Efficacy of different feeding levels of monensin in the control of coccidiosis in broilers.

The feed level of monensin which gave maximal protection from coccidial infection in broilers reared in floor pens depended on the severity of the coccidial exposure and the criteria of infection studied. With indirect seeding of pens with coccidia (light coccidial exposure), 40 ppm was as efficacious as 100 ppm in improving weight gain, lesion score, and feed conversion. Statistical analysis with direct seeding (seeder birds; severe coccidial exposure) showed that feed levels of 84 and 102 ppm gave maximal improvement of weight gain and 4-week feed conversion, respectively. Further increasing the monensin level from 100 to 121 ppm did not improve weight gain and feed conversion at 8 weeks. Conversely, the relationship of plasma pigmentation and total lesion scores to monensin feed levels indicated that increasing the dosage of monensin from 100 to 121 ppm improved the performance of the broilers on the basis of these 2 infection indicators.
AuthorsM D Ruff, W M Reid, A P Rahn
JournalAmerican journal of veterinary research (Am J Vet Res) Vol. 37 Issue 8 Pg. 963-7 (Aug 1976) ISSN: 0002-9645 [Print] UNITED STATES
PMID949124 (Publication Type: Journal Article)
Chemical References
  • Furans
  • Carotenoids
  • Monensin
  • Administration, Oral
  • Animal Feed
  • Animals
  • Body Weight
  • Carotenoids (blood)
  • Chickens
  • Coccidiosis (mortality, prevention & control, veterinary)
  • Female
  • Furans (administration & dosage)
  • Male
  • Monensin (administration & dosage, therapeutic use)
  • Poultry Diseases (mortality, prevention & control)
  • Skin Pigmentation

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