Our over-arching goals for affecting resistance in the food system and on the farm is based on reducing unnecessary selective pressure (antibiotic use) to lower the on farm abundance and diversity of resistant organisms and mitigating the consequences of antibiotic use.
The specific project objectives to affect antibiotic use and mitigation are:
- Describe and evaluate motivation and reward models for livestock care; specifically for managing animal health and treatment to develop strategies for managing work and providing feedback to workers, managers, and consultants responsible for animal health;
- Evaluate use of non-antibiotic alternatives in calf rearing to prevent disease, reduce antibiotic use, and lower prevalence of antibiotic resistant organisms and traits;
- Determine and model the impact of antibiotic use and excreted residues on the ecology of resistance traits and organisms and test mitigation strategies; and
- Develop and evaluate communication approaches based on different media including social networks (real and virtual) to broadcast project results to varied local and national audiences that includes producers, calf care-takers, veterinarians and Extension educators.