Effects of in-feed copper and tylosin supplementations on copper and antimicrobial resistance in faecal enterococci of feedlot cattle. Academic Article uri icon


  • AIMS: The objective was to investigate whether in-feed supplementation of copper, at elevated level, co-selects for macrolide resistance in faecal enterococci. METHODS AND RESULTS: The study was conducted in cattle (n=80) with a 22 factorial design of copper (10 or 100mgkg(-1) of feed) and tylosin (0 or 10mgkg(-1) of feed). Thirty-seven isolates (46%; 37/800) of faecal enterococci were positive for the tcrB and all were Enterococcus faecium. The prevalence was higher among cattle fed diets with copper and tylosin (85%) compared to control (20%), copper (45%) and tylosin (35%) alone. All tcrB-positive isolates were positive for erm(B) and tet(M) genes. Median copper minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) for tcrB-positive and tcrB-negative enterococci were 20 and 4mmoll(-1) , respectively. CONCLUSIONS: Feeding of elevated dietary copper and tylosin alone or in combination resulted in an increased prevalence of tcrB and erm(B)-mediated copper and tylosin-resistant faecal enterococci in feedlot cattle. SIGNIFICANCE AND IMPACT OF THE STUDY: In-feed supplementation of elevated dietary copper has the potential to co-select for macrolide resistance. Further studies are warranted to investigate the factors involved in maintenance and dissemination of the resistance determinants and their co-selection mechanism in relation to feed-grade antimicrobials' usage in feedlot cattle.

published proceedings

  • J Appl Microbiol

altmetric score

  • 0.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Amachawadi, R. G., Scott, H. M., Aperce, C., Vinasco, J., Drouillard, J. S., & Nagaraja, T. G.

citation count

  • 21

complete list of authors

  • Amachawadi, RG||Scott, HM||Aperce, C||Vinasco, J||Drouillard, JS||Nagaraja, TG

publication date

  • January 2015