How to Accurately Compare Enzyme Feed Additives

Increasing feed costs are leading many producers to consider the use of alternative or local feed ingredients, even with their drawbacks such as anti-nutritional factors or increased presence of indigestible non-starch polysaccharides (NSPs). Fortunately, there are many enzyme feed additive products on the market today that can address these problems. With an abundance of available…

Varying Xylan Content in Feed Formulations Require Optimal Enzyme Solutions

Substrates for enzymes are present in differing amounts, based upon feed formulation (i.e. corn, wheat, rye, barley). Each feed grain contains varying amounts of non-starch polysaccharides (NSPs), which are considered anti-nutritional factors because they are not digested by poultry.  NSPs bind nutrients and increase the viscosity of digesta material, which leads to negative effects on…

What Does the Post-Pelleting Recovery Number Tell Us About Enzyme Thermostability?

As more enzyme feed additives become available, animal producers have increasing interest in using them to improve gut health, nutrition, and performance. However, selecting the right enzyme additives to meet individual producers’ specific needs and situations is challenging.  One common area of concern is selecting an enzyme that will be added to the feed prior…

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The Good and Bad of Alternative Feed Ingredients Part 2: By-Products of Animal Origin

In Part 1 of our blog post series on alternative feed ingredients, we explored the pros and cons of plant-based ingredients, including corn and wheat by-products. In that post, we reviewed the challenges created by plant-based alternative feed ingredients and the role of exogenous enzymes in improving nutrient digestibility, performance and production cost management. Today…