Many companies are seeking ways to reduce costs in feed and livestock production. As a result, the use of exogenous enzymes is becoming more prevalent to improve nutrient digestibility and lessen the financial impact of rising costs and poor feed efficiency.
The agriculture industry has accomplished some amazing feats in the last 60 years, proving how adept the industry is at change and innovation. However, the steady rise in feed ingredient costs is an obstacle for many producers today. Disease, farm mandates, climate change, geopolitical tensions and supply chain challenges continue to affect feed ingredient prices and several analysts predict high prices are here to stay well into 2023.
Feed enzyme production methods
When feedstuffs become scarce or price sensitive we must consider advanced solutions to maintain a proper diet to meet the genetic potential of the animal. Using feed enzymes is one of the most promising innovations in agriculture. Feed enzymes not only help improve digestibility and decrease the environmental impact of agriculture, they also enable producers to save money.
Performance, cost and environment
The inclusion of enzyme products in animal feed is an essential nutritional strategy to tackle key issues in animal production. When the supply and price of conventional feedstuffs, such as corn, wheat and soybean meal, is a challenge, less conventional, lower-cost feedstuffs and waste by-products become more attractive to producers because they do provide some nutritional value. Enzyme supplementation can help birds digest, absorb and utilise energy and nutrients from these less conventional feed ingredients, leading to improved performance with a reduced level of environmental nutrient excretion. Enzymes will be a key component of diets in the future. Innovative nutritional solutions – including multi-enzyme technologies – can help to improve the productivity and profitability of animal production while also providing significant sustainability benefits.