Yatie Setiarsih, Managing Director for BIOMIN Indonesia, emphasized the importance of improving gut performance in the livestock sector’s AGP-free era. A representative of Romindo echoed the value of the topic, which was met with enthusiasm by participants. Mr. Simon Ginting moderated the event.
The role of gut health
Dr. Hilde Van Meirhaeghe, Poultry Consultant for Vetworks, Academic Adviser Faculty of Veterinary Medicine - University of Ghent, Department of Virology, Parasitology and Immunology, and President of the Belgian Hatcheries Association, was the first speaker.
Dr. Hilde Van Meirhaeghe highlighted the occurrence of antimicrobial resistance in the poultry production –which underscores the need to reduce antibiotic use— and the role of gut health in improving poultry performance. (Read Antibiotic Resistance Key to Understanding Efforts to Curtail Antibiotics in Poultry).
She touched on several key messages, including 1) how good feed composition and feed additives can improve intestinal health, and 2) how early feeding enhances enteric development in young animals.
Dr. Justin Tan, Regional Sales & Marketing Director of BIOMIN Asia, spoke on the role of poultry probiotics to improve intestinal health to reduce AGP use. (Watch the video What is a Poultry Probiotic).
Dr. Tan conveyed the multiple benefits of probiotic application in poultry diets, namely:
- Fast establishment of beneficial microflora
- Less carcass contamination
- Less ammonia and urea excretion
- Lower mortality rate
- Better growth and production performance
- Anti-inflammatory and immuno-modulatory effects
- Less incidence of bacterial translocation & lameness
Holistic approach to AGP-free poultry
Dr. Gannon, Dr. Neil Gannon, Regional Product Manager - Gut Performance, BIOMIN Asia, outlined BIOMIN Solutions for AGP-Free poultry production.
“There are several potential strategies and combinations available to reduce the use of antibiotics,” he explained. “A combination of management-related actions, improving the quality of feed and using feed additives are all part of the solution to maintaining high performance without AGPs,” Dr. Gannon concluded. (Read The Importance of Gut Health in Antibiotic-Free Production).
Then the event continued with a question and answer session. The enthusiasm of participants was evidenced by the many questions raised related to the material presented.