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Enhanced gut health and litter quality

The gastrointestinal tract, with its complex microflora, plays a key role in growth performance and health in modern poultry production. Supplementing diets with AVIMATRIX® supports a healthy intestinal flora balance, improving feed utilization, resulting in increased bird performance.

AVIMATRIX is an innovative blend of protected aromatic compound, manufactured with a sophisticated, state of the art production process, Novus Premium Blend Technology. This guarantees the anti-microbial substances to be slowly and homogeneously released, up till the lower parts of the intestinal tract as proven by studies in broilers comparing free ingredients against the identical ingredients in the protected form:

Release profile of the active ingredients in feed and digesta (on dry matter basis) along the digestive tract, from 36 day old birds supplemented with either a blend processed by Novus Premium Blend Technology or the respective free ingredients (8 birds per group; 4 birds per pen, 2 replicates)

A scientific study using an in-vivo model to evaluate the impact of AVIMATRIX on the microbial flora (University of Berlin, August 2013), demonstrated a significant increase of number of lactic acid bacteria and reduction of number of E. coli in the intestinal tract of 35 day old broilers compared to non-supplemented birds.

Together with the proven release profile, this confirms the effectiveness of the Novus Premium Blend formulation and that the site of delivery of the active ingredients in the intestinal tract is crucial to ensure an optimal stabilization of the microflora. AVIMATRIX thus directly influences and stabilizes the microflora along the entire digestive tract.

The correlation between the improvement of the gut microbial balance with AVIMATRIX and a dryer litter has been determined in a litter quality study, in cooperation with the Wageningen UR Livestock Research Center in The Netherlands; the litter of birds fed with AVIMATRIX was dryer than the litter of non-AVIMATRIX fed birds. The analysis of the litter friability reflected a similar effect.

Various studies in cooperation with independent research institutes in Europe and trials performed under commercial field conditions, show AVIMATRIX improves feed efficiency, increases growth, and enhances litter quality significantly, reducing the incidence of footpad lesions:

  • A recent large scale field trial in over more than 100.000 broilers not only confirmed the reduction of litter moisture under commercial conditions, also demonstrated AVIMATRIX to decrease the production of ammonia-N in the litter. 
  • Recently a large scale commercial trial, in cooperation with one of the main broiler integrations in the Netherlands, involving more than 200.000 birds, demonstrated at the slaughterhouse AVIMATRIX fed birds had less severe foot pad lesions which resulted in a decrease in average foot pad score for all supplemented flocks of 23% compared to the birds receiving the standard non-supplemented diet. Through optimizing the litter quality, AVIMATRIX significantly impacts the prevalence of foot pad dermatitis in a flock.
  • Various experimental and commercial field trials in broiler and turkey operations around Europe, based on the inclusion of 500g AVIMATRIX per ton of feed, have demonstrated a reduction of foot pad lesions can be obtained of almost 35 % in average varying from 20% to 50%. 
  • AVIMATRIX can also support foot pad health in turkeys. An experimential research with the main turkey breeder company in Germany (Moorgut-Kartzfehn GmbH) showed a significant reduction of the total foot pad score by adding AVIMATRIX to the diet, from 106.5 down to 55.0 (p<0.05); the incidence of severe lesions (score 3+4) was strongly reduced from 43% down to 13% in favor of the number of foot pads with low levels of lesions (score 1+2) which increased from 12% to 33%.
For more information, contact Novus through the form below or email us at info.europe@novusint.com