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Guidance on disposal of manure and slurry

Last updated: 07 Mar 2016

Handling of manure and slurry to reduce antibiotic resistance

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Guidance on the handling of slurry and manure to help reduce the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria

The spreading of manure provides a route by which bacteria can pass from livestock to the natural environment, food crops, other animals and people.

Bacteria can develop resistance to antibiotics leading to decreased treatment options for the infections they cause.

Antibiotic resistance is a concern for human and animal health and attempts should be made to reduce the spread of resistant bacteria wherever possible. This guidance provides information on methods of disposal of manure which will help to reduce the survival and spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria in the environment.