Nutritional strategies to increase bone strength

12-10-2016 | |
Photo: Hans Prinsen
Photo: Hans Prinsen

Inappropriate nutrition, management, and environmental factors can have an impact on bone strength and quality.

World Poultry
reports that the incidence of leg weakness and broken bones is a serious problem in the poultry industry worldwide and causes huge economic loss each year. Modern broilers grow three to four times faster than previous generations.

In the article, written by Alltech, it is explained how adequate bone strength can be developed through nutrition and in particular the effect of fatty acids in the diet.

Two studies were conducted in the poultry research laboratory of Alltech University of Kentucky Nutrition Research Alliance. The results clearly demonstrated that dietary supplementation of dehydrated whole cell microalgae, containing 64% fat and 16% DHA significantly increased bone strength of growing chicks.

The full article can be read here.

Emmy Koeleman Freelance editor

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