University of Arkansas poultry scientists say a touch of hops, an herb used in beer, might stimulate broiler growth. The findings, published in the International Journal of Poultry Science, showed how hops might work as a substitute for growth-promoting antibiotics in broiler diets. Although the response from the addition of hops was not as great as that obtained from the antibiotic treatment, it was reported to be significantly greater than that of birds fed a control diet with neither supplement. UA scientists Susan Watkins and Park Waldroup, along with graduate students Jana Cornelison and Frances Yan, conducted the research at the Division of Agriculture’s Center of Excellence for Poultry Science.
April 25, 2006
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