Global demand for animal protein is expected to double by the year 2050 – propelled by population growth, rising incomes and urbanization in developing countries. This rising need, along with the limitations of the natural environment and the pursuit of sustainability, puts increasing pressure on agriculture production – particularly the farm animal sector.
Innovative companies must think ahead and increase efficiency through the use of science and cutting-edge technologies. The NutriEconomics® program – a holistic approach combining nutrition, economics and sustainability – offers an advanced feed additive solution that considers nutritional expertise and applied life sciences, microeconomic conditions and macro-ecological factors.
A bird’s nutritional needs must be supplied through proper feed – which entails use of quality raw materials rich in nutrients, a correct formulation, good palatability and digestibility. Today, the nutritionists can make use of many plant-derived compounds, or phytogenic substances, that do not contribute directly to the nutritional value of the feed, but can increase its safety and palatability and/or improve the biological availability and utilization of dietary nutrients. Thinking outside the box and reformulating diets to include non-traditional feed ingredients and making use of functional feed additives in modern poultry production is a must.
A select phytogenic feed additive with a documented mode of action (Digestarom®) has been shown to improve feed efficiency in poultry. Feed conversion ratio improvements mean that more animal product (meat, eggs) can be produced from the same amount of feed, or, alternatively, the same output can be achieved with less feed. Both scenarios result in a better bottom line, either from higher revenues or lower feed costs.
A cornerstone of R&D
At BIOMIN, all product development takes into account the concept of NutriEconomics®, where product performance is evaluated based on key nutritional (growth, survival, feed conversion), economic (return on investment, profitability, breakeven), and environmental parameters (waste output, NH3 discharge and CO2 emissions). The result is an environmentally friendly, scientifically proven, economically viable and socially responsible concept.
Operating under the NutriEconomics® concept, poultry farms can successfully maximize profitability and optimize animal performance, all while achieving the end goal of sustainable, ecologically sound animal production.