DSM VITAMIN ACADEMY

How Vitamins Contribute to Profitable and Sustainable Farming

Vitamins are key to animals’ health and performance, but knowing how to supplement is key. Understanding which vitamins to offer, and at which doses, can support productivity and profitability in animal operations.

In addition to supporting health and performance, the right vitamin levels can contribute to more sustainable agriculture. We at DSM believe that the feed industry has a critical role in shaping a better world, and are guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

By giving every animal the right level of vitamins, we can support these four DSM Sustainability Platforms, drawn from the SDGs:

Besides developing a complete line of high-quality vitamins, DSM’s research and development has enabled us to establish our Vitamin Supplementation Guidelines – OVN Optimum Vitamin Nutrition®. Created in partnership with leading scientists, universities, genetics companies, independent research institutes and farmers, OVN is a tool that helps producers determine the right vitamin levels for optimum performance in their animals.
 

Why Vitamins?

Vitamins are essential for optimizing animal health and welfare, animal performance and food quality

  • Vitamins are irreplaceable micro-ingredients in the diet of both humans and animals, and are required for the metabolism of other nutrients such as carbohydrates, protein and fat. They are key elements in the organism's vital functions: maintenance, growth, health and reproduction.
  • The daily requirement for each vitamin is very small (grams or micrograms per ton of feed), which differs from macronutrients.
  • Today, the right use of vitamins is even more important due to current trends that put more pressure on meeting nutritional needs:
    • Genetic improvements of animal breeds to achieve better productivity with a more efficient use of feed.
    • Reducing or replacing the use of antibiotics in feed with the need to optimize immune response, gut health, stress prevention, liver protection, etc.
    • Producing quality food for consumers with the right nutrient levels as well as reducing food waste while improving animal welfare standards.

What is the DSM Vitamin Academy?

The DSM Vitamin Academy is a new platform for those in the feed industry to explore the benefits of vitamins and how to use them. Through classes, webinars, videos and other exclusive content, global experts will share the latest research as well as on-the-ground experience.

What are the benefits to joining the DSM Vitamin Academy?

DSM Vitamin Academy members will get up-to-date information on vitamin research, as well as tips on practical applications, product knowledge and vitamin market insights. Additionally, we’ll share information on how vitamins can be part of the solution to more sustainable farming.

Keep checking in with the DSM Vitamin Academy as we continue to add content from our scientists, customers and partners.

How does the Vitamin Academy work?

  • 2022 program: launch of the OVN Optimum Vitamin Nutrition® Guidelines 2022 by Species
  • 2023 program: virtual classes (webinars) on a regular basis (more information will follow)
     
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Webinar: Are fish and shrimp receiving the right level of vitamins? (Session 1)

Speakers Session 1: Fabio Cervellione & Thomas Wilson

As the industry and science progress, DSM launches the new Vitamin Supplementation Guidelines for the Aquaculture industry

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Webinar: Are fish and shrimp receiving the right level of vitamins? (Session 2)

Speakers Session 2: Fabio Cervellione & Andre Dumas

As the industry and science progress, DSM launches the new Vitamin Supplementation Guidelines for the Aquaculture industry

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Webinar: Are ruminants receiving the right level of vitamins?

Speakers: Mark Engstrom and Bill Weiss

As the industry and science progress, DSM launches the new Vitamin Supplementation Guidelines for the ruminants industry

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