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Evonik has launched its first own developed probiotic (DFM, direct fed microbial) product GutCare®

PY1 at the International Production

& Processing Expo (IPPE) 2017 in Atlanta (USA). Over the coming years, Evonik, specialist in feed amino acids, also intends to assume a leading role in the field of sustainable and antibiotic-free livestock management. GutCare®

PY1 has a positive effect on

the healthy balance of bacteria populations in the chicken gut especially under stressful conditions. “The product can be part of a set of alternative solutions to reduce the use of antibiotic growth promoters. Thus it can contribute to a healthy and balanced nutrition of livestock,” says Dr. Emmanuel Auer, head of the Animal Nutrition business line at Evonik. For the development of GutCare®


a multi-parameter selection process was established to screen more than 500 strains of the bacterial type Bacillus subtilis for probiotic properties. Different scientific in-vitro as well as

in-vivo studies demonstrated the ability of Bacillus subtilis DSM 32315 to modify the gut microbiota to inhibit the conditions that encourage different necrotic enteritis outbreak isolates. This illness, which is commonly

associated with certain pathogenic bacteria of the Clostridium perfringens type, causes losses of billions of US dollars to the global poultry industry every year. The product will initially be introduced

in the U.S. market, and other countries will follow. Since the acquisition of the probiotic business of the Spanish company NOREL S. A. in the summer of 2016, Evonik has two probiotics in its portfolio: Ecobiol®


amyloliquefaciens CECT 5940) for poultry and Fecinor®

(Enterococcus faecium CECT

4515) for piglets. “Our own developed probiotic product GutCare®

PY1 ideally

complements our product portfolio and expands our options to serve our customers worldwide,” states Peter Freisler, head of Gut Health Solutions at Evonik. In addition to expanding its product

portfolio, Evonik is developing a unique chicken gut simulation model in order to study the mechanisms of action of probiotics in animal nutrition. “From our perspective, the potential of probiotics for sustainable animal production is far from being exploited. That’s why we want to understand in detail how they work within the gut” explains Stefan Pelzer, head of innovation area Gut Health & Diagnostics.


START UFAC Dairy Balancer is a unique energy and protein supplement formulated to help ensure fresh calvers face fewer nutritional barriers to optimal performance “Getting cow settled into milk quickly,

minimising the extent and duration of negative energy balance and ensuring they are ready to rebreed quickly are the foundations of a profitable lactation. Dairy Balancer has been developed to help overcome the nutritional challenges that can compromise performance in the crucial early lactation period,” explains National Sales Manager Mike Chown. Dairy Balancer is a 25.5 MJ, 13.5%

crude protein feed. It contains a carefully formulated blend of selected rumen-inert fatty acids which maximise energy efficiency in the cow, combined with fish oil high in long chain omega 3 fatty acids to support the immune and reproductive systems. Glycerine in included as it is the main

precursor of glucose, helping boost glucogenic energy supply and more importantly prime liver function. There is high level of DUP help ensure the cow’s requirements are met, resulting in high peak yields and superior lactation persistency. “Each ingredient in Dairy Balancer has

been selected to deliver a real benefit to the cow, making it an ideal supplement to help fresh calvers get settled into lactation. Being supplied in a single bag, it makes feeding easier and quicker, while improving accuracy and reducing waste compared to adding a number of different supplements to deliver a similar nutritional specification,” Mr Chown continues. It can be included at 0.5-2.0kg/cow/day

depending on the quality of forage and other available ingredients


BALANCE ON PIG FARMS Copper is widely used as a growth promotor in piglet feeds. However, environmental concerns are challenging this practice. In the European Union, current authorised maximum dietary levels are 170 mg/kg Cu for piglets up to 12 weeks, then limited to 25 mg/kg at older age. A recent recommendation from EFSA (European Food Safety Agency) asked for a drastic reduction of supplementation dosage in piglet feeds, which will likely impair growth performance. What is the influence of high Cu

levels for a limited period of time on total Cu excretion? Can we compensate such practice by lowering Cu dietary concentration in the finishing period? How may a phase feeding program in the fattening period improve the situation? What is the impact of a better feed conversion? siMMin™, a new software from Animine, enables the pig production chain to answer these questions. It also models the copper concentration of pig wastes, which is of particular value when they are used as fertilisers. siMMin™ is developed from scientific

publications with the support of INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research). This educational software is designed for pig producers, feed manufacturers, nutritionists, veterinarians, academics and regulatory authorities. siMMin™ is freely accessible to all at software/


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