Enhancing Mineral Nutrition in Poultry for a Better Bottomline

Effective mineral nutrition is a critical aspect of optimizing animal health and productivity, particularly in poultry. Understanding the significance of minerals in animal feed is key to achieving maximum performance and maximum revenue.

Minerals play a vital role in various aspects of animal physiology, including enzymatic functions, musculoskeletal development, and egg production in layers that have unique mineral requirements due to the demands of consistent egg-laying.

Calcium stands out as a crucial mineral for hens, serving two primary purposes. Firstly, it ensures the structural integrity of the skeletal system, supporting the overall health and well-being of the birds. Secondly, calcium provides the essential building blocks for producing strong eggshells. Inadequate calcium levels not only result in weaker eggshells but also lead to the leaching of calcium from the hen’s bones to compensate for the eggshell formation, ultimately weakening the bird’s skeletal structure. However, simply increasing the calcium content isn’t the answer.

In addition to calcium, phosphorus plays a crucial role in maintaining optimal animal health. It is essential for cellular function, playing a significant role in energy metabolism, nutrient utilization, and various physiological processes. Adequate phosphorus intake is particularly important for eggshell formation in laying hens, ensuring the production of structurally sound and healthy eggs.

Another mineral of utmost importance is zinc. Apart from its involvement in general animal health, zinc plays a pivotal role in converting raw calcium into a usable form within the animal’s body. It is also a key component of the eggshell membrane, contributing to its strength and integrity. Ensuring adequate zinc levels in the feed promotes proper eggshell development and overall reproductive performance in laying hens.

Insufficient mineral intake in layers, including phosphorus and zinc, can lead to various symptoms, such as thin eggshells, misshapen eggs, and missing or cracked eggshells, all of which contribute to reduced production and potential revenue loss.

While increasing mineral content in the feed seems like a straightforward solution, it is important to recognize that raw minerals may not be easily absorbed and utilized by the animal’s body. Merely supplementing the feed with minerals might not effectively address the deficiency. This can result in mineral wastage, persisting mineral deficiency symptoms, and potential imbalances. From a financial perspective, the low bioavailability of certain mineral additives may require higher doses, leading to increased costs and the risk of mineral toxicity. Unabsorbed minerals can also pass through the animal’s system, posing environmental pollution concerns.

When managing mineral deficiencies in animals, particularly mineral-sensitive layers, it is essential to go beyond simply tracking the mineral quantities in the feed. Consideration must be given to the bioavailability of minerals, ensuring their effective utilization by the animals for optimal health and performance.

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Mycotoxins: The Silent Killer

Mycotoxicosis is a condition that is brought about by the presence of naturally occurring Mycotoxins produced by fungal growth in feed, or feed components. Conditions such as wet or humid environments, extended storage, and poor quality ingredients all contribute to the presence of these toxins in animal feed, particularly in countries like the Philippines. These fungi can grow at practically any point in the production of feed, starting from the very growing and harvesting of the crops used, to the moment the feed is consumed by animals. 

To get around he mycotoxin problem, common practice involves the use of toxin binders, and while this practice has been in place here in our country for a significant amount of time, mycotoxins are extremely potent, and even small amounts are known to cause considerable deficits in the growth and development of livestock. Small amounts barely at trace levels can cause long-term problems, suppressing the immune system, reducing nutrient levels, and affecting livestock quality. The truth is that it’s simply impossible to catch enough of the mycotoxins in feed to eliminate the possibility of negative effects in an animal. To make matters worse, being in the tropics, practically all farms in the Philippines face some degree of Mycotoxin challenge.

In an article by Benison Media, effects of Mycotoxicosis in poultry include:

“A dry and firm gizzard with sometimes mucosal erosions, catarrhal enteritis and proventricular haemorrhages.

Visceral gout with white urate deposits throughout the body cavity and internal organs.

Impaired coagulation of blood, impaired phagocytosis, anemia, decreased skeletal integrity.

Nephropathy; degenerative /necrotic changes which are more pronounced in proximal convoluted tubules than distal.

Reduced spontaneous activity, hypothermia, huddling, diarrhea, rapid weight loss and death.”

If your flock is suffering from any of these symptoms, you may already be in a Mycotoxin crisis. UBC carries innovative, industry-changing products that deal with the dangers of Mycotoxicosis. If you are facing a Mycotoxin challenge, ask your UBC Sales manager about our line of NBG products, and find out how they can help improve your bottom line.

Department of Agriculture to Provide Assistance for Biosecure Swine Farms

As ASF continues to be a problem in the country, the Philippine Department of Agriculture (DA) has promised PHP 5.5 million each to farmers’ cooperatives and associations for the construction of biosecure farms. The move is meant to keep ASF in check in order to get the disease under control.

This initiative is to be executed in partnership with the Philippine Society of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineers, and the Department of Agriculture’s Integrated National Swim production Initiatives for Recovery and Expansion, or INSPIRE Program.

As per the DA’s guidelines, the farms to be constructed under the program must have at least 4000 sqm of land, with a perimeter fence, climate-controlled animal house, and waste management facilities, among other requirements.

A modular design for these biosedure farms is to be proposed by the Bureau of Agricultural and Fisheries Engineering, along with the regional agricultural engineering divisions in their respective field offices.

Nucleoforce Receives Halal Certification

Nucleoforce, the best source of concentrated and balanced free nucleotides, has been certified to meet Halal requirements. This opens the doors for those farms that have a need for both industry-leading nucleotides for their livestock, and the stringent requirements Halal certification ensures.

Farmers now have access to all the benefits of Nucleoforce while maintaining a Halal diet for their animals, which is a game-changer for farms that cater to markets that require this guarantee.

The use of animal-based feed or supplements can cast doubt on the integrity of the final product, and so Bioiberica, the Spanish producer of Nucleoforce Livestockm and Nucleoforce Aqua, has gone the extra mile to ensure that this product checks all the necessary boxes for a Halal farm’s needs.

The addition of Nucleoforce in feed optimizes the development of the immune and digestive systems, contributing to fast, healthy growth and development, as well as reducing the dependence on antibiotics. It provides the necessary building blocks for growing animals, and is derived from yeast, not animal byproducts.

For more information on Nucleoforce, contact the nearest Ultra Bio Territory Sales Manager, or reach us at our website www.ultrabio.com.ph

Chinese Soymeal Prices Hit All-Time High

Chinese Soymeal prices soar to record highs

An already struggling Chinese hog market has been dealt another blow with soymeal prices hitting an all-time high in the market. Soymeal, which is usually the highest contributor to protein content in feed, has seen its highest prices ever due to shortages in the supply coming from South America, and impending shortages in Chinese markets. This tightens the noose further on the already struggling hog producers in China, and could, before long, lead to many exiting the hog raising business for more lucrative options.

Read the rest of the report on Business World online here: https://www.bworldonline.com/china-soymeal-prices-hit-record-highs-deal-fresh-blow-to-hog-sector/