Abstract Volume:6 Issue-2 Year-2018 Original Research Articles
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A study was conducted to assess the therapeutic medicine usage pattern in commercial layers in Namakkal district. The data for the period 2016-17 was collected during the months of December 2016 to February 2017 from 60 commercial layer farms selected randomly from four blocks of Namakkal district by using multistage random sampling technique. The sample commercial layer farms were classified into three groups; small (up to 50,000 birds), medium (50,001-2,00,000 birds) and large (2,00,001 and above birds). Of the 60 farms surveyed, 29 (48.34 per cent) farmers were using medicines mainly for therapeutic purpose, 20 farmers (33.33 per cent) were using medicines for therapeutic and prophylactic purpose and remaining 11 (18.33 per cent) were using medicines for prophylactic purpose. Drugs were administered mostly through drinking water (39 farms - 65.00 per cent) and next preferred route was through feed (15 farms - 25.00 per cent). Most of the farmers (46) purchased medicines based on veterinarian advice (76.67 per cent) and 23.33 per cent of the (14) farmers who had been doing business for the long time were using medicines on their own. Most of the farmers (46) purchased medicines based on veterinarian’s prescription (76.67 per cent) and 23.33 per cent of the (14) farmers were using medicines on their self-prescription. All the 60 farms were administering medicines at morning hours (100.00 per cent) and none of the farmers were administering the medicines in the evening hours.
How to cite this article:Divyabharathi S., M. Prabu, V. Senthilkumar, K. Rajendran, R. Chithra and Jeevitha M. 2018. Assessment of Therapeutic Medicine Usage Pattern in Commercial Poultry Layer Farms.Int.J.Curr.Res.Aca.Rev. 6(2): 75-82