BASF introduced its new enzyme for animal nutrition, Natuphos E, a phytase that helps pigs and poultry better utilize phosphorous, other important nutrients such as proteins and calcium as well as energy — bringing a wide range of benefits to the animal feed industry.
"The new-generation phytase Natuphos E is built on BASF’s long-term experience as well as expertise and ensures a very fast and efficient release of phytate-bound phosphorous and other valuable nutrients. As a result, feed manufacturers and farmers will benefit from considerable cost savings through a more nutritive diet. Additionally, adding Natuphos E to feed mixes reduces the need for non-renewable rock phosphates, contributing to more sustainable feed," explained BASF Animal Nutrition vice president Chris Rieker.
Besides making phytate-bound phosphorous accessible to animals, Natuphos E also releases other associated nutrients, making animals generally more efficient at digesting their feed, BASF said. This leads to less excretion of undigested phosphate, which, as a result, helps to reduce water pollution and to care for the environment.
Natuphos E also delivers pelleting and premix stability in challenging environments and feed-production processes, along with a long-term shelf life stability. “Even more, trials prove outstanding resistance of Natuphos E versus pepsin in the animals’ stomach. Even at adverse pH-conditions, Natuphos E reveals high activity in pigs’ and poultry’s guts," said Peter Ader, senior expert at BASF Animal Nutrition.