Supplementing chromium from chromium propionate in the diet showed a positive effect on feed conversion ratio and breast meat yield of birds subjected to cyclical heat stress. Chromium supplementation may alleviate the negative effects of stress on growth, performance and carcass traits.
Based on extensive research conducted by Kemin Industries, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) approved the use of chromium propionate as a source of chromium in broiler diets. Chromium propionate is the newest trace mineral approved for broiler diets in more than 40 years. The food additive petition process through the FDA can be time consuming and expensive but is designed to generate necessary data to sell safe, efficacious ingredients to the marketplace.
Chromium supplementation has been shown to improve broiler body weight, weight gain and carcass yield by decreasing the impact of stressors experienced by the bird. The objective was to evaluate the effects of chromium propionate (Cr Prop) on broiler performance and livability in a commercial antibiotic free complex. The supplementation of Cr Prop improved average feed conversion ratio by 2 points compared to historical data. Moreover, Cr Prop improved livability by 0.45%.
When a bird is exposed to environmental or disease stressors, a stress hormone called corticosterone is released. The release of corticosterone alters how nutrients are utilized by the bird. During periods of stress, nutrients are re-allocated from growth toward minimizing the stress being experienced byt the bird. When nutrients are siphoned away from growth in this way, performance can be negatively impacted. Read more to learn how chromium can help your bird reach optimal performance.
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QUALITY & SAFETY
The first of its kind. The first in its class. KemTRACE® Chromium – the first product of its kind on the market – is a safe, proven trace mineral for use in swine, dairy, beef and broiler operations. It has been fed to millions of animals around the world since its introduction in 2000. KemTRACE Chromium is registered in more than 30 countries and is the only U.S. Food and Drug Administration-reviewed form of chromium propionate.
Federal regulations, food recalls and front page headlines have dramatically increased the importance of ingredient safety and supplier accountability in the global food chain. Producers must now consider the immeasureable financial impact and irreparable damage to reputation that compromised ingredients and supplier uncertainty can have on their operation. With every purchasing decision, a producer must weigh the importance of brand credibility and confidence in sourcing consistent, high-quality ingredients.
Ingredient quality control is at the forefront of helping customers avoid unnecessary risk. Kemin utilizes standard operating procedures for supplier and ingredient certifications/approvals prior to purchase and use of ingredients. Understanding the importance of high consumer confidence and the impact of the Food Safety Modernization Act, Kemin pursued, received and maintains the Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000 for its manufacturing facility in Des Moines, Iowa.
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