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Raising Healthy Birds without Antibiotics

Abstract Recent consumer and food service demand for broilers raised without antibiotics has led to dramatic changes in how gut health is managed. In the past, ionophores and antibiotics with anti-clostridial effects were used to compliment the need in controlling coccidiosis and necrotic enteritis (NE). In the “No Antibiotics Ever (NAE)” arena, coccidiosis must be controlled through traditional anti-protozoal products or coccidiosis immunization. However, success will be determined by finding products to provide anti-clostridial effects or otherwise positively influence microflora balance. The most commonly used antibiotic alternative products in NAE production usually fall in the categories of probiotics, prebiotics, phytogenics/essential oils, or organic acids. Success in NAE production will likely involve a combination of these alternative products along with managing the ever-present Eimeria spp. to achieve satisfactory feed conversion and mortality.

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By Scott J. Gustin, DVM, MAM Director of Veterinary Services, Domestic Poultry at Tyson Foods, Inc.

Science & Solutions • Issue US ABF

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Science & Solutions NAE Issue - Poultry  

In this issue: A Nutritionist’s Perspective on the Removal of Antibiotics in Poultry Production; Raising Healthy Birds without Antibiotics

Science & Solutions NAE Issue - Poultry  

In this issue: A Nutritionist’s Perspective on the Removal of Antibiotics in Poultry Production; Raising Healthy Birds without Antibiotics

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