Video Clips on Antibiotic Reduction in Layers from our Egg Production Event

The full title of the BIOMIN Antibiotic-Free Days symposium – “Solving the Antibiotic-Free Production Puzzle: Guidelines for a responsible use of antibiotics in modern poultry production”— featured BIOMIN and guest experts from a range of disciplines.

We captured a number of clips from the sidelines of the event, which provide several key points from two days of discussions.

Layers symposium preview

Andrew Robertson, Technical Sales Manager Poultry at BIOMIN, offered a preview of the symposium topics.

Cage-free trend spreads

Peter van Horne, Senior Researcher at Wageningen Economic Research (WECR), explained that the move to cage-free hens is here to stay, with more and more countries adopting the practice.

Raising biosecurity standards

Mart-Jan Bluemink of Kilco answered the question "How do I get started with biosecurity?"

Phytogenics for feed conversion

Michael Noonan, Global Product Manager Phytogenics at BIOMIN, explained four benefits of Digestarom® in layer diets for egg production and profitability.

Protect against mycotoxins

Dr. Simone Schaumberger, Product Manager Mycotoxin Risk Management at BIOMIN, detailed the risks mycotoxins pose to poultry in the context of antibiotic reduction and why to choose Mycofix®. 

Probiotics for competitive exclusion

Dr. Daniel Petri, Global Product Manager Microbials at BIOMIN, outlined the benefits of PoultryStar® supplementation in layer diets. 

Acidifiers to control pathogens

Antonia Tacconi, Global Product Manager Acidifiers at BIOMIN, highlighted how Biotronic® added to layer diets can support Gram-negative bacteria control and improve performance. 

Selective pressure spreads antibiotic resistance

Nataliya Roth, Development Scientist at BIOMIN, explained the correlation between antibiotic use and antibiotic resistance, and how responsible use of antibiotics is needed to prevent the spread of resistance. 

Closing the performance gap and controlling resistances

Franz Waxenecker, Director of Development and Innovation at BIOMIN, offeed hope in the effort to reduce antibiotic resistance on farms through lower antibiotic use and supplementation of farm animal diets with BIOMIN feed additives.

Also worth considering

Ian Lowery, DVM of Crowshall Veterinary Services emphasized how water quality drives flock performance, and the need to control Mycoplasma synoviaeis in order to ensure better egg production, better egg quality, more saleable eggs and better liveability.

Dr. Laura Star of Schothorst Feed Research emphasized how pullet development affects subsequent layer performance, along with the need to promote gut health.

Gerrit Morren of Verbeek highlighted the importance of day-old chick quality, which can be improved by prewarming of long stored hatching eggs. In addition, he explained how good hygiene, correct implementation of a robust vaccination scheme and good feed quality management can decrease the use of antibiotics in rearing.


Antonia Tacconi, Global Product Manager Acidifiers at BIOMIN, summed up the keys to successful antibiotic reduction or replacement in layers, concluding our coverage of the 2-day BIOMIN Antibiotic-free Days Symposium.