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/

High Feed Costs? We can fix that.

Given the current shortages in corn and their subsequent high prices, it’s understandable that farms have been looking at ways to reduce cost. While this is extremely important,recognizing where best to cut back on spending is key to keeping maximum profits for the situation. One of the first thoughts that many farms have is to reduce feed costs by purchasing sub-standard ingredients for feed. While this is the quickest way to reduce farm spending, what isn’t immediately apparent is the effect on the animals.

Ingredients such as wheat, cassava, or using large amounts of filler such as rice bran, while cheaper, can be hard to digest. To further complicate things, when supplies run low, available stocks of corn may have been kept in sub—standard conditions, with higher than acceptable levels of mycotoxins. With sub-standard ingredients, animals may get fed, but with severely negative effects on their growth and development. This means a longer time to market, and ironically, higher feed costs because of a longer stay in the farm getting to market weight.

While market conditions can sometimes leave no choice but to use ingredients that may otherwise not have been considered in the past, steps can be taken to lessen the negative impact on the animals. Additives that deal with mycotoxins, improve gut health and development, and increase the digestibility of feed do all add cost to the finished feed product, but if the formulations are correct, they pay for themselves, and help ensure better livestock performance.

Basically, it’s thinking about the bigger picture. It’s worth looking at what you’re saving on AND its effects on the animals. If your efforts at saving causes losses down the road, then it’s actually costing you money. This is surprisingly difficult to do, and many farms, faced with immediate needs and increasing costs, lose sight of the long game. Thriving in trying times requires smart investing in technology and practices.

If feed shortages, poor animal performance, and decreased income are a concern, let our team help you make the right technical decisions and investments to help ensure maximum performance for your animals and your farm. At UBC, we can help you deal with the unique challenges farms in the Philippines face. Years of experience, industry-leading products, and a highly competent technical team can bring your business to its maximum level of performance. Contact your local Territory Sales Manager for more info on how we can help.

Turkish Study Examines Pine Needle Powder Effect in Poultry

Powdered Turkish Red Pine needles are being tested for their antioxidative effects in broilers in a study being conducted in Turkey. This reflects the industry’s continued shift to natural products and steering away from antibiotic growth enhancers (AGPs) that help the propagation of antibiotic-resistant strains of diseases, harming the well-being of the industry and threatening the effectiveness of antibiotics in human use.


The study proved promising, in that the 42-day period increased carcass yield in direct correlation with the addition of pine needle powder. Such sources of natural antioxidants could prove extremely useful in countries like the Philippines, where livestock constantly face oxidative stress due to environmental conditions. Check the whole report at allaboutfeed in the link below.

https://www.allaboutfeed.net/animal-feed/raw-materials/pine-needle-powder-as-a-natural-antioxidant-for-broilers/

https://www.allaboutfeed.net/animal-feed/raw-materials/pine-needle-powder-as-a-natural-antioxidant-for-broilers/

Supplementation For A Fighting Advantage

Cockfighting remains one of the most popular pastimes in the country. Even today, large-scale derbys bring competitors and spectators in from around the world. While training methods and breeding techniques have persisted over time, giving your fighting cocks that winning edge frequently comes down to nutrition.

All other things being equal, providing a little extra for your fighting cocks in the form of supplementation means that they have the advantage when the chips are down. Supplementation also gives them an edge in recovery, whether it’s from training, or in between fights.

The first concern to deal with is stress. Over the course of growth, development, and training, the fighting cock has a higher than normal exposure to stressors, and a failure to adapt to these conditions means poor performance. Chemical stressors, such as those caused by antibiotics, or feed additives impede development as the body focuses on clearing byproducts or strengthening the immune system instead of muscle growth. Physical stressors encountered during training, such as the normal wear and tear of muscle tissue, or micro-fractures in the skeletal system mean more downtime, and poor athletic performance. Biological stressors such as those innately present in the breed, or those caused by the incompatibility with the environment impact long-term health and fighting ability, and psychological stress encountered in fights, whether in training or the actual bouts can dull a fighting cock’s edge in combat. Supplementation supports the birds by making them more adaptable to different stressful situations, for that fight advantage they need to win.

Ensuring the proper function of the CNS has immediate benefits including improving the animal’s psychomotor performance, enabling them to move exactly as their fighting instincts instruct them, as well as improving their concentration and responsiveness in a fight situation. One of the most important factors in creating an effective fighting cock is training, and better stress tolerance aids in this step as well. Supplementation makes training more effective by increasing the animal’s ability to learn and retain the lessons learned in training, which is a clear advantage in a match. The improvements to the CNS also translate into better functioning under pressure, and when the fight starts, in the loud, dusty environment of the fighting arena, there is more pressure on the bird than just the opponent in front of it. All these benefits to the CNS let your fighter respond to the stresses of a fight like a champion.

One of the most important advantages supplementation delivers is increased physical performance. Correct supplementation also delays the formation of lactic acid in the muscles, which translates into greater function of the fast-twitch muscle fibers and the ability to act and react better. All these create a warrior that’s physically at a higher level than the competition, and one that’s more dangerous in combat.

Finally, supplementation aids in recovery. Both training and real fights do damage to an animal’s body. Supplementation helps detoxify the bird’s body from the byproducts of extreme physical activity so the bird spends less time recovering. It restores the micro-tears that naturally develop in muscle fibers after physical exertion, and increases the rate of protein synthesis and nucleic acid to both repair and build muscle, so your animal can bounce back faster, train harder, and fight more effectively.

To learn about natural, antibiotic-free supplementation programs that will suit your flock, contact your local UBC sales agent, and give your fighting birds the edge in combat.

Using Emulsifiers to Reduce Feed Cost

The current shortage of corn for use in feed production has led to an increase in raw material prices, which in turn cuts into profit margins for many farms in the country. Nutritional requirements still have to be met in order to turn a decent profit, and striking that balance between nutrition and cost can be a difficult task.

There are, of course, options, though some are less attractive than others. There are ways that increase the efficiency of feed, in order to meet the nutritional requirements of the animals while keeping the material amounts the same. Emulsifiers in particular are an excellent way to increase the amount of energy absorbed from the oils in feed.

Oils, which are high in energy, are a great addition to feed for animals when trying to make up for low energy values in feed. However, since oil and water don’t mix, these energy-dense oils don’t easily get absorbed in the mostly water environment of an animal’s  digestive system. While animal (and human) digestive systems have ways to break down and absorb oils, it’s not perfect, and increased amounts of oils can either be wasted, or worse, cause problems in an animal’s digestive system.

Emulsifiers work through a clever molecular trick: one side of the molecule binds readily with water, and the other side binds readily with water. This allows the emulsifier to be absorbed by the watery digestive system, while taking the energy-rich oil with it. This trick also breaks up large droplets of oil into smaller droplets, increasing their surface area, and making absorption easier, similar to how granulated sugar will dissolve faster in water than a single, large sugar crystal. This lets the animal extract the maximum nutritional value from the feed.

Because of their properties, emulsifiers in effect increase the amount of oils absorbed by the animal, which means more energy is available for the animal to use, without actually increasing the amount of raw materials included in the food. While emulsifiers themselves introduce cost to feed formulation, the money saved by reducing feed ingredients more than offset this, giving you net savings.