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Benefits of Specific Enzymes in Home Fresh Poultry Products

By Michael Edmonds, Ph.D., V.P, Swine and Poultry Nutrition

In 2012, we improved our poultry programs by adding in a specific mixture of enzymes which resulted in a significant improvement in feed efficiency with broilers at the Kent Research Farm (see chart below). These enzymes, which are stable in pelleted feed, include a xylanase which breaks down fiber components to improve nutrient digestibility, an amylase which results in improved energy digestibility from starch and a protease which breaks down storage proteins which improves amino acid digestibility.

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