The future of probiotics

USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, Calif., in...

Vitamin D in laying hens: how high is high enough?

In 2010, the Institute of Medicine in the United States reviewed current literature and changed the estimated average requirement of 400 IU/day to a...

Effectiveness of a double choice test to assess dietary taste preferences in broilers

Investigations into the taste system of broilers can help to improve poultry feeding strategies. However, a comprehensive study on dietary taste preferences for broilers...

A cost-effective solution to partially replace vitamin E

Oxidative imbalance can reduce animal productivity. If severe, it can lead to inflammation, reduced immune function and increased susceptibility to disease. Livestock producers typically...

The bioavailability of zinc in poultry: what does literature say?

Zinc bioavailability: zinc is an essential trace element for all the animals, including broilers. In case of deficiency, alteration of growth performance and distortion...

Intestinal barrier function – A case to be studied in reduced protein diets

Maintaining intestinal health and growth remains a concern as demands increase to limit the use of antibiotics in poultry production. There is also an...

Improving feeding efficiency with innovating products

At Trouw Nutrition they have focused their innovation in the poultry business on finding new ways of achieving improved feeding efficiency and enhanced performance...

A cost-effective poultry feed additives solution to partially replace vitamin E

Livestock producers typically use feed additives such as vitamin E to increase the antioxidant capacity of animals and minimise economic losses. Recently, the price of...

Short chain fatty acids and poultry gut health

Due to customer demands, producers have been asked to change the way they grow production animals, specifically through the removal of antibiotics. With this...

Managing the risk makes the difference in mycotoxin control

A webinar on the results of the 2017 harvest analyses in terms of mycotoxin contamination has been recently held. Two experts on the matter...

Lowering dietary calcium and available phosphorus in broilers

The aim of this trial was to investigate the effect of lowering dietary calcium (Ca) and available phosphorus (av.P) during Starter (0 to 10d),...

Additivity of ileal amino acid values of sorghum with different protein sources

Sorghum is used widely in Australian poultry diets, primarily as an energy component. It is usually fed in diets that contain wheat but may...

The challenge of feeding modern broiler breeders

Broiler breeders are expected to produce about 150 chicks in 40 weeks of production and even though it is commonly believed that selection for...

Early introduction of whole-grain diets to broiler chickens

The main problem with introducing whole-grain diets (WGD) to newly hatched chicks is the kernel size  and this has led to such diets being...

Using sunflower meal in broilers with the addition of a carbohydrase complex

Sunflower seeds are extensively grown for oil production for human consumption. Therefore, a great amount of sunflower meal becomes available for use in feed...

Dietary non-phytate phosphorus levels for laying hens in the last phase of lay

The phosphorus (P) requirement of laying hens is an area of on-going debate and it is a factor that contributes to hen performance and...

Replacing soy in broiler diets. Effect on performance, carcass yield and cost of production

The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effect of replacing soybean meal (SBM) in broiler diets on performance, carcass quality and...

Effectiveness of a double choice test to assess dietary taste preferences in broiler chickens

Investigations into the taste system of chickens can help to improve poultry feeding strategies. However, a comprehensive study on dietary taste preferences for broilers...

Modification of the chicken intestinal epithelial physical barrier in poultry by dietary factors

The intestinal epithelial physical barrier is the most critical element of maintaining an intact intestinal barrier and made up of a layer of columnar...

Comparison of wheat and maize-based diets on growth performance and meat quality of broiler...

Maize and wheat are a major source of energy in broiler diets. Generally, wheat-based diets are offered to broiler chickens in Europe, Australia and...

The effects of in-ovo feeding

In-ovo feeding is a key issue in poultry. The embryonic and immediate post hatch developmental period represents a significant phase in attaining quality broiler...

Challenges in longer laying cycle. Stabilizing egg quality

In the past 50 years, selection, initially at the breed level and then using quantitative genetics coupled with a sophisticated breeding pyramid, has resulted...

Field experience on the use of probiotics in chickens and turkeys

Probiotics have been used for several years in an attempt to improve intestinal health. Recently, microbial products have been extensively studied as supportive treatments...

On free amino acids – Their role in starch and protein digestive dynamics

The quantity of glucose and amino acids absorbed from the small intestine is a function of dietary concentrations, feed intakes and digestibility coefficients. Moreover,...

Immediate post-hatch nutritional restriction in broilers

The effect on broiler muscle development and occurence of intramuscular fat. Neonatal nutrition and immediate post hatch nutritional restriction represent an important facet of broiler...

