The difficulty in achieving optimal animal growth is also associated with health problems that are very common in this type of operation. Diseases of the digestive tract not only cause weight loss in poultry, but also other related problems.
Protecting the integrity of the intestinal mucosa helps prevent diarrhea and its consequences, while improving feed utilization and profitability.
The use of plant extracts in feed is currently one of the most studied natural tools, both for its direct and indirect action on the microorganisms that influence intestinal health. Phytobiotic compounds also have the advantage of not leaving residues in the shell or in the egg, nor do they require time for suppression.
The organosulphur compounds present in Garlicon naturally stimulate enzymatic secretions, favoring the digestibility and absorption of nutrients and promoting maximum development of the intestinal epithelium.
Fig.1. Intestinal microvilli of broilers fed a diet supplemented with Garlicon are higher and wider than those of chickens fed a control diet (Peinado et al., 2012).
Fig. 2. Garlicon thiosulfonates improve broiler production in the first 21 days of life (Peinado et al., 2012).
Increasing the absorptive surface of the intestinal microvilli allows the intestinal mucosa to reach its maximum development potential, obtaining the maximum performance of the feed and protecting the animal from the entry of possible pathogens.
In unfavorable conditions, Garlicon helps to prevent a drop in production.
Garlicon can be used in all types of poultry (broilers, turkeys and layers). Administration at low doses throughout the production cycle allows changes at the histological level that improve production rates.
Fig. 3. Animals infected with Eimeria oocysts whose diet was supplemented with Garlicon had growth similar to that of healthy chickens and higher than that of infected animals that did not receive Garlicon (Kim et al., 2012).
Fig. 4 Field study carried out on a commercial farm with 24,000 turkeys. The addition of Garlicon to the drinking water reduced the mortality rate and the conversion rate (CI), obtaining more favorable values by extending the time of use in the production cycle.
The benefits of Garlicon in improving nutrient absorption are reflected in the size and number of eggs and in better utilization of mineral correctors, reducing the number of broken eggs. In addition, the improved fecal consistency reduces the number of dirty eggs.
Fig. 5. Study carried out on a commercial farm, in which an increase in the number and weight of eggs was observed in the group that consumed Garlicon mixed with the feed.
Fig. 6. Effect of adding Garlicon to the diet of laying hens for 4 weeks, during which a progressive increase in egg weight was observed in birds consuming Garlicon.
Fig. 7. Effect of Garlicon addition to the feed of laying hens on the intestinal microbiota. A decrease in Enterobacteriaceae and an increase in Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli were observed in those animals that consumed Garlicon.