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Feed additives in poultry nutrition

Poultry meat does not underlie religious barriers and has the best environmental footprint among animal products1. Accordingly, recent FAO forecasts predict the poultry sector to grow the most in the coming decade2. Poultry have very different feeding requirements depending on the purpose for which they are raised. 

Modern feed additives ensure that the high performance potential of the animals is used in an economically profitable and sustainable way, and that consumer demands regarding product quality are met. Modern housing systems allow the option of supplementing additives via drinking water in addition to traditional supplementation via feed.

Fact: Broiler weight after 56 days

In 1957 the average weight of a broiler was 905 g after 56 days. By 2007, it had reached 3,830 g after the same fattening period.

Fact: Laying hen performance

The number of eggs per hen and year has increased from 120 around a century ago, to 327 today.

Modern feed additives for a challenging environment

Due to the large number of birds per house, monitoring or treatment of individual animals is difficult or even impossible. In addition, housing in large flocks can also bring about further challenges, such as high infection pressure or abnormal behaviour. 

For this reason, feeding or treatment must be adapted to reach all animals. The increasing incidence of Avian Influenza with rising pressure on improving animal welfare and the need to reduce antibiotics give rise to further challenges for the feed industry and the farmer.  

In this challenging environment, Kaesler Nutrition has developed a comprehensive and scientifically proven product portfolio, which includes products for application via feed as well as via drinking water. 

Challenges for poultry

Our products for poultry
  • Amino Acids

    Amino acids are vital for all living beings to build proteins. Amino acids and proteins are the building blocks of life.

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  • Antioxidants for feed

    Adding antioxidants is one of the most efficient ways of protecting the sensitive nutrients in feed.

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  • Botanicals

    Using botanicals in animal feed can have a positive effect on digestion and maintain general health and well-being.

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  • Carnitine

    L-carnitine supports energy metabolism and helps the body turn fat into energy.

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  • Colourants

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Use Kaesler’s range of colourants to enhance the beauty of nature.

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  • Drinking Water Applications

    For short-term, targeted supplementation with selected nutrients to maintain poultry health. 

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  • Enzymes

    Using feed enzymes is essential to improve nutrient digestibility and cost efficiency. 


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  • Vitamins for feed

    Vitamins are essential to maintain the normal metabolic processes of animals to ensure health and performance and must be supplied with the feed.

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1Ritchie, H., Rosado, P. and Roser, M. (2022). Environmental Impacts of Food Production. Published online at OurWorldInData.org. Retrieved from: https://ourworldindata.org/environmental-impacts-of-food

2OECD/FAO (2023), OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook 2023-2032, OECD Publishing, Paris, https://doi.org/10.1787/08801ab7-en.


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