Germany

Survey on antibiotic minimization

Natural products such as oregano or organic acids can also be used to promote animal health in poultry.
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Natural products such as oregano or organic acids can also be used to promote animal health in poultry.

Natural substance-based products can promote animal health and thus reduce the use of antibiotics. The FiBL Research Institute wants to know from poultry farmers what their experiences are with such preparations and has launched a survey.

Despite the implementation of action plans and improved husbandry conditions, poultry farms often cannot avoid the use of antibiotics due to individual health problems. However, to promote animal health, they are increasingly turning to natural products or natural product-based preparations such as oregano, effective microorganisms (EM), clay minerals or organic acids. The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) now wants to find out in a survey what experiences practitioners have had with these products.

According to FiBl, this is part of the Model and Demonstration Project (MuD) "Antibiotic Minimization in Poultry Husbandry: Alternative Prophylactic Measures" funded by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture. The aim of this project is to pool knowledge on alternative preventive measures and to test innovative approaches in practice. The focus is on natural substance-based products to strengthen animal health with the aim of minimizing the use of antibiotics in poultry farming. The project is being carried out by FiBL Germany together with the Institute of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy at the University of Munich, the German Agricultural Society (DLG) and Gallicon Geflügelberatung. Poultry farmers who have already used natural product-based products in practice are asked to share their experiences via the survey accompanying the project. AgE

Participate in the survey here.

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