Feed additives are essential in animal nutrition, as they improve the nutrient quality of feed and improve animals’ performance and health.
Proteins, probiotics, phytogenics, and vitamins are the major segments accounting for 45.0% of the global feed additives market.
The curtailment of antibiotics has promoted feed probiotics to focus on improving the digestive health of animals to enhance feed utilization.
Both poultry and aquaculture have the highest demands for additives for maintaining health and nutrition.
Micro Aid is an effective Feed Additive
A feed additive proven effective on a wide variety of species, including cattle, equine, poultry, shrimp, and hogs for both effective utilization of feed and the prevention of noxious gases into the animals environment.
Workers, CAFO owners (Confined Animal Farm Operations), and their families face some of the greatest risks from livestock odor pollution.
Many spend their days inside operations and are exposed regularly, to dust, gases and odors.
Odor is more than an inconvenience: ammonia, toxins, dust and chronic odors have significant health effects on humans and animals.
Enhanced air quality improves animal performance and promotes improved health and well-being for livestock and workers.
As both a feed additive and environmental optimizer this natural plant extract contributes to feed efficiency, performance and health.
In feed it promotes a healthy gastrointestinal tract where it is not absorbed by the intestinal tract, but passes through, excreted along with fecal matter, contributing to controlled waste management odors.
Proven as a natural plant based odor control, capturing and reducing ammonia, sulfides and phenols in animal operations.
Micro-Aid Feed Additive (liquid and granular)
An all – natural, environmentally safe odor-eliminating product, proven to reduce ammonia and other noxious gasses, including sulfides and phenols, and serves as an aid in waste management.
Certified HACCP and Safe Feed/Safe Food
A dry, granular product, with 30% of solids derived from Yucca Schidigera may be used in certified organic production, according to the USDA National Organic Program Rules.
An organic solution for controlling manure odors; reduces odors stemming from ammonia and noxious gases ranging from sulfides to phenols.
Improves the air quality for humans and animals alike.
Proven effective on a wide variety of species, including cattle, equine, poultry, shrimp/fish, and swine.
Anti-Biotic Free (ABF) Poultry Production
According to the National Chicken Council, all chicken is “antibiotic-free” in the sense that no antibiotic residues are present in the meat due to the withdrawal periods required by the government and observed by the chicken companies. One in 5 tons of broiler feed produced by US poultry companies in 2016 was destined for “no antibiotics ever” or NAE programs. Feed tickets, the documents issued to chicken growers by the mills which prepare feed for poultry companies’ name each active drug ingredient and the grams per ton of each in a batch of feed. They disclose the FDA-approved purpose of each medication. And they specify which stage in a chicken’s roughly six-week life the feed is meant for. U.S. regulators don’t monitor how the drugs are administered on the farm – in what doses, for what purposes, or for how long.
Whenever an antibiotic is administered to an animal, it kills weaker bacteria and enables the strongest to survive and multiply. Frequent, sub-therapeutic use of antibiotics in low doses intensifies that effect, and can lead to superbugs that might develop cross-resistance to medically important antibiotics when provided to humans.
Chicken labeled “raised without antibiotics” or “no antibiotics ever” is from birds not fed antibiotics but, in most raised flocks, FDA-approved coccidiostats are still administered in their feed to help prevent coccidiosis. Both types of birds are routinely vaccinated to help protect against respiratory and other infectious diseases.
As for product labeling, “antibiotic-free” is not allowed to be used on a label but may be found in marketing materials not regulated by the USDA or FDA. It means the same thing as “raised without antibiotics” or “no antibiotics ever.”
While NAE programs appear to have “accelerated” toward the end of 2016, they are not necessarily an indicator of how poultry feed production will proceed.
Winter months are when there are historical spikes in respiratory diseases among poultry and despite the new veterinary need directive (VFD) rules that started Jan. 1, 2017 there will likely be cases where disease may necessitate antibiotics.
Poultry producers began using antibiotics in the 1940s, after scientists discovered that penicillin, streptomycin and chlortetracycline helped control outbreaks of disease in chickens. The drugs offered an added benefit: They kept the birds’ digestive tracts healthy, and chickens were able to gain more weight without eating more food. Over the years, the industry’s use of antibiotics grew.
This effect was related to a ‘‘microflora-management’’ theory of controlled gut micro biota, yet as in humans when an antibiotic is administered, it kills weaker bacteria and enables the strongest to survive and multiply.
Frequent, sub-therapeutic use of antibiotics in low doses intensifies that effect, potentially resulting in superbugs that could develop cross-resistance to medically important antibiotics in humans.
Today, 80 percent of all antibiotics used in America are given not to people, but to livestock. Antibiotics not administered solely for increased rate of weight gain are appropriate, but there remain factors of concern.
Since the establishment of the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) the organic food market has experienced strong growth.
Organic refers to the way livestock and agricultural products are raised and processed, which involves avoiding agrichemicals such as synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. In organic poultry production the focus is on animal health and welfare, good environmental practices, and product quality.
Proactive health management is important in organic poultry production, to reduce stress and maintain the bird’s immune system. Interestingly, mortality can be higher in large-scale organic production than in conventional production because antibiotics are not permitted.
The gastrointestinal tract of animals is host to a numerically dense and metabolically active population of microorganisms comprised of protozoa, bacteria, and fungi. It is essential that long-term cooperative associations exist between these indigenous microorganisms as they are responsible for the normal maturation of host tissues and provide key defense and nutrition functions.
Advancements in the understanding of the microbial ecosystem have resulted in a greater importance being placed on promoting a healthier gastrointestinal tract environment through enhancement of the microbial ecosystem. One means of accomplishing this has been through use of feed ingredients, such as phytogenic extracts from the yucca plant, prebiotics, and probiotics.
Recent research has focused on understanding the effects the yucca extract has on bacteria common to the intestinal microbiome of domestically raised food animals and how this relates to promoting a healthier gastrointestinal tract environment.
Results from this research suggest that when yucca extract is fed, it functions to optimize a healthy relationship of indigenous gastrointestinal bacteria.
Colonization of indigenous bacteria and maintenance of a homeostatic population allows for maximum nutrient utilization, gut health, immune function and animal performance.
Yucca extract, an organically listed feed additive for optimizing animal health.