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Method for Improving the Efficiency of Feed Conversion by Animals
Mark Cook, Daria Stransky
The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is seeking commercial partners interested in developing a method of improving the growth and feed efficiency of an animal.
OVERVIEWHealthy, disease-free animals grow faster and are more able to efficiently convert their feed into body tissue than sick or immune-challenged animals. One approach to keeping animals healthy is to give them antibiotics; however, this is not desirable because it can lead to antibiotic residues in food. Another approach is to immunize animals either through vaccination or by administering antibodies.
THE INVENTIONUW–Madison researchers have developed a method of improving the efficiency of an animal to convert feed into desirable body tissue. The method involves feeding the animal particles that have an inner core of nutrients and an outer layer of fat containing antibodies. The antibodies can protect the animal from contacting diseases that can adversely affect its ability to grow or efficiently convert its feed into body tissue.
- Animal production
- Improves growth and feed efficiency
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