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Effect of a Lactobacillus Spp-Based Probiotic Culture Product on Broiler Chicks Performance under Commercial Conditions

J.L. Vicente1,2, L. Aviٌa2, A. Torres-Rodriguez1, B. Hargis1 and G. Tellez1
1Department of Poultry Science, JKS Poultry Health Research Laboratory, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville AR 72701, USA 2Sigrah Zellet de Mexico S.A. de C.V., Mariano Escobedo No. 10, Col. Tezontepec, Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico 62250, USA
Abstract :

Concern about antimicrobial resistance has led to increased attention to alternatives for controlling infections and increasing performance in animal production. Probiotics and organic acids have gained
attention as options in poultry industry. Our laboratory has been working in the selection of lactic acid
bacteria, mainly from the genus Lactobacillus, as potential probiotic candidates. Previous data indicates that these selected probiotic bacteria are able to reduce Salmonella infection and improve performance in broiler and turkey under experimental and commercial trials in the USA. The selected probiotic organisms were used in field trials to evaluate their efficacy in commercial conditions in Mexico. In the present report, the probiotic culture significantly reduced mortality (p<0.01) compared to the control houses. Also, a consistent improvement of body weight (2.06%) and reduction of FCR (3.5%) was observed in the treated flocks. The results of this report suggest that this Lactobacillus-based probiotic culture could be useful to reduce mortality in commercial poultry farms.

Keywords :
Lactobacillus spp-based probiotic culture, broiler chicks, mortality and performance

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Volume 6, Number 3, - 2007 , ISSN 1682-8356

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