Antibiotic growth promoters (AGP) have had significant beneficial effects in improving commercial poultry health and performance since 50 years ago. Their removal from the poultry diets is therefore brings with it consequences, although some of you may not agree on. One of the main concerns in this regard is intestinal health and its related issues.
A great deal of effort and money has been devoted to search for economically feasible alternative(s) to antibiotics within the past 15-20 years. However, we should have realised by now that alternatives to AGPs are not a magic bullet and improvements in management practices, including implementation of solid bio-security measures, are also of critical importance. In other words, a synergistic approach is needed.
What I’d really like to hear from readers of this blog is their opinions about the success of commercially-available alternatives in improving poultry health and productivity in their regions.
How successful they have been so far?
Please share your experiences.