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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 60-67

Ecofriendly Alternatives to Antibiotics for Improving Growth Performance in Poultry

1 Department of Animal Nutrition and Feed Science, College of Animal Science, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou, China
2 Department of Animal Breeding and Biotechnology, Agriculture and Forestry University, Rampur, Chitwan
3 Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science, Tribhuvan University, Bharatpur, Nepal

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ishwari Gyawali
Department of Animal Nutrition and Feed Science, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/MTSP.MTSP_14_20

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Background: Poultry farming has become an integral part of animal husbandry and has been developed rapidly during the last few decades. Antibiotics have been used and adopted as growth promoters for improving feed efficiency and performance in poultry industry. The prolonged use of antibiotics has led to the development of resistant bacteria and destruction of beneficial bacteria. Search on additives that can replace antibiotics without causing any negative impact in productivity and quality has been progressed. Objective: To review the various growth promoters available alternate to antibiotic, that can perform better in the existing condition according to their genetic potential and keep up health, growth, and performance of poultry. Materials and Methods: Our study relies on the literature analysis; clinical and biological data were collected from different literatures and reports. Result of Study: A brief description of alternatives and their efficaciousness, use, and advantage for enhancing production and safeguarding the health of poultry is presented. Although the beneficial activities of the developed alternative are well demonstrated, their mode of actions is not well defined. Conclusions and Recommendations: The article is useful to the researchers to enhance their idea on poultry birds and perform further research on antibiotics and other alternatives without sacrificing birds.

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