by George Looby, DVM
Regulations put in place within the past year have essentially eliminated the routine use of antibiotics in livestock as supposed growth stimulants. Only in instances where a veterinarian has prescribed an antibiotic for a specific disease in an individual animal or group of animals can they be used in food producing animals. With the advent of these restrictions researchers at a number of institutions are searching for substances that may aid in improving gut health.
As most readers know it was thought for many years that the addition of antibiotics in small quantities not only improved feed utilization but also reduced the likelihood of low-grade intestinal infections. Consumer concerns, very likely well justified, brought an end to the practice on Jan. 1, 2017. [Read more…]