A healthy chicken gut is essential for optimum digestibility, maximum nutrient absorption, immunity development, and disease resistance. Disruption of gut integrity and imbalance of gut microbiota may have negative effects on feed conversion, productivity, and health of chickens.
For the last few decades in poultry production, antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs) have been widely used in poultry diets to promote growth, improve feed efficiency and control dysbacteriosis and enteric diseases. Unfortunately, the extensive use of antibiotic growth promoters at subtherapeutic doses in poultry diets has the possibility to generate antibiotic resistant pathogens in animal products. Antibiotic-free poultry production is a common trend worldwide because the use of antibiotics has been banned by governments in many countries and due to increasing concerns about antibiotic resistance. These circumstances have ensured a search for alternative strategies to modulate gut development and health in poultry.
Novus Animal Nutrition (India) Pvt. Ltd. CSR initiative: ‘’Making schools more sustainable by uplifting their basic infrastructure and turning them into a better place for educational progression for poor children’’
Dr. Vaibhav Nagpal, vice president and chief commercial officer - Novus Asia, and Neeraj Kumar Srivastava, managing director - Novus South Central Asia, explain how Novus is doing just that through its multi-phase business plan Project Destiny. The goal? To become the animal agriculture industry's leader in providing health through nutrition.
Novus International in collaboration with Dr. Yuwares Ruangpanit from Animal Science Department, Kasetsart University, Kamphaengsaen Campus in Thailand developed and recently launched the Eggshell Grading and Scoring System (eGss). This system consists of a specially designed box to illuminate the intact egg, giving it a translucent image. The grading and scoring of eggs are done based on the area of light passing through eggshell and the evenness of light distribution across the shell surface. The result or scores of the eggs is correlated to eggshell strength and shell thickness based on data from trials conducted by Kasetsart University. A poster of the scoring guide as well as a how-to video is provided to the completed kit. This could help Novus’s layer customers in primarily evaluating eggshell quality to ensure more saleable eggs in their operations.
Ermin Magtagnob, Technical Services Manager at Novus International Southeast Asia and Pacific, discusses how the current corn-soybean prices and ratio is affecting animal producers in Southeast Asia Pacific and the role of a protease enzyme to support the use of alternative raw material