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Welcome to Meat Systems

A professional development opportunity in grass-based meat systems for agricultural service providers and farmers provided by the Northeast SARE state programs in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.


"Looking to learn more about sustainable livestock production practices? You've found the right place, contact us to become a part of our project."

Plans for 2018 -- Sustainable Livestock Production Practices

The Northeast SARE tri-state education program is developing a new three year program to meet the needs of livestock farmers and the agricultural service providers who work with them on Sustainable Livestock Production Practices. Programming will follow on from our recent workshops on Health Care Practices for Our Food Animals.

We anticipate making an announcement about scheduled workshops and in field training soon, please stay tuned!

We would also appreciate your advice through our Project Advisory Group. If you would like to share your ideas directly with us please contact me at any time.

We will continue to include reports, data and information from our past workshops and new ones here on this website. In the right column on this page you will find links to the latest guidance from the FDA on Medically Important Antimicrobials in Animal Agriculture after 1 January 2017.

We are looking forward to working with you.

Rachel Bespuda





Commercial dairy production and drug usage presentation by Craig Jones, Agri-Mark Presentation 4-22-16
June 30, 2016 FDA Fifth Biannual Progress Report on Judicious Use of Antimicrobials in Food-producing Animals
CT NOFA 2016 presentation-Antibiotic Stewardship and Health Care for Our Animals

Latest from 2017 Workshops


Dr. Michael Murphy, DVM, Veterinary Medical Officer, FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine, presented at our 2017 workshops.  The following are links to FDA materials

Fostering Stewardship​​​​​

Honey Bees and FDA regulations

FDA VFD Information

FDA Proposes Biomass Method to Obtain Animal Antimicrobial Sales and Distribution Data

New Agricultural Applications for Antimicrobials. A Danger to Human Health: An Official Position Statement of the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists

Samuel L. Aitken, Division of Pharmacy, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston;Thomas J. Dilworth, Department of
Pharmacy, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – St. Francis, Milwaukee;  Emily L. Heil, Deprtment of Pharmacy, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore;  Michael D. Nailor, Department of Pharmacy Services, Hartford Hospital, Department of Pharmacy Practice, University of Connecticut.;
PHARMACOTHERAPY Volume 36, Number 4, 2016

Report to the President on combating antibiotic resistance 

September 2014

by the President’s Council of Advisors on
Science and Technology (PCAST)

What Antibiotic-Resistant Superbug
Discovery Means for US, CT

June 7, 2016 WNPR Broadcast - link to live podcast