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Natuphos®

Natuphos® makes bound phosphorus digestible

Natuphos® is a highly efficient 3-phytase. Monogastric animals like poultry and swine lack sufficient intestinal phytase for breaking down phytate, which is present in cereal and soybean-based diets to varying extents. Hence, added to feed, Natuphos® joins the limited range of endogenous enzymes present in the gastrointestinal tract of pigs and poultry to ensure the efficient release of dietary phosphorus from phytate, thus making it readily digestible.

Why the element phosphorus is elementary

An essential micronutrient

Phosphorus is an essential mineral for pigs and poultry, which require it for various biological functions. It plays a key role in bone formation and mineralization and is involved in many other metabolic processes like energy transfer as well as protein and nucleic acid assembly. Phosphorus is also one of the building blocks of cell membranes. Phosphorus deficiency causes poor bone mineralization and impairs important production parameters such as growth rate, carcass leanness and carcass quality. To ensure good animal health and performance, it is therefore essential to supply adequate amounts of phosphorus in the feed.

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  • Highly trusted and reliable phytase brand
  • Excellent, long-proven quality
  • More than 20 years of experience in safe feed formulation and phosphorus supply
  • Most cited database for phytase use in feed
  • High-performing microbial 3-phytase
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Sources of phosphorus

Feed ingredients contain varying amounts of phosphorus that is basically available for metabolic functions. However, phosphorus from feedstuffs of plant or animal origin is usually less digestible than inorganic phosphorus added to animals’ diets. The cost of inorganic phosphorus feed supplements can be quite high, depending on the supply situation. Prices are expected to rise in the long-term because known global phosphorus reserves are limited. Phosphorus use is currently increasing at a rate of over 3.2 percent annually (FAO, 2008), mainly driven by a rising need for crop fertilization. So making use of plant phosphorus by adding phytase to feed will ensure a long-term, environmentally friendly supply.

Dosage recommendations and matrix values

It is recommended to include the matrix values as indicated in Tab. 1a/b/c/d up to the following levels in linear programming. The efficacy of Natuphos is documented by a substantial number of scientific experiments. The following equivalences have been proven:
Pigs

1,000 FTU = 1.20 g dig. P = 1.50 g P (from MCP) = 1.73 g P (from DCP)

500 FTU = 0.80 g dig. P = 1.00 g P (from MCP) = 1.15 g P (from DCP)

Broilers, turkeys, ducks

1,000 FTU = 1.04 g dig. P = 1.30 g P (from MCP) = 1.50 g P (from DCP)

500 FTU = 0.80 g dig. P = 1.00 g P (from MCP) = 1.15 g P (from DCP)

500 FTU/kg = 100 g Natuphos 5000 per metric ton of feed/ 50 g Natuphos 10000 per metric ton of feed

1,000 FTU/kg = 200 g Natuphos 5000 per metric ton of feed/100 g Natuphos 10000 per metric ton of feed

Laying hens

600 FTU = 1.04 g dig. P = 1.30 g P (from MCP) = 1.50 g P (from DCP)

300 FTU = 0.80 g dig. P = 1.00 g P (from MCP) = 1.15 g P (from DCP)

300 FTU/kg = 60 g Natuphos 5000 per metric ton of feed/ 30 g Natuphos 10000 per metric ton of feed

600 FTU/kg = 120 g Natuphos 5000 per metric ton of feed/ 60 g Natuphos 10000 per metric ton of feed

Tab. 1a: Standard matrix values for least-cost formulation of pig and poultry feed for all Natuphos® types containing 5,000 FTU/g

  Pigs Broilers, turkeys and ducks Laying hens
Nutrient Up to 500 FTU/kg of feed one kg of Natuphos® 5,000 is equivalent to Up to 500 FTU/kg of feed one kg of Natuphos® 5,000 is equivalent to Up to 300 FTU/kg of feed one kg of Natuphos® 5,000 is equivalent to
Total phosphorus
From DCP (P 70% digestible)
From MCP (P 80% digestible)

11,500 g
10,000 g

11,500 g
10,000 g

19,166 g
16,667 g
Calcium 10,000 g 10,000 g 16,667 g
Zinc (as sulfate) 320 g - -
Lysine1 800 g 1,200 g 1,200 g
Methionine1 250 g 100 g 100g
Cystine1 300 g 300 g 300 g
Threonine1 500 g 1,300 g 1,300 g
Tryptophane1 300 g 300 g 300 g
Isoleucine1 500 g 1,200 g 1,200 g
Crude protein1 20,000 g 22,500 g 22,500 g
ME (metabolizable energy) 400 MJ/95,000 kcal 2,215 MJ/530,000 kcal 2,215 MJ/530,000 kcal
1 Apparent ileal digestibility

Tab. 1b: Standard matrix values for least-cost formulation of pig and poultry feed for all Natuphos® types containing 10,000 FTU/g

