Feed Strategy - May 2018 - 34
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3 feed tips for managing
Antibiotic-free animal production requires efforts on multiple fronts.
ntibiotic-free animal production is a global issue.
Consumers increasingly demand the elimination
of this seemingly "traditional" form of production: it's a health-conscious requirement of end customers
around the world. Meanwhile, the feed industry is facing
huge problems. Feed millers and farmers hope for a single
additive that will solve all their problems. But the European
experience shows a different reality: antibiotic-free production requires a combination of efforts.
Improve hygiene of raw materials
Feed millers and farmers first must select adequate raw materials for a proper feed. Ingredients
like rice bran, rice grit and rice polish may be highly
contaminated with molds and yeast, and therefore
with toxins. Their usage must be optimized in modern
formulations. Mold inhibitors can reduce the mold;
however, by the time those are applied, toxins such as
mycotoxins or endotoxins have already been formed.
Modifying the formulation for a better feed
(e.g., the most suitable protein and buffering
capacity) is the second requirement for an optimal
production. Modern formulations address most of the
problems concerning the most suitable protein and the
Optimize and fine-tune formulations to obtain the
best result possible in antibiotic-free production.
Dr. Eckel Animal Nutrition
www.WATTAgNet.com ❙ May 2018