Today’s poultry production requires innovative solutions to further improve performance and profitability. Besides animal health, producers also have demands from consumers to increase animal welfare. EW Nutrition develops programs and products to fit these market topics improving performance parameters. Our programs are the right tool to reduce the use of antibiotics, mitigating the impact of AMR.
By 2050 it is estimated that Asia alone could have around 4.730.000 deaths attributed to Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). Global AMR related healthcare costs can then be increased to more than $ 1 trillion per year.
Around 80% of the total antibiotics used is in production animals. In intensive poultry production, this means that most antibiotics are used as growth promoters and/or used as prophylactic and metaphylactic treatments to healthy animals. Once ingested, antibiotics interfere with the gut microbiota: digestion and absorption of nutrients, immune response and energy metabolism are all affected consequently.
Vaccination programs and good farm management combined with our Antibiotic Reduction Program should be implemented to optimize poultry production. One possibility is the use of secondary plant compounds with their natural antimicrobial, digestion enhancing and antioxidant properties. By supporting gut health, secondary plant compounds can reduce the incidence of intestinal disorders, thereby reducing the need to use antibiotics. Additional positive effects on profitability are improved growth rate and feed efficiency.
In poultry production, mycotoxin contamination affects feed intake and causes immunosuppression at low levels of toxin intake, while it can lead to acute disease and death when the intake of toxins is high.
The biggest challenges for toxin risk management in poultry production is the non-specific and often subclinical nature of symptoms. This is especially true when the contamination levels are low and multiple toxins are present in the feed. Mycotoxins can damage the intestinal barrier, lowering nutrient uptake, impairing gut health and allowing pathogens, mycotoxins, and bacterial toxins to enter the bloodstream. Subsequently, infections may arise, internal organs becoming affected, and overall performance declines.
The best approach to manage the risk of mycotoxins is to implement an integrated strategy including good crop and grain storage practices, as well as monitoring of mycotoxin contamination. Mycotoxin analyses are used to make decisions on inclusion levels of raw materials and on the choice of innovative products. Toxin Risk Management is the key to success in animal health, welfare and performance.
EW Nutrition’s Toxin Risk Management Program has been developed to your needs according to the level of risk, which can be checked with the Master Risk Tool. Mastersorb brand products are especially designed to mitigate potential toxin risk. Through the Toxin Risk Management Program EW Nutrition’s client can reach a higher level of performance and improve animal health when faced with challenging toxin levels.
Breeders are high performing birds that produce healthy offspring for production downstream in the poultry value chain. Both broiler and laying hen farmers need healthy chicks as only healthy chicks will perform well throughout their life. As a result, production managers of breeder flocks focus especially on egg hygiene, breeder health, hatchability and day-old chick quality. Breeder performance is the result of well-balanced diet, good health of the breeders and several management related factors such as male fertility and floor egg management.
With our Breeder Performance Program, we supply the birds with innovative products to improve gut health, litter quality, as well as nutrient digestibility, resulting in positive impact on day old chick production and performance parameters.