Gut health in poultry production: A holistic approach
The impressive genetic improvement of broiler growth-rate has enabled the poultry industry to meet with worldwide increased demand for poultry meat. This improvement and the corresponding feed conversion ratios put enormous pressure on the digestive system of the birds. Therefore, it is essential to create a healthy intestine from the very beginning and to maintain optimal gut functions throughout the whole growth period to
avoid enteric diseases. Any factor that compromises the integrity of the intestinal mucosa and its bacterial community will lead to decreased nutrient absorption. Additionally, activation of immune system and repair processes will cost valuable nutrients and energy. Considering all the above, financial success of the poultry business is directly depending on intestinal health.