New method may eliminate antibiotic use in livestock

New method may eliminate antibiotic use in livestock

A University of Wisconsin-Madison animal scientist has developed an antibiotic-free method to protect animals raised for food against common infections.

The innovation comes as growing public concern about antibiotic resistance has induced McDonald’s, Tyson Foods and other industry giants to announce major cuts in antibiotic use in meat production. About 80 percent of antibiotics in the United States are used by farmers, because they both protect against disease and accelerate weight gain in many farm animals.
The overuse of antibiotics in agriculture and medicine has created a public health crisis of drug-resistant infections, such as multidrug resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and “flesh-eating bacteria.”
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Feed Additives Killing Horses - OVSH

Feed Additives Killing Horses

By Dr. Jennifer Coates
Have you heard about the horses dying at Masterpiece Equestrian Center in Florida? As I write, four horses are dead, and it will take nothing short of a miracle for any of the other 18 to survive. Such a tragedy, and it’s all due to a mistake (I assume) made during the manufacturing of the horses’ feed. Read more