For animal farmers and feed suppliers, attention is focusing increasingly on the importance of efficient, healthy digestion in farm animals. Countless feed additives displaying a wide range of characteristics and substance groups are offered for sale with the argument that they support intestinal health. In farm animal feeding, they have thus long since taken on the role of feed antibiotics, which used to be considered irreplaceable. To a greater extent, however, the trait of substituting for the therapeutic or at least prophylactic use of antibiotics too is being accentuated, which in connection with feed law leads one onto thin ice along the boundary with medicated feeds. However, delays in the restructuring of legislation on veterinary medicines and the rules regarding dietetic feeds are encouraging this approach. After all, healthy animals are the central element of animal husbandry. Tools that help to keep the animals and especially their digestive tracts healthy should therefore not be suppressed because of a nebulous legal status.
von Redaktion agrarzeitung –
08. Juni 2015