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Antimicrobial Drug Use and Veterinary Costs in U.S. Livestock Production

by Kenneth H. Matthews, Jr.

Agriculture Information Bulletin No. (AIB-766) 13 pp, May 2001

Feeding low levels of antimicrobial drugs to livestock affects food safety, human health, and livestock production costs and returns. This report examines the economics of antimicrobial resistance in livestock and the economic implications of banning the use of growth-enhancing antimicrobial drugs in livestock production.

Keywords: livestock production, veterinary costs, antimicrobial drugs, economic costs, economic returns, animal health, feed efficiency, feed costs

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Last updated: Saturday, May 26, 2012

For more information contact: Kenneth H. Matthews, Jr.