Gastrointestinal diseases pose a serious threat to commercial poultry production. Infections with pathogenic bacteria and their subsequent translocation to other organs and tissues, cause deterioration of feed conversion, increase mortality and reduce productivity. A number of studies have shown enhanced nutritional and growth parameters in poultry, using organic acids.
However, most acids are corrosive, with negative impacts on work safety as well as on the feed intake of birds. In a new study, the effects of diformate, a double salt of formic acid, which overcomes such problems, was investigated in relation to performance parameters in broilers. Each of the four treatment groups, 0.1% diformate, 0.3% diformate, 0.5% diformate and negative control, consisted of 35 one day old Cobb broilers, which were raised till 38 days. Diformate addition was found to enhance individual live weights with increasing dosage. By the end of the experiment, treatment improved broiler weight gain by 6.5% to 10.3%. Diformate also improved feed conversion ratio by 7.6% (dosage: 0.1%), 12.0% (0.3%) and 11.4% (0.5%).
These findings lead to the conclusion that addition of diformate considerably improves poultry performance by increasing live weight and reducing feed consumption and thus feed conversion, compared to a negative control. The best results in respect of these parameters were obtained for a dosage of 0.3% diformate.
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