Antibiotic-Free Production

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Antimicrobial Resistance Concerns Are Reducing the Use of In-Feed Antibiotics

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Consumer Preference for Antibiotic-Free Protein Has Reduced Antibiotic Growth Promoter Use

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Antibiotic-Free Production Means Ionophore-Free Production in Some Regions

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.

Environmental Management and Biosecurity Are Key

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.

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