Challenges

 
 
 

Rising to the nutrition and health challenges of animal production

  • Reducing feed costs to maximize profitability while maintaining performance
  • Maintaining productivity without relying on antibiotics
  • Responding to growing consumer concerns around food safety
  • Improving animal welfare conditions
  • Reducing environmental impact
  • Greater demand for animal products with limited natural resources
  • Optimal management of the breeder and starter phases
  • Adapting to new societal concerns and legislation
 
 
 
Reducing feed costs to maximize profitability while maintaining performance

This remains one of the most important issues for livestock producers as they look to the future. While much progress has been made in terms of gaining a better understanding of alternative ingredients, unlocking the full potential of feed formulations will require a holistic approach.

Evaluating non-nutritional factors, which may impair ingredient use, and changing the energy and nutrient availability for the animal is key. So too is the application of new feed formulation concepts to improve dietary energy use. The wider application of feed enzymes will continue to play a central role; improving the digestibility and availability of nutrients irrespective of variations due to plant cultures, processing, harvest year, or nutritional density. Only then can we expect to see the required advances in feed efficiency, overall animal performance, and commercial return.

 
 
 
Maintaining productivity without relying on antibiotics

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is now considered one of the greatest threats to human health and the role of livestock production remains under scrutiny. The challenge for producers is how to remove or reduce the use of antibiotics, without compromising animal health or performance.

The implementation of effective biosecurity programs will be key. We already know that it makes a positive difference in farms; where increasing biosecurity levels is largely associated with higher production rates and a drop in antimicrobial use and resistance. It will be a question of scaling up this practice across the global livestock sector as it seeks to put effective measures in place to control and eradicate infections.

Health monitoring programs are a fundamental part of this strategy and will be essential in every operation - not least for the safe expansion of the poultry industry. We also anticipate a noticeable shift away from the use of therapeutic compounds to control enteric diseases; with greater attention given to nutritional alternatives such as probiotics, phytogenics, and betaine as a more sustainable way to support a healthy intestinal microbiota and immune system.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Responding to growing consumer concerns around food safety

Given that human and animal health are known to be intrinsically linked, consumers are increasingly concerned about the safety of including meat-based products in their diet. The challenge for all those involved with the food production chain is to analyze existing or potential weak spots - and take appropriate and transparent action to reassure consumers.

Compliance with new production standards, as well as local and international regulations is mandatory, as is clear traceability in every livestock operation. Quality control systems must also be in place to meet (or exceed) regulatory, quality and feed safety requirements set out by the appropriate national feed safety authorities - not only in the country of manufacture but also the shipping destination. The next step is to apply proven biotechnologies, such as probiotics and phytogenics in animal feed, to improve safety of the final products by reducing issues

 
 
 
Improving animal
welfare conditions

Stocking density, hygienic housing, bedding material, temperature, humidity, and air quality are just some of the environmental conditions that can influence animal health and welfare. Optimizing physiological mechanisms against stress, for example, is considered essential, as is maintaining thermal comfort for the animals. Yet despite significant gains in this area, there is still room for improvement. And with animal welfare known to be directly related to production outcomes, creating standard parameters and monitoring systems is more important than ever.

Using products, such as betaine, probiotics, enzymes - either alone or in combination, that have been shown to influence welfare parameters including heat stress impacts, litter quality, footpad lesions and ammonia levels, will also be crucial to success. Only then can the industry hope to successfully further narrow the gap between the genetic potential of the animals and their performance.

Reducing environmental impact

Greater nutritional knowledge and the application of effective feed solutions will continue to lessen the environmental impact of specific areas of livestock production - particularly the excretion of high levels of nitrogen and phosphorous in manure.

The implementation of new assessment methods and the introduction of new technologies, such as enzymes like phytases and proteases, will help to manage the environmental footprint of each animal.

 
 
 
Greater demand for animal products with limited natural resources

The growing global population, rising incomes and greater urbanization in developing countries has been projected to drive demand for animal protein. If some of the growth in protein demand may be satisfied by the rise in popularity of alternative protein sources, such rise would impact the amount of available land and feed resources available to animal producers. Hence, regardless of the relative contribution of animal vs alternative protein sources to meet the growing demand, animal producers will need to adopt new strategies to balance the anticipated increase in meat consumption and to remain competitive in light of wider social and environmental pressures.

More consideration will need to be given to alternative ingredients and by-products. Enzymes will also increasingly be used to help the industry tackle anti-nutritional challenges. At the same time, enzymes and probiotics will play a greater role in improving feed efficiency, while also enhancing gut health; benefits which not only help to cut waste but also reduce the likelihood of food safety issues. The application of biotechnology in animal feed to help producers achieve these goals will remain central to developments.

Optimal management of the breeder and starter phases

Genetic improvements and a reduction in market age means that the perinatal period of broilers and piglets now corresponds to up to 50 percent of their lifecycle.

This means that effective nutritional and gut health management during this critical stage, as well as the use of tailored pre-starter diets are essential to ensure the proper supply of both water and feed. This method will help to maximize the number of young successfully raised per breeder per year.

