The lab, within the coronary heart of the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley, will help the event of science-based feed components to fulfill buyer wants for pet meals, aquaculture and livestock species worldwide, mentioned the agribusiness group.
The facility additionally permits the corporate to strengthen its base within the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) area, thereby centralizing its R&D actions within the space, mentioned Pierre-Christophe Duprat, president of the animal diet division, ADM.
“The Rolle lab complements our existing R&D network of over 140 scientists and technicians while supporting our sustainability and responsible animal feeding efforts.”
Impact on metabolic efficiency
ADM’s analysis scientists, he continued, are frequently exploring dietary avenues for a number of the most urgent points in animal manufacturing, such as sustainability associated challenges.
“When a novel feed additive demonstrates potential in addressing a specific challenge within the lab, our teams continue to investigate the capacity of this ingredient in practice.
“For instance, certain plant extracts have shown a positive effect on metabolic processes of ruminants, which can improve livestock performance in calf, milk and meat production that also minimizes environmental impact.
“With the support of robust in vitro and in vivo trials, our experts transfer these learnings into cutting-edge animal nutrition products that help livestock producers meet their economic and sustainability targets.”
As regards the corporate’s efforts round methane emission discount in ruminants, and enhancing feed effectivity throughout all species, he advised FeedNavigator:
“Extensive research indicates that extracts from plants like spices and vegetables have a positive impact on rumen digestibility, which then reduces enteric emissions.
“We’ve also learned that a certain yeast additive supports a healthy gut microbiome for ruminants, swine and poultry, which also reinforces their immune systems without need for antibiotics.
“Improved feed efficiency becomes improved animal efficiency and improved environmental impacts throughout the value chain.”
Crossover between human and animal diet
In phrases of selling wholesome microbiomes and digestion in animals with pro- and postbiotic merchandise, Duprat mentioned the corporate has been capable of capitalize on its ‘leading’ place in each human and animal diet to generate insights.
“Synergy is achieved when we apply knowledge from one aspect of our business to another. For example, probiotics are commonly used in shrimp farming to reduce risk of disease and improve shrimp growth, while also minimizing waste and improving water quality.
“ADM has developed the first live probiotic-coated feed that helps regulate gut flora to improve digestibility and inhibit pathogen bacteria. This product is currently available to shrimp farmers in Southeast Asia, and we’re planning to expand this offering to meet the needs of aquaculture producers in other regions. Our researchers there will investigate new plant extracts, trace minerals, flavors and sweeteners for enhanced animal health and welfare.”
Animal diet in additionally an efficient software to boost the welfare of farmed animals and fish, he argues.
“We believe optimized animal nutrition is vital to enhancing the well-being and health of cows, poultry, pigs, shrimp and fish. Feed ingredients and additives have incredible capacity to support animal physiology with benefits as varied as biosecurity and stress reduction.
“Furthermore, ADM provides customers with nutritional and farm management services to improve animal welfare.
“The absence of hormones and antibiotics is a baseline standard in global livestock production. We believe stricter measures are necessary to demonstrate quality end products to consumers, including third-party certifications and descriptors like pasture raised, non-GMO and organic.”
Looking to merchandise that would help the immune system to assist dairy cows cope with stress and keep milk manufacturing following calving, Duprat mentioned the corporate has developed a number of proactive dietary methods and bioactive feed elements to assist cattle carry out to their full potential.
“Research indicates that stress compromises the gut lining by disrupting nutrient absorption and increasing susceptibility to an overactive immune response.
“Additionally, extensive stress in heifers has shown to alter reproductive hormone levels, leading to breeding issues like depressed estrus cycles and/or early embryonic death.
“Vitamin and mineral supplements that complement existing feed resources can be added prior to a known stress event to give cattle nutrients that help their body respond quickly and minimize potential negative consequences. We can also replenish essential nutrients following a stress event to help the cow recover and return to a comfortable state.”
Gut well being
The crew, he mentioned, can be targeted on merchandise that help intestine well being and enhance progress efficiency.
“In mammals, robust gut microflora help break down feedstuffs into usable components and help deter harmful bacteria from establishing a population in the gut, thus supporting immune function.
“We offer the industry’s only Pichia guilliermondii strain, a whole cell inactivated yeast.
“Proactively incorporating yeast additives to feed maintains animal health while minimizing the need for reactive intervention practices. More specifically, recent research demonstrates that supplementing the gestation and lactation diets of sows and gilts with a P. guilliermondii-based feed additive promotes more piglets born, more pigs weaned, and overall heavier and healthier litters.
“Additionally, litters of supplemented sows required less treatments of scours, which may mean lower use of antibiotics.”