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Broad review of research
presented during 2019 ESPN
The latest European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition, held
in Poland in June, featured a lot of research into animal feed additives.
IOANNIS MAVROMICHALIS

A

quick glance at the back cover of the 2019
European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition
(ESPN) book of proceedings can give a very
clear idea about the focus of research that was to be
presented at the event. The majority, if not all, of the
sponsors are in the additives business.
There is nothing wrong with that; if anything, it
shows additives remain a profitable business. But it
would be nice to have a more balanced sponsorship as
nutrition is not just additives, and there are other significant segments of the industry that benefit equally from
the feeding of poultry worldwide.
Out of the 10 pages full of
research abstract titles, almost
seven pages were devoted to
research regarding additives.
Again, there's nothing wrong
with that, but it gives the wrong
impression, especially to young
nutrition professionals, who must
acquire a more comprehensive
understanding of what nutrition is
about. Perhaps it is not that research on additives actually dominates nutrition research in poultry, but that
this is the only type of research that is being published.
As it happens, other nutrition research is conducted
by the poultry industry, but it remains proprietary
information as these entities have no interest in advertising or even validating their findings to a wide audience. This begs the question, then, whether published
research on additives should be classified as marketing.

Enzymes
Surprisingly, there were several research reports that
focused on enzymes, despite the fact that feedstuff
prices appear to range around the expected normal.
There remains a strong interest on enzymes for cereals,
and especially in combination with other additives.
Less focus was placed on proteases, perhaps because
there is a limited number of available products on
the market, and/or their effect on existing protein
sources appears to be less than expected. Finally, and
this was a big surprise, the interest on the enzyme
phytase continues unabated.
This is perhaps explained by the
conviction of the ESPN parent
organization, World's Poultry
Science Association, that phosphorus supplies are shrinking
worldwide. In fact, there is a
whole division of scientists from
this organization focusing on finetuning phosphorus requirements
and evaluation procedures. This at
first appears somewhat odd, especially because there
was a plethora of research on phytase in times past,
and also because non-rock phosphate sources are not
discussed seriously. If anything, it proves that investing
in phytase production and marketing will continue to
be a viable business, at least for the near future. And,
to close the section on enzymes, here is something
relatively new: muramidase. I will let you look this one
up because I think it is worth at least reading about it.

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ESPN REMAINS
A EUROPEAN
event, and as
such it has to
focus on one
of Europe's big
deficits: protein.

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Feed Strategy - October 2019
Contents
In the Mix
Industry Happenings
Consumers, weather, trade sway 2019 dairy feed volumes
Tips for maximizing forage in ruminant rations
How to replace corn with wheat in modern animal diets
Marketing nutrition by following trends
What AGPs can teach us about growth promotion
Broad review of research presented during 2019 ESPN
Grinding: benefits of particle size modifications
Products
Advertisers’ Index
Feed Strategy - October 2019 - CT1
Feed Strategy - October 2019 - CT2
Feed Strategy - October 2019 - Feed Strategy - October 2019
Feed Strategy - October 2019 - Cover2
Feed Strategy - October 2019 - CT3
Feed Strategy - October 2019 - CT4
Feed Strategy - October 2019 - Contents
Feed Strategy - October 2019 - In the Mix
Feed Strategy - October 2019 - Industry Happenings
Feed Strategy - October 2019 - Consumers, weather, trade sway 2019 dairy feed volumes
Feed Strategy - October 2019 - 5
Feed Strategy - October 2019 - 6
Feed Strategy - October 2019 - 7
Feed Strategy - October 2019 - 8
Feed Strategy - October 2019 - 9
Feed Strategy - October 2019 - Tips for maximizing forage in ruminant rations
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Feed Strategy - October 2019 - How to replace corn with wheat in modern animal diets
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Feed Strategy - October 2019 - Marketing nutrition by following trends
Feed Strategy - October 2019 - 23
Feed Strategy - October 2019 - What AGPs can teach us about growth promotion
Feed Strategy - October 2019 - 25
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Feed Strategy - October 2019 - Broad review of research presented during 2019 ESPN
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Feed Strategy - October 2019 - Grinding: benefits of particle size modifications
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Feed Strategy - October 2019 - Products
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Feed Strategy - October 2019 - Advertisers’ Index
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