January 30, 2015


Cargill showcases new 'Nutrition System' at IPPE



Commodities trader Cargill showcased its recently launched Cargill Nutrition System (CNS) at the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) held in Atlanta, Georgia, this week.


Cargill officials said the CNS provides global poultry customers with precision nutrition that helps animals improve performance and producers improve profitability.


"In some cases, the prevalent mindset is 'more is more' when it comes to nutrients," said Henk Enting, global poultry technology director for Cargill's animal nutrition business. "That's what we found in Indonesia, specifically regarding crude protein in poultry feed. Overfeeding crude protein can result in a host of issues for a producer, including poor animal performance, excess wet litter and overspending."


Enting said that with CNS, Cargill was able to demonstrate the science behind feed formulation, challenging Indonesian producers' deep-rooted belief that more nutrients equaled better results. "Once customers received feed with adjusted nutrient levels, they saw a reduction in wet litter problems", he said.


"Decreasing crude protein levels and adjusting amino acid levels in poultry feed had already been applied in other parts of the world, and leveraging knowledge from the global CNS system was the key to solving this issue for our Indonesian producers," continued Enting. "As our customers' trusted advisor, it is our responsibility to provide them with relevant information and, from that data, propose solutions. CNS was vital in initiating this cultural shift in thinking."


CNS was also instrumental in a recent trial in Switzerland, where a reduction in calcium and phosphorus levels and an increase in phytase in broiler feeds led to better feed costs per unit of production and easier compliance with local environmental legislation.


"The power of CNS lies in its vast number of nutrient samples, along with the knowledge and experience of the entire Cargill Animal Nutrition team," said Dominique Descloux, Cargill's poultry product manager in Switzerland. "Leveraging this combination in our latest trial, we are able to reduce the phosphorus declared on the feed label by at least 10 percent, which means our customers can increase their production in proportion and more easily comply with Swiss environmental legislation which requests a balanced nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus) input/ output in order for farms to receive direct payments from the government."


CNS is accessible globally, allowing producers all over the world to leverage the new Swiss trial data.


"The real power behind CNS is that it provides a platform to compile and use relevant nutritional data from around the world and quickly apply that information on a local basis to provide just the right feed formulation for our customers," said Jason Shelton, global technology director for Cargill's animal nutrition business .


"CNS is the engine that allows us to drive and deliver precision in nutrition formulation at a faster rate.  As a result, customers can maximize their profits by feeding their animals more accurately and at the right cost, as we've seen recently with many of our poultry producers", Shelton added


Cargill's animal nutrition business offers a range of compound feed, premixes, feed additives, supply chain and risk management solutions, software tools and animal nutrition expertise to feed manufacturers, animal producers, and feed retailers around the world.


In 2011, Cargill completed the acquisition of Provimi, a global leader in premix and animal nutrition solutions, adding to Cargill's portfolio of animal nutrition offerings.


For more information about Cargill Animal Nutrition, visit: http://www.cargill.com/feed.

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