Special form of C12 stimulates broiler growth

Trial results show improved growth of challenged broilers fed a special form of the medium-chain fatty acid C12. This form of C12 is known for its extra strong antibacterial and antiviral properties. The significantly higher feed intake and improved growth rate seen with this feed additive were most pronounced in the starter and grower periods and may be attributed to an improved health status in young birds.

That medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) may offer a tool to reduce antibiotics in broiler diets is being increasingly confirmed by the literature and results from practice. This is good news because many countries have banned the systematic use of antibiotics in feed for production animals in the fight against bacterial resistance. Over the last decade, the therapeutic use of antibiotics has been restricted in many parts of the world. New-generation feed additives should be able to promote animal health in general, and gut health in particular, in a sustainable way. MCFAs promote animal health and performance as they have been shown to possess strong antibacterial and antiviral properties in vitro.

Importance to gut health

Today, with the restricted use of antibiotics, increasing attention is being given to the importance of gut health to productivity. Lauric acid glyceride’s unique molecular structure allows it to be highly antibacterial and antiviral in the entire gastrointestinal tract, in contrast with conventional organic acids like MCFAs. The present experiment shows that the broad effect of FRA C12 contributes to a higher growth rate and increased body weight of 35-day-old broilers. The effects were most pronounced in the starter and grower periods, with significant ­improvement in growth and a numerically-improved FCR.

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