The difficulty in achieving optimal animal growth is also associated with health problems, which are very common in this type of farm. Disorders affecting the digestive tract cause not only 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 organosulfur compounds present in Garlicon stimulate enzymatic secretions in a natural way, favoring digestibility and absorption of nutrients, promoting maximum development of the intestinal epithelium.
Fig.1. The intestinal microvilli of broilers whose diet was supplemented with Garlicon are higher and wider than those of chickens that consumed control diet (Peinado et al., 2012).
Fig. 2. Garlicon thiosulphonates improve productive yields in broilers in the first 21 days of life (Peinado et al., 2012).
The increase of the absorption 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 entrance of possible pathogens.
In adverse conditions, Garlicon helps to avoid a decrease in production.
Garlicon can be used on all types of poultry (broilers, turkeys and laying hens). 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 a growth similar to that of healthy chickens and higher than infected animals that did not take Garlicon (Kim et al., 2012).
Fig. 4 Field study carried out in a commercial farm with 24,000 turkeys. The addition of Garlicon to the drinking water decreased the mortality rate and reduced 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 a better utilisation of mineral correctors, reducing the number of broken eggs. In addition, the improved consistency of the faeces 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 Garlicon addition in the feed of laying hens for 4 weeks in which a progressive increase in egg weight was observed in the birds that consumed 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.