Minimal antibiotic use in parent stock production

8 Oct 2018

Consumer perception is a driving force behind many production decisions made in the poultry industry, and increased general concerns about the potential transfer of antimicrobial resistance from poultry to humans has led to many countries reducing or eliminating the use of antibiotics.

Following best-practice advice with an emphasis on meticulous bird management and attention to detail, such as that found in the Parent Stock Management Handbook, is the foundation of a successful minimal antibiotic (AB) production programme, and allows good-quality broiler chicks that have as little microbial challenge as possible to be delivered to the farm. Although reducing or eliminating antibiotic use is the goal, Aviagen fully supports the rights of a licensed veterinarian to treat a sick animal or flock with an approved antibiotic to control disease and prevent pain and suffering.


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