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Can Your Feed Adapt To The European Market? This Article Tells You.
Feb 17, 2018

I. "functional" supplementary feed.

The main function of supplemental feed or premixed feed is not to provide energy and nutrients to animals, but to support the growth of animals through the special ingredients they contain. These include fatty acids, oligosaccharides or polysaccharides, and polyphenolic acids, which promote the animal's intestinal function, metabolism and immune system, thereby promoting the health of animals. At the moment, people are increasingly interested in these supplements because they can help reduce the use of antibiotics on farms.

2. Optimize the total price of nitrogen and phosphorus in feed.

Because of the high demand for protein in animals, protein supplements tend to exceed nutritional requirements. The same is true for phosphorus, due to the specific source of the phosphorus content in food is not constant, its content is likely to be more than expected, or difficult to be absorbed by animal use, and being drained out directly.

The protein needs can be better balanced by adding free amino acids and optimizing the quality of feed protein by using specific enzymes. The most important is to meet the precise nutritional requirements of the animal's specific performance level and/or growth stage. The problem of phosphorus can be solved by reducing the amount of phosphorus in the animal's diet to a manageable level, which does not lead to a lack of content.

3. Alternative sources of non-gmo protein.

Many farmers in Germany and other European countries have stopped using imported soybean meal or feed because it has become increasingly difficult to buy soymeal without genetically modified plants from suppliers.

Therefore, the demand for protein feed substitutes is increasing, such as rapeseed meal (non-gm), fava bean meal, pea meal, lupine meal or sunflower seed meal. All this is urgently needed by European farmers. And confirmed by the research, the soybean meal can be used as animal food safety, and to the health of animals, feed intake and efficiency as well as the texture and flavor characteristics of animal products don't have any effect.

4. Research on insect protein continues.

As the world's population grows and feeds livestock with the nourishment of human beings, the ethical relations among them are continuing to be watched. Researchers are constantly looking for new sources of protein to meet livestock needs.

A more likely route is to use insect protein, which the eu is reviewing. The feasibility of this new type of food is of no doubt, the current poultry test is in progress, but there are still some problems need to determine the food safety, such as: provide insects feed contains any toxin can eventually get into animal feed. In addition, before the insect protein becomes mainstream, the public will also be involved in deciding whether to accept the animal feed they eat as part of the food source of this novel animal feed.

5. Coarse fodder quality.

Coarse fodder, such as forage or corn silage, currently occupies the majority of ruminant animal feed, but its quality and feed value may vary greatly. In order to maximize the quality of feed, we need to strengthen the technical foundation of feed cultivation first, and harvest the crops at the highest nutritional value stage to ensure the best harvest conditions.

Additional use of silage additives can also be used to ensure the quality of the feed. These additives can not only significantly improve the fermentation process of the feed, but also maintain the stable quality of the fermented feed when the silo is opened or the crops are exposed to the atmosphere.

6. Feed additives.

Feed additives are widely used in the eu's livestock feed, but first of all, they must pass a comprehensive and complex procedures, confirmed that it had to enter the market after the safety and effectiveness. The use of enzymes to improve the digestibility of certain components, such as proteins, phosphorus, or carbohydrates, is widely used. Also, many probiotics and other products are used to stabilize intestinal flora and animal health.

If you are looking to expand your overseas market, see if these things are right for you.