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FEED ENZYMES AND EFFICIENCY Supplier and mills partnering to improve feed efficiency, performance and profitability

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oday the food production industry faces an ever-increasing challenge to feed more, both people and animals, with tightening antibiotic regulations and less land, labor, time and costs. This demand has placed a concentrated importance on livestock feed utilisation as a vital role to achieve future, sustainable global food security. “Animal production involves tight margins with costly inputs, with feed being the most expensive,” says Simon Hall, director of operations and development for Elanco Animal Health. “Improving feed efficiency strengthens production, performance and profitability throughout the supply chain.”

Feed enzymes and feed efficiency

In Vietnam, a Hemicell Application System, HAS 40, integrated into the feed mill control system

“Research showed more than 80 percent of the market selects a feed enzyme product based on its ability to reduce overall feed costs and improve feed conversion. Other considerations, such as shelf life, storage requirement and transportation costs are significantly less important,” says Mr Hall. “Albeit validating, but not surprising, research reinforced the importance of flexibility and adaptability when working with feed mills – facility size, technology and onsite resources significantly vary.”

Product with partnership

With more than 300 HAS installed around the globe, today’s system is the result of equipment development, research, onsite evaluations and customer feedback. It’s adaptable and flexible to the mill’s specific needs and requirements and encompasses liquid formula application, mixer

The need for better animal feed utilisation has created enzyme adoption and integration throughout the industry. The feed enzymes global market is valued at $899.19 million in 2014, and this figure is projected to reach $1,371.03 million by 2020. Feed mills are the nexus for integrating enzymes. Creating more responsibility for mill operators, potential for complication and the need for new equipment, technology and support. Some enzymes manufacturers have taken the opportunity to lead this transition with feed mill partners. To support Hemicell®, the energy-sparing feed enzyme, Elanco Animal Health developed a specific mill integration program. The Hemicell Application System (HAS), includes both onsite and remote expert technical support during installation as well as ongoing, facility-specific needs. “Enzyme efficacy is only as good as its applied at the mill,” says Marco Martinez, Ph.D., global poultry nutrition adviser for Elanco. “It’s imperative to both Elanco and our feed mill partners that application equipment and ratios are precise and correct, there is a shared interest to help the producer get the best return on their feed investment.”

Investing in enzymes

Since acquiring the Hemicell technology in 2012, Elanco has invested in market expertise and research. Its dedicated global enzymes team now includes more than 50 engineers, nutritionists, technicians and operational consultants throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America. 40 | January 2016 - Milling and Grain

A feed mill in Brazil uses the Hemicell Application System with thermal stable mixer integration, HAS 40 HT

Jan 2016 - Milling and Grain magazine  

The January 2016 edition of the Milling and Grain

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