Forty-one swine operations will be contacted in Kansas
In May, the USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS), in conjunction with USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), is beginning a four month study concerning how antimicrobials are used in US swine operations. This study focuses on antimicrobial use and stewardship practices on swine nursery and grower-finisher facilities with a capacity of at least 1,000 head. Forty-one swine operations will be contacted in Kansas.
Initial contacts will be made by representatives from NASS to inquire about producer interest in participating in the study. If the producer is interested, the NASS representative will obtain producer consent for inclusion in the study. In July, operators who agreed to participate in the study will be contacted to schedule an in-person interview conducted by KDA or USDA Veterinary field staff. Information collected during this study will be based on the producer’s use of antimicrobials in 2016 and will serve as a baseline comparison prior to the 2017 implementation of the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
All information collected during these studies will be used for statistical purposes only and will only be published in aggregate form. Survey responses are kept confidential, by law, and are protected from Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
NAHMS AMU study information