Beneficial microbial signals from alternative feed ingredients: a way to improve sustainability of broiler production?
Published on: 09/07/2019
Author/s : Filip Van Immerseel 1, Venessa Eeckhaut 1, Robert J. Moore 2, Mingan Choct 3 and Richard Ducatelle 1. / 1 Department of Pathology, Bacteriology and Avian Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Merelbeke, Belgium; 2 School of Science, RMIT University, Bundoora, Vic., Australia; 3 School of Environmental and Rural Science, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia.
Chicken meat production is more sustainable and has lower environmental impact than porcine and bovine meat production. Chicken production uses less feed consumed for each kilogram of meat produced and uses less land and water for both farming and feed production (Flachowsky et al., 2017). Moreover, the broiler production industry has, for many years, continuously improved animal performance, refl...