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The Actual Story About Antibiotics and Laying Hens



The Australian Egg Company Ltd (AECL) want to set the report straight on the problem of antibiotics and the egg trade, following some provocative feedback on the ABC’s ‘Catalyst’ program final night time.

Within the story, Professor Lindsay Grayson of Austin Well being was quoted as saying:
Intensive farming practices, in some ways, have solely been doable due to the elevated and actually inappropriate use of antibiotics. The place you’ve obtained tens of millions of chickens on a one-acre lot, stacked one above the opposite, the highest lot defecating on these beneath them, I imply, the unfold of organisms is very large.

AECL Managing Director, James Kellaway, stated Professor Grayson had painted an image that was not an correct reflection of egg farming and using antibiotics within the Australian egg trade.

“There isn’t a egg farm in Australia that may have something close to a million not to mention a number of million chickens on a one-acre lot. I’m additionally unaware of any egg farm the place the ‘high lot’ defecate ‘on these beneath them’,” Mr Kellaway stated.

“The usage of therapeutic antibiotics within the egg trade could be very restricted and solely underneath the route of a veterinarian answerable for the well being and the welfare of hens and underneath the strict mandated necessities of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority,” Mr Kellaway stated.

Mr Kellaway famous that the motion of extra hens into in depth farming techniques (free vary) in comparison with extra intensive system (cage) had elevated the challenges in controlling bacterial illness related to the faecal-oral cycle and each inside and exterior parasites.

“Free vary poultry do provide the challenges of the re-emergence of historic ailments and challenges with emergency animal ailments like Avian Influenza. These challenges are being accommodated with enhanced and improved husbandry, biosecurity insurance policies and using efficient and strategic vaccination applications,” he stated.

AECL helps the feedback within the story made by College of South Australia Microbiologist, Emeritus Professor Mary Barton, that said:
I imply, regardless of all of the mythology concerning the tons of antibiotics being fed to chickens, it’s a complete fantasy, and, in actual fact, there are a really restricted vary of antibiotics that may be fed, for instance, to, nicely, all chickens, however egg layers specifically.

“The vary of antibiotics utilized in business eggs layers in Australia is closely restricted in comparison with many different international locations all through the world,” he stated.

The entire transcript of the Catalyst story could be considered right here: http://www.abc.web.au/catalyst/tales/4446258.htm

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