IMPROVING EGG PRODUCTION WITH NOVEL POSTBIOTIC

13 Jun 2023

IMPROVING EGG PRODUCTION WITH NOVEL POSTBIOTIC

EGG PRODUCTION IMPROVEMENTS WITH NOVEL POSTBIOTIC

Recently, a novel category of feed additives has been introduced: postbiotics. The International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) defines postbiotics as a “preparation of inanimate microorganisms and/or their components that confer a health benefit on the host.”

All over the world, egg production is gaining popularity and importance, mainly fueled by increasing egg consumption. Therefore, there are some challenges that producers need to overcome to fulfill consumer demands. The most urgent challenges are related to eggshell quality and hen life span.

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Maintaining normal physiology and good health of the laying hen is essential to produce high-quality eggs for longer periods of time. Dietary interventions like the feeding of fermented feeds, fiber, probiotics, prebiotics, and postbiotics are acceptable means for influencing the gut microbiota and its metabolic activity.

AO-Biotics® EQE is a fungal postbiotic produced using patent pending technology and specifically indicated to improve the number of sellable eggs, egg mass, and productive lifespan of laying hens.

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De Juan et. al. (2021) studied the effects of the dietary inclusion of 50 grams of EQE per metric ton of feed on the performance and egg quality traits of hens from 15 to 43 weeks of age. In this study, the addition of EQE significantly reduced the incidence of shell-less eggs. In addition, from 15 to 21 weeks of age, the feeding of EQE increased egg production by 9% and improved feed conversion ratio (FCR) by 8%.

Motivated by these results, de Juan et. al. (2022) performed a second study extending the laying period of hens to 65 weeks of age. In agreement with previous observations, the inclusion of EQE improved all major production traits at the peak of production, including increasing egg mass by 2%, egg production and egg weight by 1%, and FCR by 2%.

Several field trials have subsequently evaluated the inclusion of EQE in the diets of commercial laying hens. In agreement with findings reported by de Juan et. al. (2021 and 2022), the inclusion of EQE under commercial conditions improved egg mass, the number of sellable eggs per hen, and the productive lifespan of the flock.

In eight field trials involving more than 400 thousand laying hens, the supplementation of the AO-derived postbiotic resulted in approximately 2% more egg mass, 3% improvement in egg production, and 3% more sellable egg per hen. On average, a reduction of 24% in the mortality of the flocks was also observed, demonstrating that EQE improved the productive lifespan of the laying hens.

 

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  • In recent years, there has been growing interest in postbiotics as a means of improving animal health and performance in the laying industry. The laying industry has traditionally relied on antibiotics to control bacterial infections and promote growth. However, concerns over antibiotic resistance and residues in food products have led to a search for alternative solutions.
  • Postbiotics, such as AO-Biotics EQE, offer a promising alternative, as they have been shown to improve gut health and reduce the incidence of bacterial infections in laying hens.

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The use of postbiotics in the laying industry represents an exciting development in animal nutrition, as it offers a natural and sustainable way to improve animal health and performance. With its expertise in fermentation and natural feed additives, BioZyme Inc. is well positioned to continue developing innovative solutions for the laying industry and other sectors of animal agriculture. The development of AO-Biotics EQE is a testament to the company’s commitment to improving animal health and welfare while also supporting sustainable food production — a commitment that began in 1951.

 

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For more details you can visit: https://biozymeinc.com/additive/eqe/

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