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Restrictions on antibiotic use to have small effect on prices, quantities

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By Stacy Sneeringer

Farmers use antibiotics to treat, control, and prevent animal diseases and to increase the productivity of animals and operations. Use of antibiotics is common in modern U.S. livestock production, where animals are confined in barns, dry lots, or houses. However, concern is growing that excessive antibiotic use in livestock and humans will contribute to the emergence of organisms that are resistant to most or all antibiotics.

Due to these concerns, pressure is mounting to limit the use of antibiotics in livestock production. In 2006, the European Union (EU) banned the. . .

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