June 5, 2019

More than half of US broilers raised without antibiotics in 2018

Broilers raised without antibiotics accounted for 51% of total US production in 2018 – an 11-point jump from the previous year and, more significantly, up from 3% in 2014. “Over the past 5 years, this market has changed tremendously,” Greg Rennier, PhD, president of Rennier Associates Inc., Columbia, Missouri, a firm that tracks poultry-health trends, told Poultry Health Today. He doesn’t expect that number to go much higher, though. “My guess is it could reach 60% over the next year or two and then stabilize,” the veteran trendwatcher predicted.  Read more

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