For safe consumers, close the door to Campylobacter and Salmonella
Optimizing gut function is key to poultry health. Probiotics and butyrate have been used in poultry nutrition for many years and understanding is growing on their beneficial actions. In this way their precise formulation and where they are delivered in the gut has been perfected. This strategy helps producers control pathogens like Salmonella, Campylobacter and Clostridium perfringens – as well as reducing reliance on antibiotics.
The gut mucosa is the location of interactions between the host, the microbiota and external elements. It is also where absorption of nutrients and stimulation of the innate immune system takes place, along with preventing bacteria and toxins entering the bloodstream. The intestinal integrity of poultry is constantly challenged by the environment, diet and pathogens. The development and maintenance of a robust gut function depends on the composition of the gut microbiota. If the gut and the microbiota is supported, so is the health of the bird.