Reducing antibiotics without harming profitability is an actual possibility

Ten million people will die due to antibiotic resistance, ensures the “Antimicrobial Resistance Review” published by the United Kingdom government in 2014. Of all the antibiotics used worldwide, 80 % is used for livestock production. The swine and poultry industries are responsible for the largest amount of antibiotic consumption. These …

Organic acids can support antibiotic reduction strategies with a consistent anti-bacterial effect

The animal production industry keeps searching for strategies to reduce antibiotics while maintaining profitability. Even though the experts already made clear there is not a single solution to the dilemma, the forecast is promising for the industry. An integrated approach seems to be a sound base to face the challenge. …

Selko® IntelliBond® Trace Minerals

Selko® IntelliBond® Trace Minerals (TM) are a relatively new family of trace minerals, known as hydroxy trace minerals. IntelliBond® C (copper hydroxychloride; formerly known as tribasic copper chloride; TBCC) was developed in the early 90s by the US based company Micronutrients. IntelliBond® Z (zinc hydroxychloride) and IntelliBond® M (manganese hydroxychloride) …

Beating Salmonella with AVIATOR™

AVIATOR™ is a multi-component, all-natural feed supplement containing Refined Functional Carbohydrates™ (RFC™) that has Generally Recognised as Safe (GRAS) status as a feed ingredient. Studies with AVIATOR™ show a reduction in Salmonella prevalence in breeding hens and in their progeny. It is not easy to break the disease cycle of …

Using more bio-available sources of trace minerals pays off

A study of broiler breeder performance was conducted using three separate mineral programmes. The objective was to determine if productivity could be maintained at lower inclusion levels, simultaneously benefiting the bird and the environment. The results show an improvement in egg production and a decrease in mortality. Higher bio-availability, lower …

A meta-analysis confirms that a feed additive significantly improves piglets growth performance

A meta-analysis based on nine controlled studies confirmed that a feed additive can significantly improve the technical performance of weaned piglets. The results showed increases in body weight and average daily gain, as well as improvements in feed efficiency. Science based companies make great efforts in research and development. They …

Hydroxy trace minerals show heavier carcass weights compared to sulphate-fed broilers

A study performed in Spain found that birds yielded larger live and carcass weights and a higher percentage of breast meat when fed hydroxy trace minerals as compared to broilers fed inorganic trace minerals. Hydroxy trace minerals can improve the bird’s value Over the past 20 years, numerous studies conducted …