Antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs) have traditionally been used to protect gut health, maximize feed efficiency and increase production animal growth rates. However, with the rise of antimicrobial-resistant pathogens and consumer demand for antibiotic-free (ABF) protein, an increasing number of production systems are moving toward reduced use (or a complete halt) of in-feed antibiotics. This means maintaining a healthy intestinal environment in production animals now relies more heavily on other management methods.
People are the biggest risk to introducing pathogens and disease to a flock or herd, making biosecurity one of the most important management practices for producers. Appropriately managed environmental conditions are also important for effective ABF production — a clean, dry, well-ventilated environment helps prevent disease outbreaks and keeps animals growing efficiently.