Drinking water application of butyric acid in broilers - Justin Fowler
Published:March 28, 2018
Justin Fowler (University of Georgia) discussed his research on butyric acid and its protective effect against necrotic enteritis, while also comparing two applications (water and feed), during IPPE 2018 in Atlanta, USA.
Thanks for sharing your findings, dr. Fowler. I’m looking forward to the outcomes of your follow-up trials, and especially to the results on physiological and cell biological analyses that may underlie the observed benefits on health and performance. These are likely to be different for different butyrate products.
Many tissues and cell types are potentially responsive to butyrate; the place where butyrate is absorbed and delivered will then determine which cells will be triggered, and which physiological responses will be modulated.
A Ph.D.-student from Wageningen, Pierre Moquet, has recently looked into this. He found that products with a distinct butyrate release profile (unprotected butyrate, butyrate glycerides and precision-delivery coated butyrate) trigger different effects at the level of immune responses, gut microbial composition, digestive processes and amino acid availability.
Studies as these and as the one described by dr. Fowler will be instrumental in defining what can be expected from different butyrate products, under several animal health status and rearing conditions.
I use butyrates (Na or Ca) in broiler feeds; powder, protected form. They work well in the gut -modulate the microbiota and protect willi. They are particulary useful when no feed antibiotic (AGP) is added. But the "job" must be done in lower gut (intestine) not in the stomach. Then my doubt is how they could pass the stomach without protection-via water. The positive result is proven for powder,protected form. And I'd keep it. Average dose 0,5-1,0 kg .
Great thanks Doctor Justin Fowler for this interesting work on butyric acid. Pure butyric acid in itself would serve great purpose as gut modulator and growth promoter. In practical application, medication via drinking water tends to be more effective than via the feed as even sick birds tends to drink water during disease condition, hence the better result that was obtained when butyric acid was used via water than in feed. Please, what is the state of the product - solid or liquid ? .
I would suspect that the product is a butyrate salt. The IPSF abstract described by Dr. Fowler says "Butyrate" not "butyric acid". Salts are easy to make, and tend to be soluble in water. Which salt isn't clear though.
Dosage is definitely a good question though. The abstract does not indicate the dosage for feed or water that was used in the study. Seems like a pretty big oversight by the reviewers to leave that out. Can't assess practicality without knowing dosages.
wowooo!!! progressive, what are the benefits of using butyric acid, or caproc acid in broiler production?.
I have been using 4ml to 5ml per litre of water of cane mollasses for my birds for both indoor and free range birds, its has really worked for me.