Probiotics as an alternative to antibiotics for treating lameness in broilers

The pathogenesis leading to a form of lameness known as bacterial chondronecrosis with osteomyelitis (BCO) appears to be initiated by mechanical microfracturing of susceptible...

High levels of cottonseed meal supplemented with composite microbial enzymes

Effects of cottonseed meal supplemented with composite microbial enzymes on broiler chickens. Soybean meal (SBM) is the premier plant protein source used by the poultry...

Scientifically validated results to raise poultry production profitability

The Poultry Science Association 2017 Annual Meeting took place in Orlando, Florida on July 17-20. Being the most prestigious scientific event for poultry in...

Measurement of true ileal calcium digestibility of meat and bone meal for broiler chickens

Currently, there is a move towards the use of digestible phosphorus (P) in diet formulations for poultry due to P excretion into the environment...

How Xylanase can improve performance of a broiler diet

Whilst xylanase rich NSP-enzymes are used consistently in wheat based diets the question remains whether the positive response seen can be ascribed solely to...

Laying hen nutrition for optimizing egg production and quality

Hen nutrition is important; during the initial period of pullet rearing (<45 days of age), small particle size obtained by grinding of main cereals...

Evaluating phosphorous equivalency of phytases

The use of exogenous enzymes in non-ruminant nutrition is a valuable tool to increase digestibility and therefore spare the inclusion of expensive nutrients whilst...

Measurement of energy utilization in chickens

Although corn prices have dropped from historic highs in the past years, energy continues to be one of the driving costs in poultry feeding....

Using more bioavailable sources of trace minerals pays off

A study of broiler breeder performance was conducted using three separate minerals programmes. The objective was to determine if productivity could be maintained at...

Influence of feed form and particle size on the performance and nutrient utilisation of...

The present experiment was designed to examine the influence of feed form and particle size in maize-based diets on the performance and nutrient utilisation...

In vivo digestion of GM proteins in laying hens

Despite all of the positive effects of modern technologies to improve corn and soybean yields, the consumer often has a different perception of the...

Phosphorus: how low can we go in broiler diets?

Phosphorus (P) is essential for all forms of life. Dietary P content either in excess of, or below requirements may adversely affect broiler performance....

The effect of microbial challenge on the intestinal proteome of broilers

In broiler production intestinal health and function is paramount to achieving efficient feed utilisation and growth. Uncovering the localised molecular mechanisms that occur during the...

Bacillus Subtilis improves performance of broilers fed medicated or non-medicated feed

Animal digestive health is key to obtain optimal performance. Antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs) have long been shown to be very effective to develop and...

Feather-eating hens show specific essential amino acid appetites in a double-choice model

Nutritional balance is one of the major considerations to prevent severe feather pecking in layer hens. Individual variation in digestive and metabolic efficiencies and...

Feed Conversion Ratio optimized for farmer profit

The farmers’ cost for animal feed is one of the main expenditures consisting of 60-70% of the overall producer costs. These producer costs are...

New applications such as superdosing of phytase to maximize phytate destruction to improve performance...

It is well documented that phytase supplementation in broiler diets improves P and Ca utilization through the destruction of phytate (IP6) and thereby allows...

The relationship between feed particle size, gizzard development and broiler performance

Anatomy of the stomach The stomach of the chicken consists of two chambers, the proventriculus or glandular stomach and the gizzard or muscular stomach. The proventriculus...

Flexible Feed Formulation with GALLIPRO

Facing challenging goals The goal of the poultry industry is to provide consumers with safe food, while promoting poultry health and welfare, in addition to carefully...

Feed borne mycotoxins: the threat to poultry?

Mycotoxins are metabolites produced by molds (fungi) that can infest crops pre-harvest and can continue to flourish under sub-optimal storage conditions. Grains with high...

Immunogenic ingredients in poultry

Among the various immunogenic ingredients, β-mannanase can improve live performance and uniformity in broilers.

Hen feeding for progeny: current research and U.S. field perspectives

Hen nutrition is a key component for good chick viability, welfare, growth, and meat yields. This paper covers some historical and current research on hen feeding to impact progeny, and how the U.S. breeder nutritionist is poised to implement some of these opportunities in the current market conditions.

Taking NIR beyond feedstuff analysis to enhance turkey production profitability

Turkey production, as with all animal production, has been facing substantial economic challenges in recent years. Poor crop yields, higher competition for raw materials and increased pressure on the food supply chain have resulted in more variability in feed prices and an increased presence of more industrial by-products in feed formulations.

Feeding low protein diets to meat chickens

Feeding low protein diets formulated to provide all the required amino acids without excesses may reduce putrefaction and therefore the production of toxic and odorous metabolites in the hindgut and litter.

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