Amcra

At the fair

Location on the fair: 
4
Number: 
4423

About

Amcra
Victor Hortaplein 40 bus 10
Brussel
Services - Farm & livestock supplies

AMCRA is the center of knowledge on antibiotic use and resistance in animals. AMCRA has the following mission: 1) to prevent resistance to antibiotics to prevent public, animal health and animal welfare; 2) to reasonably reduce antibiotic use and reach a sustainable antibiotic policy in veterinary medicine; 3) to analyse, communicate and increase awareness. AMCRA is the center of knowledge on antibiotic use and resistance in animals. AMCRA has the following mission: 1) to prevent resistance to antibiotics to prevent public, animal health and animal welfare; 2) to reasonably reduce antibiotic use and reach a sustainable antibiotic policy in veterinary medicine; 3) to analyse, communicate and increase awareness.

Information

AMCRA gives information to the stakeholders in relation to antimicrobial use and resistance in veterinary medicine.

Awareness

AMCRA wishes to increase awareness among stakeholders.

Communication

Different communications are used (newsletters, press releases, articles in professional magazines, website and social media, spots and reportages, ...).

Advice

AMCRA gives advice to authorities and stakeholders. Advice is given based on scientific evidence and on consultation of stakeholders.

Data analyses

AMCRA analyses antimicrobial use data collected at farm level.

Come and visit AMCRA at AGRIFLANDERS 2019 – Hall 4

Are you a farmer and are you committed to using antibiotics responsibly on your farm? Perhaps you are familiar with the Belgian benchmarking reports containing antibiotic usage results? Do you wonder how the calculations in these reports are done? Or do you have suggestions to improve the content of the benchmarking reports? Maybe you are a veterinarian that needs to register antibiotic usage data and discuss the benchmarking report afterwards with the farmers? Or are you looking for more information on the improvement of herd health and good vaccination strategies? Then you should definitely come and visit AMCRA at Agriflanders – hall 4 !

The registration of antibiotic use on the level of the individual farm is compulsory in Belgium for all pig, chicken and veal calf farmers. These registered data are reported to the farmer as ‘benchmarking reports’, giving them an overview of the antibiotic use on the farm. Recently, also dairy cattle farmers have to register their antibiotic use, and as a consequence, will receive these reports in the near future. AMCRA, the Centre of Expertise on Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Animals, analyses the data and generates the reports. Hence, nobody is better qualified than AMCRA to inform farmers, veterinarians and other interested parties and explain the methods used to process the data or the meaning of the numbers and graphs. What is the BD100? How am I benchmarked? What does it mean when I’m in the green, yellow or red zone? Come and visit us (and perhaps bring your report(s)) and we will assist you with any questions and concerns!

Quality labels might approach farmers having the least good results (for a prolonged time) and urge them to take measures in order to reduce antibiotic use. And so it is important for farmers to collaborate with their veterinarians and to look together at the specific grounds for an excessive antibiotic use. AMCRA specially designed a template for a ‘Plan of Approach for the Reduction of Antibiotic Use on Farm level’. This ‘Plan of Approach’ should help to present well-considered measures and to introduce them on the farm within an achievable time period. Come to our booth and see how this ‘Plan of Approach’ can be used by farmers and vets!

Since its founding in 2012, AMCRA combats antibiotic resistance by increasing awareness of all involved sectors and by communicating on preventive measures and guidelines on responsible use of antibiotics. For this AMCRA has edited and disseminated a myriad of advices and guidelines. Disease prevention by means of vaccination, attention to biosecurity, housing conditions, the climate in the pen, … An overview on possible management measures can be consulted in the guide “Herd health and vaccination strategies”. Come and get the guide on herd health for the animal sector (poultry, pigs, cattle) of your interest!

Come at our booth … you might win one of our gadgets!