November 19, 2003



Danisco Animal Nutrition Say Higher Wheat Prices Need Careful Ingredient Analysis


Danisco Animal Nutrition said that higher wheat prices and variable quality in this year's harvest have highlighted the importance of careful ingredient analysis this autumn.


"Rising wheat prices means that its energy value is worth more than last year on a calorie for calorie basis," points out the company's technical services manager Dr Milan Hruby.  "With wheat providing as much as 65% of the total energy content of the feed, this could increase feed prices by around £16/ton.  Adding an enzyme can help maximise the amount of energy released from wheat, provided that the optimum enzyme dose is applied, which will depend upon the viscosity of the wheat in question."


Bird performance and litter quality are both adversely affected by variability in wheat viscosity; enzymes are known to ease these problems.