VIDEO: Why not to cut back on anticoccidials to save money

Removing anticoccidials costs producers more than it saves. 

In a WATT Poultry Chat interview, Dr. Chase Miller, a poultry technical consultant with Elanco Animal Health, spoke about his experiences in the field with coccidia and coccidiosis and why producers need to maintain their programs. 

Austin Alonzo: Chase, as veterinarian who works on coccidia programs. What types of conversations have you been having with your customers lately?

Dr. Chase Miller: Yeah, I think it’s an exciting time to be a veterinarian in the industry today. The market conditions: There’s high input costs going in, but we haven’t seen value of chicken, like we’ve seen today, maybe this century. And so I think as we think about that, my dad used to tell me when I was playing baseball, it’s a heck of a lot more fun to win than it is to lose. I think the same is true in the chicken industry, it’s a whole lot more fun to make money than to lose money. 

So, when we think about bird health and coccidia control, it kind of relates to that. We’ve got such a high value of chicken right now, every pound to the plant matters. When we’re talking about coccidia control, we’ve seen a trend in the past couple of decades, maybe where high input cost would lead producers to try to pull some things from the diet. They try to minimize or reduce some of the cost of the diet across the life of the bird. That would look like potentially even pulling out some coccidia control from some of the later feeds. The data that we have on file from 2021 shows the average feeding program had about 3.8 rations in it. Of that third ration feed, about half of those had some sort of anticoccidial control in them. That reduced down to 6%. When you got to that fourth feed. So, that tells me there’s there’s quite a few birds being raised on finisher feeds later feed without any…

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