Researchers in Canada and Denmark found that modified soy protein concentrate improves indices of gut health in broilers

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Published May 19, 2021

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Researchers claim their study shows the composition microbiome of a broiler can be positively enhanced through the choice of the right ingredients in the starter phase. The team, based at Department of Animal Biosciences, University of Guelph, in Canada, and the R&D department at TripleA in Denmark, found including up to 12.5% of feeding modified soy protein concentrate (MSPC) in the starter phase increased the bird’s growth performance for the rest of the production cycle.

Original content

The scientists, writing in Poultry Science,​​​ linked the enhanced growth observed to improved gut health, enabled by the reduction of enteric pathogens. Soy protein concentrate has been evaluated as a partial or complete replacement of regular SBM or other protein sources in practical starter feeding programs of monogastric animals, but growth performance responses have been variable, noted the researchers. A recent investigation of incorporating up to 12% of MSPC in broiler starter program showed linear improvement of day 42 body weight and carcass yield and enhanced immune status (Zhang et al., 2021), they reported. However, additional work was required to validate those findings and record the impact on indices on gastrointestinal health, said the scientists. “Therefore, the objective of the present study was to evaluate the effects of incorporating MSPC in starter feeding program (from hatch to day 10) on growth performance, gastrointestinal physiology, and litter moisture of ...
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