The Codes serve as our national understanding of animal care requirements and are developed with a diverse group of stakeholders including researchers, veterinarians, national animal welfare organizations and farmers.
While Chicken Farmers of Canada supports the responsible use of antimicrobials in both animal and human medicine, we are researching ways to control, monitor and reduce their use on-farm through our antimicrobial use (AMU) strategy.
This is a common question we get, based on a common misconception. We recently created a series of short videos to explain about this and some other concerns we hear about antibiotic use in the chicken industry.
Resistance is when bacteria stop responding, or don’t respond as well, to antibiotics. It’s a phenomenon that pre-dates man made antibiotics, however, any antibiotic use, in humans OR animals, can lead to resistance.
Farmers can use antibiotics in chicken farming to protect the health and welfare of the birds. Antibiotics are given to treat the birds when they are sick, and to prevent them from getting sick in the first place.
All antibiotics aren’t created equal. In Canada, our antibiotics come in categories, from Category One, which are the most important antibiotics in human medicine – to Category Four, which aren’t even used by humans.