Feed Intelligence and the role of NIR in identifying incremental gains

Published Thursday, 25th January 2018

Precision nutrition is an aspiration for many companies as they look to identify ways in which to increase profitability. The concept is grounded in delivering precise nutrient requirements to the animal. In reality, knowing how to do this accurately means having a more in-depth knowledge of the nutritional components present, and the variation of these within raw materials.

“Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIR) has an important role in helping companies manage the potential impact of anti-nutritional factors through measurement and evaluation of nutritional factors”, says Fabio Valle, Technical Commercial Coordinator from AB Vista. 

“This additional insight can provide companies with a new perspective or ‘feed intelligence,’ helping identify practical opportunities for incremental improvements in energy and nutrition efficiency, that otherwise might not have been realized”.

“For example, NIR technology is being used to measure phytate levels in raw materials and finished feeds. Knowing how much phytate is in raw materials allows diets to be formulated to ensure more complete phytate destruction and provision of nutrients beyond phosphorus. Having an understanding of the phytate level opens up more opportunities for producers to apply phytase and extract even more value from their feed.”

The AB Vista Tech Talk at IPPE focuses on the use of NIR to identify as much value from feed as possible to deliver those all-important incremental gains, as well as more novel applications in the feed mill.

Come and watch the presentation by Fabio Valle at IPPE (B8715) on Wednesday 31st January 2018 at 10.30am.

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