Feed & Additive Magazine Issue 26 March 2023

ARTICLE 68 FEED & ADDITIVE MAGAZINE March 2023 One innovative technology based on the micro-encapsulation of seaweeds and plants extracts, which stimulate digestive functions, can help secure performance, and reduce feed costs, according to recent research program. The cost of feed continues to be a headache for nutritionists and producers, with the poultry industry being extremely sensitive to feed price volatility, compared to other animal protein segment. Indeed, feed ingredients suppliers globally have had to address incredibly long lead times, exorbitant shipping costs, labor shortages, and un precedented demand for packaging components since the pandemic began. Lately, we see as well the rise of energy costs and the grain prices. Consequently, there is a need to identify savings to preserve margins for producers. One option for nutritionists consists in increasing the feed efficacy of animals to reduce the cost of feed per unit of meat produced and/or to increase digestibility to reformulate feed and reduce feed costs. Looking for savings often has a knock-on effect on the feed additives usage as people try to pull cost from the diet. Therefore, feed additives suppliers need to demonstrate a clear value to their customers for the technology they offer, based on a true rigorous scientific approach. As an example, using enzymes to optimize feed costs is commonly accepted, while the implementation of so-called matrix values for other categories of feed additives is still limited, thus some room for further improvement. THE NEW STANDARD FOR PHYTOGENIC FEED ADDITIVES Recently, a feed additives company developed a new kind of phytogenic solution (NUQO©NEX). It contains a combination of metabolites from plants but also from algae (phytogenic and phycogenic), protected via a unique micro-encapsulation technology. With a high concentration of actives and a high stability, this solution guarantees a precise release in the gut and cost-effective dose, like no other solution currently. This technology has been developed to maximize poultry performance. It can be used as an alternative growth promoter or to optimize feed conversion ratio and performance to ultimately increase return of investment of poultry operations. While several trials have confirmed the efficacy of this technology to improve performance of broilers in various context and geographies, scientists have worked in parallel to evaluate the specific impact of this technology on feed digestibility in order to give more flexibility to formulators and nutritionists. IMPACT OF VARIOUS PHYTOGENIC SOLUTIONS ON FEED DIGESTIBILITY A recent trial was performed at the university of SOLID & SCIENCE-BASED TECHNOLOGY TO OPTIMIZE FEED COSTS Dr Stéphanie Ladirat Global R&D Director NUQO