Productivity and Economic Effects of Antibiotics Used for Growth Promotion in U.S. Pork Production

Public health experts are concerned about the diminishing efficacy of antibiotics. Some have called for a ban on growth-promoting antibiotics in animal agriculture. This study identifies the contribution of growth-promoting antibiotics in the grower/finisher phase of U.S. pork production. With National Animal Health Monitoring System swine data, relationships are estimated between growth-promoting antibiotic use and productivity. Results indicate improvements in average daily gain (0.5%), feed conversion ratio (1.1%), and mortality rate (reduced 0.22 percentage points); these productivity improvements translate into a profitability gain of $0.59 per pig marketed, or an improvement of 9% in net profits associated with growth promotion antibiotics.


Issue Date:
2003-12
Publication Type:
Journal Article
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/43146
Published in:
Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Volume 35, Number 3
Page range:
469-482
Total Pages:
14
JEL Codes:
Q12; Q18




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