Whether they are called phytogenic feed additives, phytogenics, secondary plant compounds, essential oils or just botanicals – finding the right product is not an easy subject.
Since the ban on antibiotic growth promoters in the EU in 2006, many countries in the world followed. In the United States the sub-therapeutic use of medically important antibiotics for growth performance will no longer be allowed by 2017. Besides this shift, also other market forces, such as increasing consumer demands for safety and antibiotic-free food products or environmental issues, supported the rise of phytogenics.
Due to the high potential, more and more feed additives manufacturers will enter this promising market, and more and more producers and farmers are interested in using this natural solution. However, it is not easy to differentiate high-quality phytogenic feed additives from other plant-based products.