Adapting to new societal concerns and legislation

Regulations will continue to evolve not only in response to consumer concern, but also the dynamic development of the global livestock system. Compliance and traceability will be two of the most important requirements to successfully operate in this new environment as it is reshaped by a changing legislative agenda.

The full implementation of Directive 1999/74/EU for laying hens, for example, is already having an impact on egg production and egg trade in the EU, which is likely to be forced to import rather than retain its current position as an egg surplus region.

 
 
 

Other equally influential issues include:

  • Reducing the use of antibiotics in animal production due to concerns around antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in human microflora.
  • Reducing the use of meat and bone meal due to concerns around animal and human health; particularly in relation to prion diseases such as mad cow disease.
  • Mandating increased biosecurity standards to try and avoid infectious disease outbreaks, such as foot and mouth disease, avian influenza, African Swine Fever, and the (perceived) potential of virus transmission to human.
  • Tightening environmental standards to reduce pollution and odor nuisance from animal production; a policy which must be carefully managed.

Feed additives will have a clear role to play in helping to tackle some of these issues. Through the lens of nutribiosis, our aim is to fully understand how our solutions (enzymes, probiotics, phytogenics, and betaine) can contribute to help solve animal production challenges and to communicate the benefits to regulators with interest to establish frameworks that maximize the availability of tools to manage AMR and other health and environmental issues.

 
 
 

How does our product portfolio help you overcome these challenges?

 
 
 

Poultry & Swine

  • Reducing feed costs to maximize profitability while maintaining performance
  • Reducing environmental impact
  • Greater demand for animal products with limited natural resources production
  • Optimal management of the breeder and starter phases
  • Phytate, limestone,  enzyme analysis
  • Optimize Feed

Axtra® PHY
(Enzyme)

Poultry & Swine

  • Reducing feed costs to maximize profitability while maintaining performance
  • Reducing environmental impact
  • Greater demand for animal products with limited natural resources production
  • Optimal management of the breeder and starter phases
  • Phytate, limestone,  enzyme analysis
  • Optimize Feed

Axtra® PRO
(Enzyme)

Poultry

  • Reducing feed costs to maximize profitability while maintaining performance
  • Reducing environmental impact
  • Adapting to new societal concerns and legislation issues
  • Enzyme analysis

Axtra® XAP
(Enzyme)

Poultry

  • Reducing feed costs to maximize profitability while maintaining performance
  • Reducing environmental impact
  • Greater demand for animal products with limited natural resources
  • Optimal management of the breeder and starter phases  
  • Enzyme analysis

Axtra® XB
(Enzyme)

Poultry

  • Reducing feed costs to maximize profitability while maintaining performance
  • Reducing environmental impact
  • Greater demand for animal products with limited natural resources 
  • Enzyme analysis

Avizyme®
(Enzyme)

Poultry

  • Reducing feed costs to maximize profitability while maintaining performance
  • Reducing environmental impact
  • Greater demand for animal products with limited natural resources 
  • Enzyme analysis

Poultry & Swine

  • Reducing feed costs to maximize profitability while maintaining performance
  • Reducing environmental impact
  • Greater demand for animal products with limited natural resources 
  • Avicheck
  • Enzyme analysis

Porzyme®
(Enzyme)

Swine

  • Reducing feed costs to maximize profitability while maintaining performance
  • Reducing environmental impact
  • Greater demand for animal products with limited natural resources 
  • Porcheck
  • Enzyme analysis

Enviva® PRO
(Probiotic)

Poultry

  • Maintaining productivity without relying on antibiotics
  • Responding to growing consumer concerns around food safety
  • Reducing environmental impact
  • Greater demand for animal products with limited natural resources
  • Adapting to new societal concerns and legislation
  • Optimize Feed

Syncra® AVI
(Combined solution)

Poultry

  • Maintaining productivity without relying on antibiotics
  • Improving animal welfare conditions
  • Greater demand for animal products with limited natural resources
  • Optimal management of the breeder and starter phases
  • Adapting to new societal concerns and legislation

Syncra® SWI
(Combined Solution)

Swine

  • Reducing environmental impact
  • Greater demand for animal products with limited natural resources 

Enviva® EO
(Phytogenic)

Poultry & Swine

  • Maintaining productivity without relying on antibiotics
  • Responding to growing consumer concerns around food safety
  • Optimal management of the breeder and starter phases
  • Adapting to new societal concerns and legislation

Betafin®
(Betaine)

Poultry & Swine

  • Responding to growing consumer concerns around food safety
  • Improving animal welfare conditions
  • Greater demand for animal products with limited natural resources
  • Optimal management of the breeder and starter phases
  • Adapting to new societal concerns and legislation

Poultry

  • Maintaining productivity without relying on antibiotics
  • Improving animal welfare conditions
  • Reducing environmental impact
  • Responding to growing consumer concerns around food safety
  • Adapting to new societal concerns and legislation
 
 
 

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