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Use of pronutrients to prevent protozoan diseases

Use of pronutrients to prevent protozoan diseases

Uso de pronutrientes para prevenir las enfermedades protozoarias

Once more, Biovet S.A. has participated in the 14th edition of Turkey Science and Production Conference held from March 4-6 in Carden Park, Cheshire (UK). Turkey producers and companies related to the sector attended the congress held annually in this English city.

This time, Dr. Júlia Pié, veterinarian of Biovet S.A., gave a conference about the protozoan diseases and how to prevent and treat them by using natural solutions. The most common problems that usually affect turkey production are coccidiosis, predisposing factor for necrotic enteritis; histomoniasis or black head disease, which can cause high mortality; and cochlosomiasis, of greater impact in United States but that causes significant productive losses and catarrhal enteritis in young birds.

Pronutrients as an alternative to prevent protozoan diseases

To treat and prevent these diseases, a synergistic combination of pronutrients based on improving the animal’s resistance was presented. This combination is marketed under the name Alquernat Coneb and is composed of:

    • Intestinal conditioner pronutrients: they improve the regeneration of the digestive mucosa, which has a positive effect on the digestion and absorption of feed. In addition, a better state of the mucosa increases the resistance of cells to infections.
    • Intestinal optimizer pronutrients: they promote the physiological activity of the intestine immune system, so the animal’s defenses are ready to eliminate any protozoa that enters into the digestive system.

The efficacy of pronutrients was demonstrate with a trial where turkeys were experimentally infected with Cochlosoma. Alquernat Coneb was administered in premix in feed as a prevention, and in drinking water for treatment.

A count of Cochlosoma excreted in feces was performed 7 and 14 days post-infection. Results shown that, after 7 days of treatment, Cochlosoma was reduced almost by 80%. The prevention obtained a 13% reduction in the excretion 7 days post-infection and more than 50% reduction on the 14 day post-infection.

With the results of this test it is demonstrated that Alquernat Coneb is a suitable product to prevent infestations and improve animal physiology.

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