Use of intestinal pronutrients in turkey to improve productivity and animal welfare
Pronutrients are active molecules of botanical origin capable of optimizing the physiology. Intestinal conditioner pronutrients improve the integrity of the intestinal mucosa, digestion and the balance of intestinal flora. Intestinal optimizer pronutrients boost gut local immunity.
Evaluate the effect of intestinal conditioner and optimizer pronutrients on turkey production.
Material and methods
The study was conducted in Europe in 2019, 268 turkeys (male, B.U.T. 6®) were used, divided into two experimental groups. A control group, using the standard farm diet and an experimental group in which conditioner pronutrients and intestinal optimizers were added to a dose of 1 kg/t on an ongoing basis.
The body weight, conversion rate, as well as the footpad score were evaluated.
The live weight was slightly higher in the experimental group compared to the control group. The conversion rate improved by 5.24% in the pronutrient-supplemented group.
To assess footpad score, the system devised by Hocking, 2008 was used. Higher lesion scores were observed in the control group compared to the experimental group.
The use of intestinal conditioners and optimizers allows to obtain a higher weight and a better conversion rate.
On the other hand, there has been a decrease in the score of footpad lesions, which implies that there is an improvement in the health status of birds and, therefore, in the animal welfare of the farm.
Intestinal conditioner and optimizer pronutrients are marketed under the name Alquernat Coneb, by Biovet S.A.