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feed antibiotic reduction
lessons from EU producers

There is no need to reinvent the wheel when EU countries have already
made all of the necessary mistakes on the road toward antibiotic-free diets.
IOANNIS MAVROMICHALIS

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urope has been struggling to reduce antibiotic
usage in animal feeds since 2006, and even
earlier in some countries. They banned feedgrade antibiotics as growth-promoting agents only to
discover that total antibiotic usage increased in 2007
and still resists dropping to desirable low levels. Today,
the EU is following a more holistic approach that views
the reduction of antibiotic usage as a goal to be achieved
gradually by a complete overhaul of the whole industry
and not miraculously by just the ban on feed antibiotics.
To reduce antibiotic usage in animal feeds is a goal that
is sought by other countries, as well; the U.S., for example,
is quite enthusiastic about it. Others, like China, are experimenting in anticipation of the future, but perhaps with
not enough enthusiasm. They all have to adapt methods,
products, technologies and know-how under their own
specific commercial conditions, but there are some basic
"lessons" that require no repeating as they are universal.
Having worked in all three continents, with and without
antibiotics, with pigs and poultry, I have prepared a list of
12 lessons learned the hard way in the hope that others will
be spared from the need to start from scratch.

2

Profitability will fund cost increases

Lamentably, the money to fund such
changes as those needed for a successful
outcome in reducing or completely
removing antibiotics from a farm can only come
from profitability itself. Governments that impose

1

Cost increases are inevitable

Initially, most farmers in the EU believed they
would only need to find a suitable additive to
replace antibiotics, and to their credit, they
were prepared to pay for it from their own pockets. They
soon realized the cost of production in antibiotic-free/
reduced systems is much higher as there are many other
changes that are required, and they all are expensive.
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Poultry USA - May 2019
Contents
It’s time to consider new poultry transport trailers
Poultry transparency: Two tales, same passion
Salmonella Reading outbreak challenges turkey industry
5 keys for controlling Salmonella on breeder farms
Salmonella prevention requires integrated approach
How to protect turkey flocks from heat stress
A new device for detecting woody breast
Where will chicken belong in the diet of the future?
12 feed antibiotic reduction lessons from EU producers
Is it time to rethink Campylobacter and broiler health?
Product Review
Market Place
Ad Index
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Poultry USA - May 2019 - Contents
Poultry USA - May 2019 - It’s time to consider new poultry transport trailers
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Poultry USA - May 2019 - Poultry transparency: Two tales, same passion
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Poultry USA - May 2019 - Salmonella Reading outbreak challenges turkey industry
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Poultry USA - May 2019 - 5 keys for controlling Salmonella on breeder farms
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Poultry USA - May 2019 - Salmonella prevention requires integrated approach
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