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Comparing Butyrate Products by Evaluating Enteric Butyrate Release Profiles
Sodium butyrate is a molecule that is well known for its ability to elicit many effects at the cellular or microbiological level in several tissues. For example, it can be used as an energy source by epithelial cells lining the intestinal tract, reduce...
Healthy Chickens, Healthy Flocks
Chickens are domestic livestock, so they depend on their keepers for their well-being. Their needs are simple but unless they get the care they need, they are at risk, writes Christine Heinrichs....
Why do Mycotoxins Lead to Decreased Productivity and Profitability in Animal Production?
Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by filamentous fungi that cause a toxic response (mycotoxicosis) when ingested by higher animals....
Necrotic Enteritis, Coccidiosis - Multifactorial Role of Butyrate on Intestinal Health
In the poultry industry the difference between making profit or loss is often determined by the incidence of infectious diseases, writes Pauline Paap, Orffa Additives B.V. ...
Colistin - The Latest European Antibiotic Resistance Challenge
Europe appears to have been thrown into turmoil following the release of a paper by Liu and colleagues (2015), describing the emergence of a plasmid-mediated colistin resistance mechanism, mcr-1 gene, in China, writes David Burch, Veterinarian, Octagon...
A Closer Look at Avian Influenza
Avian influenza (AI) is without a doubt one of the biggest concerns for the world’s poultry industry, writes Melanie Epp....
Avian Influenza in the US: What Really Happened?
Dozens of recent news articles have reported on the facts, findings and frequent updates regarding the recent outbreaks of avian influenza in the United States, writes Prof Guillermo Zavala from the University of Georgia. ...
Best Practice in the Broiler House: Biosecurity
Biosecurity creates hygienic conditions within the poultry house to minimise the adverse effects of disease, optimise bird performance and welfare and provide assurance on food safety issues. ...
Modelling Hindgut Fermentation in Chickens
The monogastric hindgut produces beneficial volatile fatty acids, including butyrate. Diamond V's 'Intestinal Activity Modifier Model' helps us know how, writes Tom Weigand, MS, Fermentation Scientist at Diamond V....
Antioxidative Potential of Phytogenics
Phytogenic feed additives (PFAs) are effective in improving the antioxidant status of animals, as confirmed by an elevated antioxidative status in blood plasma, meat and the intestinal tract, writes Basharat Syed....
Chemistry of Oxidative Disinfectants
Oxidative disinfectants share the property of acting on microbes by oxidising their proteins and cells. This aggressive chemical reaction ‘burns up’ and dismembers the very structure of the molecule which is oxidised, thus very effectively destroying...
Fumonisins in Poultry: Fact or Fiction?
In the past, fumonisins were not considered a threat to the poultry industry. ...
The Immunosuppressive Consequences of Mycotoxins in Livestock and Poultry
The contamination of feedstuffs with mycotoxins poses a serious threat to the health and productivity of livestock and poultry....
Marek’s Disease in Small Flocks
This article from Christine Heinrichs explains the symptoms of Marek's Disease in poultry and how to prevent it occurring in small flocks....
Differential Diagnosis of Mycotoxin-Related GIT Lesions in Poultry
Mycotoxins are always present in animal feeds, although at varying levels, and affect different systems such as the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) and visceral organs, writes Raj Murugesan....
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