Antimicrobial Use Reduction for Animal Production: Opportunity or Liability for the Poultry Industry?

Published on: 07/11/2016
Author/s : M. De Gussem, DVM, VETWORKS, Belgium

Introduction A nice overview of the problem of antimicrobial use in animal production is given on the EFFORT website, a European initiative for reducing antimicrobial resistance:   The introduction of antimicrobial agents in the 1940s for human clinical medicine but also in animal husbandry changed the options for treatment completely. Successful treatment of infections which were previous...

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July 11, 2016
Broiler life cycle is getting shorter every year. Probably it will be down to 30days for a 2kg markets. Good biosecurity and gaps between crops should prevent horizontal infections. Prevention of vertically transmitted diseases, improving maternal anyibodies by parent vaccination and good hatchery hygiene practices should produce healthy chicks with no challenging pathogens to start with.
Optimizing nutrient supply for broilers with increasing appetite and avoiding excess supply of nutrients need to be worked out by qualitative or quantitative limitation.
Enteritis, especially of coccidial origin is going to be a problem as we are used to prevention by anticoccidials. Some herbal alternatives and vaccines seem to be promising helping to stop regular usage of antibiotics.
Over all, the industry every where is working hard to prevent the use of not only antibiotics but also chemicals. The day may not be far away where we will forget about them.
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Stefano Calamanti Stefano Calamanti
Specialist in Animal Nutrition
August 16, 2016
It 'important to reduce the antibiotics that the consumption chick 160-170 gr. d feed in the first 5 days.
This objective is reached by controlling inflammation of the intestinal mucosa.
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