Carotenoids for animals

Carotenoids for animal nutrition and health

Carotenoids play a key role in supporting animal health and animal reproduction. With more than 50 years’ experience in accurate carotenoid supplementation, we continue to break new ground in this important field.

Carotenoids for product quality 

Carotenoids also play a critical role in ensuring product quality and meeting consumer expectations, which vary by market. Appropriate carotenoid supplementation supports sales and prevents food wastage.


Ensuring consistent pigmentation

Carotenoids are essential naturally occurring anti-oxidants with pigmenting capabilities. Their most important role in poultry farming and aquaculture is their ability to improve the color of egg yolk, chicken skin and fish flesh. For consumers, the right color is a key indicator of quality.

All animals need carotenoids, but since they cannot produce these naturally-occurring nutrients themselves, they must obtain them from their diet:

  • Poultry feed and aqua feed (salmon feed, trout feed…) need to be supplemented with carotenoids in appropriate levels to achieve consistent, on-target pigmentation and improve reproductive indicators.
  • In dairy feed, carotenoids will increase fertility.

The challenge also lies in providing livestock with consistent supply as carotenoid content varies in different feedstuffs.

Thanks to our globally recognized digital YolkFanTM and SalmoFanTM, customers anywhere in the world can fine-tune product color to meet specific market requirements and achieve consistent, on-target pigmentation.

Accurate egg yolk color

Consumers associate egg yolk color with nutritional value and animal welfare. This is correct: a golden egg yolk always comes from a healthy hen.

Dietary supplementation with precise levels of carotenoids is easily achievable with the aid of our yolk color chart, the DSM YolkFan™.  This globally recognized tool, which has provided the industry benchmark in pigmentation measurement for the past six decades, is now complemented by the digital YolkFan™ Pro. Offering consistency, objectivity and ease of data storage, the digital YolkFan™ Pro provides clear guidance on pigmentation of chicken skin, tarso and egg yolk.

Accurate salmon flesh color 

Consumers associate salmon color with nutritional value and animal welfare. And indeed, pink flesh always comes from a healthy fish.

Our well-established salmon color chart, the SalmoFan for farmed salmon is now complemented by the digital SalmoFan, a portable and user-friendly color sensor device for the precise digital color measurement of salmon fillets. Designed to work under all light conditions, the digital SalmoFan™ offers the aquaculture industry an important tool for controlling product quality and meeting consumer expectations.

Dairy cow fertility

The natural Beta-carotene content of forages in animal diets varies, and dairy feed based on corn silage and cereal grains is particularly lacking in this essential nutrient. Accurate supplementation ensures that dairy feed consistently supply sufficient beta-carotene to support dairy cow fertility and thus healthy cows’ reproduction.

ROVIMIX® β-Carotene increases ovulation rates and heat expression. It also raises progesterone levels, which in turn reduces embryo mortality rates, while improving the embryo quality.

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