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The researchers want to investigate whether natural product-based feed additives or supplemental feeds reduce the incidence of bacterial infectious diseases.
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The researchers want to investigate whether natural product-based feed additives or supplemental feeds reduce the incidence of bacterial infectious diseases.

Minimizing the use of antibiotics is a key goal in animal husbandry. The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) has restarted a model and demonstration project and is looking for innovative poultry farms.

In the model and demonstration project (MuD) "Antibiotic minimization in poultry farming: alternative prophylactic measures" (AntiMin-Pro), the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) wants to explore how the resistance of poultry can be strengthened. The joint project is coordinated by Fibl. Conventional and organic farmers of broilers or turkeys as well as laying hens can apply for the research project until January 31, 2022. The farms should already have gained initial experience with alternative methods of prophylaxis and want to develop these further within the framework of practical trials.

The project is investigating, for example, whether the occurrence of bacterial infectious diseases and the associated use of antibiotics in poultry farming can be minimized with the help of natural substance-based feed additives, litter additives and supplementary feeds. Individual methods of prophylaxis are selected depending on the current flock situation and problems. These are to be used individually and in combination on the farm.

The general strengthening of the resistance of the animals plays just as important a role in the evaluation of the measures as the economic result for the fattening and laying runs. The project, which will last two and a half years, is being carried out by FiBL together with Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, the German Agricultural Society (DLG) and Gallicon Geflügelberatung. Regular advice and support for participating farms with practical guidance as well as online and face-to-face events for mutual exchange are core elements of the project. For more information, visit www.fibl.org. AgE

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