Recently, All About Feed hosted an antibiotic reduction webinar in cooperation with Novus and Agrana. If you have missed it or would like to see it again, the webinar on the hot topic of antibiotic reduction can now be viewed on-demand. Check it out!
Livestock disease management and the use of antibiotics has come under the spotlight over the last few years. The pressure is on to reduce antibiotics in livestock production and in doing so, it has a direct impact on human health.
But, how do we keep animals healthy while reducing the use of antibiotics? Are there alternative solutions? What improvements can be made to address this pressing issue? These are key questions. We look at some of these issues during this webinar. The event explored the challenges around antibiotic reduction in pigs, dairy cows as well as poultry and also explored opportunities to move away from antibiotic use in the livestock sector.
Dr Brad Lawrence, senior technical manager, Pork Business Team North America at Novus, talked about ‘The sow – the first key step to successful antibiotic reduction in progeny’.
Ana Gavrău, global technical sales and innovation manager at Agrana, looked at ‘Natural betaine – nutritional AID in strategies targeting antibiotic reduction’. Natural betaine is much more than a ‘sparing tool’. As betaine is a multi-functional nutrient, its application can result in multiple benefits:
Dave Thompson, Michigan State University Extension educator for swine production, presented on ‘US meat/dairy industry efforts to reduce the use of medically important antimicrobials’.