Feed Talks

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  • The Evolution of the YolkFan™ as the Standard for Measuring Poultry Pigmentation

    DSM is launching the YolkFan™ App that will enable users of the Digital YolkFan™ to operate across different farms and settings using a singular device. The YolkFan™ App makes it possible to update pigmentation data on the fly, pull out statistics by farm or time of year, detect pigmentation problems early on, and speed up the decision-making process, delivering tangible, measurable, reliable and consistent benefits in terms of cost reduction and value added.

  • DSM egg yolk pigmentation guidelines

    In order for a yolk to present an attractive golden color, carotenoids have to be ingested in sufficient quantities, absorbed (via a healthy gut), not be used as antioxidants (low immunological challenges) and not be used as vitamin precursor (good vitamin status).

  • Can We Make it Possible?

    As the world’s population grows, demand for animal protein will continue to rise. To meet this demand sustainably, within planetary limits, will be a big challenge. Do you think it’s an impossible challenge? We don’t.

  • ProAct in Poultry, acting now for reducing livestock emissions

    Reducing livestock emissions in Poultry production globally is critical in order to feed sustainably an ever growing population within planetary boundaries. DSM ProAct contributes to significantly decreasing ammonia and Nitrogen emissions, while reducing overall CO₂e emissions, by improving protein utilization in diets.

  • Calcium Management in Transition Cows

    The National Research Council (NRC) lists requirements for vitamins A, D and E in their seventh revision of “Nutrient Requirements of Dairy Cattle,” published in 2001. Supplemental D is listed as 21,000 IU per day for Holsteins, 13,500 IU for Jerseys, with most of the supplementation coming from the D3 (cholecalciferol) source.

  • Vitamin D: Are There Benefits Beyond Bone Health?

    Vitamin D has long been recognized as essential to the skeletal system by maintaining calcium and phosphorus homeostasis. In 2019, we began examining research on the additional benefits of vitamin D. In the newly published white paper, Beyond Bone – The importance of vitamin D for immune function in swine, I outlined studies that begin to build the case of how vitamin D may play a larger role in supporting the immune systems in pigs. The information below highlights key takeaways from the paper.

  • DSM’s leading xylanase RONOZYME WX now approved for use in EU27 for all major monogastric species

    DSM Animal Nutrition and Health’s leading Xylanase RONOZYME WX has recently received an extension of registration into laying hens and lactating sows in EU27. RONOZYME WX was already registered in EU27 for broilers, piglets and swine for both growing and finishing phases. This is a great news for DSM customers, bringing this innovative xylanase to lactating sows & laying hens and delivering greater flexibility for their feed milling activities.

  • The poultry microbiome: A shift in mindset and technology

    Our understanding of animal gut microbial communities has evolved over time. Recent advances in microbiome science encourage us to shift our perspective away from simply reducing the gut microbiota into either “good” or “bad” bacteria.

  • Healthy diets for all within planetary boundaries

    Purpose led, Performance driven, DSM is a science-based company. Our strong growth platform is centered on developing innovative solutions addressing Nutrition & Health, Climate & Energy and Resources & Circularity, together with increased customer centricity and large innovation projects.

  • Vitamin D deficiency in Swine

    At this time of year, many people are deficient in vitamin D. At our latitude, we simply don’t get enough sunlight to make enough vitamin D in our skin, especially in winter with many gray, cloudy days. The fact that we are often indoors, whether in an office, farm buildings or a car, is also a contributing factor. So how about our indoor pigs? It is becoming increasingly clear that there are also many pigs with a vitamin D deficiency.

  • Driving Sustainability and Innovation in Aquaculture

    DSM hosted their 25th year of aquaculture conferences in the Asia Pacific region in November 2019. This year the theme of the conference was “Driving sustainability and innovation in aquaculture” and more than 200 people attended the meeting in Bangkok from Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam

  • How to increase the number of saleable eggs

    Of the 13 commonly accepted vitamins, all except vitamin C are present in the egg. The lipid-rich yolk acts as a primary reservoir for fat-soluble vitamins, as well as their water-soluble counterparts.

  • The role of micro-nutrition in sustainable egg production

    With the global population set to increase to 10 billion by 2050, we can expect significant growth in the demand for protein. This includes plant-based protein as well as protein from animal sources. It is putting significant pressure on the environment and the resources of the planet.

  • Eubiotics: Definition and different concepts

    About 20 years ago, the use of feed antibiotics and some other antimicrobial compounds, used as performance enhancers became the target of increasing public criticism and a topic of political controversy (particularly in the EU countries). As the first country in Europe, Sweden banned the use of antimicrobial growth promoters as early as 1986.

  • DHAgold supports cognitive function in older dogs

    Like humans, dogs are living longer and therefore spend a longer period of life as a senior. With this growth in the ageing dog population, more pet parents are experiencing the strain of having an older dog presenting with a decline in cognitive function. This condition is called Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS) and is compared to Alzheimer’s disease in humans.

  • New pathways in sustainable animal protein

    Fueled by escalating population growth, global demand for sustainable animal protein is growing, placing increasing pressure on the planet’s finite resources. But what does ‘sustainable animal protein’ mean in practical terms, and how can it be transformed from a business value into a business driver?

  • Leveraging DSM OVN in the quest to optimize pet health

    The name “Vitamin” was created by research scientist Casimir Funk over 100 years where he identified that some dietary compounds, which if not present, led to the development of certain diseases. He believed these essential dietary compounds were amines and derived name “Vitamin” by combining the Latin word “vita” meaning “life” with the chemical term “amine”.

