Farmers, Doctors Spar Over Cow Antibiotics

Farmers, Doctors Spar Over Cow Antibiotics


 Emerald, Wis. Farmers who want the latest and best antibiotics to treat their dairy cows are finding themselves at odds with doctors concerned a new drug could prompt the evolution of a super-bacteria that could threaten human health.

Farmers like John Vrieze are looking to the Food and Drug Administration to approve cefquinome, a powerful antibotic that could combat “shipping fever,” a pneumonia-like illness commonly found in cows.

“If she gets sick and needs an antibiotic, we ought to be able to give her the latest, best, technologically advanced antibiotic we can,” said Vrieze, who runs the 2,600-head Emerald Dairy farm.


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