Healthy animals need a healthy gut. This understanding is consolidating ever more clearly among additive suppliers and feed producers. The scientific foundation on which the mechanism of action can be described and its influence on the intestinal flora explained is becoming ever broader, the more suppliers offer concepts for influencing gut health. That is why this issue too includes reports on gut health in poultry and pigs. What was dismissed as a niche a few years ago is now reaching an ever broader market. Research institutes are offering their capacities and creating conditions for scientific experiments and trials. Feed producers would be well advised to take advantage of the diverse lecture and presentation series offered by additive suppliers in order to keep pace with developments.

» Higher production for growing demand
Asia’s animal husbandry needs higher feed quantities

In the emerging economies of Asia, consumer demand for foods of animal origin is increasing rapidly hand in hand with the dynamic economic growth. The use of imports to meet demand is increasingly being countered by building up domestic production structures, which in turn increases the need for feed imports. This article focuses on China, India and Japan.

» Intestinal health at São Paulo (Brazil)
Phileo Lesaffre and IHSIG poultry symposium

Both events organized from 25 to 27 October were focussed on poultry intestinal health and gathered more than 330 delegates from 20 countries.

» Essential microbes in poultry feed
Live or inactivated, what is the difference?

In humans as in chickens, certain bacteria such as Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria are absolutely essential for intestinal development. These microbes are normally taken up from the environment. The most important factors for microbe uptake by chickens are the hatcheries, the henhouses, and the feed and water taken up.
» Trace elements in pig feeding
Using special effects through special compounds.

Iron, zinc, copper, manganese, iodine and selenium are essential nutrients for pigs. The amount of all these trace elements contained in one metric ton of pig feed is so slight that it would fit on a teaspoon. However, despite the low quantity these substances are vital. If this one small teaspoon is not added to the feed, many pigs will show deficit symptoms already after a very short time.