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Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding White House Antibiotic Order

Newsroom / September 17, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 18, 2014 – “In light of today’s executive order regarding antibiotic resistance, it is important to emphasize that raising farm animals is a 24/7 job, and the health and well-being of livestock is the top priority for farmers and ranchers. Healthy animals mean healthful meat, milk and eggs.

“America’s livestock farmers live on their farms and care about the health of both their families and their animals. Just as parents do not give antibiotics to a child, except when necessary and prescribed by a doctor, farmers don’t rush to treat animals with antibiotics.

“We encourage those developing a strategy on this issue with the goal of protecting our nation’s farms and the American people to continue a dialogue with farmers and ranchers in order to ensure a successful outcome.”

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