  Pigs Broilers, turkeys and ducks Laying hens
Nutrient Up to 500 FTU/kg of feed one kg of Natuphos® 5,000 is equivalent to Up to 500 FTU/kg of feed one kg of Natuphos® 5,000 is equivalent to Up to 300 FTU/kg of feed one kg of Natuphos® 5,000 is equivalent to
Total phosphorus
From DCP (P 70% digestible)
From MCP (P 80% digestible)

23,000 g
20,000 g

23,000 g
20,000 g

38,332 g
33,334 g
Calcium 20,000 g 20,000 g 33,334 g
Zinc (as sulfate) 640 g - -
Lysine1 1,600 g 2,400 g 2,400 g
Methionine1 500 g 200 g 200 g
Cystine1 600 g 600 g 600g
Threonine1 1,000 g 2,600 g 2,600 g
Tryptophane1 600 g 600 g 600 g
Isoleucine1 1,000 g 2,400 g 2,400 g
Crude protein1 40,000 g 45,000 g 45,000 g
ME (metabolizable energy) 800 MJ/190,000 kcal 4,430 MJ/1,060,000 kcal 4,430 MJ/1,060,000 kcal
1 Apparent ileal digestibility

Tab. 1c: The extended matrix values for least-cost formulation of pig and poultry feed for all Natuphos® types containing 5,000 FTU/g

  Pigs Broilers, turkeys and ducks Laying hens
Nutrient For a dosage of 500 – 1000 FTU/kg of feed one kg of Natuphos® 5,000 is equivalent to For a dosage of 500 – 1000 FTU/kg of feed one kg of Natuphos® 5,000 is equivalent to For a dosage of 300 – 600 FTU/kg of feed one kg of Natuphos® 5,000 is equivalent to
Total phosphorus
From DCP (P 70% digestible)
From MCP (P 80% digestible)

5,750 g
5,000 g

3,450 g
3,000 g

5,750 g
5,000 g
Calcium 5,000 g 3,000 g 5,000 g
Zinc (as sulfate) 160 g - -
Lysine1 400 g 360 g 360 g
Methionine1 1250 g 30 g 30 g
Cystine1 150 g 90 g 90 g
Threonine1 250 g 390 g 390 g
Tryptophane1 150 g 90 g 90 g
Isoleucine1 250 g 360 g 360 g
Crude protein1 10,000 g 6,750 g 6,750 g
ME (metabolizable energy) 200 MJ/47,250 kcal2 665 MJ/159,000 kcal 665 MJ/159,000 kcal
1 Apparent ileal digestibility
2 Based on crude protein, calculated using the formula of the German Society for Nutritional Physiology (1987)

Tab. 1d: The extended matrix values for least-cost formulation of pig and poultry feed for all Natuphos® types containing 10,000 FTU/g

  Pigs Broilers, turkeys and ducks Laying hens
Nutrient For a dosage of 500 – 1000 FTU/kg of feed one kg of Natuphos® 10,000 is equivalent to For a dosage of 500 – 1000 FTU/kg of feed one kg of Natuphos® 10,000 is equivalent to For a dosage of 300 – 600 FTU/kg of feed one kg of Natuphos® 10,000 is equivalent to
Total phosphorus
From DCP (P 70% digestible)
From MCP (P 80% digestible)

11,500 g
10,000 g

6,900 g
6,000 g

11,500 g
10,000 g
Calcium 10,000 g 6,000 g 10,000 g
Zinc (as sulfate) 320 g - -
Lysine1 800 g 720 g 720 g
Methionine1 250 g 60 g 60 g
Cystine1 300 g 180 g     180 g
Threonine1 500 g 780 g 780 g
Tryptophane1 300 g 180 g 180 g
Isoleucine1 500 g 720 g 720 g
Crude protein1 20,000 g 13,500 g 13,500 g
ME (metabolizable energy) 400 MJ/95,000 kcal2
1,330 MJ/318,000 kcal
1,330 MJ/318,000 kcal
1 Apparent ileal digestibility
2 Based on crude protein, calculated using the formula of the German Society for Nutritional Physiology (1987)

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

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Improved feed conversion and faster weight gain are achieved with increased nutrient utilization of feed. With high biological effectiveness, better performance of animals is achieved. In addition to that, optimized nutrient utilization can result in a reduction of nutrients excreted in the manure. This embraces the concept of “responsible farming,” in accordance with recent increases in public eco-awareness.

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Poultry

BASF’s feed additives help poultry, such as laying hens and broilers, to make better use of the energy in their feed. The enzyme Natugrain® TS, for example, makes wheat and barley easier to digest. We also provide Lucantin®, which gives eggs their appealing yellow-orange yolks.

Pigs

Our products help pigs to better digest and utilize their food as well as keeping feed hygienic and fresh. We provide what pigs need to grow, stay vital and eventually supply high-quality meat. The pioneering phytase Natuphos®, for example, improves digestion of plant phosphorous. This helps to avoid adding inorganic phosphorus, and preserves resources as well as the environment.