Driving Feed Cost Optimization

More Out of Less

With feed costs rising by over 30% in some regions, optimal feed efficiency has become a priority for every producer. Our solutions allow producers to deploy the right feed enzymes during least cost feed formulation and save on the most expensive nutrients: protein, energy, and phosphorus. The combined use of enzymes can deliver substantial energy and nutrient release and lower feed cost pressure.  

Learn more about feed enzymes and from which solutions your animals will benefit most. 

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Altering feed ingredients without altering quality

  • Reducing feed costs with alternative raw material sources may help your bottom line but the effects on flock performance and the environment may negatively impact your top line.
  • 70% of cost for poultry production is feed.
  • Profitability can be heavily impacted by changes in raw material price and availability.
  • Alternative feed ingredients may be considered as cost-effective, but quality can be a concern
  • Endogenous enzymes alone may not be maximizing the protein, energy, and mineral availability to the bird
  • Protein, energy, and mineral absorption could be reduced by endogenous cell debris
  • Therefore, the needs for feed cost savings in poultry production are:
    • Ensuring maximum protein, energy, and mineral availability from feed ingredients
    • Broadening the opportunity to utilize alternative feed ingredients

Feed Cost Savings Solutions

Maximizing feed cost savings requires a broad range of exogenous enzyme solutions that complement the digestion and absorption processes of the bird. Depending on the carbohydrate sources used, a range of carbohydrases can be applied to maximize energy utilization. A protease can supplement endogenous protease activity and a phytase can break down phytic acid that cannot be broken down by endogenous enzymes to release minerals for absorption. A novel muramidase can remove cell debris from the intestinal lining in order to maximize nutrient and energy absorption. Vitamin D in a further metabolized form as 25-OH-D3 is highly efficient in potentiating Ca and P metabolism by increasing their bioavailability and absorption from the gut. Additionally, sustainability measurements can be used to further evaluate the sustainable supply of protein, energy, and minerals to the bird and avoid wastage into the environment.

  • RONOZYME® HiPhos

    RONOZYME® HiPhos takes feed phytase to the next level. Far less inorganic phosphorous needs to be added to the diet, resulting in substantial savings on feed costs.

  • HiPhorius™

    HiPhorius™ raises the market standard for phytase technology, delivering consistent improvements in animal performance through efficient phosphorous utilization.

  • RONOZYME® ProAct

    RONOZYME® ProAct is DSM best-in-class feed protease which increases protein digestion across a range of feed ingredients, thereby reducing feed costs. RONOZYME® ProAct optimizes amino acids digestion, reduces costs, mitigates effects of feed protein variability, reduces adverse effects of anti-nutritional factors as well as improves Gastrointestinal Functionality.

  • ProAct 360™

    DSM is the first and only supplier to launch its second generation feed protease, ProAct 360™, in order to further reduce production costs, while making animal production even more sustainable.

  • Hy-D®

    Hy-D® is the fast track vitamin D3 source, for a strong skeleton and better performance.

  • Balancius®

    Together DSM and Novozymes have created Balancius® the first and only feed ingredient designed to unlock the hidden potential in gastrointestinal functionality.

  • Verax™

    Harness the power of data to get a deeper understanding of the overall health, productivity and welfare of your animals.

  • Sustell™

    Sustell™ is an intelligent sustainability service that combines the most advanced environmental foot printing calculation tool with expert sustainability, animal production and nutritional knowledge to create tailor-made, practical solutions and business development projects that enhance the environmental sustainability and profitability of animal farming. Sustell™ unlocks the value of animal production sustainability.

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Feed cost savings in swine nutrition

Feed is the largest cost of pork production. Our products enable customers to increase feed efficiency and nutrient utilization, leaving them with more funds to invest in other areas.

Extra digestive power

Swine feed is not fully digested, meaning that highly valuable nutrients are lost. Feed enzymes from DSM’s RONOZYME® range help farmers to realize this lost potential, increasing the proportion of nutrients utilized by pigs. This creates higher growth and a better return per kilo of feed.

The digestibility of feed is reduced due to antinutrients (NSPs, trypsin inhibitors, -conglicinin, phytic acid). RONOZYME® range of enzymes improves nutrient digestibility, enabling more economical rations and greater profits. Efficiency of digestion depends on microflora populations in the gut. 

Less expensive supplementation

Phosphorus is a key nutrient, but naturally available phosphorus in plants is largely undigested by swine. Usually, expensive inorganic phosphorus needs to be added into swine feed to ensure adequate growth.

Increasing the digestibility of natural plant phosphorus by feeding RONOZYME® HiPhos is a cost-effective alternative, allowing for better animal growth and more efficient utilization of feed.

