New mineral complex supplies phosphate

With the new mineral complex, broilers can better utilize feed.
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With the new mineral complex, broilers can better utilize feed.

The newly developed product HumIPHORA is designed to improve the supply of phosphate to broilers. It is said to significantly improve the utilization of other nutrients in the intestine.

This calcium humophosphate is listed at the European Animal Feed Register (008979‐EN). For the first time on the market, Phosphea offers a phosphate that provides high quality phosphorus and contributes to a better use of other nutrients, more specifically plant‐based phosphorus. How? By impacting some antinutritional factors thanks to its chelation properties. HumIPHORA reduces the incorporation of phosphate in formulas compared to conventional sources on the market.

HumIPHORA is the result of shared knowledges of Phosphea, on phosphate, and the Groupe Roullier on humic substances. On the one hand, HumIPHORA provides mineral phosphorus and on the other hand, controls the antinutritional effect of calcium. Calcium, although essential for the growth of broiler, can have an antinutritional effect if not used carefully. Thus, during the digestion process, solubilized calcium enters the gut where the pH is higher: it can create complexation with other nutrients such as proteins, ortho‐phosphates or phytic acid. The chelation properties of HumIPHORA would limit these re‐complexations and therefore improve, among other things, the use of plant‐based phosphorus in the feed.

Lower phosphate uptake

Four trials carried out in France and the Netherlands between 2019 and 2021 attest to the effectiveness of the new product. With HumIPHORA, the incorporation of phosphate was reduced in the feed, with or without phytase. These studies showed on the one hand that the phospho‐calcium status of broilers and layers was preserved, confirming that the animals did not lack phosphorus despite the decrease in incorporation. On the other hand, a stability, or even an improvement in the feed conversion ratio of 1% was observed on broilers in 3 trials. Meanwhile, a decrease in phosphorus discharge into litter was measured between ‐14% and ‐21% in 2 trials. This confirms that there has been a maximization of the plant‐based phosphorus use.

On the market already in Europe

Finally, an in vitro test was carried out at the Centre Mondial de l’Innovation of the Groupe Roullier, showing an improvement in the adsorption of different mycotoxins with HumIPHORA treatment. This validates the chelation properties of calcium humophosphate. HumIPHORA provides 21.6% phosphorus and 15% calcium. Based on the studies conducted and the current state of knowledge, Phosphea therefore recommends a 15% reduced incorporation when using HumIPHORA in the feed formulation compared to an MCP for broilers.

It is already available in Europe. In 2023, it will be introduced in South America, focusing on the Brazilian market. Then, in 2024 on the Indian market and in North America in 2025. Finally, Phosphea expect to launch HumIPHORA to Africa and the Middle East by 2026.

About Phosphea

Phosphea, a subsidiary of the Groupe Roullier and a specialist in mineral‐based solutions, offers products that meet specific nutritional and technological requirements in all species and for all manufacturers. With a production capacity of 970kt, Phosphea has 7 plants (2 in France, 2 in Spain, 1 in Serbia and 2 in Tunisia), has 450 employees based in the heart of the markets, and achieved a turnover of 300 million euros in 2020 in more than 100 countries.