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Antibiotic-Free Meat

Alltech international symposium to focus on growth promotion

Breakout sessions will highlight GI tract, antibiotics, nutrients
Global animal nutrition and health company Alltech will gather representatives of leading international poultry and swine producers at GLIMPSE 2020, the 29th annual Alltech International Symposium in Lexington, Ky., May 19–22, to share their experiences of more than 30 years of antibiotic growth promoter-free animal production. “The last 20 years have clearly shown us that antimicrobial resistance is a reality, and that even if much of this relates to human decisions, our industry is under the microscope,” said Aidan Connolly, Alltech vice president and professor at UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School. 
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Poultry industry needs, consumer demand topics at Alltech symposium

Breakout sessions will offer broader range of subjects
From problems with mycotoxins and coccidiosis, to opportunities with epigenetics and antibiotic-free programs, Alltech plans to address a plate full of topics that affect the poultry industry, from the hatchery to the dining room, at GLIMPSE 2020: the 29th Annual Alltech International Symposium in Lexington, Ky., May 19-22. New in 2013, Alltech International Symposium delegates will have the opportunity to select breakout session tracks. 
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VIV animal health summit to highlight antibiotic use reduction

Topics to include demedication, antibiotic-free production, organic acids
A special feature of VIV Asia 2013, being held March 13–15, in Bangkok, Thailand, is the VIV Animal Health Summit on March 14 that will focus on reducing the use of antibiotics in livestock production. Antibiotics are still widely used in food animal production in many parts of the world.  
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Fieldale Farms overcomes cost barriers with 100 percent antibiotic-free operations

Company went from 100,000-150,000 antibiotic-free broilers weekly to beyond 2.8 million
After easing its way into antibiotic-free production, Fieldale Farms made the move in 2011 to raising 100 percent of its broilers antibiotic-free. Doing so has presented a few challenges, including increased costs of production and greater risk for certain avian health problems, but the company has met those challenges head-on.
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Antibiotics alternatives, future usage discussed at 2013 IPPE

More restrictions inevitable, plans underway
More restrictions on antibiotic use in food animals are inevitable, and the search for alternatives has to take into account the integrity of both the upper and lower intestinal tracts. A shift in the understanding of where in the intestinal tract nutrients become available to the bird is important in devising an effective new antimicrobial strategy, said Dr. Stephen R. Collett of the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center at the University of Georgia, as part of his presentation on organic acids, held during the second day of the Antibiotic Conference – Current Issues for the Poultry & Egg Industry at the 2013 International Production & Processing Expo. 
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