Phytogenics, also called botanicals, are substances of vegetal origin that are used as feed additives. Plant extracts, essential oils and purified natural compounds (together with their synthetic equivalent) are all called phytogenics.
Nowadays phytogenics are used successfully to promote productivity and replace antibiotic growth promoters in farm animals. While there is plenty of research about the effects of phytogenics in chickens, there are less data in meat-type ducks. The target of this experiment was to prove the effectiveness SupraPlus©, of a combination of phytogenics, electrolytes, sugars and vitamin E to be added to drinking water.
Circumstances of the case
June 2020, commercial duck farm
Animals: 10,000 Pekin broiler ducks as trial group, 10,000 as control group, all of the same age.
Treatment: 14 days before slaughter, SupraPlus© is added to the drinking water of the trial group, every day, for a total of 14 days.
Control: Normal health program of the farm.
All the other health, nutritional and management parameters, as well as the environmental conditions, were the same for both groups.
Return on investment of the trial group: 2.45:1
The use of SupraPlus© increased survivability and average weight at slaughter and FCR. While the differences between the trial and control group in each of this parameters were not big, as all most of the recorded parameters improved, the economic performance of the trial group was significantly better and the return on investment was 2.45:1.
Product of choice
SupraPlus© is intended to maintain and improve digestive health and to improve hydration in poultry, swine and ruminants of all ages. It is given through drinking water and is formulated with synergistic ingredients:
- Bactericidal and fungicidal plant extracts, that reduce the number of pathogenic microbes in the digestive system.
- Plant extracts with prebiotic effect, that promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the digestive system.
- Electrolytes to maintain hydration
- Sugars that are quickly absorbed and can be easily used as a energy source
- Vitamin E
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