In Brittany, France, Stéphane Dahirel produces antibiotic-free broilers and turkeys, which account for about one-third of France's total production.
Dahirel is an independent poultry producer whose products are supplied to McDonald's and supermarkets. He cherishes his independence, claiming that this is a key factor in turning to antibiotic-free production, and performance data suggests that his approach is effective.
Dahirel and his wife run 5 chicken houses, each feeding 210,000. If necessary, they will ask for extra ones. Unusually, the chickens they raise are all above the French average.