The important role good intestinal health plays in production animals
Genetics, nutrition and management are vital when it comes to modern animal production.
In order for production animals to reach their genetic potential they need to be able to adequately digest and absorb nutrients in the feed, sometimes under severe conditions of stress.
A healthy intestinal tract is an absolute key requirement to meeting this challenge.
For more than 60 years antibiotics have been used at sub-therapeutic levels in feed to control harmful bacteria in the intestinal tract, thereby promoting growth and feed conversion performance.
However, the widespread use of antibiotics in both human medicine and agriculture have resulted in the spread of resistant pathogens. Regulations in various territories globally have therefore banned the use of Antibiotic Growth Promoters (AGPs) in feed. In addition, continuous improvements in animal nutrition, housing and management have further decreased the impact of AGPs.
Managing intestinal health cost-effectively without the use of AGPs has become a modern-day possibility.