Need for dialog on antibiotics

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At the NIAA conference on antibiotic resistance, Western Kentucky University animal scientist Nevil Speer, PhD, notes the complexity of the science behind antibiotic resistance and the need for continued collaboration among stakeholder groups to protect antibiotic efficacy, consumer confidence and animal health.

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Indiana  |  November, 22, 2013 at 09:45 AM

So, if there is that much uncertainty about the long term effects on antibiotic resistance- why take a chance with feed additives just to achieve some "possible" efficiency? Therapeutic use to treat sick animals is one thing- feeding routinely is another. I ask again Why take the chance? If no one can use them- then no one has a competitve advantage over his neighbor! Prices will then adjust and we have preserved an antibiotic to use when we really need it.

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