A healthy gut is vital for the optimum performance of poultry. The microbial balance of the gut (Eubiosis) is of importance in maintaining gut health. Intensive rearing of poultry inflicts considerable metabolic stress altering the gut environment and habitat, creating an imbalance in the gut microflora, ultimately affecting flock productivity.
Antibiotics in feed have been used to address this imbalance. Today, world over, there is a move away from the use of antibiotics in feed prompted by legislation and consumer resistance. In the absence of this option, the industry has explored several approaches towards gut modulation and optimisation including the use of probiotics, prebiotics, short chain fatty acids, herbs and spices, essential oils, enzymes etc.
This paper explores the option of combining select Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFA) with a Prebiotic, an approach that has shown very promising results in optimising gut health and consequently improving growth and economic performance of poultry.
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Article made possible through the contribution of Avitech Animal Health.