Antibiotics use by the UK poultry sector has dropped significantly over the past 12 months, as the sector’s voluntary stewardship scheme continues to take effect.

The British Poultry Council (BPC) has been collecting data on the actual amount of antibiotics used on its members’ farms – covering about 90% of the poultry sector – for the past four years.

The latest set of data just released shows that total usage dropped by 28% in 2015, down from 62t in 2014 and 93t in 2013 – a year in which poor feed quality affected bird health.

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