Hormonal growth promotants
are used to maintain growth during poor pasture conditions, particularly in northern Australia, and within the feedlot industry.
At issue is the Swiss government's notification last July that it found traces of growth promotant
diethylstilbestrol (DES) in two of 100 samples of U.S.
The European Community, with Sweden joining in, has been excluding Australian beef on the grounds that it is tainted with HGPs (hormonal growth promotants
Options to achieve this goal and to provide operational flexibility depending on prevailing seasonal conditions include: sale of younger "store cattle" to specialized backgrounding or feedlot operations; the use of better adapted, more productive pasture and forage species with longer growing seasons; better adapted, more productive cattle genotypes including Bos indicus cross-breeds where suitable; early weaning to enable calves to maintain growth rates on forage and to allow cows to recover body condition and re-breed; use of hormonal growth promotants
that provide substantial growth advantages but may impact on product quality (reduce MSA grade), and prohibits access to specific markets (e.g.
There has also been a push to restrict the use of sub-therapeutic antibiotics as growth promotants
in animal agriculture for fear of contributing to antibiotic resistant pathogens in humans.
2.No growth promotants
, no natural or synthetic hormones, estrus suppressants, beta agonists or synthetic growth promotants
can be administered.
Key words: air quality, animal confinements, antibiotic resistance, antimicrobial growth promotants
, avian influenza, bioaerosols, livestock, poultry, swine, water quality.
For its part, "Niche pork has certain attributes, including pork raised without antibiotics, growth promotants
, or animal byproducts in the feed, that are preferred and valued by some groups of customers," explained Cizek.