January 30, 2023
Research demonstrates that Anpario's Orego-Stim, pHorce effective in preventing necrotic enteritis
The president of the Southern Poultry Research Group (SPRG), Professor Charles Hofacre, recently presented results of a trial at the 2023 International Poultry Scientific Forum in Georgia, the United States.
The work, titled "Prevention and control of necrotic enteritis with an essential oil (Orego-Stim) and an organic acid (pHorce)", reported that supplementation with feed additive company Anpario's Orego-Stim and pHorce was effective in managing broilers and supporting performance through a necrotic enteritis challenge window.
"Necrotic enteritis is commonly seen in broilers from 14-28 days and is caused by overpopulation of Clostridium perfringens, with coccidia infection acting as a predisposing factor," said Professor Hofacre. "The most common form of necrotic enteritis is subclinical, which can lead to negative effects on growth rate and feed efficiency due to intestinal damage and impairment of nutrient absorption".
In the trial, 1800 Ross x Ross chicks were randomly assigned to one of four groups (challenge control, Orego-Stim: 1000g/t, Orego-Stim: 500g/t and Orego-Stim + pHorce: 300g/t + 500g/t).
On day 0, all groups received a live coccidia vaccine, and on day 14, they were challenged with Clostridium perfringens via the drinking water. Mortality, feed intake and feed conversion ratio (FCR) were recorded until 42 days of age.
Broilers fed diets supplemented with Orego-Stim and pHorce had a significantly lower mortality as a result of necrotic enteritis infection, lower overall mortality and improved feed intakes. Orego-Stim supplementation resulted in a numerically improved FCR compared to the group of NE challenged broilers in the control group.
"Feeding Orego-Stim in the diet of broilers also reduced necrotic enteritis lesion scores compared to the challenge control group," said Professor Hofacre. "Overall, the trial results demonstrated that Orego-Stim had a significant impact on preventing clinical necrotic enteritis and helped to minimise the negative effects of Clostridium perfringens on broiler body weight and FCR."
- Scaramanga Communications