Digestibility enhancement ranks as the number-one reason that the livestock industry uses phytogenic feed additives (PFAs), according to a recent survey of more than 1,000 agribusiness professionals.
Plant-based compounds — specifically essential oils, herbs and spices — are known to have a range of biologically active properties that can be applied to modern animal production. These include antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and digestion enhancing effects, according to information from BIOMIN.
“There is no doubt that better digestion is a key reason to use PFAs in animal nutrition,” said Michael Noonan, global product line manager phytogenics at BIOMIN.
Decades of scientific research has improved the understanding of the application of PFAs, he added.
“For a product such as (BIOMIN's) Digestarom, the science is there. The mode of action is documented. It includes enhanced digestibility, gut microbiota modulation, gut protection and gut integrity. Ultimately, this means better feed conversion. For producers, it translates into higher profitability and better competitiveness in global feed markets.”
Nutritionists, growers, business owners, veterinarians and consultants located in more than 100 countries provided their views on the use of PFAs in livestock in the recent BIOMIN Phytogenic Feed Additive survey.
The desire to improve feed efficiency, reduce antibiotic usage, lower the environmental footprint and optimize gut performance all contribute to the industry’s increased interest in PFAs, the company announced.
“We know that some leading producers have been early-adopters of PFAs,” Noonan said. “Understanding the motivations and benefits of PFAs as reported by professionals in real-life production situations takes the discussion with clients to a whole new level.”
The full results of the BIOMIN Phytogenic Feed Additives Survey will be published in March 2017.