Health is wealth: The microbiome and nutrition

baby chicks

In the first article in this series, we discussed the increasing demand for poultry meat due to both population growth and an increase in per capita consumption, and its related effect on the incidence of production diseases in poultry production systems. Last month, we investigated the interactions between the poultry gastrointestinal tract (GIT) and the…

Health is wealth: The demand for poultry meat

The increasing demand for poultry meat due to both population growth and an increase in per capita consumption is good news for the poultry industry. However, the consequence of increasing production intensity to meet this increasing demand is often an increase in the incidence of production diseases in poultry production systems. An important factor in…

Maximise health while limiting antibiotics

poultry

Have you ever heard the words: “Immunity begins in the gut?”. With up to 70% of the immune response centered in the gut, it is no surprise that a lot of emphasis is placed on optimum gut health, maintaining tight junctions, and limiting the negative impact of intestinal inflammation. Inflammation of the gut not only…

Transition easily with improved immunity

dairy calf and cow

Introducing the latest addition to the Chemuniqué range: X-Zelit® is a calcium binder designed to ease the transition period of dairy cows by reducing the negative effects of both clinical and subclinical hypocalcaemia. X-Zelit® works differently to traditional DCAD methods in that no balancing of feed anions and cations is needed; all that is required…

Selenium reduces oxidative stress and improves production

This article by Dr Christof Rapp, a lead researcher in swine nutrition at Zinpro Corporation, first appeared in the November 2019 issue of Essential Feed and explains how selenium reduces oxidative stress and improves production. Livestock and poultry, just like humans, naturally produce toxic substances and reactive oxygen species – small and highly reactive molecules…

In developing immunity, good fences make good neighbours

In developing immunity, good fences make good neighbours

Microbes. The most populous of all life forms – trillions of them everywhere. There are highly specific populations on our hands, distinct from those in our mouths, or even on our forearms. Microbes occur on plants, in soil, on our buildings, and all over our farms and animals. Most are friendly and do no harm…