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Special Edition: Gut health and immunity

Yeast culture can boost intestinal health of aged layers

By Jane Byrne

Yeast culture supplementation improved the performance of aged laying hens, potentially through the upregulation of intestinal digestive enzyme activities and intestinal health-related gene expression, finds a study.

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US group to seek approval of hemp seed meal for chickens

By Jane Byrne

A US industry and policy stakeholder group is planning to submit an application in August this year to get approval for the use of hemp seed, meal and cake as protein supplements for use in the diets of layers and broiler chickens.

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Larvae feeding could help solve laying hen welfare challenge

By Jane Byrne

New research, sponsored by Dutch insect protein producer Protix, indicates that feeding older, non‐beak trimmed laying hens live Black Soldier Fly (BSF) larvae has a positive effect on the feather condition of such birds.

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