Understanding Threats to Poultry Performance
The greatest threats to efficient and profitable poultry performance are the ones that go unnoticed. These hidden threats secretly chip away at normal bird digestive processes, diverting nutrients and energy away from growth and efficiency. Peptidoglycans (PGNs) fit this description and may be robbing poultry operations of profits right now.
Watch more with Dr. Nelson Ward, manager of new business development at DSM, as he discusses BalanciusTM, the first and only product that works in the intestine to improve feed efficiency and increase sustainable product yield. Its unique mode of action breaks down PGNs, unlocking the hidden potential in gastrointestinal functionality.
Balancius, a Major Breakthrough in Poultry Nutrition
Optimizing gastrointestinal functionality through balancing feed composition and the microbiota is crucial to efficient feed utilization in poultry farming. Together with its Alliance partner Novozymes, DSM created Balancius, a naturally occurring muramidase. Balancius removes bacterial debris made up of fragments of cell wall from dead bacteria that are released into the intestinal lumen where they may interfere with the intestinal surface.
Balancius effectively clears this debris through selectively breaking down polymers called peptidoglycans that are structural elements within bacterial cell walls. Optimizing gastrointestinal functionality through the action of Balancius has the potential to significantly improve efficiency for the feed industry through enhanced digestibility and feed utilization.
Watch more with Dr. April Levy, senior technical support manager for poultry at DSM, as she explains the “Balancius experience.”
Improving Digestibility and Feed Efficiency
Traditional enzyme use for poultry has always targeted feeds. A new, pioneering enzyme – literally, the first of its kind – takes a different approach. Geared toward bird performance, Balancius utilizes a substrate already present in the bird’s intestinal tract, the PGNs in cell walls of dead bacteria. An innovation in broiler nutrition, Balancius is the first and only product that works in the intestine to improve feed efficiency and increase sustainable product yield. Its unique mode of action breaks down PGNs, unlocking the hidden potential in gastrointestinal functionality. Scientific data demonstrate the addition of Balancius to the diet of broiler chickens consistently improves feed conversion ratio by 4–6 points (3 percent), signifying a significant improvement in digestibility and feed efficiency.
Watch as Dr. Tina Wang, DVM, DSM senior technical support manager - poultry, as she discusses the importance of feed conversion ratios to veterinarians and nutritionists.