The Netherlands Veterinary Medicines Institute (SDa) presents its report ‘Usage of Antibiotics in Agricultural Livestock in the Netherlands in 2020– Trends, benchmarking of livestock farms and veterinarians’ in English, after this report was published in Dutch in June 2020. With this report, the SDa wants to provide insight into the amounts of antibiotics used in the Dutch veal, broiler, turkey, cattle, pig and rabbit farming sectors in 2019.
In 2020, the turkey farming sector and the veal farming sector managed to reduce their amounts of antibiotics used by 38.8% and 7.3%, respectively, compared to 2019. Antibiotic use in the rabbit farming sector (i.e. meat rabbit farms) was high and has shown no improvement since 2016, the year in which monitoring efforts in this livestock sector were initiated. Antibiotic use in the other livestock sectors was stable.
As of April 1, 2021, goat farmers are also required to record antibiotic usage data in a governmentspecified database. Their data will be included in next year’s SDa report.