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Gut Health Webinar Series

A Healthy Gut is a Healthy Animal

Gut health affects every aspect of animal health and performance. The gut serves as a key line of defense from the outside world and maintaining a good barrier can assist producers in avoiding several issues.

Gut health remains one of the most crucial concerns in the animal production industry. Intestinal challenges are a common cause of production losses especially in young animals. Damage to the intestinal barrier caused by pathogens reduces health and absorption of nutrients. It is well known that antibiotics inhibit growth of certain pathogenic microorganisms and can be used to boost animal's performance. However, the demand for antibiotic-free chicken and pork creates a need for holistic approaches to sustain intestinal health and maintain animal performance.

In spite of reduction in antibiotic use, there are strategies that can be used to lower the intestinal challenges and maintain or even improve growth performance. This Novus webinar series featured experts in the area of gut health and antibiotic reduction.


Nutritional Interventions in
Improving Gut Health for Poultry

Dr Frances Yan, Novus Senior Poultry Nutrition Research Scientist, presented on 'Nutritional Interventions in Improving Gut Health for Poultry' where she highlighted on pathogenesis of bacterial enteritis and how to identify and evaluate gut health challenges in field conditions. She also discussed on nutritional intervention strategies to alleviate gut health challenges and nutritional solutions to target specific challenges to optimize ROI.

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Feeding for Gut Health: The Role of
Functional Nutrition in Weaned Pig Development

Dr Megan Edwards, Swine Nutrition Consultant at Integral Nutrition, discussed on 'The Role of Functional Nutrition in Weaner Pig Development'. Her session focused on the needs of pigs development in terms of nutrition, immunity and gut health. The role of weaner nutrition and feed management was also discussed and how they can be used to produce resilient and efficient growing pigs in an industry that must focus on improving sustainability. In addition, Dr Megan presented on the move towards antibiotic-free production in swine and the role of feed additives.

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Maternal Stress, Feed Intake and Diet Composition in Poultry: Effects on Progeny Gut Development

Dr Rebecca Forder, from the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, University of Adelaide, presented on developmental programming in poultry and potential mechanisms that may influence gastrointestinal function as well as the use of nutritional supplementation as a means to manipulate these mechanisms to improve growth and efficiency of progeny.

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Novus Gut Health Solution for ABF