Gut Check

A new book from HNFAS seeks to improve the intestinal health of animals

  • 4 May 2021
  • Author: Mark Berthold
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Gut Check

Consumers across America are beginning to eat at restaurants again. But as they return to their favorite haunts, so has the question about whether the main course was raised on antibiotics.

“With the increasing demand for meat from antibiotic-free grown animals and legal restrictions on it in certain jurisdictions, there is an urgent need to find alternative approaches to raise animals in the post-antibiotic era,” says Rajesh Jha of the Dept. of Human Nutrition, Food, and Animal Sciences.

“A proper nutritional strategy,” he adds, “is essential to handling intestinal challenges of these young animals. This can be achieved by a wise selection of feedstuffs and supplementing nutrients or compounds that possess functional roles in improving the intestinal health.”

Rajesh and co-editor Sung Woo Kim of North Carolina State U. have recently published “Nutritional Intervention for the Intestinal Health of Young Monogastric Animals.” The eBook is intended to provide updated, critical resources on nutritional manipulation and the use of functional compounds to cope with intestinal challenges that young animals suffer upon weaning or hatching, especially by monogastric animals like pigs and poultry.

“We hope the book will serve as a handy and useful reference for researchers and livestock industry, and will contribute to healthy and sustainable animal production,” Rajesh adds. Related reviews and research papers are also available on Rajesh’s lab website.

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