Broilers need less feed with butyric acid in diet
Using a butyric acid product in broilers can reduce the amount of feed with 2%, while maintaining the same bird growth. This was shown by a new study at the Shandong Agricultural University in China.
The research looked at the product ProPhorce™ SR (a butyric acid) and its effect on healthy broilers under normal circumstances. The findings show that with the butyric acid, a significant difference was realized with regard to the feed conversion. At the same time, the research showed constant growth rates. These conclusions are in line with the results which have been achieved with the same product in Europe.
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Strong development of the villi
Professor Yang who led the research explains: "The research showed that you need 2% less feed when using the butyric acid product in order to realise the same daily growth. We also noticed an increase in villi length up to 35%. The animal's feed uptake capacity was enhanced by the strong development of the intestinal wall, so the chicken will use the feed more efficiently. This results in a lower feed conversion."
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The results of this study will be further explained at the upcoming European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (ESPN) in Prague. During the congress, Perstorp Feed & Food (producer of the butyric acid product) will organise a mini symposium, which will focus on these recent Chinese findings, earlier scientific studies and field testing.
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