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…
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
Quillaja – A big tree with a big impact
Do you know that Quillaja is already a part of your daily life? Might be surprising to you, as this plant-based ingredient is not as well-known in comparison to herbs and spices used in kitchens worldwide. Even when going deeper into the phytogenic conversation – the group of saponins, where Quillaja belongs to, often stands in the shadows of other…
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…