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Record number 422672
Title Enhanced catch-up growth after a challenge in animals on organic feed
Author(s) Huber, M.; Coulier, L.; Wopereis, S.; Savelkoul, H.F.J.; Nierop, D.; Hoogenboom, L.A.P.
Event International Conference on Nutrition & Growth, 2012-03-01/2012-03-01
Department(s) Cell Biology and Immunology
Rikilt B&T Toxicologie en Effectanalyse
Publication type Poster (professional)
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) biologische landbouw - diergezondheid - pluimveehouderij - pluimveevoeding - kippen - kuikens - organic farming - animal health - poultry farming - poultry feeding - fowls - chicks
Categories Organic Farming / Animal Health and Welfare
Abstract A feeding experiment was performed in two generations of three groups of chickens with different immune responsiveness. All groups were fed identically composed feeds from either organic or conventional production. In the young animals of the second generation an immune challenge was imposed. The chickens fed conventional feed showed overall a higher weight gain, whereas feed intake of the groups was similar. The animals on organic feed showed an enhanced immune reactivity, a stronger reaction to the immune challenge, as well as an enhanced ’catch-up-growth’ after the challenge.
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