fbpx
Sign up now!
Don't show this again

Thank you for confirming your subscription!

(And remember, if ever you want to change your email preferences or unsubscribe, just click on the links at the bottom of any email.)

We’re glad you’re enjoying Poultry Health Today.
Access is free but you’ll need to register to view more content.
Already registered? Sign In
Tap to download the app
X
Share
X

REPORTS

Collect articles and features into your own report to read later, print or share with others

Create a New Report

Favorites

Read Later

Create a new report

Report title (required) Brief description (optional)
CREATE
X
NEXT
POULTRY PORK
follow us


You must be logged in to edit your profile.

Favorites Read Later My Reports PHT Special Reports
Poultry Health Today is equipped with some amazing (and free) tools for organizing and sharing content, as well as creating your own magazines and special reports. To access them, please register today.
Sponsored by Zoetis

Sponsored By Zoetis

.
Featured Video Play Icon

Decisions, decisions: Which gut health strategies should be used when?

As the poultry industry moves to limit antibiotic use, alternative measures to support gut health are now common practice. But according to an expert, more guidance is needed with respect to which strategies to use under which circumstances.

Filip van Immerseel, PhD — a professor at Ghent University in Belgium — told Poultry Health Today that when chicks hatch, there are virtually no intestinal microbiota. This leaves them highly susceptible to intestinal pathogens such as clostridia and Escherichia coli, making it critical to colonize the gut with healthy bacteria in the first days of life.

Many producers now use early-intervention measures, such as competitive exclusion products and probiotics, to promote the growth of beneficial gut bacteria and keep pathogens at bay, van Immerseel said. These feeding strategies also contribute to a better host-microbiota interaction, he added, resulting in better digestion of nutrients and improved feed conversion.

However, a major challenge facing producers is knowing which strategies to use and when.

“Basically, the reason is that there are so many different additives on the market and they don’t really see which one is beneficial and which one is not,” he explained.

“So, I think there is a very clear need to develop novel feed additives with very specifically defined modes of action — to develop products, but on a science-based method [so] you can explain to people what these compounds are doing, how they are working and under which specific circumstances.”

To help producers decide how best to help their flocks establish and maintain gut health, research should focus on general gut-health diagnostics, van Immerseel said.

“What we need in the future [are]…easy-to-identify markers for gut health and inflammation, which has a correlation with animal performance. These could be used on fecal matter from flocks to get some idea of gut-health status at 10 days of age that will predict how the animal performance will be at the end,” he said.

“I think that’s really some kind of holy grail that people are seeking. A lot of people are trying to develop these kinds of markers that would also help the development of feed additives — because then people have some kind of tool to assess whether the compounds they’re using are working very well or not.”

 

 




Posted on February 17, 2020

tags:
RELATED NEWS



You must be logged in to edit your profile.

Google Translate is provided on this website as a reference tool. However, Poultry Health Today and its sponsor and affiliates do not guarantee in any way the accuracy of the translated content and are not responsible for any event resulting from the use of the translation provided by Google. By choosing a language other than English from the Google Translate menu, the user agrees to withhold all liability and/or damage that may occur to the user by depending on or using the translation by Google.