Technical articles and interviews
Phytogenics in aqua: Looking for the ‘big fish’?
The limitation of marine raw materials in aquaculture diets and their replacement by more sustainable protein and lipid sources of terrestrial origin, in some cases, is associated with negative consequences on the metabolism and immune system of aquaculture species and may slow down the development of the aquaculture sector. Read in this article…
Chances for phytogenic feed additives in antibiotic-free animal production
In modern agriculture, antibiotics have been routinely used as growth promoters in animal feeding. Consequently, the widespread application of antibiotic growth promoters has strongly contributed to the development of resistant bacteria. This article briefly reviews the mode of action of antibiotics and evaluates the potential of phytogenics in…
Dietary strategies protecting heat-stressed farm animals against increased susceptibility to inflammatory diseases
Under heat stress, animals alter their behaviour and physiology in order to dispose of heat and to decrease body temperature. They spend less time feeding and moving, while spending more time on resting, drinking and panting. Read in this article how phytogenics can support animals during heat-stress situations.
Phytogenics improve first-line defence in swine and poultry
The gastro-intestinal tract (GIT) is the first line of defence in monogastric animals. Antimicrobial growth promoters can limit the growth of potential pathogenic bacteria in the GIT and thereby reduce the incidence and severity of intestinal infections. This article describes how phytogenics can help to improve the first-line defence in swine and…
Milling and Grain: Its all about protein, isn’t it?
Ruminants such as dairy cows accomplish true wonders, as they can transform low-quality protein in roughage and concentrates into the high-quality protein found in milk and meat. Read in this article how phytogenics make a substantial contribution in this context.
Three reasons why good meat is related to phytogenics
The quality of pork meat is determined by the entire supply chain - from feeding the animals on farm to the shop counter. While the consumer at the counter wants a high shelf life and food safety in addition to animal welfare, the farmer strives for the most efficient, sustainable and thus profitable production possible. Discover in this article…
Hens are what they eat: optimising nutrition using phytogenics
With a growing global population comes increased protein demand. Whilst companies look at alternative protein sources to take mainstream and appeal to consumers, traditional protein sources are still predicted to grow to meet the requirements of the burgeoning population. What role do phytogenics play in the production of safe and sustainable…
Beat the heat in poultry production
Modern broiler breeds have a continuously increasing growth rate and feed efficiency, which coincides with a reduced heat tolerance. In order to avoid heat-related performance losses, it is advisable to apply some nutritional practices, such as the addition of phytogenic feed additives to alleviate the negative consequences of heat stress.
Protein efficiency in dairy cows: a promising future for phytogenics
In dairy milk production attention is mostly concentrated on efficiency. On the one hand there is talk of efficiency of animal production and on the other, there is talk about feed efficiency. Phytogenic feed additives have been able to substantially up-value ruminant rations for years – and their future is promising.