Phytogenics as Feed Additives in Animals
Restrictions on the use of antibiotics in-feed in many parts of the world has led in search for alternative supplements. Feed phytogenics are one stop solution, due to its multiple functions in the animal body. They are non-antibiotic growth promoters used as feed additive. Phytogenics improve gut functions, enhance palatability, provide anti oxidative effects and promote growth.
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Phytogenics as feed additives in animals
The most common and unique feature of plant extracts is antimicrobial activity. Herbs, spices and essential oils are well known to their antimicrobial actions against the pathogens. Due to the presence of monoterpenes carvacrol and thymol in the plant extracts has led to high-efficacy against several pathogens found in intestinal tract. In turn they improve the health and growth performance of the animal.
Improvement of palatability by the enhanced flavor and odor of essential oils has led to raise in feed intake by animals. Phenolic terpenes of essential oils have shown the anti-oxidative properties of phytobiotics. Thyme, rosemary and oregano plants are the high in terpenes.
The extracts of herbs, species and essential oils improved the nutrient digestibility with its digestion stimulating property. They limit the growth of pathogens in gut. By the elimination of pathogens the competition for nutrients is reduced and led to more absorption of nutrients.
Impact on animal health
Companies and their products
Delacon believes that power of plants for better performance. They have launched different products based upon species and their functionality. For instance, Biostrong 510 to improve the feed efficiency and palatability of poultry. Aromex ME, phytogenic product for swine to support the digestion and absorption.
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