Poultry International - June 2017 - 36
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CONTROLLING POULTRY GUT HEALTH FOR MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE
Combat disease through gut
A poorly balanced diet can lead to the
overgrowth of harmful bacteria resulting in
enteric disorder and reducing performance.
Worldwide, up to 90 percent of
commercial poultry experience enteric
diseases each year. While antibiotics
have traditionally been the standard
method for prevention and treatment of
enteritis, they are now being increasingly abandoned as concerns over antibiotic resistance grow.
In their place, a growing number
of alternative additives is becoming
increasingly available that can help to
modulate gut health. These alternative
additives include probiotics, prebiotics, organic acids, phytogenics and
These feed additives help promote
the growth of beneficial bacteria,
which in turn help broilers maintain a
Probiotics, for example, can be
highly effective in modulating gut
microbiota for two main reasons: they
produce metabolites, and suppress
However, it is important to remember that different probiotics work in different ways, and it pays to select probiotics that have a proven mode of action.
It is also important that the probiotic is
able to survive in the harsh conditions
of the upper gastrointestinal tract.
Diets make all the difference
To make sure poultry nutrition is
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