By Blaine Luetkemeyer, Columbia Missourian
A recent guest column, “Bill banning certain uses of antibiotics in animals is necessary,” Jan. 15, written by my colleague, Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., was more than a little off base.
Contrary to her claim that antibiotics are overused in livestock production, I know that the hog, poultry and cattle farmers in my district, and around the country, use antibiotics responsibly and judiciously to keep their animals healthy, and healthy animals mean safe meat products. Farmers also use antibiotics only after their veterinarians run diagnostics to determine the presence of bugs that can cause diseases.
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