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Pilot Project to Reduce Use of Antibiotics

by 5m Editor
6 May 2013, at 9:05am

GERMANY - The demands of consumers of pork no longer focus on the product only, but also on the method of production. That is why not only resistance against antibiotics but also the reduction of use are gaining attention nowadays, says CID Lines.

To promote pig health, VzF GmbH wants to develop farm-specific actions with the aim of optimising hygiene, feeding and vaccination management in cooperation with industry and science.

As part of this project, information will be gathered during three years on pig farms about its biological performance, efficiency coefficients, nutrition, hygiene, health and management and the use of antibiotics.

‘Animal health, antibiotic use and performance’ will depend on the effect of many factors in different disciplines. That is why several companies have stepped into this project: CID LINES (Belgium) as a producer of hygiene products, DSM Nutritional Products Europe as a producer of food additives and MSD Intervet Germany as a manufacturer of vaccines and medicines for animals.

This project, which was by initiated by VzF and Marketing Service GmbH Gerhardy (MSG), is financially supported exclusively by these three private enterprises. The involvement of these companies in this project shows the interest in sustainable pig production and the interest to reduce the risk of antibiotic resistance.