What May Be Lurking In Your Farm Feeds – Poultry Distinction

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Cleaning the Feed Chain from Pathogens and Mycotoxins is a Daunting Task.

The presence of pathogens in poultry production is a costly occurrence for producers and can occur in all segments of the production process. Eggs and poultry meat are major sources of human food-borne Salmonellosis. Increasing antimicrobial resistance within pathogens and their prevalence and virulence is continuing to be a major challenge worldwide.

Mycotoxins are inherent dangers that may potentially be found in any farm feed. Successful poultry producers must ensure that these factors have minimal impact on the birds.

Nature offers an array of solutions to help prevent proliferation of pathogenic bacteria and minimize the harmful effects of mycotoxins.

Bacillus subtilis is emerging as a leading species of probiotics for use in poultry production. Bacillus subtilis grows in the digestive tract and produces large quantities of digestive enzymes to aid in the digestion of feed. Benefits include improved intestinal integrity, suggesting increased capacity for nutrient absorption by the bird. Bacillus subtilis also competes with pathogenic bacteria for space on the intestinal wall.

Yeast and nutritional co-factors have bio-regulating properties on the intestinal flora and possibly an antagonistic effect towards pathogens in poultry. Research has shown that yeast fed to broilers improves body weight gain, feed intake and feed conversion ratio. Yeast may also help improve egg production, egg weight and egg quality, while reducing mortality.

Lactobacillus bacteria are microorganisms which establish and maintain a well-balanced gut microbiota and allow producers to cultivate health from within. This balance is key to efficient nutrient utilization and resistance to enteric diseases caused by pathogenic bacteria invading the gut.

Beta-glucan/MOS – Beta-glucan is known to modulate gut-immunity and reduce inflammation. The ability of MOS to decrease the prevalence of intestinal pathogenic bacteria and to prevent their colonization of the gastrointestinal tract is well documented. The combination of these components has shown improvement in the ratio between the length of the villi and depth of the crypt.

Enzymes improve nutrient digestion. Corn and small grains contain valuable nutrients locked up within the grain cell walls. It is important to unlock and release these nutrients so that they are utilized by the bird.

Increasing numbers of poultry producers are making disease prevention and health maintenance a priority in their operations. MicroBasics meets this need by the recognition of the importance of nutrition on immune function. Today Nutritionists and Veterinarians increasingly seek prevention of disease for many problems.  These problems are increasingly known to be rooted in immune function.

For optimal bird health – Be Immune Smart – MicroBasics

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