E-medicine book (eMB-Pigs)
The electronic medicine book for pigs (eMB-Pigs) is a website for all UK pig producers, enabling the industry to record more accurate on-farm antibiotic usage data.
Increased concern over antibiotic usage, with both public and political pressure, means the pig industry is acting to put itself in a more informed position on its antibiotic use.
eMB-Pigs provides an electronic version of the existing paper medicine book and is a convenient way to record and quantify usage so producers can review and optimise their antibiotic use.
Also, it’s recently become a requirement of Red Tractor farm assurance schemes that annual, aggregated records of antibiotic use are kept, which include antibiotics administered in feed. eMB-Pigs helps producers collate this information.
Producers can use the eMB-Pigs website, either to enter or upload their total antibiotic usage or to replace their current medicine recording book or system.
The long-term view is that eMB-Pigs will help individual producers compare their on-farm usage to anonymised data from other similar units, to help them review their approach to antibiotic use and make management changes to reduce production costs.
It will also be able to provide an anonymised, aggregated national record of total antibiotic usage for the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), when needed.
AHDB Pork and the VMD have developed the eMB-Pigs website, which is also supported by Northern Ireland and the Scottish and Welsh levy bodies.