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should try to find where are the
loopholes in your antibiotic strategy
and where can your alternative additives to help fill that gap."
The group shared their experiences with different additive categories. Dr. Raj Murugesan, technical
director with Biomin, noted that
producers have found success in the
use of phytogenic feed additives,
probiotics, prebiotics and additives
used in combination.
"Phytogenics seem to be working
out pretty well overall because they
have the complex mode of action
with their antioxidant and antimicrobial abilities, and their sensory
component increases feed intake,"
NAE production in action
Running parallel with the importance of nutrition and gut health, the
panel agreed that on-farm management (hygiene, biosecurity) plays a
huge role in a successful program.
"When you go about raising
no-antibiotics-ever (NAE) birds in
a methodical way, you do not have
to give up on production or welfare
to do that, but you must go about it
with a plan and work on [continuous
improvement] strategies," said Dr.
Randy Mitchell, vice president -
technical services, Perdue Foods.
Mitchell, who has been instrumental in Perdue's shift to NAE production, shared best practices from the
company's journey and offered attendees advice on making the transition.
"The management at the farm
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is more important than anything
we can do with the feed outside
of making sure that we don't have
just terrible feed ingredients from a
standpoint of a successful NAE program," Mitchell reported, stressing
that clear communication with the
growers from the onset is key. ■
Watering Wisdom i
DRY FLOORS PROMOTE BIRD
WELFARE AND REDUCE RELIANCE
Enhancing bird welfare and eliminating
non-therapeutic use of antibiotics is a
world-wide trend and poultry producers
are discovering that one of the most
effective ways to achieve this goal is
by maintaining dry litter conditions.
Central to this goal is effectively managing
nipple type watering systems in a manner
that discharges sufficient water to stimulate
bird growth, but not over-supply water which creates wet litter.
Wet litter can become a breeding ground for disease and ammonia
release resulting in pododermatitis and a host of other bird welfare
and health issues.
Understanding enclosed watering system concepts and applying
them when managing watering systems is essential for maintaining
drier litter conditions year round.
Best practices and guidelines available for enclosed watering
systems are available through poultrywatering.com, a reference
and resource site for all things related to poultry watering.
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