July 21, 2014    

Lallemand reveals research findings of its probiotic strain

At the XIVth European Poultry Conference in Norway, Lallemand Animal Nutrition shared three studies that documented the features and efficacy of its probiotic strain Pediococcus acidilactici CNCM MA 18/5M (BACTOCELL®).

The strain by Lallemand was studied in different poultry production systems: conventional and organic layers; fattening ducks.

The benefits shown concerned zootechnical performances and immune response, translated into greater pathogen resistance. At a time when natural and effective alternatives to antibiotics is a necessity in animal production, the studies attracted much attention from participants of the conference, which was attended by about 1,000 delegates from around the world.

The first study was an official evaluation of BACTOCELL in organic egg production. Trial results showed that despite an apparent barn effect on feed consumption and feed conversion, BACTOCELL significantly improved the performances of layers in organic production. When considering two successive production cycles, laying rate and Egg Mass Output improved by 2.5% and 2.7%/hen/week respectively.

The second study examined the benefits of BACTOCELL beyond zootechnical performances, on the immune response and resistance to pathogens of layers. It showed that BACTOCELL increased cell mediated and antibody-mediated immunities following vaccination against Newcastle Disease, and reduced the effect of Newcastle Disease virus challenge. BACTOCELL also improved resistance against pathogenic E. coli challenge.

The final study showed that BACTOCELL, when fed to fattening ducks from one day of age to slaughter, improved the main performance values for each phase of the production cycle, as well as over the whole trial period.

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