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Economic Considerations in Determining when to Medicate

Oct 5, 2011

A presentation by Dr. Bill Pierson the VA-MD Regional College of Veterinarian Medicine at the 83rd Northeastern Conference on Avian Diseases reviewed financial aspects of medication.  Dr. Pierson emphasized that antibiotic therapy is an added cost of production and it essential to predict whether treatment will be cost effective.  The paper was based on medication of broiler flocks and accordingly calculations were prepared to determine the potential additional egg production required to cover the cost of feed medication.

In actual practice producers are restrained in their use of antibiotics in feed for laying flocks and are effectively restricted to tylosin during production unless a withdrawal period is allowed.

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