The feed industry operates at an important interface between food security, efficiency in animal husbandry, animal health and sustainable management. The industry works innovatively to satisfy the requirements of the future. However, it is not always permitted to proceed at the speed which would be technologically possible. That is why one of the topics we are exploring in this issue is how long the EU authorities take to process applications for authorisation for new additives. The rule "time is money" can definitely be confirmed in this connection. Companies in the additives industry can only invest money in research and development if they have a realistic chance of recouping their investment within a reasonable period.

» Authorisation of feed additives
How long did an average authorisation procedure take in Europe during the last decade?

In order to be able to plan the admission and market launch of a new feed additive better, it was analysed how long an average authorisation procedure in the European Union took during the past ten years – from the time of submission of a complete application up to authorisation for the market. The market authorisation for a feed additive by Regulation directly determines the earliest possible time of market launch in the European market – and is thus the linchpin between Regulatory Affairs and Strategic Marketing in the feed additive industry.

» Fusarium toxins in maize
Is there a risk for dairy cattle?

It is now known that a high level of fungal contamination of the Fusarium genus can be expected in maize and maize silage throughout Europe. In Germany, it is the east and south of the country that are chiefly affected, but first feedback from North Germany (source: Chamber of Agriculture Münster) now indicates high mycotoxin contents in maize products too, depending on the region. Even the German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture issued an urgent warning against the high contents of deoxynivalenol (DON) and zearalenone (ZEN) in the maize harvest at the end of 2014 and drew attention to the standard values in feedstuffs that apply according to the EU Recommendation (2006/576/EU). Under the law governing feed, mycotoxins belong to the group of undesirable substances. The contents of the Fusarium toxins DON and ZEN in feedstuffs are regulated via a standard value of the European Union.

» Yeasts in feeding of farm animals
A market overview

Live yeasts, yeast cultures, inactivated yeasts, yeast constituents, feed yeasts, brewer’s yeasts … the range of different yeast products on the market is large and confusing. Often it is not exactly clear what each yeast stands for and what its most expedient field of application is.

» Bacteriostatic effect of brewer’s yeast
Hops support bacteria supression

The positive effect of brewer’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) on the animal organism has long been considered proved in countless practical examples. Can brewer’s yeast be an alternative to administering antibiotics in feed and can it promote the health of farm animals by influencing their intestinal flora, thus reducing the use of antibiotics? The cell wall of brewer’s yeast of the said genus contains specific glucans that activate the body’s own defence mechanisms against pathogens. In addition, it contains prebiotic mannan oligosaccharides that stabilise the balance within the intestinal microflora. It is also known that the brewer’s yeast cell contains malucidin, a yeast-inherent antibacterial factor that protects the yeast cell during fermentation against competitors such as other yeasts (Candida/Torula) and certain microbes such as Salmonella.

» Immune modulation could explain what feed industry call “antimicrobial effect”
Controversial sales claims are leading to a lack of information

Plant extracts market created in the late 80’s is currently booming and welcoming new actors every day. Today, feed additive manufacturers are claiming antimicrobial effects of their plant extracts as the main effect of their blends. 20 years later, research has allowed to revise our thinking and to consider a more integrated approach of their mode of actions. Only few committed companies have been able to explain their activity as immune-modulator. Controversial sales claims are leading to a lack of consistent information on the market.

» Exclusive promotion tour in Vietnam
Compound feed plants around Saigon show interest in Caromic

Feed antibiotics are still part of everyday rations in Asia. However, animal farmers and feed suppliers are increasingly beginning to think about how to stop using these feeding aids that are the subject of so much criticism worldwide. Raw materials that have a regulating effect on digestion are highly welcome here. During a trip to customers of Euroduna Rohstoffe GmbH, strong interest was displayed in Caromic with its tannin content.