Effect of Synbiotic Supplementation on Production Performances and Cecal Salmonella Load during a Salmonella Challenge

22 December 2016, at 12:00am

CANADA - Remarks by Ramesh Selvaraj, Ohio State University, USA, during the poultry breakout session at the 2016 World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver, Canada.


This study analyzed the inhibitory effects of the synbiotic product “PoultryStar® me” on production parameters, intestinal microflora profile, and immune parameters in layer hens with and without a Salmonella challenge. The synbiotic product contained four probiotic bacterial strains and the prebiotic fructooligosaccharide. The probiotics were Lactobacillus reuteri, Enterococcus faecium, Bifidobacterium animalis, and Pediococcus acidilactici. PoultryStar® me was supplemented to layers from day of hatch to 28 weeks of age. Birds were then either vaccinated, challenged, or both vaccinated and challenged, resulting in a 3 X 2 (control of symbiotic) factorial design.