Necrotic enteritis increasing in antibiotic-free broilers
Reduced use of antibiotics and changing poultry diets are contributing to a rise in cases of the disease that can cause heightened mortality and lower feed conversion.
As more broiler flocks become antibiotic free (ABF), necrotic enteritis is making a comeback. A leading poultry scientist says controlling the potentially fatal disease requires closer attention to gut health.
During the Poultry Science Association’s annual meeting in New Orleans in July 2016, Dr. Charles Hofacre, a professor and director…