Reducing Leaky Gut for Improving Breeder Health

27 December 2016, at 12:00am

CANADA - Remarks by Johanna Elvidge, Aviagen Ltd., United Kingdom, during the poultry breakout session at the 2016 World Nutrition Forum in Vancouver, Canada.

A key factor in the biological performance, health, welfare and efficiency of livestock is the health of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Within the poultry industry there are many initiatives aiming to understand gut health and how it can be influenced to improve production and reduce disease. These initiatives have shown that there is a need for further understanding of gut physiology and the relationship between the gut microbiota and the host. Decades of research in a wide range of animal species has shown that gut health can be influenced by a wide range of intrinsic and extrinsic factors on the farm, and understanding these factors is key for improving gut health as the poultry industry actively reduces antimicrobial use.