  • Supporting dairy farmers on their journey towards regenerative agriculture

    DSM Animal Nutrition & Health is taking part in “Farming for Generations” a new alliance of agricultural sector leaders who are coming together in a unique project to support farmers to adopt regenerative agricultural practices that preserve and renew our planet’s resources, respect animal welfare and ensure the long-term economic viability of farms for the next generations.

  • Food loss and waste: Tackling one of humanity’s largest sustainability issues

    It is on the agenda of many inter-governmental agencies, governments, NGOs and leading food and nutrition companies. It has been reported by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to have a greenhouse-gas footprint the size of a nation – third only to that of the USA and China and representing 8% of the world’s emissions. It is a topic more familiar to the general public than many other food sustainability issues – something we all take home with us, which plays a very tangible role in our daily lives. It is a problem to which we all contribute. And it is an area where we can all make a difference by helping to reduce the tremendous amount of waste we produce, along with its associated environmental footprint. Considering the debate on the environmental cost of animal protein production, it is vitally important also to consider ways of reducing loss and waste of this valuable protein source.

  • Designing out food loss and waste

    The environmental challenges are huge to meet the growing need for food worldwide. Rethinking the way the food system works is key to delivering healthy, sustainable food to a growing population and protecting the planet. While no single solution is sufficient, reducing food loss and waste is crucial.

  • Waste in the Gut: Peptidoglycans of Bacterial Origin

    Optimal gastrointestinal function is influenced by many factors, including gut microbiota and the way it interacts with the host. In fact, the gastrointestinal microbiota has proven to modulate the development of the gastrointestinal tract and improve its morphology, stimulating the development of the gastrointestinal immune system, promoting host nutrition and reducing gastrointestinal pathogens.

  • Sustaining the active canine

    Just like human athletes, canine athletes need specialist nutrition, supported by appropriate training to perform at their very best. When considering the active dog, it is easy to think of the extremes, the Greyhound and endurance racing Husky, from which much information on canine nutritional requirements for activity have been generated.

  • Meeting Regulatory Guidelines with OVN

    Pet food products are highly regulated, from the ingredients used, through to production, marketing and sales. This need for tight regulation and control is only right. Pets are important family members, and just like children, they depend on us to provide safe, nourishing food that supports their lifelong health and wellbeing.

  • Connecting vitamin premix supply to consumer assurance

    Food quality is high on the consumers agenda, not only for themselves but also for their furry children due to highly publicized pet food fraud scandals, pet food recalls related to vitamins, an overall increase in nutritional health awareness, and pet humanization.

  • Reducing our reliance on marine resources

    With the world’s population expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050 and demand for more nutrient-dense, healthy nutrition increasing across geographies, it is estimated that aquaculture will need to increase production by 30–40 million tons by 2030 to keep up with the current rate of consumption.

  • Flock health influences carotenoid deposition in the yolk

    Color is one of the most important factors affecting consumer choices through sensory evaluation of food, including egg yolks. In most countries, golden yolks have been traditionally associated with good health, and despite regional differences on the preferred shade of red and yellow; intense, bright colors are recognized as a sign of a healthy yolk.

  • Vitamin E: irreplaceable nutrient for science

    The multiple essential functions of vitamin E in animal nutrition were reviewed in the article. Vitamin E is the most effective lipid-soluble chain-breaking antioxidant, it maintains the tissue’s structural integrity, supports neural growth and reproduction as well as modulating immunity.

  • Celebrating the World Egg Day

    The World Egg Day is a great opportunity to communicate the uniqueness of the humble egg, its unrivalled versatility as a protein source and its unbeatable sustainability credentials.

  • What is "Gut Health" in animal nutrition?

    While gut health is an increasingly important and popular topic in animal nutrition, a clear scientific definition is still lacking (Kogut and Arsenault, 2016). A definition is needed in order to evaluate the effects of any nutritional intervention on animal health and performance.

  • The impact of bacterial biomass and endogenous protein loss

    Modern poultry breeds require diets that provide for rapid muscle development. Because of the extraordinary growth rates of today’s birds, even small deficits in amino acids can have severe consequences. Increasingly, we recognize that endogenous protein loss, or protein loss that is non-dietary in origin, plays an important role in this process. Endogenous protein loss refers to any protein, peptide, or amino acid of non-dietary origin that exits the terminal ileum.

  • Maximize animal health and performance with optimum vitamin levels

    The multiple essential functions of vitamin E in animal nutrition were reviewed in the article. Vitamin E is the most effective lipid-soluble chain-breaking antioxidant, it maintains the tissue’s structural integrity, supports neural growth and reproduction as well as modulating immunity.

  • Promoting optimal gut health in layers

    Laying persistence, egg shell quality and gut health are still very hot topics in today’s layer production, where the cycle is getting longer and pressure on poultry producers to reduce the use of antibiotics is growing. But what does a healthy gut really mean in laying hens?

  • Vitamin E - A powerful health promoter for dairy cows

    Vitamin E is essential for optimum functioning of many biological systems in animals. It has important functions in the muscular, nervous, circulatory, reproductive and immune system. This paper deals with the fundamental role of vitamin E in animal health, its outstanding effect on the immune system and on the prevention of mastitis in dairy cows.

  • Vitamin E: more than nature’s most powerful antioxidant

    Vitamin E is not synthesized by poultry and pigs and is therefore an essential micronutrient to consider in feed formulation. Being the nature’s most effective lipid-soluble, chain-breaking antioxidant, it protects cellular membranes from being attacked by lipid peroxyl radicals.

  • Unlocking the potential of dietary starch with exogenous α-amylase

    Glucose is central to energy metabolism in poultry and swine and is efficiently converted into ATP via the Citric Acid Cycle for use in various energy-demanding processes. The vast majority of glucose that is ingested by pigs and poultry is in the form of starch, usually from various cereal grains.