Debunking Antibiotic Myths
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The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, funded in part by the beef checkoff, recently hosted desk-side briefings with major media outlets in New York City and Washington, D.C. to combat myths about overuse of antibiotics in livestock production and explain how careful farmers and ranchers are in targeting antibiotic use. One of the results was a July 11 story on NPR.com, “Are Antibiotics on the Farm Risky Business?,” which offered a balanced look at antibiotic use, including a USFRA comparison chart of antibiotic use in food animals and people.
The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval.