The use of hormones is illegal in this country. Pesticides are used to control pests in crops but as we only have grass we don’t need to use pesticides. We do, however, use a small amount of herbicide to help us control weeds such as docks and thistles. Antibiotics are used sparingly but if we have a sick cow then we may use an appropriate antibiotic to treat the problem. This year our vet praised us on our extremely low annual use of antibiotics.