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In-Ovo Feeding to Support and Accelerate Poultry Growth

Uni Zehava, HUJI, Faculty of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Quality Sciences, Animal Sciences
Ferket Peter R

Results in 5% increase in chick's weight and faster time to market

Categories

Agriculture, Animal Science / Veterinary Medicine, Animal Feed / Nutrition

Development Stage

Basic research complete; product file available

Patent Status

U.S. patent 6,592,878 granted; Chinese patent 01813857.8 granted; patent applications in Europe, Israel and Brazil pending

Market

Global poultry bird population stands at 18 billion birds (greater than 86.2 million tonnes), up from 14 billion ten years ago.

Highlights

  • Method for providing nutrition supplements to chick embryos three days before hatching
  • As many as 4% of hatchling chickens and turkeys do not survive the critical post-hatch period due to limited body reserves; many survivors show stunted growth, inefficient feed utilization, reduced disease resistance, or poor meat yield.
  • Chicks fed within one hour of clearing the shell show accelerated development of the intestine during the post-hatch period, critical for the chick to establish the digestive capacity necessary to meet the demands for early growth and survival.
  • Effects of early feeding vary because it depends on voluntary consumption of food by chick.
  • In ovo feeding enables broilers to reach market size several days faster than conventional methods

 

Our Innovation

Unique in ovo feeding method provides a liquid nutrient supplement of carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins, and other nutraceuticals to chicken embryo three days before hatching.

Key Features

  • Facilitates neonatal development
  • Increased hatchling weight, post-hatch survival, meat yield
  • Improved tolerance to stress, digestion and nutrient absorption capacity
  • Improved immune response to enteric (intestinal) antigens

Development Milestones

  • Seeking cooperation with feed additives company for production and marketing

The Opportunity

  • Company producing these additives has the ability to offer its customers a food additive that will enable them to increase the quality and time to market and thus, profitability, of their chicks.

Patent Status

Granted US 8,734,837; US 6,592,878; China 01813857.8; Europe 1307230; Israel 154266

Contact for more information:

Amichai Baron
VP, Head of Business Development, Agritech & Envir
+972-8-9489263
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