Optimal gut health is of vital importance to the performance of livestock. There is a direct relationship between animal performance and a “healthy” gastrointestinal tract (GIT). The GIT is responsible for maintaining a physiological balance that enables the animal to withstand infectious and non-infectious stressors.
Gut health consists of several physiological and functional features, including nutrient digestion and absorption, host metabolism and energy generation, a stable microbiota, mucus layer development, barrier function, and mucosal immune responses. These features must interact so the animal can perform its physiological functions and maximize its genetic potential to the fullest extent possible.
Antibiotic resistance is defined as the ability of an organism to resist the killing effects of an antibiotic to which it was normally susceptible. During the last few decades, no major discoveries of novel antibiotics have been made, and almost all known antibiotics are increasingly losing their effectiveness against pathogenic microorganisms. In addition, there has been an increase in multidrug-resistant bacteria. The antimicrobial-resistant pathogens may result in treatment failure, leading to considerable economic losses. Furthermore, there are also human health concerns about the presence of antimicrobial residues in meat, eggs, milk and other animal products. These resistant bacteria then multiply and become the dominant population. As such, they are able to transfer the resistance genes to other bacteria. The resistant bacteria can be transmitted from animal products to humans. International efforts are being made to restrict or ban antibiotics' use in livestock feed, and the search for sustainable alternatives to antibiotic growth promoters is increasing. Improving gut health and growth performance is key to successful antibiotic-free production.
Livestock are exposed to harmful pathogens like Salmonella, Escherichia coli, Clostridium perfringens and campylobacter. Without a healthy microbiota, these pathogens have devastating effects on health and performance, from reducing body weight gain and raising feed conversion to drastically increasing mortality. The use of prebiotics, probiotics and enzymes to modulate the intestinal flora can significantly reduce the incidence of enteric pathogens.
Dysbacteriosis is not a disease in itself but a secondary symptom of intestinal disruption. It results in poor nutrient absorption in the gut leading to impaired FCR and reduced live weight. The cause of dysbacteriosis can be environmental stress, viral or bacterial disease, clostridial toxins, coccidiosis, or a change in diet. The use of probiotics and prebiotics are essential to balance the gut microflora.
Biofeed Gut health and performance program provides solutions with a unique natural technology that helps reduce the use of antibiotics, optimizes gut health, supports immune response and acts as a barrier against pathogens and its harmful metabolites.
Biofeed gut health and performance solutions combine the most inclusive assortment of bioactive components designed to help manage the disease challenges and optimize your animal's gut health.
Why Biofeed Gut health and performance solutions?
Biofeed is committed to supporting livestock and poultry producers worldwide to overcome production challenges. Our diversified and customized solutions target a range of challenges affecting the gut health of different animal species to optimize performance and profitability.