The potential of phytogenic feed additives

The potential of phytogenic feed additives

While no ‘silver bullet’ offers the same gains as AGPs, phytogenics are being eyed as a viable alternative

Driven by the threat of antimicrobial resistance, animal agriculture has long suspected the industry’s days of using antimicrobial growth promoters (AGPs) were numbered. In early June, the final rule of the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), which calls for the voluntary withdraw of antibiotics for growth promotion, set into motion the elimination of these medicated additives from animal feed by 2017.