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AI & antibiotic ban; what’s next for US poultry?

Disinfection mats and hand sanitisers were a somewhat odd welcome at the recent IPPE in Atlanta. No live poultry to protect here, but it did bring the message home loud and clear to many visitors. The US poultry sector has a lot on its plate at the moment, between the AI outbreaks and the impending antibiotic ban.

Avian influenza outbreak

The avian influenza threat is a clear and present danger, especially with the latest outbreak in Indiana just 1 week before. The message in the lessons learned sessions, covering the outbreaks of last year wasn't very surprising; good biosecurity before and a quick and thorough culling, screening and disinfection process after the outbreak. The most recent outbreak could be a text book example, as far as can be concluded at this moment in time.


  • AI & antibiotic ban; what’s next for US poultry?
  • AI & antibiotic ban; what’s next for US poultry?

US ban on antibiotics – looking for the solution

However, is was not avian influenza what had the main attention at the exhibition. Poultry farmers and integrators were in large numbers trying to find 'THE' solution for the future, concerning the US ban on sub therapeutic antibiotic usage, starting in 2017. The first effects of the ban were already seen by some. Mike Donohue of Agri Stats, observed a slight decrease in broiler production, which may come from antibiotic-free production. Due to consumer trends and retail customers requesting birds free of antibiotics, the industry is using fewer tools and not gaining feed conversion.

AI & antibiotic ban; what’s next for US poultry?

And the solution for the precursors and stragglers alike is not a simple one. There is not a direct substitute for sub therapeutic antibiotics, not one additive, one management measure, nor one veterinary solution. Keeping broilers healthy after 2017 will involve the whole supply chain from the breeder flock, hatchery to the broiler house and cover all animal and farm management aspects which can be thought off. An intricate solution, but a very interesting one to figure out.

5 comments

  • DMB Buessing

    Hi Fabian, your concluding remarks are incorrect. Our company, World AG Associates, carries a product in Asia, Africa and the Middle East that indeed is a direct parallel replacement for AGP's. In nearly every case and in multiple markets, the results typically exceed AGP's by a wide margin and on most key benchmarks. The issue with the US is the incredible amount of time and money it takes to get FDA approval to sell the product in the US market. Right or wrong, it is a horrible process to go through and quite possibly the reason US producers do not have a solution. David Buessing

  • Noel Gauthier

    Hi Fabian,
    I disagree with DMB as far as US legislation that is often found to restrrictive. I have been involved in the Canadian Vetrereinary Pharmaceutrical Industry over the last 40 years and have experienced over use of anti-bacterial quite often. Only the severity of the USDA has avoided uncalculated risk in the anti-biotic market. Companies almost encourage over use for profit.
    I am now in business in Canada and we now promote natural approach to disease prevention in animals and particularly poultry or turkeys. We have been able to get a sharp reduction of disease and more than 10% improvement in feed converstion. Our technology is available in the US and USDA approved.
    Thanks for your article and yes, sanitation is a key component of getting improved performance.
    Noël Gauthier MBA.,Adm.A.
    noelgauthier017@gmail.com

  • Naeem Tariq

    I always appreciate the worldpoultry for updating world news
    i agree with the rules

  • Amirthalinga Natarajan

    World is projected to use AGPs from the current quantum of 65000 tones to 105,000 tones in 2030, with China and US leading users apart from certain Asian and African countries. EU has a ban on AGPs for about 10 years from now but US has no such ban. While EU reports an improvement in Antibiotic or antibiotic residue free food products through ban, US depends on voluntary disuse by livestock and poultry producers. Both models are showing promise towards improvement. However, a solution or combination of solutions for doing away AGPs is the need of the hour for countries in Asia and Africa. Any claim for successful elimination of Antibiotics for growth should be evaluated in these countries. David Buessing is invited to present his claim in some forum which may be useful in his case of claim of direct parallel replacement of AGPs at-least for developing countries.

  • Mr Hiren Pancholi

    Hi Fabian,

    As you mentioned whole chain from Breeder, cheeks, Management and BIO- SECURITY as a whole and combination of products will be the solution for the poultry Industry as a whole agains AGP BAn..

    In India also Goverment is working on Banning AGPs for Sub Theraputic use and ppl here have started trying various options for the right solutions.

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