When designing our animal feeds we add minerals to ensure that livestock receive the nutrients they need. However, if an animal receives more phosphate or nitrogen than it needs, it will excrete the excess which can have implications for the environment. As animal manure is widely used as an agricultural fertiliser, the phosphate and nitrogen can enter waterways through soil erosion and leaching.
Our extensively researched portfolio of products has been developed to improve nutrient release from animal feed, therefore reducing the excretion of nutrients and maximising performance.
Reducing phosphate excretion
Across AB Agri we have an extensively researched portfolio of products that have been developed to bring ever-greater nutrient release from animal feed. These lower the cost of animal feed while maximising performance.
One of these products is Quantum Blue, from AB Vista, a phytase enzyme which improves the digestibility and availability of nutrients in poultry and pig feed, helping animals extract and absorb what they need.
For years, phosphorous was added into animal feed to make sure livestock were getting enough. However, this relatively scarce resource must be mined from the ground and is an environmental pollutant if excreted undigested by an animal. Quantum Blue helps livestock to break down and absorb the phosphorous found naturally in wheat, corn or other grains meaning less phosphorus needs to be added to an animal’s diet.
Since the launch of Quantum Blue, we have learned that adding two or three times as much to animal feed – known as superdosing – results in additional performance benefits. So, for the same amount of feed, a farmer can grow larger animals. Research shows that superdosing with Quantum Blue reduces the excretion of phosphorus into the environment by around 60%. We pioneered this concept and now many feed and livestock producers around the world have adopted the practice.
Reducing nitrogen excretion
In pig farming, it is common to feed pigs of both sexes the same feed despite males needing more protein than females. When a pig receives more nitrogen than it can absorb, it excretes the excess. This is both wasteful and bad for the environment. Premier Nutrition has supported one of our customers by providing different feed mixes that allow it to split-sex feed and reduce excretions of excess nitrogen.