Nowadays it is very important for feed compounders to convince and tie customers through innovative ration concepts. After all, regardless of how intensively and for what purpose animals are kept, feed is the largest cost factor for the farmer and any improvements in efficiency make an immediate financial difference in this sector. The ingredients of our first issue in 2014 form a cocktail consisting of new types of production, broader impact assessments regarding additives, corporate prospects in the field of phytogenic additives, and how to ensure via analyses that boundary levels can be safely observed.

» Rosé alternative to red and white meats
Intensive meat production with cattle

Rosé meat first appeared in the Netherlands as an alternative to the more expensive white veal and later as a substitute for cheaper beef. Meanwhile, the EU has recognized it as a specific market segment.

» Review of phytase in poultry diets
More than releasing phosphorus

Originally phytase was developed for use in the Netherlands to reduce phosphorus (P) pollution from intensive agriculture. The increase in raw material prices and growing concern for the environmental impact of meat production are the most often cited factors for the increase of enzyme use in poultry and swine production in the last ten years. First commercialised in 1991 (Selle, 2007), phytase is now present in over 60 per cent of monogastric feed worldwide (Graham, 2010) and even in a higher percentage in poultry diets.

» L-Carnitine in energy metabolism
Essential in the transit phase?

Carnitine is a naturally occurring substance. It was discovered in 1905 as a constituent part of muscle meat. The L-form plays an essential role in the energy metabolism of the human and animal organisms, while the D-isomer does not possess any desired effects. The chief function of carnitine, transporting activated fatty acids into the mitochondria (shuttle) and passing them to beta-oxidation there is generally known and also described in both older and more recent literature. However, hardly anyone explains that L-carnitine additionally plays a key role in regulating the fat and carbohydrate metabolism. Carnitine is defined by many authors as conditionally essential.

» Natural feed additives for stabilising performance
Biomin attaches high value to product innovation and growth
Biomin is constantly on the cutting edge of scientific know-how thanks to collaborative projects with prestigious universities and research institutions. The global network of cooperating institutions has how grown to over 100. We spoke to Managers Wolfgang Markert and Patrick Sonderen about the company’s perspectives.

» ELISA for quantitative determination of the soy mass in feed mixtures
Alternatives to the official microskopy estimation method – Section 2

Published so far: Section 1 of the long-term study (issue 11-12/2013)
In Section 1 the selection from suitable test systems was made on the basis of preliminary tests, the protein contents of various soy components were determined and the method as such was defined.