Microbial Feed Formulations (MFF) are growing in popularity as a way to improve poultry feed efficiency and reduce the prevalence of gastrointestinal diseases. Poultry Direct Fed Microbial (PDFM), a form of MFF, has been shown to improve feed intake, egg production, and health outcomes beyond changing diet alone. Here we explore some of the benefits of direct fed microbials feeding in poultry.
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1. Improved Feed Intake: Poultry is naturally fast eaters, and adding PDFM to their feed can help them consume more food overall. This can result in weight gains and increased production.
2. Reduced GI Disease: One benefit of feeding PDFM is that it can reduce the prevalence of gastrointestinal diseases in birds. GI disease is a major problem in poultry, and can lead to reduced egg production and even death in affected birds. PDFM may help mitigate this by improving gut health and promoting better digestion.
3. Enhanced Egg Production: Another benefit of feeding PDFM is that it can increase egg production rates in flocks. In some cases, up to 50% more eggs can be produced with PDFM feed than without it! This can be a
The Future of Poultry DFM
The future of poultry-fed microbial products (PFM) is looking brighter than ever. Recent studies have shown that PFM can offer a number of benefits beyond changing the diet of poultry.
One study found that PFM increased the weight and lifespan of chickens. The birds were fed either a control diet or a diet supplemented with lactobacillus Plantarum 299v, which is a strain of Lactobacillus used in the production of PFM. The study found that the chickens on the supplemented diet had larger wings, hearts, and livers, and lived longer than those on the control diet.
Another study looked at the impact of feeding PFM on egg production by hens. The study found that hens fed PFM had more eggs per day and produced eggs with higher quality traits like lower cholesterol levels and increased antioxidant activity.