Why do you have to use antibiotics in livestock care?

We had another great question come in to the blog from a reader:

Why do you have to use antibiotics in livestock care?

As farmers and ranchers, it is extremely important that we take care of our animals in the best way possible. Antibiotics allow us to do just this. We give antibiotics to our animals to help keep them healthy and prevent diseases. We only treat animals that show signs of an illness unless there appears to be a chance that the entire herd might contract the disease. In this case we feel that it is necessary to treat all the animals in the herd.

Treating livestock animals with antibiotics is really no different than you yourself getting a shot to help prevent something like hepatitis, the flu or chicken pox. There are also times when antibiotics are necessary to help rid your system of other foreign bodies. In these cases, antibiotics are used to keep you healthy. Same goes for livestock animals. The sole purpose of antibiotics is to help keep our livestock animals healthy and happy. Because of antibiotics we are able to provide a safe and healthy food supply for you and the rest of the world.

– Tim and Stephanie Hruby, Nebraska Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Committee members and Dawes County Farm Bureau members

Keep asking great questions! Our Nebraska farmers and ranchers look forward to explaining what they do every day to produce safe food for you and your family.

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