Raising ABF Birds- a challenge?

There is certainly convincing scientific evidence available claiming the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals can contribute to the resistance of certain antibiotics relevant to human medicines. Therefore, EU & US is promoting ABF (antibiotic-free) poultry productions. But these current trends of ABF poultry farming industry are facing numerous challenges and the major faced challenges are as follows;
PRODUCTION CHALLENGES: there will separate processing plants required to raise ABF birds, organic birds, split birds and 100% ABF birds.
MANAGEMENT CHALLENGES: this includes a reduction in stock density, increasing down-time, cleaning out more frequently, maintain ideal temperature, keeping strict biosecurity, stress reductions, breed selection, etc.
HEALTH CHALLENGES: In the initial stages of development some birds may encounter the minute enteric and systemic disease.
ANIMAL WELFARE CHALLENGES: to establish when and how to treat the birds with the new program regime, an option of diverting to the conventional program, etc. Prominent alternatives for antibiotics in poultry farming include organic acids, essential oils, probiotics, prebiotics, phytobiotics, synbiotics, herbal drugs, and many more being added in the list. The attributes of these substitutes are as follows;

  1. Should improve weight gain with lower FCR.
  2. It should improve performance effectively.
  3. It should not cause deleterious disturbance of normal gut flora.
  4. Should not be absorbed from the gut into edible tissues.
  5. It should have little therapeutic use in human or veterinary medicines preferably.
  6. Should be readily biodegradable.
    To minimize the usage of all these products for specific benefits and use a single product in spite, Vinayak Ingredients have launched ‘A natural non-antibiotic growth promoter’ which perform all these peripheral as an advantage with a brand nameHERBOFLOXIN- A blend of various essential oils” which goes into the water and performs various actions as follows;
  • Complete gut acidification buy maintaining the pH in the acidic range.
  • Increased enzyme activities
  • As a sanitizer and disinfectant in cleaning water for birds.
  • It promotes the growth of various good bacteria and one of which is lactobacillus which secretes lactic acid and in turns maintains the pH more on the acidic side and prevents the growth of bad bacteria
  • Improved antibody immune response
  • Zero resistance and withdrawal period


Aerial pollutants in confined animal houses are widely recognized as detrimental to the respiratory health of animals kept in these facilities. Primary and opportunistic microbial pathogens may directly cause infectious and allergic diseases in farm animals, and chronic exposure to some types of aerial pollutants may exacerbate multi-factorial environmental diseases.

The key pollutants recognized in the airspace of livestock buildings are particles including dust, micro-organisms and their toxins, and gases such as ammonia, carbon dioxide and more than 100 trace gases such as volatile fatty acids. Under commercial production conditions, the airborne particles will contain a mixture of biological material from a range of sources, with bacteria, toxins, gases and volatile organic compounds adsorbed to them.

Hence, a more descriptive term for these airborne particles is bio-aerosol. Their sizes can range from aerodynamic diameters of 0.5 to 100 µm.

How are bio-aerosols formed?
Under commercial production, the airborne particles will contain a mixture of biological material from a range of sources. The chickens produce large amounts of dust as a result of epithelial desquamation, as well as from feed, manure, feces and litter (Matković et al., 2009). This dust consists of a variety of airborne particles of biological origin, i.e. bacteria, fungi, endotoxins (lipopolysaccharide, LPS) of Gram-negative bacteria, 1.3-beta-glucan of fungi, fungal spores, and mycelium fragments. Hence, a more
a descriptive term for these airborne particles is bio-aerosol in which the microorganisms can occur either as liquid droplets or as dry particles.
To prevent this problem in poultry, Vinayak Ingredients has introduced a very effective product called “ESSENTIOLITT POULTRY”.

Essentiolitt Poultry is a blend of essential oils that works as a poultry sanitizer and reduces the formation of Bio-aerosols. Its features are as below:
1) 50% reduced respiratory diseases.
2) It posses potential as a natural agent for airborne bacterial activity inhibitors.
3) They are ecological products for insect pests control
4) Reduction in mortality of birds due to severe respiratory problems
5) It acts as a Biosecurity in Farms.