ObjectiveValidate the effectiveness of a previously developed microencapsulated essential oil product as a viable alternative to antibiotics in controlling necrotic enteritis (NE) and its impact on chicken growth performance and fitness into the current system of commercial production of broilers (economic impact).
BackgroundNecrotic enteritis (NE) is an economically important poultry disease caused by Clostridium perfringens that has traditionally been controlled by prophylactic use of antibiotics in feed. Development of viable alternatives to antibiotics to control NE disease has become highly significant to the poultry industry. C. perfringens normally exists in the chicken gut with a low density. Controlling the pathogen density in the chicken gut appears to be an effective strategy to prevent this disease. Encapsulated essential oils product appears to have a great potential in developing into an alternative to antibiotics to control NE disease in broiler production.
Funding$273,340 (AAFC/CPRC $187,940*, Chicken Farmers of Saskatchewan $25,400, LEL Farms $50,000 (in-kind), Gowans Feed Consulting $10,000 (in-kind))
*This research is part of the 2018-2023 Poultry Science Cluster which is supported by AAFC as part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.