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18 ❙ PoultryInternational

French chicken farmer shares
antibiotic-free success
Careful house preparation, strong biosecurity
and thorough water treatment have proved
successful for a farmer based in
western France.
BENJAMÍN RUIZ AND MARK CLEMENTS
Stéphane Dahirel produces broilers and turkeys without antibiotics
in Brittany, home to approximately one-third of France's
production.
An independent poultry
producer whose birds go to
McDonald's and supermarkets,
he cherishes his independence,
range of 1.56 to 1.80
citing it as being key in being
that might normally
able to switch to antibiotic-free
Stéphane Dahirel has been producing
be expected. Daily
production, and performance
broilers without antibiotics for three
weight gain averages
data would appear to show
years and, with a close eye on
74.5 g.
that his approach is working.
biosecurity, has managed to keep his
Mortality rates are
Dahirel and his wife operfarm disease free. Benjamín Ruiz
low - an average of
ate five poultry houses and
4.39 percent - clearly
produce 210,000 birds per cycle, with the help of
below the 5 percent figure generally considered to
an additional farm hand when needed and, unusube good. Rejects stand at 0.7 percent, comfortably
ally for France, produce heavier birds.
within the average of 0.3-1.15 percent. An average of 48.5 kg of chicken is produced per square
Independent action
meter.
The decision to stop using antibiotics was
Phophylactic antibiotic use has been stopped,
Dahirel's own, and not taken in response to conas well as for therapy. According to Dahirel, there
sumer pressure.
are no diseases on the farm. Vaccination is carried
Dahirel explains: "I did not want to simply reout to prevent viral infections, such as Gumboro
duce antibiotic use, but stop producing with them
disease and infectious bronchitis, and perhaps the
altogether. The result of complete withdrawal has
only issue is colbacillosis. If problems arise, then
given us better results."
phytotherapeutic products are used.
Feed conversion on the farm across males and
But to be in this position requires careful
females is on average 1.68, comfortably within the
preparation.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Poultry International - March 2018

Poultry International - March 2018
Contents
Editor’s Comment
News
Brazilian poultry industry outlook positive for 2018
Why European egg production may be flat in 2018
VIV Europe to address challenges for food, ag sectors
Moy Park opens UK’s largest single-build hatchery
French chicken farmer shares antibiotic-free success
3 animal antibiotics, human health risk questions answered
Tips for feeding chickens in a start-up poultry business
How to optimize chicken feather plucking during processing
Products
Marketplace
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Poultry International - March 2018 - Cover2
Poultry International - March 2018 - Contents
Poultry International - March 2018 - Editor’s Comment
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Poultry International - March 2018 - News
Poultry International - March 2018 - 5
Poultry International - March 2018 - Brazilian poultry industry outlook positive for 2018
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Poultry International - March 2018 - Why European egg production may be flat in 2018
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Poultry International - March 2018 - VIV Europe to address challenges for food, ag sectors
Poultry International - March 2018 - 15
Poultry International - March 2018 - Moy Park opens UK’s largest single-build hatchery
Poultry International - March 2018 - 17
Poultry International - March 2018 - French chicken farmer shares antibiotic-free success
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Poultry International - March 2018 - 20
Poultry International - March 2018 - 21
Poultry International - March 2018 - 3 animal antibiotics, human health risk questions answered
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Poultry International - March 2018 - Tips for feeding chickens in a start-up poultry business
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Poultry International - March 2018 - How to optimize chicken feather plucking during processing
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