Breeding hens are more susceptible to oxidative stress and chronic inflammation, especially in the late laying phase. This leads to even more stagnant egg production and poorer fertility. Consequently, reducing oxidative stress and preventing inflammation are key factors in ensuring egg production and fertility, even in older breeding stock.
And this is where Anta®Ox comes into play: its natural plant power inhibits inflammation and reduces oxidative stress in tissues that have a high cell division rate. Consequently, energy from the feed is not wasted on inflammatory reactions. Rather, it optimises the energy supply and improves the performance of the breeding stock. Egg quality also increases, as demonstrated in a recent trial.
About the study: Anta®Ox FlavoSyn improves productive and reproductive performance of breeding stock
In a recent trial, 60 Sinai laying hens aged between 47 and 62 weeks were fed either a control ration without feed additives or 150g/t Anta®Ox FlavoSyn. Egg production, the hatching rate and the antioxidant capacity of the eggs were determined during the trial. The result: Anta®Ox FlavoSyn increased the laying rate by 6.8%, resulting in 6.9% more eggs per hen, and improved feed conversion by 8.5% (Table 1). Reproductive performance (fertilisation rate and hatching rate) also improved by 1.5–4.3%. This could be due to the much better antioxidant capacity of the eggs of the breeding stock fed Anta®Ox FlavoSyn (Fig. 2).
Table 1: Anta®Ox FlavoSyn improves egg production and feed conversion in breeding stock
|Parameter||Control||Anta®Ox FlavoSyn||Anta®Ox FlavoSyn effect|
|Laying rate (%)||55.90||59.70||+6.8%|
|Number of eggs per hen||62.60||66.90||+6.9%|
Fig. 1 a and b: Anta®Ox FlavoSyn improves the fertility of breeding stock and the antioxidant capacity of eggs
Anta®Ox FlavoSyn sets the course for high-performance breeding stock The results demonstrate the importance of protecting breeding stock against oxidative stress and inflammation to ensure optimal energy supply, egg quality and performance, thus avoiding diminished performance, even in older breeding stock. It is not only high-performing breeding stock that can benefit from such effects, but also local breeds and laying hens.