Research Article
Volume 6 Issue 3 - 2021
The Effects of a Quillaja/Yucca Saponin Combination on Performance, Clostridium perfringens Counts and Percentage of Salmonella Positive Broiler Chickens
KW Bafundo1*, I Duerr2, JL McNaughton3 and AB Johnson1
1Phibro Animal Health Corporation, USA
2Smart Data Science Solutions, USA
3AHPharma, Inc., USA
*Corresponding Author: KW Bafundo, Phibro Animal Health Corporation, Teaneck, NJ, USA.
Received: January 30, 2021; Published: February 27, 2021


A series of four floor pen trials was carried out to determine the effects of a Quillaja and Yucca combination product (QY) on growth performance of broiler chickens reared in a high disease challenge environment. The trials also determined number of Clostridium perfringens in faeces and percentage of birds harboring Salmonella in their intestines. In each trial, used litter from farms known to have had outbreaks of necrotic enteritis and difficulties with Salmonella was used as bedding material. QY was administered in feed at 0, 250 and 500 ppm and fed for the duration of the 42-day tests. Data from the four studies were pooled and performance and total mortality were evaluated at 21 and 42 days of age. Intestinal and faecal samples were collected at the same intervals in order to quantify faecal Clostridium perfringens counts and the incidence of Salmonella. Results demonstrated that QY produced significant linear improvements (P < 0.001) in performance and mortality. At both 21 and 42 days, significant linear reductions (P < 0.001) in numbers of faecal Clostridia were observed and the percentage of birds harboring Salmonella was reduced. These results indicate that in addition to improving bird performance and mortality, QY may reduce the levels of important bacteria that adversely affect bird performance and influence the safety and acceptability of poultry meat products.

Keywords: Saponins; Quillaja/Yucca Combination; Broiler Performance; Clostridium perfringens; Salmonella


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Citation: KW Bafundo., et al. “The Effects of a Quillaja/Yucca Saponin Combination on Performance, Clostridium perfringens Counts and Percentage of Salmonella Positive Broiler Chickens”. EC Veterinary Science 6.3 (2021): 40-45.

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