Antibiotic-free chicken: Finding digestive balance

Antibiotic-free chicken: Finding digestive balance

In antibiotic-free broiler production systems, nutritionists can support the gut ecosystem with the judicious use of highly digestible diets.

*Dr. Steve Leeson is a professor emeritus at the University of Guelph in Ontario.

VARYING degrees of antibiotic-free production (ABF) of chicken are now imposed by government agencies or major retailers or are being voluntarily undertaken by integrated broiler companies.

It seems highly unlikely that broilers can always be grown without recourse to using antibiotics, but the obvious trend is away from routine use of s

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