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…

Feed Enzymes: Striking a Balance Between Specificity and Broad Application

I had a great discussion with Jane Byrne of FeedNavigator.com this morning to review study findings showing our enzyme feed additive, Xylamax, improves feed digestibility and uptake in poultry broilers fed a corn-soy diet. The first study was conducted in conjunction with research partners at Texas A&M University, and demonstrated improvements in broiler weight, feed…

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eLearning Series Part 2: How Natural Enzymes Can Save Feed Costs and Increase Profits

This eLearning series addresses the changing animal nutrition landscape, including the need to help producers cost-effectively improve animal nutrition and performance in a way that is safe for animals, humans and the environment. In Part 1 of our eLearning Series, we explored the nutritional, economic and environmental benefits of enzyme feed additives. Today, we will…

Proteases – the Good, the Bad and the Less Digestible…

Our previous blog post described the various feed enzymes in use by the poultry industry. While many of the enzymes listed, such as phytase and the carbohydrases, have been extensively researched and optimized, the introduction and use of protease feed enzymes is fairly recent and an area of much interest worldwide due to fluctuations in…