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Richard A. Murphy

Richard A. Murphy, Ph.D., is research coordinator, Alltech European Bioscience Centre in Dunboyne, Ireland.

ARTICLES

Mineral form's influence on enzyme supplementation response

While metal ions can act as enzyme inhibitors, little thought is given to the potential for mineral-induced inhibition of enzyme activity.
Increasingly, the agonistic and antagonistic effects of feed components have come under scrutiny, with choice of components gaining increasing importance in diet formulation. The possibility for negative interactions occurring between individual components within premixes and feeds is high, and while metal ions can act as enzyme inhibitors, little thought is given to the potential for mineral induced inhibition of enzyme activity.
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Additives

Yeast cell wall derivatives improve broiler gut health

Mannan-oligosaccharides (MOS), mannose rich fractions (MRF) improve broiler microflora to strengthen gut health, reduce antibiotic usage and fight resistance
Yeast cell wall derivatives can reduce antibiotics in poultry animal production, as well as functional feed components, such as MOS and MRF.
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Feed ingredients

Choosing the best test for organic trace minerals in poultry feed

Replacing inorganic trace mineral sources with lower levels of organic trace mineral forms in poultry feed can yield great results. However, using the right test with OTMs is critical.
Over the last two decades, organic minerals have been used as a partial replacement of trace mineral supply to improve certain areas of poultry productivity; this includes fertility in breeders, shell strength, and carcass and meat quality. Current research has identified future opportunities by replacing inorganic trace mineral sources with lower levels of the more available organic trace mineral forms, thereby minimizing the amount excreted and also optimizing trace mineral-associated performance traits.
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Chelates: clarity in the confusion

Defining organic trace minerals can be a murky task but getting back to basics can make comparing bioavailabilities easier.
Defining organic trace minerals can be a murky task but getting back to basics can make comparing bioavailabilities easier.
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