Challenges in broiler nutrition
Consumer demands and legislation
As poultry becomes the largest meat production industry by 2020, focus on the production methods increase. In-feed antibiotics need to be limited to prevent build-up of antimicrobial resistance, both in the chickens as well as in humans. At the same time consumers demand for welfare and antibiotic-free alternatives is increasing.
Better gut health
Improving health means improving the gut flora and the immune system’s ability to protect the bird against pathogenic bacteria.
Reducing bacteria and parasites
A long list of bacteria, parasites and fungi affect broiler health, wellbeing and production performance. Infection caused by for example E. coli or Clostridium perfringens are costly for the broiler performance. Both bacteria naturally occur in the gut microbiome, but cause illness when the immune system is weakened.