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Phytogenic feed additives (PFAs) – a key solution for conventional and antibiotic-free animal nutrition

In addition to the rising need for high-quality animal protein, and high feed costs, new challenges have arisen from consumer worries about animal welfare and antibiotics.

Due to their holistic and broad-spectrum efficacy, phytogenics are moving further into the spotlight among scientists, nutritionists, feed manufactures, producers and farmers.

What are phytogenic feed additives? How do these power plants exactly work?

Phytogenic feed additives

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Phytogenic feed additives, commonly defined as plant-based feed additives or botanicals, represent a group of natural substances used in animal nutrition. These substances are derived from herbs, spices, other plants and their extracts, like essential oils.

The term phytogenic feed additives was coined nearly three decades ago by Delacon, which even then recognized the potential of plants to meet challenges in animal nutrition.

Modes of action powered by plants


Nature offers a massive potential with a large number of botanical compounds and various mode of action. 

 Delacon’s phytogenic feed additives contain more than 100 natural ingredients being part of many different active ingredient groups, such as pungent substances, bitter substances, essential oils, saponins, flavonoids, mucilages and tannins. Owing to this wide range, PFAs offer much more than flavoring properties. The effects are many, while mostly targeting the enhancement of livestock performance.


The impacts can include:


  • Sensorial stimulation and palatability
  • Increased enzymatic activity in the intestinal tract
  • Improved nutrient utilization
  • Antioxidant effects
  • Enhanced quorum sensing inhibition leading to reduced bacterial pathogenicity,
  • Improved gut integrity
  • Improved reproductive performance.


Phytogenic feed additives using plant extracts show wider modes of action in animal nutrition compared to chemical nature-identical substances. This advantage is based on the synergistic effects of all agents within a plant, which have not been reduced to the effects of a single lead substance. This natural synergy, combined with sustainability and safety, makes our natural feed additives a top solution platform in multispecies animal nutrition.




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Green light for food safety, sustainability and profitability


Phytogenic feed additives are a natural alternative for livestock producers and companies developing antibiotic-free feeding programs. Additives applied in livestock production should not only contribute to profitability and superior quality of animal-derived products but also satisfy food safety and environmental regulations.

Phytogenics used as natural growth promoters in animal nutrition have been proven to provide a return on investment. They also have been proven to reduce ammonia, methane and other greenhouse gas emissions. The botanical compounds are proven safe for consumers, and can help improve profitability and sustainability in animal production.


Phytogenics in action

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