Issue 1-2/2016

Feed Additives

The world of additives has changed fundamentally over the past years. Up to ten years ago we relied on antibiotic performance enhancers. Although the way they actually work was not clarified, these substances helped to improve animal performance along the path of unspecific health promotion. As a result of increasing concern that these substances foster resistance of germ flora to the antibiotics used in human medicine too, their authorisation was rescinded in the EU. Their place has been taken by substances that are largely of plant origin and that stabilise intestinal health.

» Lower fusarium concentrations in Europe this year?
Not really!

The harvest period is over and the first mycotoxin analysis results were eagerly awaited. In the previous year the deoxynivalenol and zearalenone contamination was particularly high due to partly high precipitation levels during the blooming period, in Germany as well as in wide parts of Europe. Many of us witnessed the negative effects on the animals of feed contaminated with mycotoxin.

» What is really behind antibiotic performance enhancers?
What natural alternatives are revolutionising animal nutrition today?

Antibiotic growth promoters (AGP) – everyone knows them, but hardly anyone knows how they actually work. Whereas for a decade now the European Union has been living in an era in which antibiotics can only be administered for therapeutic purposes, in many countries worldwide antibiotic performance enhancers are still mixed in with the feed as a matter of course.

» Anti-inflammatory effects support growth performance in farm animals
Phytogenic tools for growth promotion

Optimizing health and performance is key to profitability in animal production. Therefore, appropriate tools for growth promotion are necessary now and in the future. As such, growth promotion should be defined as supporting the animal to achieve the highest possible level of performance and feed efficiency while maintaining the appropriate health of the animal.

» Energy and nutrient supplies for horses
Implementation of the new recommendations

At the invitation of the Bonner Förderkreis Tierernährung e. V. (BFT), DLG e.V. (German Agricultural Society), the Gesellschaft für Ernährungsphysiologie (GfE) and the Institut für Tierwissenschaften der Universität Bonn, 82 individuals from research and practice concerned with horses met in Bonn to discuss implementation of the recommendations for energy and nutrient supplies for horses newly revised by the GfE.