The choice of whether to use an antibiotic or not has been taken out of the hands of livestock producers. With increasingly strict regulation regarding the choice, duration and amounts of antibiotics used across Europe, Asia and North Africa alternatives are experiencing great interest. This is however often shortsighted, replacing an antibiotic with an antimicrobial derived from a plant or chemical source can at most be a short-term solution. The long-term solution is an integrated health management from housing to biosecurity, genetics and feed as well.
· Excellent uniformity
· Optimal feed conversion
· Effective immunity
· Vaccination works well
· Little need to treat with antibiotics
· Predictable and safe production cycles
What happens if an encapsulated butyrate is applied to a healthy flock of birds? Feed conversion improved due to the improved gut integrity and barrier function, this alone has shown to have an ROI of >3. Read all about ButiPEARL™!
What happens if an encapsulated acidifier with functional flavours is given to piglets? Buffering capacity of the feed can be reduced as encapsulated calcium does not have a buffering effect in feed, and diarrhoea risk is reduced. This will have an ROI >3, the exact number depending on the level of challenge and litter size. Read all about FormaXOL™!
What happens if a probiotic stabilises the intestinal flora of an animal? The animals will be more resistant to intestinal pathogens of all types (e.g. Clostridia). In trials this has shown to reduce the need for therapeutic antibiotics by up to 50%, leading to a ROI of 5 from the saving on antimicrobials alone. Read all about CLOSTAT®!
What happens when an immune modulator is given to sows 2 weeks before farrowing and during lactation? More passive immunity is transferred to the piglet via the colostrum. Additionally they are born with a more mature immune system, resulting in decreased preweaning mortality with an average of one additional weaned piglet per litter. One additional piglet translates to a ROI of 7 under current European production conditions. Read all about Aleta™!
And finally what if the remaining antibiotics do not work? Can an immune modulator and an encapsulated acidifier help the farm to remain in business with healthy piglets? Economically the question here is not ROI but whether the farming business can continue to operate!
Preventative health measures via feed or water clearly succeed when looking at farm economics compared to antibiotic use. They bring ROI even in healthy flocks or herds. Additionally, better health has a positive impact on feed conversion and uniformity across all species, something therapeutic antibiotics certainly do not deliver.
Antibiotic reduction regulations are coming, select the right alternatives for you now!