Animal Nutrition

Digestibility & Feed Conversion

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.



Modern intensive livestock farming and the productivity of the animal processing industry have only been made possible by the specific and requirement-related supply of vitamins to the animals in specially formulated and economical compound feeds. Daily amounts of a few mg or μg are sufficient to regulate the utilization of nutrients (carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and minerals). The use of vitamin supplements makes it possible to prevent growth disorders, juvenile diseases, fertility disorders, and performance reductions of all kinds, and thus to achieve higher profitability in livestock production.


Benefit of Natugrain® Wheat TS

Natugrain Wheat TS has been developed especially for poultry feed mixtures with a high content of wheat and wheat by-products, such as wheat bran, to achieve improved bird performance through high biological effectiveness. Improvements can also be expected in diets containing rye. The use of Natugrain Wheat TS is recommended for non-pelleted compound feed, pelleted compound feed up to temperatures of 85 °C, and for use in premix. Certain losses of activity due to choline chloride or trace elements might occur in exceptional cases.

NSP-hydrolyzing enzymes

The use of NSP-hydrolyzing enzymes in poultry diets provides a number of advantages, including Improved feed conversion and faster weight gain. Both are achieved due to increased nutrient utilization of feed (e.g., amino acid, Kluth et al. 2006/8).

Enzyme application

The use of a liquid enzyme product should be considered. The liquid enzyme product should be sprayed on to the cooled, sieved pellets using an appropriate application system. In the animal, enzymes are primarily responsible for better conversion of minerals (e.g., by using phytase) or nutrients (e.g., by using NSP-hydrolyzing enzymes). This, in turn, generally results in a reduction of the nutrients excreted in the manure. This improvement in nutrient utilization, with the associated reduction in the environmental burden, embraces the concept of “responsible farming,” in accordance with recent increases in public eco-awareness.


Acting as a glucoplast,1,2-propandiol in this instance forms the preliminary stage of glucose formation, eliminating or at least reducing the level of metabolic energy deficiency and positively influencing the animal’s performance, health, and even fertility.



A large number of dose-response trials with broilers and laying hens have shown that the addition of Natuphos has a positive influence on performance, as well as on the utilization of phosphorus and calcium. In addition to the fact that phosphorus from phytate is poorly digested by monogastric animals, phytate is also able to bind cations, proteins, and amino acids, which also makes it more difficult for the animal to digest these nutrients. This is an additional aspect of the antinutritional properties of phytate.

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