George has been using thermal imaging technology to help him massively reduce the amount of antibiotics used for treating the cattle he looks after. Worldwide there is a call to reduce the amount of antibiotics used throughout the agricultural industry as there is a fear that many will become Antimicrobial resistant (AMR), this would mean many would become useless at treating infections etc. in humans. As livestock farmers we are not seen to be the major guilty party with the amount we use but we still have to play a part in trying to reduce their usage.
Through using thermal imaging technology George has found that many cases of lameness in cattle are only a knock, the old way of treating this as advised by most vets would have been to inject both antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. Now, on most occasions he just monitors for a few days and then treats if no improvement. Although George does still get the odd case that will need treating immediately with antibiotics (foul in the foot) he has found that most animals need no treatment, meaning a massive saving in both time and money. The other beauty of using this technology is that you can detect and monitor any potential problems without the need to catch the animals, it is all non intrusive. The only time you need to catch them is if they are showing a problem that needs immediate treatment.