USE OF A HERBAL SUPPLEMENT TO REDUCE THE EFFECTS OF STRESS IN INTENSIVELY HOUSED CHICKENS
Two large scale investigations into the use of ASIM on chicken production in the U.K. are reported. The first of these reports a 50% decrease in mortality of ASIM treated birds compared to untreated controls when the flocks were challenged with a field strain of Infectious Bursal Disease virus. Another trial involving 100,000 birds showed an increase of the order of 10% live weight and a decrease of 6% in feed conversion ratio following the use of ASIM in the birds' diets.
The use of herbal anti-stress preparations as an aid to production of chicken meat is discussed.