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LEAP FORWARD FOR PHYTASE A revolutionary new phytase product is set to deliver unprecedented performance benefits for poultry and pig producers. Launched by AB Vista at the International Poultry Expo in Atlanta, January 2012, Quantum Blue promises to unlock more value for the animal feed industry than any other commercially available phytase. Through its anti-nutrient effects, the

presence of phytate in animal diets is costing feed producers the equivalent of up to $6 per tonne in lost performance. Phytase is an effective way to release phosphorus and other nutrients bound to phytate present in feed ingredients and at current usage levels, phytase products save the global poultry industry around $1 billion a year in feed costs. However, the phytate remaining in feed is still enough to irritate the gut and impair digestion – costing the industry up to $2 billion a year. As an enhanced E.coli phytase,

Quantum Blue goes beyond the capabilities of its predecessors to deliver greater phosphorus release, more consistently than any other commercially available phytase. Quantum Blue is not coated, enabling quick release of the active enzyme in the animal foregut. Specifically optimised for maximum phytate destruction, Quantum Blue is proven to deliver additional feed efficiency value at higher inclusion levels. Quantum Blue extends AB Vista’s

already established portfolio of feed enzyme products, including Econase® XT, Finase® EC and Quantum® XT. AB Vista’s Managing Director Richard

Cooper said: “Quantum Blue is going to revolutionise the phytase market. AB Vista has already changed the way customers use xylanase with the launch of Econase XT, and we are now doing the same for phytase. We have developed the next generation of phytase products to help the animal feed industry meet the challenges of today’s highly competitive climate.”


GLYCERINE On-farm trials in Wiltshire and Shropshire have shown that feeding glycerine to dairy cows has improved body condition and resulted in fewer metabolic problems after calving. The trials were carried out using a new product, Glycerene, developed by Newmarket-based Ufac-UK Ltd. A vet condition-scored the cows and

blood samples were analysed by an independent laboratory. Blood samples were taken at 21 days pre- and post-calving before supplementation and again after supplementation. In one trial body score loss was reduced from 0.9 to 0.3 while in the other trial it was reduced from 0.7 to 0.5. Improvements in both NEFA (non-

esterified fatty acids) – a measure of rapid weight loss and fat mobilisation – and BHB (B-hydroxybutyrate) – a measure of ketone that increases when animals are under energy stress – were both significantly improved. Treated cows on one farm also showed an 80 per cent reduction in metabolic problems and a 10 per cent increase in pregnancies. “Feeding concentrates to stop weight

loss in early lactation usually increases milk output and makes matters worse, so we needed a product that diverts all of its energy to the cow itself and not the milk tank,” commented consultant nutritionist, Robert Cope. “Our on-farm trials back up work carried out at Penn State University in the USA.” Glycerine is a sweet-tasting viscous

liquid that is a by-product of biodiesel production and research has shown that it needs to bypass the cow’s rumen to benefit in this way. Glycerene has been developed as a dry product with a slow-release function to achieve this. “From the trial data there is a strong economic argument for using a dry product rather than a liquid,” commented Robert Cope, who has calculated that the benefit from using Glycerene amounted to £370 per cow.


ITS INNOVATIVE SYNBIOTIC BIOMIN has been granted patent protection in the US for its multi-species synbiotic PoultryStar®

. The approval, patent number

US 8101170, brings the total number of patents granted to BIOMIN to over 100. By combining carefully selected,

well defined live strains of the genus Enterococcus, Pediococcus, Lactobacillus and Bi fodbacter ium wi th prebiot ic fructooligosaccharides, the product promotes beneficial gut microflora in day- old chicks and birds of all ages, making them more resistant to pathogens. “The unique probiotic strains in PoultryStar® were isolated from the gut of

healthy chickens making them host specific, and safe and efficacious for use as a feed additive for poultry. Importantly, the PoultryStar® strains were selected from different parts of the chicken intestinal tract to ensure their reproduction and colonisation throughout most of the gut,” says Michaela Mohnl, Product Manager for probiotics within BIOMIN. PoultryStar®

is a proven solution

for growth promotion that addresses the demand for a product to help tackle growing potential problems resulting from ever-tighter restrictions worldwide on in-feed antibiotics. Some of these potential problems include a greater occurrence of infectious poultry diseases, performance losses, food borne disease in humans and the increased use of therapeutic antibiotics. A series of studies conducted at the

US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University showed that PoultryStar® was efficacious in the control of poultry diseases related to Clostridium perfringens, like Necrotic enteritis. Latest research findings from the

Department of Poultry Science, University of Arkansas revealed that the prophylactic feeding of PoultryStar®

to broilers significantly

reduced the incidence of lameness. More information:


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