Everything in balance – thanks to dry excretions
The main causes of wet litter tend to be greasy and overly liquid excretions from the animals. This in turn can be caused by, for example, a dysbiosis of the intestinal flora, inadequate feed hygiene (toxins) and an unbalanced composition of the amount of feed given (high proportion of non-starch polysaccharides or excessive protein). This means that intestinal stability can have a major impact on litter quality. If the intestine is stable, it can be assumed that the excretions of the animals will be equally stable.
WH67® humic acids form a fine protective film over the intestinal mucosa. Electron micrographs confirm that these humic acids are localised in the intervillous spaces, in the goblet cell lumina and in cell walls. In a feeding trial, it was noticed that mucus production in the intestine was increased, which indicates a better-developed epithelium. This results in reduced permeability of the epithelium for toxins and pathogens, or in the reduced ability of these to adhere to the intestinal wall. Humic acids also help bring heightened fluid leakage in the intestine down to a physiological level, thereby promoting physiological muscle tone in the intestine.
Feed conversion and foot pads
- The quality of litter is very important in poultry farming
- Feed has a significant impact on litter quality
- WH67® humic acids are an ideal building block for stabilizing digestion
- Stable digestion promotes stable excretions and more stable litter quality
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