Reduction in intestinal damage enables poultry farms to optimize feed utilization
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Zivo Bioscience, Inc. (OTCQB: ZIVO) (the “Company”), a biotech/agtech R&D company engaged in the development of therapeutic, medicinal and nutritional product candidates derived from proprietary algal cultures, announces additional findings from its 42-day coccidiosis challenge study that demonstrate the product’s positive impact on the cost of broiler production as an alternative to commonly-used antibiotics.
ZIVO’s product candidate for use in poultry feed is designed to boost immune response, allowing birds to effectively combat coccidiosis and reduce the negative effects of the disease without the use of antibiotics. These new results, along with earlier findings, further demonstrate the benefits of ZIVO’s product across the broiler production value chain.
ZIVO previously reported the effects of its product on the health of broiler chickens exposed to coccidiosis during the course of a 42-day grow out period, which is typical for the poultry industry. These health benefits included a statistically significant reduction in intestinal damage caused by the Eimeria parasite compared with untreated control birds. This improvement in intestinal health following parasite exposure was on par with the market-leading commercial ionophore.
ZIVO now reports that this reduction in intestinal damage enables poultry farms to optimize feed utilization as measured by the Feed Conversion Ratio (FCR), which is the primary driver of profitability. Similar to the outcomes related to intestinal damage, ZIVO’s product resulted in a statistically significant improvement in FCR compared with untreated controls. Further, these results were not statistically different from the market-leading commercial ionophore.
“We are confident that ZIVO’s product will offer poultry producers a novel tool to accelerate the development of the immune system in young birds, thereby mitigating the impact of coccidial infection, reducing intestinal tissue damage and fostering overall animal health and well-being to maximize profitability. As we further analyze the results of our most recent 42-day challenge study, we are finding that our coccidiosis treatment candidate exhibits the potential to revolutionize the industry by achieving significantly improved poultry outcomes at cost parity or better. We believe these findings will facilitate and expand dialogues with potential partners in the agriculture and animal health industries,” said John Payne, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ZIVO Bioscience.
Coccidiosis is a protozoal disease that causes diarrhea, weight loss, decreased performance and increased mortality in poultry. This disease represents a significant economic challenge for the global poultry industry, as indicated by a 2020 study that estimated annual costs ranging from $10 billion to $17 billioni. Products for treating coccidiosis are mostly antibiotic- or ionophore-based, and no significant new commercial technology has been introduced in the past 60 years. The global poultry industry spends more than $1.5 billion annually on coccidiosis control, primarily using decades-old compounds that industry and consumers alike wish to replace due to the risks of developing drug resistance. Coccidiosis is a common disease for chickens, especially among young chicks, and can be fatal or result in compromised digestion.
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i Blake, D.P., Knox, J., Dehaeck, B. et al. Re-calculating the cost of coccidiosis in chickens. Vet Res 51, 115 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13567-020-00837-2
Source: Zivo Bioscience, Inc.