July 11, 2007
Danisco launches service to improve reformulation of pig feeds
In a bid to help pig producers gain more value from wheat, Danisco Animal Nutrition has launched Porcheck, a unique service which allows pig diets to be more accurately reformulated with enzymes, providing opportunities to reduce costs by approximately EUR2.50/tonne.
"The Porcheck service was developed to help feed producers improve the nutritional value of diets based on wheat, rye, triticale or barley, and containing grain by-products," explained Dr Gary Partridge, Technical Services Director, Danisco Animal Nutrition.
Dr Partridge added that wheat is used extensively in pig feeds, but can be a very variable feed ingredient. Variations in its feeding value will result in variable pig performance, which can cost the pig producer about EUR1.50 a pig in reduced net margin.
Fibre is one of the main factors affecting wheat's feeding value. Soluble fibres in wheat dissolve in the pig's gut, forming viscous gels which trap nutrients, and slowing digestion rate and the passage of feed through the gut.
Insoluble fibres can also hold water and bind water-soluble nutrients, as well as enclose them so that they are less available for digestion. Both types of fibre create more bulk in the pig's gut, which can reduce feed intake and subsequent growth.
Adding specific enzymes which break down fibre alleviates its negative effects on nutrient availability, feed intake and growth. Danisco's Porzyme 9300 contains a highly effective fibre-degrading enzyme, the company said.
An average of 22 trials with grower/finisher pigs fed wheat-based diets showed that Porzyme improved daily live weight gain by more than 5 percent and feed conversion by 4.5 percent compared with pigs fed diets containing no enzymes.
The magnitude of response to enzyme addition largely depends upon the fibre characteristics of the wheat. Some wheats are more responsive to enzyme addition than others, and this is the basis for the Porcheck service.
Porcheck combines a measurement of the wheat's response to enzymes with a unique software program to calculate the most cost-effective dose of Porzyme. For the first time, pig producers and feed millers can optimise enzyme dosage according to specifically measured wheat parameters.
"It has recently been reported that tight supplies have pushed EU wheat prices and futures to new highs. The new Porcheck service means that pig producers and feed manufacturers now have the opportunity to optimise the feeding value of wheat and maximise profit from enzyme use," concluded Dr Partridge.
For further information, please contact:
Global Marketing Director
Danisco Animal Nutrition
Tel: +44 (0) 1672-517777
Tel: +44 (0) 1394-610022