Antibiotic-Free Poultry Discussed in IPPE

Charles Hofacre claimed that the move away from the use of antibiotics, especially as growth enhancers, will be significant to the progress of the poultry industry.

Hofacre is a professor and director of Clinical Services at the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens. He made that statement while serving as a keynote lecturer in the recent International Poultry Scientific Forum, part of the International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia.

According to Hofacre, the keys to succeed in raising chickens without antibiotics are high quality chick production, good husbandry practices and maintaining healthy gut flora in poultry, which touches on feed efficiency to prevent acute bacterial infection and control salmonella levels.

“Everything we do going into this future is going to be about how to maintain good, healthy intestinal flora. A lot of it starts with the health of the intestine, resulting in a healthy broiler,” Hofacre said.

Instead of antibiotics, the industry will use enzymes, prebiotics, probiotics, organic acids, inorganic acids, phytoceuticals and immune stimulants and moderators.

“I believe in the integrated poultry industry. I believe we are going to be highly successful with all these changes we’ve got coming. We will see some really novel research presented at this meeting in the next few years on how to be successful in this new world,” Hofacre said.

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