Fermentable Fibre and Gut Health in Non- and Pre-Ruminants
Authors: O Doherty, J. V.; Pierce, K. M.; Kenny, D.A.
Source: Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition, 1 March 2006, vol. 2005, no. 1, pp. 103-128(26)
Abstract:In recent times there has been a considerable intensification of the livestock industry resulting in higher growth rates, increased stocking density and larger production units. The increased pressure on production has resulted in an increase in the use of antimicrobial growth promoters to improve performance and (or) health. The primary effects associated with the inclusion of antimicrobial feed additives include the prevention of digestive disturbances, improved feed utilisation and animal performance (Close, 2000). Digestive disorders leading to diarrhoea and dehydration are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in neonates (Mellor and Stafford, 2004). Antibiotics are commonly used as feed growth promoters as well as being used at higher levels for therapeutic purposes. However recommendations by the Swann report (1969) requested more strict government control on the use of antibiotics in feed and the use of antibiotic growth-promoters will be banned in EU member states from 1st January 2006. This decision has put new emphasis on dietary formulations as a means of controlling enteric bacterial infections in farm animals.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: March 1, 2006