The variability of maize

It has been shown by several studies that metabolisable energy (ME) values vary significantly, not only between different feed ingredients, but also between different batches of the same feed ingredient within the same region. When formulating feed using tabulated values, this can result in the variability of maize ME of more than 50 kCal/kg between…

Maize hardness matters

Introduction A recent study published in the Journal of Applied Animal Nutrition by Singh and Ravindran (2019) investigated the influence of the inclusion of whole maize differing in endosperm hardness on performance, nutrient utilisation, and digestive tract development of broiler chickens. Whole grain inclusion in poultry diets is common practice all over the world. This…

The catalyst you need to jumpstart your production system

Making sense of the wide variety of commercially available phytase products can be a daunting prospect. This can often lead to a poultry producer feeling confused and frustrated. That is why we at Chemuniqué believe that the only way to separate the best from the pretenders is with scientifically supported evidence. An example of such…

Dietary zinc source matters for poultry intestinal health

zinc research

A recent study by De Grande et al. (2020), entitled: “Dietary zinc source impacts intestinal morphology and oxidative stress in young broilers“, was published in Poultry Science. The aim of the study was to evaluate and compare the effect of an amino acid-complexed zinc source versus an inorganic zinc source on poultry intestinal health using…