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Foregoing Sub-therapeutic Antibiotics: the Impact on Broiler Grow-out Operations

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  • James M. MacDonald
  • Sun-Ling Wang

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We use data from a recent national survey to analyze the use of sub-therapeutic antibiotics (STAs) among broiler growers. We estimate that 42% of growers do not use STAs in their feed or water, and instead rely on a set of other practices, including pathogen testing, expanded sanitary protocols, altered feeding regimens, and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point HACCP plans to maintain production. Suspending STAs has no statistically significant impact on production given other inputs, but producers who forego STAs receive higher contract fees, suggesting that they bear higher costs to realize a given level of output. Copyright 2011, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Agricultural and Applied Economics Association in its journal Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy.

Volume (Year): 33 (2011)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 79-98

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Handle: RePEc:oup:apecpp:v:33:y:2011:i:1:p:79-98

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  1. MacDonald, James M., 2011. "Why Are Farms Getting Larger? The Case Of The U.S," 51st Annual Conference, Halle, Germany, September 28-30, 2011, German Association of Agricultural Economists (GEWISOLA) 115361, German Association of Agricultural Economists (GEWISOLA).
  2. Key, Nigel D. & McBride, William D., 2012. "Sub-therapeutic Antibiotics and the Efficiency of U.S. Hog Farms," 2012 Annual Meeting, August 12-14, 2012, Seattle, Washington, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association 124725, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  3. MacDonald, James M. & Key, Nigel D., 2012. "Market Power in Poultry Production Contracting? Evidence from a Farm Survey," Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, Southern Agricultural Economics Association, vol. 44(04), November.

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