When disease problems were first identified on farm they used to be treated with antibiotics, then antibiotics were used to keep the diseases away until eventually the bacteria became resistant to the antibiotics. Too late the world responded by banning antibiotics in animal feed and so now we need an alternative.
In Europe the single greatest alternative to antibiotics is organic acids and then organic acids are often found in combination products and together these 2 groups represent more than 50% of all alternatives to antibiotics.
Probiotics are also important but these have limitations. Probiotics are a source of healthy lactic acid producing bacteria mainly Lactobacilli (LAB), and these compete with potential pathogens to physically and chemically exclude the enteropathogens.
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