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Importance of AGP replacement program needs to be communicated to all the levels of the stakeholders

Strategies To Replace Antibiotic Growth Promoters (AGPs)

An AGP alternative program requires a holistic approach which involves management procedures including housing, water, feed, and pathogen control in addition to using AGP alternative products. The success relies on the implementation of poultry production fundamentals.​

Antibiotic growth promoter alternatives

What are these fundamental practices?

Communication

  • The importance of an AGP replacement program needs to be communicated to all stakeholders.

Biosecurity

  • Prevent the introduction of pathogens into the farm
  • Limit entry of visitors and vehicles
  • Control insects, rodents and entry of wild birds
  • Maintain proper disposal of debris and dead birds

Breeder and Hatchery Management

  • Breeder nutrition and health
  • Remember clean eggs are the key to healthy chicks
  • Maintain optimum temperature, humidity, oxygen and ventilation per standards

Farm Management

Kemin alternatives to antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs)

  • Adequate downtime
  • House preparation
  • Optimum stocking density
  • Good litter management
  • Optimum temperature, ventilation and humidity
  • Minimize stress​

Water Management

  • Water sanitation
  • Treat with an acidifier for optimum pH
  • Check water hardness

Feed Management

  • Raw material quality
  • Precision diet and formulation based on digestible nutrients
  • Feed hygiene

Disease Management

  • Proper sanitation and vaccination program
  • Necrotic Enteritis (NE) and Coccidiosis control
  • Surveillance of overall flock health