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Farm Medicines

Concluding a week-long focus on farm medicines, Anna Jones heads to a pig farm in Gloucestershire to find out how the team there are working to reduce their antibiotic usage.

Concluding a week-long focus on farm medicines, Anna Jones heads to a pig farm in Gloucestershire to find out how the team there are working to reduce their antibiotic usage; hearing from farm manager Sophie Hope, and specialist pig vet Richard Pearson from the George Vet Group in Wiltshire.

Touring the farm and checking up on the pigs, the group address issues including antibiotic resistance, how the agricultural sector is working to reduce its use of drugs, the licensing of farm medicines, and that ubiquitous topic: Brexit.

Meanwhile Nancy Nicolson heads to Fife, to find out how farmers and vets cope with an increasingly-popular species of farmed animal for which no drugs are licensed at all - red deer; Mariclare Carey-Jones has been to a farm near Wrexham in Wales, that's taking part in a trial project to cut back on routine drug use, being run by the Welsh Government's Rural Development Programme, Farming Connect; Rebecca Rooney finds out about the raft of measures that Mark and Vicky Candy have introduce to their thousand-strong sheep flock near Chippenham in Wiltshire, to cut down antibiotics; and Anna hears from James Ford, who's taken an innovative approach to reducing infection among 12,000 laying hens on his farm near Cowbridge in South Wales.

Presented by Anna Jones - produced by Heather Simons.

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