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Fattening calves requires large amounts of antibiotics. The problem is recurrent, despite the efforts of the branch, which has already reduced their use in recent years. Yet it is possible to do much better. This has just been demonstrated by a team of researchers gathered around Mireille Meylan, at the Vetsuisse faculty of the University of Bern.
“The results are spectacular. What we saw clearly exceeded our expectations, ”says veterinarian Jens Becker. While in the normal farms used for the comparisons, one in two calves receive antibiotics during their lifetime, this figure rises to only one in six calves in the farms that have tested the “free-range” method. . And the difference is even more glaring when you look at the duration of treatment: “On the farms that tested the new concept, it took five times fewer days of antibiotics to treat the sick animals.”
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