Cargill UK has gained approval for use of four of its poultry feed products in organic systems. Included are D-Mite, that helps control red mite infections, the wormer Verdict and the performance enhancers BioStrong 510 and Biostrong Protect.
“Red mite infestations have escalated in the past decade,” said Cargill’s UK poultry commercial manager David McBride. “Unless infestations are controlled, numbers escalate rapidly, and egg producers can see a significant fall in productivity. The mite irritates the birds and can cause anaemia and feather loss. In severe cases mortality will occur and conditions become unpleasant for unit employees.”
Cargill’s new natural wormer Verdict can also be used in in organic layer systems. “This is a new product to the Cargill poultry range that will help organic producers minimise the worm burden in their flocks,” said McBride.
Two phytogenic feed additives (PFAs) BioStrong 510 and BioStrong Protect, are also now certified for use in organic systems. These are natural substances, derived from plants including herbs and spices, and their extracts, and can be used in layer and broiler systems as performance enhancers.
“PFAs can improve nutrient utilisation, stimulate enzymatic activity and have been shown to reduce the pathogenicity of several bacteria,” said McBride. “They can also have a positive effect on bird welfare, food safety and environmental issues.