Lidl GB partner with University of Glasgow in bid to understand barriers to responsible antibiotic usage

  • Lidl GB and University of Glasgow call upon Scottish dairy farmers to share knowledge in virtual consultations on antibiotic usage
  • Project bids to investigate the barriers faced in dairy farming to shape future of antibiotic use in industry
  • Four year partnership forms part of retailer’s ongoing commitment to responsible sourcing

Lidl GB is inviting Scottish dairy farmers to have their say on current guidelines and compliance surrounding antibiotic-use in the industry, as part of a four-year partnership with University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine.

The virtual consultations set out to listen to and understand the barriers nearly 900 dairy Scottish farmers across the country face when using antibiotics within the food chain.

As part of Lidl’s ongoing commitment to source responsibly, the project focuses on addressing the known gap between understanding farmer attitudes and supporting the industry to deliver responsible antibiotic usage. This forms part of the retailer’s ongoing support for the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance’s (RUMA) antibiotic reduction targets, which are outlined in their Antibiotic Stewardship Policy.

Amali Bunter, Head of Responsible Sourcing & Ethical Trade at Lidl GB, said: “At Lidl we are continually monitoring and reviewing our supply chain to ensure we remain fully transparent to our loyal customers and support the highest levels of animal welfare.

“Through this exciting new partnership with University of Glasgow, we are seeking the first-hand knowledge and experience of our skilled Scottish dairy farmers to enable us to continue to choose the most responsible approach when it comes to animal antibiotics.”

An online survey, which will run until the end of August 2021 is open to all Scottish dairy farmers and can be found here.

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