It’s a success story with ongoing benefits. The National Pork Board has set the standard for other livestock species by leading the conversation to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria and preserve the responsible on-farm use of antibiotics in pork production.

“The Pork Checkoff, funded directly by America's 60,000 pig farmers, defined its three-point antibiotic stewardship plan in mid-2015 and has delivered on its pledge of promoting research, pig farmer education and consumer and influencer outreach during 2016,” the Pork Board said in a news release this week. The Pork Board says America’s pig farmers have committed more than $6 million in antibiotic research since 2000.

PORK Network has been sharing information from the Pork Board, in addition to staff-written articles on the topic. Pork producers are well ahead of the curve, says Dr. Dave Pyburn, vice president of science and technology for the National Pork Board. Many producers have already eliminated or lowered the use of antibiotics in their herds. In addition, the required veterinarian-client-patient relationship is already well-established for many producers.

Watch this video with Dr. Pyburn for more information:

Pork producers take a business-minded approach to their operations and realize the responsibility they hold to deliver safe, wholesome products to consumers.

“Today’s pig farmers stand ready to implement the new, more stringent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules when they take effect on Jan. 1, 2017,” said the release. “These rules – FDA Guidelines 209 and 213 and the Veterinary Feed Directive Rule – end the use of medically important antibiotics for growth promotion and bring the use of medically important antimicrobial medicines under the direct supervision of veterinarians and dictate that they be used only when necessary to ensure animal health.”

Read the full release here.