Can Probiotics Replace Antibiotics on the Farm?
Wednesday, October 12
10:15AM - 11:15AM
Austin Convention Center Room 6A
500 E. Cesar Chavez
Novozymes - Senior Manager R&D
VICE Media - Staff Writer Motherboard
North Carolina State University - Associate Professor
Jennie-O Turkey Store - Director of Technical Services and Live Production Research & Chief Veterinarian
For decades, antibiotics have been used to promote growth and feed efficiency in livestock. Estimates suggest that 70-80% of all antibiotics sold in the US are administered to animals.
With antibiotic resistance a rising threat to animal and human health and food chains such as Subway, Chipotle and McDonald's now committing to use antibiotic-free chicken, there is increasing pressure on farmers to find alternatives.
Recent advances in technology are enabling a better understanding of the gut microbiome. Scientists are now able to identify probiotics that may help to augment the bacterial populations in the animal gut and offer a sustainable alternative to antibiotics.
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