- Probiotics application improves embryonic and post-hatch growth in layers and performance in broilers
- The rise of consumer awareness and demand for quality food products in the poultry industry has prompted a need for healthier alternatives to antibiotics for increasing poultry production
- In-ovo application of probiotics is a healthier alternative dietary supplement that effectively improves poultry health and growth performance
Background and Unmet Need:
Increased consumer awareness and demand for a healthy diet have highlighted the significant role of poultry products as a source of high-quality protein for human consumption. However, due to the increased demand, the poultry industry has adopted intensive rearing practices, including the use of antibiotics as a dietary supplement. Due to the negative side effects of antibiotics, probiotics have been used as a healthier alternative to promote growth. Healthier methods to increase production in the poultry industry are a constant need in this ever-growing market.
UConn researchers have demonstrated that the administration of probiotics on early in-ovo stage improved several aspects of poultry production, including post-hatch, growth, and performance as seen as the improvement of feed conversion rate (FCR) and increase in other parameters including weight gain, carcass improvement, breast weight, and bone length. Additionally, in-ovo probiotic application also improved hatchability when compared to the untreated eggs.
Healthy use of probiotics
Improved poultry production, including higher growth, weight gain, higher hatchability
This technology can be applied to both large and small-scale poultry production operations
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