Poultry Gut health

Poultry Gut Health Role of Organic Acids

Enteric diseases cause significant challenges in broiler production and will impact both profitability and poultry health. Among these diseases, Necrotic Enteritis (NE) stands out as a major concern, causing substantial production losses and compromising bird welfare. As the poultry industry shifts towards antibiotic-free production and addresses concerns about antimicrobial resistance (AMR), finding effective alternatives to antibiotics becomes imperative. Enter organic acids, renowned for their antimicrobial properties and ability to support gut health.

Understanding Necrotic Enteritis and Its Impact

Necrotic Enteritis, caused by Clostridium perfringens, is a prevalent enteric bacterial disease in broilers, leading to high mortality rates, reduced growth, and poor feed efficiency. Even in its subclinical form, NE can significantly impair feed efficiency without manifesting overt clinical symptoms. Given the economic implications and consumer demand for antibiotic-free chicken, controlling NE becomes paramount for poultry producers.

The Role of Organic Acids in Disease Management

Organic acids, including short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) and medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA), have long been recognized for their antimicrobial effects and ability to promote gut health. Research conducted by Trouw Nutrition investigated the efficacy of blends of organic acids as alternatives to antibiotic growth promoters (AGP) in broiler production. The findings revealed that a combination of SCFA and MCFA effectively controls both gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria in feed, including the pathogen responsible for Necrotic Enteritis.

Introducing Selacid GG MP: A Comprehensive Gut Health Solution

Selacid GG MP, developed by Trouw Nutrition, emerges as a comprehensive solution for enhancing gut health and combating enteric diseases in broilers. This formulation contains blends of free and buffered SCFA and MCFA, which control bacterial contamination in feed and act as potent antibacterials within the gut. By maintaining a healthy gut environment, Selacid GG MP supports optimal digestion and nutrient absorption, thereby enhancing performance even under disease challenges.

Research Insights and Results

Studies comparing the efficacy of Selacid GG MP with AGP Zinc bacitracin demonstrated promising results in terms of improved growth performance and broiler health during gut health challenges. These findings underscore the efficacy of organic acids in reducing mortality and mitigating the incidence of Necrotic Enteritis in broilers.


As the poultry industry navigates towards antibiotic-free production and seeks alternatives to AGPs, organic acids emerge as a viable solution for managing enteric diseases like Necrotic Enteritis. Selacid GG MP, with its potent blend of SCFA and MCFA, offers a proven strategy for reducing bacterial infections, improving gut health , and enhancing overall poultry performance. By leveraging the antimicrobial properties of organic acids, poultry producers can mitigate the economic impact of enteric diseases and meet the growing demand for antibiotic-free chicken.

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