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Newly Presented Research on Chicks Reveals an Importance on the First Seven Days

Dr. Steve Leeson reveals the importance of chick nutrition in the first seven days to promote long-term higher weight gain

[Lexington, KENTUCKY] - Steve Leeson, Ph.D., from the University of Guelph, recently revealed new findings on the importance of chick nutritional strategies. Leeson was sponsored by Alltech, a global leader in animal health, to present his findings at the International Poultry Expo, held in Atlanta, Georgia. His findings exhibited the importance and impact of a comprehensive nutritional strategy for chicks during the first seven days out of the egg, which would in turn yield heavier birds at 42 days.

Leeson reported that a prestarter diet pack encompassing several patented Alltech technologies fed for just the first seven days outside of their shell yielded results such as:

  • 34 percent heavier birds at 4 days
  • 21 percent heavier birds at 7 days
  • 17 percent heavier birds at 21 days
  • 12 percent heavier birds at 33 days
  • 9 percent heavier birds at 42 days

"Alltech has always been committed to providing natural solutions to the feed and food industries, and this new research supports our product, 'The 7-Day Charge,'" said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. "Just as all babies - human and animal alike - need strong nutritional foundations for future development, Dr. Leeson has proven that this is true for chicks as well."

Attendees were amazed to hear about the possibility of a bird weighing 200 grams more after 42 days because of a mere seven-day nutritional strategy at the beginning of a bird's life.

Since 1980, Alltech has provided natural nutritional solutions to the feed and food industries. Alltech's presence has grown with offices and distributors in 113 countries and more than 1,800 employees around the world.? For more information about Alltech and its products, please visit or contact

Alltech will host its 24th International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium focusing on the 'Greenest Generation' April 20-23, 2008 in Lexington, Kentucky, USA.

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