September 17, 2015

17/09/2015: Not all feed enzymes are created equal: Key factors to consider when selecting the ideal enzyme for poultry production
by Gaurav Shah, Business Development Manager, BRI 

First published in Milling and Grain, June 2015

One of the largest problems facing poultry producers is the rising cost of feed, which can account for up to 70 percent of total production expenses. Enzyme feed additives, which improve digestibility and release of nutrients to the bird, allow producers to manage feed costs while optimizing performance and return on investment (ROI).

Why use feed enzymes?
Feed enzymes provide an array of nutritional, economic and environmental benefits for animal producers. Nutritional Benefits: Enzymes increase the availability of nutrients to the animal. Enzymes make proteins, carbohydrates and minerals easier for the animal to digest, helping to promote cell growth, physiological balance and tissue maintenance.

Enzymes also improve feed digestion by breaking down components in feed not easily digested by the animal’s endogenous enzymes. Finally, enzyme supplementation can be used to naturally enhance feed digestion in young animals, which have relatively low levels of enzyme production. Economic Benefits: By optimising the release of energy sources to the animal, enzymes allow producers to manage changing costs of animal feed ingredients. Enzymes can also reduce the effects of variable feed ingredients by enhancing the animal’s ability to obtain nutrients from feedstuffs.

Additionally, feed enzymes allow producers to improve animal performance and growth. Environmental Benefits: When animal feed is supplemented with enzymes, less nitrogen, ammonia and phosphorous are released into the environment. Exogenous enzymes, which are derived from naturally occurring substances, have low toxicity, making them safe for animals, people and the environment. 

Read the rest of the article in Milling and Grain HERE.          

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