NEW research has demonstrated the potential benefits of a proprietary blend of plant extracts and direct-fed microbials (DFMs) to help improve the overall health and efficiency of growing broilers, according to Prince Agri Products Inc.
The research study, presented at the 2013 Poultry Science Assn. annual meeting in San Diego, Cal., assessed the impact of a blend of Quillaja saponaria and Yucca schidigera and two commercially available DFMs — Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus coagulans — when used alone and in combination in broiler diets, as an augmentation of the current standard program.
The study demonstrated that the best diet contained the quillaja/yucca blend (Nutrafito Plus) plus B. coagulans (Provia 6086) combination. This diet provided further synergistic and/or additive benefits in that a 5% improvement in feed utilization related to improved health status was observed.
Results also showed that using either the quillaja/yucca or B. coagulans separately provided performance benefits, supporting similar research presented at last year's Poultry Science Assn. meeting.
"The trial demonstrated that these products represent viable alternatives for maintaining health and production efficiencies in commercial broiler production," said David Calabotta, vice president of marketing and technology deployment for Prince Agri Products. "The assessment of the economic and management 'fit' of these products is of keen interest within both the broiler industry and scientific community."
Calabotta said further analysis is needed to quantify, qualify and expand upon these results in commercial operations under other application scenarios.
Prince Agri Products is a provider of trace minerals and nutritional supplements for dairy cows, beef cattle, swine, poultry and companion animals. It is headquartered in Quincy, Ill., and is a division of Phibro Animal Health Corp.