Feed supplement fights cellulitis in turkeys
AgratismÂ®, Bioagra's proprietary all-natural Beta-1,3/1,6-D-glucan feed
supplement with a minimum purity of 80%, has shown positive results.
In turkeys with the agent that causes gangrenous dermatitis (cellulitis),
Agratism improved feed conversion and weight gain, and reduced mortality,
according to Vyta Corp and Justin Holdings, equal owners of joint venture,
This study* was designed to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness that
the feed supplement can have when replacing antibiotics in the feed of turkeys
that have been challenged by Clostridium septicum, the bacterium responsible for
the condition known as gangrenous dermatitis. This is one of the most severe
diseases afflicting the turkey, duck and broiler industries.
When gangrenous dermatitis is caused by Colostridium, morbidity is rapid
and mortality is high, and in this study, resulted in high mortality and severe
lesion scores. Overall, the Agratism treatment appeared to have positive
effects on the performance and health of the tom turkeys receiving the severe
bacterial challenge, said Davis, who further reported that even with the
excessive challenge, the results show obvious treatment effects.
* The study was conducted by Stephen W. Davis of Colorado Quality
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