The use of plant extracts in animal feed was strongly evident at the World Conference of Animal Production (WCAP) 2008 in Cape Town, South Africa, in November. Manufacturer for plant extracts – Pancosma – presented its research on this topic.
The communications all presented by Dr Armin Vikari, Product Manager for XTRACT Bioactives, offered a well-balanced combination of new scientific research with Eugenol, Cinnamaldehyde and Capsicum Oleoresin in beef and dairy cattle as well as new nutritional insights in the use of plant extracts in poultry.
Plant extracts in poultry diets
The results of a presented meta analyses of 13 different broiler chicken trials including 38 treatments replicates that broiler growth rate was increased by 4.9%, feed intake was 2.6% higher, and feed conversion 2.9% better, on diets supplemented with a combination of Carvacrol, Cinnamaldehyde and Capsicum plant extract compared to a negative control. Also, the meta analyses found parity between the extracts and positive (Avilamycin-supplemented) controls.