If you aren’t familiar with the acronym ESG yet, you will be soon. It stands for Environmental, Social and Governance and extends the idea of sustainability into every corner of a business, reaching all the way down the supply chain often to the origin of individual ingredients.
To meet these ESG sustainability goals, every supplier will need to measure progress within their operations. For broiler producers, one key ESG measurement is the amount of litter (manure) produced annually and the amount of nutrients that manure excretes into the environment. Excess mineral excretion isn’t just a strain on the environment, it’s also a drain on producer profits. These excreted nutrients represent feed and nutrients that were not efficiently absorbed and utilized by the animal’s body in the digestion process, thus wasting inputs and creating excessive outputs.
Thankfully, improving feed efficiency is a goal that will help the broiler industry achieve long term sustainability and meet the needs of a growing population with increasingly limited resources.
There are several factors that impact feed efficiency. These range from animal genetics and gut health to feed quality and mineral sources. As nutritionists and producers strive to make measurable improvements in manure management, one of the first areas they can make considerable improvements will be in the diet.
Novus is helping make improved mineral utilization achievable with the REDUCE AND REPLACE™ program, which helps nutritionists and producers adapt to heightened concern and reduce their environmental impact in measurable ways for trace minerals such as zinc, copper and manganese.
Several research trials with MINTREX® bis-chelated trace minerals utilizing the REDUCE AND REPLACE™ program have shown measurable improvements in performance, welfare and sustainability (Manangi et al., 2012, McElroy et al., 2019, University of Leuven, 2011).
In two trials (Table 1 and Figure 1), MINTREX® bis-chelated trace minerals were fed using the REDUCE AND REPLACE™ program where the overall levels of minerals are reduced and compared to higher levels of inorganic trace minerals.
Results show that utilizing MINTREX® results in equal performance, improved footpad quality, stronger bones and less minerals excreted compared to broilers fed a typical industry inorganic trace mineral (ITM) program.
Unlike standard inorganic trace minerals, MINTREX® has a defined and consistent structure, which gives a high degree of protection to the mineral and provides stability in the digestive tract while minimizing reactions with potential antagonists. This enables maximum mineral absorption and utilization by the animal, resulting in less minerals being excreted from the body.
Multiple trials have shown feeding MINTREX® helps reduce the environmental footprint of animal production by optimizing performance and reducing mineral excretion through nutrition, leading to improved profitability (Manangi et al., 2012, McElroy et al., 2019, University of Leuven, 2011).
Nutritionists and producers currently feeding typically higher levels of inorganic trace minerals could gain considerable sustainability improvements through the Novus REDUCE AND REPLACE™ program.
Find more research results and sustainability resources at the Novus poultry nutrition site.