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approved for use in food-producing animals decreased
by 10 percent from 2015 through 2016, with a 14 percent
reduction in the sale of antibiotics used in human
Of the 43 percent of medically important
antimicrobials sold and distributed in the United States,
only 6 percent was intended for chickens.
Sources state the move to antibiotic-free poultry
production could increase live costs by up to 10 percent
depending on the producer, on average increasing feed
costs by US$3 to US$5 per ton. However, if a company
is also switching to an all-vegetable diet while moving
toward an antibiotic-free program, it might end up
costing between US$4 and US$7 per ton.
"We are seeing re-optimization of feeds, where
you have to know more about how growth promoters
[influenced] performance to substitute these without
negative effects on performance," Enting said.
The National Chicken Council (NCC) estimates 45
to 50 percent of the U.S. flock is on a no-antibiotics-ever
However, NAE poultry production "isn't for
The feed is only one element of NAE production.
To be successful, a company needs to be confident in its
THE NCC ESTIMATES
45 to 50 percent of
the U.S. flock is on
hygiene and management controls through the entire life
cycle of the bird - and that begins at the breeder house
through to the grow-out farm.
Slow-growing chickens can take twice as long to
reach the same market weight as faster-growing strains,
almost tripling production costs.
"For developments like slow-growing birds and
cage-free systems, we must know how different
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