Feed Cost Optimization Solutions

  • RONOZYME® HiPhos

    RONOZYME® HiPhos takes feed phytase to the next level. Far less inorganic phosphorous needs to be added to the diet, resulting in substantial savings on feed costs.

  • RONOZYME® MultiGrain

    RONOZYME® MultiGrain is a multi-enzymes product which activities reduce intestinal viscosity while releasing entrapped energy and nutrients, reducing feed costs.

  • RONOZYME® WX2,000

    RONOZYME® WX2,000 degrades xylans, the major antinutritional components in cereals grains, improving the release of entrapped energy and nutrients, reducing feed costs.

  • RONOZYME® A

    Our solution to improving starch utilization in corn- and sorghum-based diets.

  • RONOZYME® VP

    RONOZYME® VP is a multi-component enzymes product which degrade the complex cell-wall NPS structures, improving the release of entrapped energy and nutrients, reducing feed costs.

  • RONOZYME® ProAct

    RONOZYME® ProAct is DSM best-in-class feed protease which increases protein digestion across a range of feed ingredients, thereby reducing feed costs. RONOZYME® ProAct optimizes amino acids digestion, reduces costs, mitigates effects of feed protein variability, reduces adverse effects of anti-nutritional factors as well as improves Gastrointestinal Functionality.

  • RONOZYME® HiStarch

    RONOZYME® HiStarch contains a unique single alpha-amylase to unlock the energy in grain-based poultry and piglets feeds by improving starch digestion, reducing feed costs.

  • HiPhorius™

    HiPhorius™ raises the market standard for phytase technology, delivering consistent improvements in animal performance through efficient phosphorous utilization.

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Optimizing feed value while improving performance. It’s our specialty!

Ruminant farmers are more and more exposed to increase of feed costs as well as fertilizers and energy costs, both used to produce on farm forages and cereals. Changing climatic conditions can also greatly impact the quality and availability of grass and forages. Balancing input costs and animal performance, while responding to the sustainability concerns of consumers, has never been more complex, presenting a major challenge to ruminant nutritionists and advisors.

Grass, forages, grains and co-products are composed of different feed fractions – mainly fiber, starch, and proteins. In monogastric animals, these fractions are transformed into nutrients (absorbable components) by enzymes naturally present in the digestive tract. Feed additives (especially enzymes) are widely used to optimize feed formulation and achieve an effective balance between performance and feed cost. In ruminants, these additives are pre-digested in the rumen by microbiota that transforms them to produce specific nutrients, which are then absorbed directly via the rumen or else digested further in the digestive tract. The inclusion of advanced feed additives in ruminant diets can help optimize feed value while improving performance and sustainability.

Challenges:

  • Increases in the cost of feed, fertilizer and energy
  • Availability and quality of forages
  • Efficiency of nutrient digestibility
  • Sustainability of ruminant production

Solutions from DSM

DSM’s Performance Solutions deliver unrivaled feed optimization for ruminant diets while supporting animal welfare and protecting the environment. Our science-based solutions are designed to maximize the digestibility of fiber, starch and protein in ruminant diets. Extracting more nutrients from feedstuff permits the formulation of less expensive and more sustainable diets without compromising performance and health.

DSM developed the first-ever enzyme for ruminants: RONOZYME® RumiStar™, a genuinely disruptive innovation targeting the starch fraction of feed. RONOZYME® RumiStar™ has been shown to increase the degradability of starch by 8%, the degradability of neutral detergent fiber (NDF) by 16%, and the digestibility of crude protein in the rumen by 5.5%. This increases the availability of nutrients in the rumen for the purposes of microbial growth, digestibility, and protein supply. It also elevates the total tract digestibility of starch, NDF and protein.

DSM also provides best-in-class phytogenic and yeast solutions. CRINA® Ruminants has extensively demonstrated its capacity to extract more proteins as nutrients from the diet. It is used by many farmers and nutritionists to limit the loss of nitrogen caused by the deamination of amino acids in the rumen. Thanks to its action on hyper-ammonia-producing (HAP) bacteria in the rumen, CRINA® Ruminants has been proven to deliver a potent effect on milk persistency in the context of low-protein diets, with up to 1.7kg of milk per day produced and 350g per day of soybean meal saved in the total diet. CRINA® Ruminants also helps limit nitrogen emissions in urine and faces – an excellent example of feed optimization balancing cost, performance and sustainability.

Levabon® Rumen E is a unique hydrolyzed yeast solution. It acts on fiber digestion by making bioactive ingredients such as cell wall carbohydrates, peptides and metabolites directly available as feed for beneficial bacteria in the rumen. The action of Levabon® Rumen E creates a favorable environment in the rumen, as well as a positive effect on the digestibility of crude fiber, delivering increased ruminal digestibility of up to 12%.

