Gut health and sleep may be more interconnected than previously thought. The connection may offer poultry producers a further technique as they seek to better manage flocks as antibiotic restrictions become ever-tighter.
More poultry producers are facing the conflicting pressures of producing more meat, without antibiotics and to higher welfare standards. Giving animal health a greater role in production management may help to resolve this dilemma.
Overturning attitudes to antibiotics, whether in agricultural production or human medicine, is not easy. But everyone can do their bit, and for those wanting a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding antibiotic resistance, a new resource will be made available to coincide with World Antibiotic Awareness Week.