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Animal Nutrition
Global
Animal Nutrition

Lucantin® Red (Canthaxanthin)

Everybody’s favorite color for everybody’s favorite food.

A chicken with pigmented skin indicates more than just a delicious meal, it is viewed as a sure sign of a vital animal and a nutritious diet. Take, for example, the famous corn-fed Bresse chicken, which are known for their dark yellow skin. In many countries, consumers prefer their broilers yellow or beige rather than pale white. With Lucantin® Yellow and Lucantin® Red, farmers can easily adjust broiler skin to market demands – a very effective way of getting more value with less effort and fewer resources.

Key benefits of BASF carotenoids

  • Highly efficient and cost-effective
  • High bioavailability
  • Outstanding stability during storage and feed production
  • Color can be adjusted to meet customer's expectations
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Role in animal nutrition

Canthaxanthin is widely used as a feed additive for pigmentation of egg yolks and broiler skin. In poultry, canthaxanthin is used to impart a red color tone to egg yolks and broiler skin. It is used in combination with yellow carotenoids to intensify the pigmentation and to achieve the desired golden­yellow color.

Why Lucantin® Red?

The conventional way to more pigmented broiler skin is via feed; corn, corn gluten, alfalfa and grass meal can all be used to achieve yellow or beige skin. However, in commercial broiler feed formulations alfalfa and grass meal are seldom used due to their low energy level. Their pigment comes mainly from fluctuating amounts of lutein instead of zeaxanthin, which makes it difficult to dose. Today, the most important substances for broiler skin pigmentation are C-30 ester (Lucantin® Yellow), canthaxanthin (Lucantin® Red).

Dosage recommendations

Lucantin® Red dosage recommendations for layer feeds (based on BASF Ovocolor scale, 2001)

Content of natural yellow coloring carotenoids (ppm) Supplements of Lucantin® dry powder in g/t of feed for an intended color scale value of:
  6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
0-2 - - 5 10 15 25 35 50 60 70
2-4 - - 5 10 15 25 35 50 60 70
4-6 - - 5 10 15 25 35 50 60 70
6-8 - - 5 10 15 25 35 50 60 70
8-10 - - 5 10 15 25 35 50 60 70
10-12 - - 5 10 15 25 35 50 60 70
12-16 - - - 5 15 25 35 50 60 70
16+ - - - 5 10 25 35 50 60 70

Disclaimer: National regulations may vary and need to be considered prior to product use.

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