Animal health and welfare
If welfare is defined by the well-being of a group of animals, the first step is to ensure their good health. A healthy animal will eat, drink and perform according to its nature and most likely will make the best use of the feed it is provided to produce healthy and nutritionally dense eggs.
The hens’ health is dependent on proper accommodation, light, air quality, dry litter, a healthy gut, clean water and most importantly, access to a nutritious and balanced diet composed by grains, vegetable sources of protein, vitamins, oils and minerals. Attention to optimized vitamin D nutrition and the use of Hy-D® in the diet, will promote skeletal integrity by increasing the bones’ cortical tissue volume (Fig 1) and therefore reducing the possibility of osteoporosis, which can be an issue for older hens. As a consequence, hens can live longer, suffer fewer skeletal disorders while continuing to lay.
Optimum vitamin levels (through OVN™) are key to not only skeletal health, but also supports a healthy immune system in the hen and further helps to ensure the welfare of the bird is maintained over its lifetime.