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Gut feeling on chicken health says mill waste may cut antibiotic use | Stock & Land



Could antibiotic use in poultry production be significantly lowered by using waste products from milling?

That’s a possibility that Dr Natalie Morgan is investigating after winning the Australian Eggs Award in the 2021 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Dr Morgan, a poultry nutritionist from the University of New England, is using her $22,000 award to fund an eight-week project to examine the effects of adding prebiotics called xylo-oligosaccharides (XOS for short) to the diets of egg-laying hens.

XOS have been studied in meat chickens, where they significantly improved gut health and production, but have yet to be investigated in egg-laying chickens.

Dr Morgan observed egg-laying hens…

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