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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 6, Issue:9, September, 2017

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2017.6(9): 3470-2480

Effect of Organic Acid Salts as an Alternative to Antibiotic Growth Promoters on the Production Performance of Commercial Broiler Chicken
S. Naveenkumar1*, N. Karthikeyan2, R. Narendra Babu3, P. Veeramani4 and S.Sivaramakrishnan1
1Department of Poultry Science, MVC, Chennai-07, Tamil Nadu, India
2Poultry Research Station, Chennai-51, Tamil Nadu, India
3Department of Livestock products Technology, MVC, Chennai-07, Tamil Nadu, India
4Farmers Training Centre, TANUVAS, Kancheepuram - 631 561, Tamil Nadu, India
*Corresponding author

An experiment was conducted with 240 day old commercial broiler chicks to evaluate the effectiveness of replacing antibiotic growth promoters with organic acid salts on the production performance. Treatment diets were supplemented with lincomycin HCl (4.4 ppm), bacitracin methylene disalicylate (BMD; 50 ppm), each two levels (ppm) of calcium propionate (1000, 2000) and coated sodium butyrate (500, 1000) either alone or in combination (1000+500) with control. The results showed that there was no significant difference in body weight, body weight gain, cumulative feed intake, FCR and livability among the treatment groups. However, the calcium propionate (2000) group had the highest body weight gain with 6.48% more than lower levels (1000). Improved EEF and COP were observed in organic acid treated groups. Calcium propionate and coated sodium butyrate could be safely supplemented as an alternative to antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs) in the commercial broiler diet without affecting the production performance.

Keywords: Organic acid, Calcium propionate, Sodium butyrate, Production performance and Alternative to antibiotic growth promoters.

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Naveenkumar, S., N. Karthikeyan, R. Narendra Babu, P. Veeramani and Sivaramakrishnan, S. 2017. Effect of Organic Acid Salts as an Alternative to Antibiotic Growth Promoters on the Production Performance of Commercial Broiler Chicken.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 6(9): 3470-2480. doi:
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