487 – Removing prophylactic antibiotics from pig feed – How does it affect their performance and health? (Research paper – Adewole – 2016)Click here for resource
487 Research paper
Removing prophylactic antibiotics from pig feed: how does it affect their performance and health? by Diana, A., Boyle, L.B., Leonard, F.C., Carroll, C., Sheehan, E., Murphy, D., and E. G. Manzanilla 2019 BMC Veterinary Research 15: 08-Jan
In Significant Impact Groups: AMU reduction strategies \ Feed / gut health
Species targeted: Pigs;
Age: Not stated;
The pig industry uses more medication (mg of active ingredient / population correction unit) than other livestock sectors, especially during the weaning period when pigs face several challenges and stressors including changes in diet, separation from the sow and re-mixing. These changes stress the animals and compromise their immune system, making them more susceptible to infectious agents. This study conclusion suggests that the removal of prophylactic in-feed antibiotics is possible with only minor reductions in productive performance and health which can be addressed by improved husbandry and use of parenteral antibiotics.
Where to find the original material: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6390319/pdf/12917_2019_Article_1808.pdf; https://doi.org/10.1186/s12917-019-1808-x