Here’s a collection of White Papers from the archives of Novus International
One area of early nutrition that needs more research attention is mineral nutrition. Mineral requirements for breeding hens have been established with regard to fertile egg development and hatchability but not for progeny quality. Among the systems most responsive to mineral status is the immune system.
Under current commercial practices, hatchling poultry face great challenges to survive and produce. The development of two body systems, the gastrointestinal tract and the immune system, are mainly responsible for the success of the chick when coping with its environment.
Hatchling birds, including poultry, are very susceptible to early stress and mortality from a variety of causes. The birds tend to get a slow start and often do not immediately begin to eat and drink on their own. Lightweight hatchlings are especially vulnerable. If there is a delay in the intake of feed and water, consequences include poor response to vaccination, slow gastrointestinal and immune development, poor disease resistance, and also poor long-term growth performance.
In today’s global business environment focusing on continuous improvement is a key to obtaining and keeping a competitive advantage. The poultry industry is an area where research and technology innovations have served to make poultry production one of the most technologically advanced protein production systems in the world.