Maximize meat production with FRA Butyrin Hybrid

Fast-growing and heavy broilers often suffer from woody breast and white striping, which results in major economic losses. FRA Butyrin Hybrid (product based on tributyrin and alpha-monobutyrin) increases carcass weight, fillet yield and additionally improves breast muscle quality. Resulting in maximized meat production and a higher consumer acceptance.

When fast-growing and heavy broilers suffer from woody breast and white striping, producers may face meat rejection by slaughterhouses. Woody breast cannot be sold as fillet and white striping negatively affect consumer meat acceptance. Ultimately, meat must be sold at lower prices and this results in major economic losses in the food chain. Therefore, it is important to find a balance between higher meat production and breast muscle quality.

FRAmelco developed FRA Butyrin Hybrid to increase carcass weight in broilers in a sustainable way. Multiple scientific papers demonstrate that supplementation of tributyrin to broiler diets increases carcass weight and alpha-monobutyrin is known for its effect against Gram-negative bacteria. This ensures low pathogenic pressure, allowing more energy to be used for growth. Combining tributyrin with alpha-monobutyrin in broiler diets fortifies the effects of both.

FRA Butyrin Hybrid was compared with a control group at a commercial broiler farm in Poland under supervision of the University of Life Sciences of Poznan. While the total weight of the broilers remained the same, the trial concludes higher carcass weight in broilers administered with FRA Butyrin Hybrid. Resulting in higher total fillet yields (kg) when FRA Butyrin Hybrid is supplemented via feed (see Table 1). Expressed in percentages:

  • Fillet yield is increased with 0.8 percent points in production cycle 1.
  • Fillet yield is increased with 0.5 percent points in production cycle 2.
Fillet yield is about increasing the size of the fillet while maintaining the size and health of broilers.

FRA Butyrin Hybrid not only increased carcass weight and fillet yield, it also had a positive effect on breast muscle quality. Improving meat tenderness, one of the most important quality parameters. Applying FRA Butyrin Hybrid to broiler diets is therefore an effective way to maximize meat production and reduce meat rejection by slaughterhouses.