Arm & Hammer Animal and Food Production

Alternative solutions to antibiotic growth promoters.

Posted October 07, 2022 by Dr. Sangita Jalukar, Senior Technical Services Manager

“No antibiotics ever.” “Antibiotic free.” “Raised without antibiotics.” Whichever way you want to phrase it, consumers are looking for poultry options raised without antibiotics. Producers looking to meet those demands have options to remove antibiotics without sacrificing performance.

Remove AGP without sacrificing performance.

When one of our clients was looking to market their broilers as antibiotic free, we recommended they use CELMANAX™ instead of antibiotic growth promoters (AGP). CELMANAX is a multicomponent, all-natural feed supplement containing Refined Functional Carbohydrates™ (RFCs™). Contrary to antibiotics, which may kill good as well as bad bacteria and cause dysbiosis, the prebiotic and postbiotic nature of CELMANAX promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria. This may also reduce the pathogenic bacteria and thus maintain healthy gut microbiota.

Getting into the #ScienceHearted research.

We have conducted multiple studies in the university setting as well as in commercial operations to compare broiler performance while using CELMANAX SCP as opposed to AGP supplementation.

Results that speak for themselves.

Broilers supplemented with CELMANAX had higher body weight (BW) compared to broilers fed control diet and similar or higher BW compared to broilers fed diets with AGP. No difference in feed conversion ratio was noted between broilers fed CELMANAX or AGP.

These results support the application of CELMANAX SCP as an alternative to AGP without affecting performance in commercial broiler operations.

Replacing AGP with CELMANAX also helps to reduce antibiotic burden and resistance in your flock. For more information on alternative solutions for all your flock’s challenges, contact your Arm & Hammer Animal and Food Production rep today. 




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About Dr. Sangita Jalukar

Dr. Sangita Jalukar has extensive experience across the poultry production industry. She currently serves as a senior technical services manager at ARM & HAMMER™ where she is involved in the development of new products, conducting multi-species research trials and providing technical assistance to the field sales teams. Dr. Jalukar received her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda, India, and earned a post-doctoral fellowship from the University of Iowa.



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