Growth retardation around the third week of age associated with impaired intestinal health is a major problem in broiler production, fully recognized by farmers, veterinarians and nutritionists. This problem occurs so frequently that it is no longer considered as a disease by some veterinarians. Issues of Clostridial enteritis are prevalent in the broiler industry worldwide. The pathogen involved is Clostridium perfringens.
Any factor that stresses the broiler chickens gastro intestinal tract is a risk for Clostridium perfringens proliferation. There is evidence to suggest that alterations in feeding regimes cause stress in the gastro intestinal.
There are clear indications that Clostridial enteritis is under diagnosed and treated too late in the disease onset. When a watery intestinal content and wet litter are observed Clostridium already had the chance to proliferate. The traditional method of managing Clostridial enteritis has been through the use of antibiotics growth promoters (AGPs). Preventive actions through products with selected activity against Clostridium perfringens before the first symptoms are observed are a valuable solution to maintain a healthy gut flora.
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