fraser Broadfoot, Veterinary Research Officer, Veterinary Medicines Directorate; Javier Dominguez, Veterinary Director and Head of Science, Evidence and Research, Food Standards Agency; John Fishwick, President, British Veterinary Association; Donal Murphy, Head of Technical and Regulatory Affairs, NOAH; Jess Sloss, Technical Manager, Red Tractor Assurance

Targets 2017-2020

The original 2017-2020 targets were launched in October 2017.

Following that, annual progress reports were published, culminating in the Target Task Force 2020 Report, which – as well as launching the next set of targets – provided a final 2020 report against the original targets.

 

All the reports:

RUMA Targets Task Force Report 2017
RUMA Targets Task Force Report 2018 One year on
RUMA Targets Task Force Report 2018 Two years on

RUMA Targets Task Force Report in Full

Antibiotic Use in Cattle - Dairy Trend Data and Usage by Beef Farm Type 2015 - 2019

 

 

The original Targets Task Force was:

RUMA Beef hex icon Beef Hugh Broom, Surrey beef farmer and NFU Livestock Board member; Dr Elizabeth Berry, specialist cattle vet and British Cattle Veterinary Association Council member
RUMA Dairy Hex icon Dairy Di Wastenage, Devon dairy farmer and Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers Council member; Dr Elizabeth Berry, specialist cattle vet and British Cattle Veterinary Association Council member
RUMA Laying Hens icon Laying hens Richard Kempsey, free-range egg farmer and Technical Director of Stonegate; Paul McMullin, Consultant Veterinarian to the British Egg Industry Executive
Ruma Salmon icon Aquaculture Dr John Webster, Technical Director at the Scottish Salmon Producers Association; Ronnie Soutar, specialist fish vet and President of the Fish Veterinary Society
RUMA Gamebirds icon Gamebirds Paul Jeavons, Worcestershire game farmer and Chairman of the Game Farmers’ Association Health and Welfare Committee; Christian Blake-Dyke, specialist poultry and game-bird vet
RUMA Pigs icon Pigs Richard Lister, Yorkshire pig farmer and Chairman of the National Pig Association; Mark White, President of the Pig Veterinary Society and Chairman of PVS Medicines Sub-committee
RUMA Poultry meat icon Poultry Meat Thomas Wornham, Hertfordshire poultry producer; Daniel Parker, specialist poultry vet and Veterinary Adviser to the British Poultry Council
RUMA Sheep icon Sheep Charles Sercombe, Leicestershire sheep farmer and Chair of the NFU Livestock Board; Dr Fiona Lovatt, specialist sheep vet representing the Sheep Veterinary Society
Observers Fraser Broadfoot, Veterinary Research Officer, Veterinary Medicines Directorate; Javier Dominguez, Veterinary Director and Head of Science, Evidence and Research, Food Standards Agency; John Fishwick, President, British Veterinary Association; Donal Murphy, Head of Technical and Regulatory Affairs, NOAH; Jess Sloss, Technical Manager, Red Tractor Assurance

The reformed Targets Task Force for 2020 was:

RUMA Cattle Cattle group chair Mark Jelley, Northamptonshire beef farmer and NFU Livestock Board member
Beef Mark Jelley; Dr Elizabeth Berry, cattle vet and British Cattle Veterinary Association Council member
Dairy Graham Young, Lancashire dairy farmer and NFU Dairy Board Vice-Chairman; Dr Elizabeth Berry, cattle vet and BCVA Council member
RUMA Calf icon Calves Hannah Dyke, Yorkshire calf rearer; Richard Cooper, specialist cattle vet with Evidence Group
RUMA Sheep icon Sheep Charles Sercombe, Leicestershire sheep farmer; Dr Fiona Lovatt, specialist sheep vet representing the Sheep Veterinary Society
RUMA Pigs icon Pigs Richard Lister, Yorkshire pig farmer and Chairman of the National Pig Association; Richard Pearson, pig vet and Senior Vice President of Pig Veterinary Society; and members of the Pig Health and Welfare Council Antimicrobial Use subgroup
Ruma Salmon icon Salmon Dr Iain Berrill, Head of Technical, Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation; SSPO Prescribing Vets group
RUMA Trout icon Trout Oliver Robinson, Chief Executive Officer of British Trout Association; Dr Peter Scott, fish vet and Director of BTA
RUMA Gamebirds icon Gamebirds Paul Jeavons, Worcestershire game farmer and Chairman of the Game Farmers’ Association Health and Welfare Committee; Will Ingham and Isy Manning, poultry vets with Poultry Health Services
RUMA Laying Hens icon Laying hens Paul McMullin, Consultant Veterinarian to the British Egg Industry Council
RUMA Poultry meat icon Poultry Meat Thomas Wornham, Hertfordshire poultry producer; Daniel Parker, poultry vet and Veterinary Adviser to the British Poultry Council
Observers Fraser Broadfoot, Veterinary Research Officer, Veterinary Medicines Directorate; Paul Cook, Head of Microbiological Risk Assessment, Food Standards Agency
Support Derek Armstrong, Lead Veterinary Science Expert, AHDB; Clive Brown, Head of Beef & Lamb Knowledge Exchange, AHDB; Dr Georgina Crayford, Technical Manager, Red Tractor Assurance; Dr Mandy Nevel, Head of Animal Health and Welfare, AHDB; Dr Grace O Gorman, Technical Policy Manager, NOAH; James Russell, President, British Veterinary Association; Dr Mary Vickers, LIP Product Manager (Data & Technology), AHDB
Chairing and Organisation Gwyn Jones, Chair of Targets Task Force, RUMA; Catherine McLaughlin, Chair, RUMA; Chris Lloyd, Secretary General, RUMA; Amy Jackson, Communications Officer, RUMA
With additional thanks to Jules Dare, Mike Kirby, Kathryn Rowland, Gareth Hateley, members of the Cattle Stewardship Group and researchers from Universities of Bristol, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Nottingham and the Royal Agricultural University.

