The technical and economic impact of veterinary interventions aimed at reducing antimicrobial use on broiler farms

J.L. Roskam*, A.G.J.M. Oude Lansink, H.W. Saatkamp

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Abstract

Antimicrobial resistance is a global threat for both human and animal health. One of the main drivers of antimicrobial resistance is inappropriate antimicrobial use in livestock production. The aim of this study was to examine the technical and economic impact of tailor-made interventions, aimed at reducing antimicrobial use in broiler production. Historical (i.e., before intervention) and observational (i.e., after intervention) data were collected at 20 broiler farms. Results indicate that average daily gain and mortality generally increased after intervention, whereas feed conversion and antimicrobial use decreased. Economic performance after interventions was generally higher than before the interventions. Sensitivity analyses on price changes confirm the robustness of the findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6644-6658
Number of pages15
JournalPoultry Science
Volume98
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2019

Keywords

  • antimicrobial use
  • broiler production
  • farm-specific interventions
  • technical and economic farm performance

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