Anatara initiates challenge study in poultry

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Anatara Lifesciences (ASX:ANR) had updated on the initiation of a challenge study in poultry with the recently developed bromelain-based formulation (ANR-pf).

Anatara recently said it was finalising discussions with third parties to progress challenge trials of its animal health assets to address barriers to partnering.

The company has entered into an agreement with the University of New England’s Poultry Hub Australia to undertake the study 'Efficacy of ANR-pf on the performance of broilers subject to subclinical and necrotic enteritis challenges'.

It said the study is anticipated to be completed by 31 January 2021. The project is supported by Poultry Hub Australia, formerly the Poultry CRC, through funding from AgriFutures Australia as part of its AgriFutures Chicken Meat Program.

Necrotic Enteritis (NE) is the most common and financially devastating bacterial disease in modern broiler flocks.

The disease, which is caused by the bacterium clostridium perfringens, causes lesions in a chicken’s intestine and can lead to flock mortality of 1 per cent per day (clinical NE).

"The true economic impact of NE though is felt not from those birds that die from infection, but those who suffer from disease but survive subclinical NE," said the company.

“Anatara is pleased to have engaged with Poultry Hub Australia to conduct trials at the University of New England. Our objectives are aligned – to help Australia achieve sustainable, ethical poultry production,” said CEO Steve Lydeamore.