Orffa offers a wide range of amino acids which allow for reduced protein levels in feed.
Replacing methionine: From total dietary methionine, a part will function as methyl donor. Betaine, a very efficient methyl donor, can replace methionine (up to 10% of digestible methionine). Since added methionine has only 90% bioavailability compared to betaine, the inclusion level of betaine is lower. Therefore, when methionine prices exceed betaine prices, a betaine replacement such as Excential Beta-Key can help to reduce feed costs.
Nutritional emulsifiers: Another way of reducing the protein level in feed is by using nutritional emulsifiers. Besides the effects on fat and energy digestibility, Excential Energy Plus is known to improve crude protein digestibility and therefore allows for a reduction of the protein level in feed.
Effect on feed conversion ratio
Reducing the FCR means the animal is more efficient at transforming the feed consumed into bodyweight. It supports increased production from the same feed intake, which allows for the more efficient use of resources.
A nutritional emulsifier can improve the digestibility of nutrients and therefore improve the FCR. As mentioned, Excential Energy Plus can improve protein, fat, energy and dry matter digestibility.
Multiple trials in a wide variety of animal species demonstrated a reduction in FCR upon the addition of Excential Energy Plus.
Gut health is the key to optimal nutrient absorption, which in turn leads to an improvement in FCR. A healthy microbiota composition, with abundant growth of beneficial bacteria and low numbers of pathogenic bacteria, contributes to a healthy gut.
There are several feed additives that have an effect on gut health. For instance, Excential Alliin Plus, which contains a mixture of freeze-dried garlic and cinnamon, is a feed additive with proven significant effects on FCR.
In addition, butyrate can be used as an energy source by epithelial cells and exerts multiple effects on intestinal health. Excential Butycoat and Excential Buty90 improve gut health and therefore FCR.
High feed prices pose a problem to all stakeholders involved in animal production. Orffa offers an elegant solution to reduce feed costs in the form of its Excential Energy Plus, amino acids, Excential Beta-Key, Excential Alliin Plus, Excential Butycoat and Excential Buty90 product offering. The economic effect of improved FCR will be bigger at high raw material and compound feed prices.