Levabon® Rumen E, RONOZYME® RumiStar™ and CRINA® Ruminants are very stable products, formulated to support pelleting, blending with minerals, and storage at high temperatures. They are therefore flexible to use and easy to integrate into ruminant feed.

DSM is the partner of choice for ruminant nutritionists and advisors. Our dedicated team of ruminant experts collaborates closely with all stakeholders in the science of ruminant ecosystems. In addition to providing innovative customer solutions, we offer ongoing support in the form of our advanced scientific and technical expertise. Working together with researchers and independent nutritionists, we have also developed models and matrix values to support the formulation of diet and compound feeds that generate higher revenues for milk and meat in relation to feed input.

Benefits for farmers and nutritionists

  1. Up to 10% increase in feed efficiency
  2. Up to €0.20 per cow per day reduction in the cost of purchased feed
  3. Up to 8% reduction in CO2 emissions

Feed Cost Optimization Solutions

  • RONOZYME® RumiStar™

    The first feed enzyme that works in dairy cows, which is optimizing corn starch and fiber degradation in the rumen.

  • CRINA®

    Our specific blends of essential oil components have shown to help deliver a better balance of gut microflora.

  • Levabon® Rumen E

    Levabon® Rumen E is an innovative brewers yeast cattle feed supplement for dairy and beef animals including calves. It delivers an enhanced prebiotic effect compared to conventional yeasts for better productivity.

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Feed cost optimization

Feed is a major cost in aquaculture, and can account for >60-70% of total production costs. Therefore, improving cost effectiveness of feed is a priority for every producer and feed manufacturer, to maximize the return of investment.

Aquaculture businesses are faced with rising feed costs, which could reduce their profitability. Feed enzymes can help protect profits by enabling cost optimization and formula flexibility, as well as maximizing fish and shrimp performance.

Extracting more from less

By improving digestibility, feed enzymes are an important tool to extract more from less. This means that feed formulations can be adjusted with an optimized, or even reduced cost, without impacting feed, or animal performance.

Improving feed efficiency has a dual benefit in aquaculture. As well as aforementioned cost savings there are also benefits for water quality. Up to 80% of the total footprint of protein production comes from the feed. In this way, enzymes also contribute to a more sustainable aquaculture industry by reducing effluents, specifically nitrogen and phosphorous, which are key drivers for biodiversity change.

DSM – THE strategic partner for feed cost optimization

Utilizing cutting edge know-how and technology, and with a strong innovation mindset to build partnerships, DSM has developed a diverse feed enzyme portfolio to support the profitable growth of aquaculture, specifically:

Cost-effective or cost reduction?

Aquaculture must become more cost effective, especially during challenging economic times. This is not the same as cost cutting, which would result in a race to the bottom. Although initial investments might be needed, the cost per unit of animal protein is reduced through efficiency and productivity gains. Ultimately, the focus should not be solely on cost reduction, but instead a greater return of investment and margin over feed cost.

Feed Cost Optimization Solutions

  • RONOZYME® ProAct

    RONOZYME® ProAct is DSM best-in-class feed protease which increases protein digestion across a range of feed ingredients, thereby reducing feed costs. RONOZYME® ProAct optimizes amino acids digestion, reduces costs, mitigates effects of feed protein variability, reduces adverse effects of anti-nutritional factors as well as improves Gastrointestinal Functionality.

  • ProAct 360™

    DSM is the first and only supplier to launch its second generation feed protease, ProAct 360™, in order to further reduce production costs, while making animal production even more sustainable.

  • RONOZYME® HiPhos

    RONOZYME® HiPhos takes feed phytase to the next level. Far less inorganic phosphorous needs to be added to the diet, resulting in substantial savings on feed costs.

  • HiPhorius™

    HiPhorius™ raises the market standard for phytase technology, delivering consistent improvements in animal performance through efficient phosphorous utilization.

  • RONOZYME® HiStarch

    RONOZYME® HiStarch contains a unique single alpha-amylase to unlock the energy in grain-based poultry and piglets feeds by improving starch digestion, reducing feed costs.

  • RONOZYME® WX2,000

    RONOZYME® WX2,000 degrades xylans, the major antinutritional components in cereals grains, improving the release of entrapped energy and nutrients, reducing feed costs.

  • RONOZYME® MultiGrain

    RONOZYME® MultiGrain is a multi-enzymes product which activities reduce intestinal viscosity while releasing entrapped energy and nutrients, reducing feed costs.

  • RONOZYME® VP

    RONOZYME® VP is a multi-component enzymes product which degrade the complex cell-wall NPS structures, improving the release of entrapped energy and nutrients, reducing feed costs.

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