“Gut Health” in animal nutrition: what are we talking about?

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While gut health is an increasingly important and popular topic in animal nutrition, a clear scientific definition is still lacking. A definition is needed in order to evaluate the effects of any nutritional intervention on animal health and performance.  

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Nutritional management of necrotic enteritis, coccidiosis

Nutrients used in the role of health supplements are nothing new, but their combination finds new applications in the face of removing useful medicinal products from broiler feeds.

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Bacterial Peptidoglycans – Snicking away at animal performance

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As animal production becomes more and more sophisticated, previously unobserved factors that potentially hinder performance become a bigger issue. Intestinal commensal bacteria – bacteria that live together – fit this narrative.

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Top 10 turkey industry disease, health challenges

A survey of industry professionals and veterinarians found the retreat from antibiotic use is shrinking the already short supply of effective treatments for key health challenges.

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The impact of bacterial biomass and endogenous protein loss

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Modern poultry breeds require diets that provide for rapid muscle development. Because of the extraordinary growth rates of today’s birds, even small deficits in amino acids can have severe consequences. Increasingly, we recognize that endogenous protein loss, or protein loss that is non-dietary in origin, plays an important role in this process. Endogenous protein loss refers to any protein, peptide, or amino acid of non-dietary origin that exits the terminal ileum.  

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