Gut health and production
Turkeys require a high feed intake with an average FCR of 2.30 (e.g., strain BUT 6), a factor which makes the cost of feeding, the first investment consideration for producers. High protein turkey diets, however, can result in the creation of favorable conditions for certain opportunistic pathogens, such as Clostridium perfringens. Turkeys are also vulnerable to enteritis disease, with the risk that this may lead to wet litter conditions under which turkeys can easily be exposed to dysbacteriosis and leg bone malformation.
Reducing feed costs, therefore, while keeping turkeys healthy and productive, is one of the major challenges facing producers at present.