Technical articles and interviews
Effect of heat stress in livestock production
Summer gives its best and everyone knows from experience that performance decreases with increasing heat.
While we can make ourselves more comfortable using air conditioning or reaching out for some ice cream, this options are not available for our livestock animals. Therefore we need to support them, with herbs and spices being an opportunity to…
Heat stress management in poultry
In the summer months, outside temperatures quickly reach highs of over 35°C – this means it can get hot in the poultry house. Modern broiler breeds have a continuously increasing growth rate and feed efficiency, which coincides with a reduced heat tolerance. Housing broilers at high ambient temperatures adversely affects performance, intestinal…
What about reducing methane emissions in cattle?
It’s getting hotter and hotter – climate change is becoming increasingly apparent. What possibilities does nature offer to reduce the emission of one of the most dangerous greenhouse gases by ruminants – methane?
From plant to extract – featuring essential oils in animal nutrition
In animal nutrition, plant extracts, especially essential oils (EO), have become indispensable effective components in feed additives. Therefore, this article will sort of focusing on an “upstream” step in obtaining these desired substances.
What if feed costs reduction would be easy?
In times of high commodity prices, investments in feed additives seem to be almost a “luxury good”, as they initially seem to raise feed costs. The aim of combining nutrient-saving and phytogenic feed additives is to merge their benefits with a modern feeding program that meets modern animal performance while limiting the impact of high feed…
Plant Extracts - good(s) by nature
Meeting rising demands of consumers for sustainable agriculture and livestock farming, including animal welfare, seems difficult. But most of all, the idea of safe foods, produced in a way, which does not require the quantities of drugs, especially antibiotics, must be given top priority. And yet – there are ways, natural ways, we could go, in…
Ginger – Not just an Asian culinary spice
Far beyond its role as a spice, ginger has a long history in human nutrition and wellbeing. Above, it has also found its unresting way into animal nutrition. Sounds interesting? So it is.
Garlic - more than a worldwide used spice plant
Garlic (Allium sativum) has to offer so much more than just keeping away undesired vampires, and it is definitely more than only a worldwide used spice plant. Throughout history, garlic has been known as herbal medicine for the prevention and treatment of a variety of diseases. What beneficial effects offers the plant in animal nutrition?
It’s thyme for a change
Let’s get started and come with us on a journey through thyme: Whether as a medicinal plant or as a spice – hardly any herb can be used more versatilely to meet present and future challenges. After reading this article you will know about the possibilities of using this fascinating herb.