Targets 2021 – 2024

The first set of targets issued in 2017 became the industry roadmap and focus for everyone along the supply chain and across each of the sectors. Last year (2020) the second set of targets up to 2024 (developed by the Targets Task Force 2 – TTF2) were released. In November 2021 the one year on’ review of the second set of targets report was released which provides the first annual progress update and should be read alongside the original Targets Task Force 2020 report for full context.

 

RUMA Targets Task Force 2: One Year on Nov 2021
Antibiotic Use in Cattle - Dairy Trend Data and Usage by Beef Farm Type 2015 - 2019

 

 

The RUMA Targets Task Force 2:
Chair of the RUMA TTF – Cat McLaughlin

Beef Mark Jelly – Beef Farmer
Elizabeth Berry – Vet
Dairy Elizabeth Berry – Vet
RUMA Calf icon Calves Richard Cooper – Vet
RUMA Sheep icon Sheep Charles Sercombe – Sheep Farmer
Fiona Lovatt – Vet
RUMA Pigs icon Pigs Richard Lister – Pig farmer
Paul Thompson – Vet
Ruma Salmon icon Salmon Iain Berrill – SSPO
RUMA Trout icon Trout Oliver Robinson – BTA
Peter Scott – Vet
RUMA Gamebirds icon Gamebirds Paul Jeavons – Game Farmer
Dr Kenny Nutting – Vet
RUMA Laying Hens icon Laying hens Ian Lowery – Vet
RUMA Poultry meat icon Poultry Meat Thomas Wornham – Poultry Farmer
Daniel Parker – Vet
Observers Gwyn Jones – Past Chair, James Russell – BVA, Fraser Broadfoot – VMD, Grace O’Gorman – NOAH, Georgina McDowell – Red Tractor, Mandy Nevel – AHDB
RUMA Chairing and Organisation Catherine McLaughlin – Chair, Chris Lloyd – Secretary General, Dawn Howard – Deputy Chair,
Tim Brigstocke – RUMA Treasurer, Mary Bawn – Communications Manager

Voluntary restrictions to use of colistin in farm animal treatments (imposed December 2015)

RUMA members considered an article in Lancet Infectious Disease reporting that a new gene which makes common bacteria resistant to colistin, a last-line antibiotic, had been found in animals and patients in China. They noted that the EU had called for a revised risk assessment on colistin use in animals and agreed, pending the results of the risk assessment, that colistin use wouldbe restricted to an antibiotic of last resort and will be used only after susceptibility testing had shown it was the only effective antibiotic available for treating the sick animals. RUMA consulted the veterinary sectors who use colistin and they had agreed to restrict their use of colistin. This was deemed a positive and proportionate response, particularly as no E Coli colistin resistance in the UK had been reported in the latest surveillance results.

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Completion of antibiotic treatment courses

RUMA’s independent Scientific Group has urged caution over an article published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) (26 July 2017), which concludes there is little evidence that failing to complete a prescribed antibiotic course in human medicine contributes to antibiotic resistance.

The Scientific Group has advised farming and veterinary communities to continue following current prescription guidelines and completing courses of animal treatments until more research is carried out.

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FSA review of MRSA risk, published 28 February 2018

RUMA has welcomed the outcome of a risk assessment from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) examining the risk associated with the preparation, handling or consumption of foodstuffs which may be contaminated with MRSA, in particular Livestock-Associated (LA) MRSA. It concludes the risk is very low and based on this the FSA’s current advice remains unchanged, i.e. that raw food should be stored appropriately, handled hygienically and cooked thoroughly to ensure any harmful bacteria present are destroyed.

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Publication of new WHO guidelines 7 November 2017

The WHO Guidelines on Use of Medically Important Antimicrobials in Food-Producing Animals published November 2017 are largely consistent with UK farming’s direction of travel. A clear strategy in the UK has produced rapid reductions in sales of antibiotics for food-producing animals and significant falls in sales of highest priority antibiotics, meaning a major government target has been exceeded two years early. A demanding set of targets for each of the key livestock sectors will ensure momentum continues.

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Feeding waste milk to calves

RUMA has issued a new position on feeding calves waste milk from cows treated with antibiotics. It says: “Waste milk (excluding colostrum*) from cows under the statutory withdrawal period for antibiotics should not be fed to youngstock. Based on current evidence it is recommended that a practical solution for on-farm disposal is to dispose of waste milk in the slurry pit. RUMA encourages further research into disposal options to identify practical alternatives and to gain a better understanding of any potential environmental interactions associated with disposal via this route.”

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