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Alternatives to antibiotics?


March 6, 2009
By Mojtaba Yegani

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March 6. 2009 – Antibiotic growth promoters (AGP) have had significant beneficial effects in improving commercial poultry health and performance since 50 years ago.

Antibiotic growth promoters (AGP) have had significant beneficial effects in improving commercial poultry health and performance since 50 years ago. Their removal from the poultry diets is therefore a change with consequences.  One of the main concerns in this regard is intestinal health and its related issues.

A great deal of effort and money has been devoted to search for economically feasible alternative (s) to antibiotics within the past 15-20 years.  However, we should have realized by now that alternatives to AGP are not a magic bullet and improvements in management practices, including implementation of solid biosecurity measures, are also of critical importance.  In other words, a synergistic approach is needed.

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What I’d really like to hear from readers of this blog are their opinions about the success of commercially available alternatives in improving poultry health and productivity? How successful they have been so far?
Please share your experiences here.

Links: http://www.poultryscience.org/ps/paperpdfs/05/p0540634.pdf