Antibiotic reduction — The way forward for our industry

Antibiotic resistance is one of the most pressing public health challenges of the twenty-first century. There are increasingly strict regulations regarding the choice, duration, and quantities of antibiotics used across Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. Hence, the choice of whether to use an antibiotic is no longer the decision of livestock producers.

Added to this, there is great interest in antibiotic alternatives globally. However, exclusively replacing antibiotics with an antimicrobial derived from a plant or chemical source is not the best way forward.

At Kemin, we know that a long-term solution to reduce antibiotic use using integrated health management is key. Such an approach helps us leverage sustainable alternatives using a tailormade method that makes the most of biosecurity, genetics, and feed.


The challenge of reducing antibiotic use

The lack of new antibiotics available on the market means that it is crucial to preserve the efficacy of already existing ones. Reducing antibiotic usage is crucial — both due to resistance and new regulations to reduce use. This poses significant challenges for health professionals and livestock producers who strive to improve the livelihood of animals and who now have to do so by reducing overall antibiotic use.

In the poultry industry, for example, the failure of antibiotic therapy has an important impact on the wellbeing of birds. Additionally, the resulting deteriorated growth, increased culling, and mortality levels because of antibiotic resistance strongly impair production performance and in turn impact profitability.

At Kemin, we tackle these challenges using our preventative health focus — drawing upon the World Health Organization’s ‘One Health’ approach whereby we believe that our responsibility lies in working together with organizations in various sectors to achieve improved public health outcomes.


Kemin’s solutions to reducing antibiotic use

At Kemin, it is our priority to reduce antibiotic use in birds by providing you with the best possible alternatives and applicable services. To make this possible, our science-based solutions leverage the beneficial effects of intestinal health management and immune support. And we do so in two main ways:

1)      Strengthening the digestive tract:

●        CLOSTAT® - our probiotic solution contains spores of Bacillus sp. ATCC PTA-6737 (patented by Kemin) originating from natural enteritis resistant chickens. CLOSTAT promotes a healthy microbiome and reduces the risks of enteritis. Watch a testimonial about CLOSTAT.

●        ButiPEARLTM - our microencapsulated and highly concentrated source of butyrate enables superior handling ease and sustained release along the GIT. ButiPEARL improves overall intestinal integrity.

●        FormaXOLTM – Our non-antibiotic solution uses encapsulation technology and empowering synergism drawing on organic acids and functional flavors. FormaXOL controls pathogenic gram-negative bacteria in animals.


2)      Improving immune status:

●        AletaTM – Our unique Beta-Glucan product derived from algae (Euglena gracilis) improves immune status.

Picture of a red flower with in the middle the word antibiotic alternatives in each leaf of the flower there is an alternative for the use of antibiotics: immune support, intestinal integrity, intestinal health, entero-bacteriaceae control, mineral need coverage, drinking water quality and mycotoxin management

Added to this, Kemin’s preventive health solutions benefit your birds in the following ways by offering:

●        Excellent uniformity;

●        Optimal feed conversion;

●        Effective immunity;

●        Vaccination success;

●        Predictable and secure production cycles.


Our guidance to help you reduce antibiotic usage

Our experts are always available for farm visits or remote advice. In doing so, we can help you tailor-make solutions for antibiotic reduction. Our large network of global experts has the experience needed to equip you with the most effective antibiotic reduction programs.

Moreover, our Customer Lab Service (CLS) performs multiple laboratory analyses and supports rapid on-farm tests to monitor the health status of your birds.



Learn more about the economics of poultry preventive health

Did you know that if the synergy of Kemin’s CLOSTAT and ALETA products is leveraged in antibiotic-free broiler production then growth performance improves and mortality is reduced with an ROI of > 3?

Did you know that Kemin’s CLOSTAT stabilizes the intestinal flora of birds resulting in resistance to intestinal pathogens (e.g. Clostridia)? In trials it has been shown to reduce the need for therapeutic antibiotics by up to 50%, leading to an ROI of 5 from the savings on antimicrobials alone.

Read more outcomes in our Technical trial here

Did you know that preventative health measures via feed or water succeed when looking at farm economics in comparison to antibiotic use? They bring ROI even in healthy flocks or herds.


At Kemin, our experience and research have shown that improved animal health has a positive impact on feed conversion and uniformity across all species — something therapeutic antibiotics cannot deliver. Let us guide you in selecting the best possible antibiotic alternative from our range. Contact us today