Insights from EuroTier 2018: maximum matrix nutrition

Published Friday, 7th December 2018

This year’s EuroTier exhibition was an exciting opportunity to explore the industry trends and topics that are likely to influence the sector for the year ahead.

EuroTier is one of the main international exhibitions for the animal production industry, taking place every two years in Hannover, Germany. 2018’s event saw 155,000 visitors from all around the world, serving as the perfect platform for discussing emerging trends and topics.

A hot topic at our EuroTier booth was the opportunity to improve amino acid nutrition, via a new strategy that targets maximum nutrient utilisation.

Many visitors to the event were discussing amino acid supply, due to the different proteins that were on offer at the show. There is a lot of interest in looking at what can be done to improve animals’ uptake of amino acids.

We at AB Vista are talking about this in relation to the concept of Maximum Matrix Nutrition, whereby the addition of high dose of phytase to feed enables producers to replace some of the amino acids in the feed. This represents a significant reduction in feed cost.

Speaking to specialist news agency Feedinfo, Dr Rob ten Doeschate, AB Vista Technical Director for EMEA, commented: “We have done a lot of work to investigate how best to translate the extra-phosphoric effect of phytase into matrix values that can be applied when using high phytase doses. It has been really interesting to see the opportunities for reducing digestible amino acid and energy levels whilst recovering performance by maximising phytate breakdown. This would be of particular interest where reduction of feed cost, either as price per tonne or in terms of feed cost per kg meat produced, is a key parameter. This applies to both chicken and pork producers, showing that the concept has a wide application.”

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