Economic Research Report No. (ERR-200) 100 pp

November 2015

Economics of Antibiotic Use in U.S. Livestock Production

There is mounting concern that use of antibiotics in livestock will contribute to antimicrobial-resistant pathogens, with repercussions for human and animal health. This report explores how limiting antibiotic use for livestock productivity-enhancement purposes may affect farmer practices and profits, as well as market prices and volumes.

See related Amber Waves article: Restrictions on Antibiotic Use for Production Purposes in U.S. Livestock Industries Likely To Have Small Effects on Prices and Quantities

Keywords: Antibiotics, livestock, United States, economics, prices, feed efficiency, production purposes, antimicrobials, growth promotion, policy analysis, disease prevention, regulations, economic effects

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Last updated: Tuesday, November 24, 2015

For more information contact: Stacy Sneeringer, James M. MacDonald, Nigel Key, William McBride, and Kenneth Mathews