BASF has launched its new enzyme product , Natupulse® TS, that improves nutrient digestion and makes feed more cost-effective and sustainable.

Natupulse® TS is a non-starch polysaccharide (NSP) enzyme. As an endo-1,4-ß-D-mannanase, it hydrolyses ß-mannans into smaller components, for example, manno-oligosaccharides (MOS). The addition of ß-mannanase to the feed decreases digesta viscosity, increases the digestibility of the feed and ensures a more sustainable production.

A significant amount of nutrients in poultry diets of up to 30% remains undigested, BASF said. The presence of NSPs is one of the key reasons for this. NSPs are considered anti-nutritional factors in broiler feed since broilers lack the endogenous enzymes to digest NSPs.

One of the most common NSPs in soybean meal, the main protein source in commercial broiler diets, is ß-mannan galactomannan. Through the action of mannanase, Natupulse® TS cleaves these ß-mannans, leading to improved digestion of feed nutrients. In addition, MOS produced by the hydrolysis of ß-mannan can have a prebiotic effect.

"We build on a wealth of expertise and more than 30 years of experience in the development of enzymes for animal nutrition. Based on studies, we can confirm that our new ß-mannanase Natupulse® TS increases the digestibility of feed," said Daniela Calleri, vice president of business management at BASF Animal Nutrition.

Most commercial broiler diets already contain phytase and xylanase alone or in combination with glucanase.
"Even, when Natupulse® TS was used on top of Natuphos® E and Natugrain® TS, feeding trials showed an additional positive effect with regard to nutrient digestibility," explained Stefan Ruedenauer, director of development and technical marketing at BASF.

Manufactured by BASF in Germany, Natupulse® TS is available in powder and liquid form. Both formulations deliver very good overall stability – during storage, in premix and under challenging conditions in the pelleting process.

Natupulse® TS increases the digestibility of nutrients, making feed more cost-effective and supporting a more sustainable production of animal protein.
 

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