Kinky Back - the growing inflammatory disease

Enterococcal spondylitis (ES), commonly known as kinky-back, is an inflammatory disease in poultry caused by infection and inflammation of the avian caudal thoracic vertebrae.

ES has garnered growing attention in the industry due to high mortality and loss associated with the disease in recent years. 

At Agro BioSciences labs, we isolated Enterococcus cecorum from the spines of ES affected birds and identified it as the causative bacterial agent. E. cecorum is also a predominant commensal bacterium in the avian gastrointestinal tract.

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Agro BioSciences Expands Probiotic Strain Portfolio

Agro BioSciences, Inc. announced today the expansion of their proprietary microbial portfolio, with the addition of two new Bacillus subtilis strains. Researchers identified the strains as beneficial probiotics due to their unique properties to work in poultry production systems.

These new Bacillus strains further strengthen the Agro BioSciences portfolio and add to the “Microbial Terroir” program. “Research shows that ‘on farm’ challenges shift over time. It’s important that our research is constantly searching the terroir to identify new strains to combat emerging challenges and improve efficiencies,” said President Tom Rehberger.

The fastest growing section of the US Poultry production industry continues to be 'organic' and RWA (raised without antibiotics). “Multiple market discontinuities continue to drive US poultry production and have fueled a surge for sustainable and non-medicated feed additives. Our Microbial Terroir program is designed to meet those changing needs,” said Vice President of Poultry Sales Chris Kromm.

Agro BioSciences Announces New Staff Member

AgroBioSciences IPPE boothApril 2, 2015 (Milwaukee, WI): Agro BioSciences announces the addition of Benny McClure.  McClure will be responsible for the technical sales and support of Agro BioSciences’ Microbial Terroir Platform.  Mr. McClure will be located in Arkansas and will cover the southern and southeastern US broiler market.


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