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May 2, 2018

The other side of "antibiotic free"

Study halted to save pigs

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The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance shared a news item recently that demonstrated what can happen when antibiotics aren't used to treat sick animals:

"A study researching how porcine reprodcutive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS)-challenged pigs performed in swine production systems that don't use antibiotics was stopped because "the animals in the antibiotic-free group were sick but could not be treated with antibiotics," PVS Research Director Scott Dee said.

"The pigs were really suffering. We were seeing high mortality levels; pigs were huddling and had a lot of weight loss. We had to stop the study and treat (anitibotic-free) pigs for welfare reasons."

Read more information about pig farming myths on the Food Dialogues website here: What You Need To Know About Pork