ACIDOMATRIX™ is a proprietary line of protected Gut Environment Modifiers (GEMs) formulated to improve feed quality and help optimize efficient nutrient uptake. ACIDOMATRIX organic acids are dispersed throughout a matrix, resulting in a more consistent release profile. ACIDOMATRIX stabilizes the intestinal microflora of production animals bolstering their ability to maintain effective pathogen control and promotes peak performance during diet changes or in antibiotic free diets.
Bacteria such as Salmonella spp., Campylobacter spp., E. coli, Clostridium spp. and others, can create a negative environment at the intestinal level. When populations of these infectious agents colonize the intestinal tissue, the nutrient absorption process is negatively affected and can result in poor growth performance.
Furthermore, the control of pathogenic bacteria in the food chain has become a basic requirement due to its impact on food safety and therefore, the confidence of the consumer on the food supply. The introduction of these harmful agents in livestock can be controlled by sound feed hygiene and upper gut acidification.
ACIDOMIX® is a uniquely formulated blend of organic acids - formic, lactic and fumaric - and ammonium formate, encapsulated to ensure delivery of its acidification to the lower digestive tract. In addition to its preserving effects, ACIDOMIX has antimicrobial effective which helps reduce bacterial contamination levels and energy waste resulting in optimal growth rates.
Producers are faced with a variety of challenges each day. Gut health does not have to be one of them. The simple addition of organic acids to the animal diet can optimize healthy gut flora by reducing bacterial contamination levels, producing multiple producer and animal benefits.
Organic acid products, like ACIDOMIX preservative pre-mix, are an important component of pathogen reduction programs, in vaccination-free windows and withdrawal diets, as well as an aid in maintaining feed intake.
The ACTIVATE® nutritional feed acid family of products contains a blend of organic acids and methionine hydroxy analogue (HMTBa), a highly bioavailable source of methionine. The combination of organic acids in ACTIVATE effectively reduces the pH of the gastrointestinal tract, promotes the establishment of a desirable and more balanced intestinal flora and aids in digestion, providing more nutrients from feed and improving performance.
Gut health is essential to overall animal health and well-being because the gut is the primary area of nutrient digestion and absorption. When it is not healthy and functioning at an optimal level, animals are less efficient at absorbing nutrients.
Today’s production processes present several challenges to gut health. Animals are exposed to pathogenic bacteria at multiple points throughout the production process. They also experience stress from changes in feed and environment. That often contributes to reduced feed intake, which increases the potential of disease taking hold.
AGRADO® is a proprietary blend of antioxidants with superior efficacy against both animal and plant sourced fats. When included in the total mixed ration, AGRADO protects key ingredients from oxidation and reduces harmful free radical formation that can negatively impact animal health and productivity.
With the high cost of today’s feed ingredients, getting the most nutritional value from the ingredients is essential to maximizing profitability. However, it is also critical to keep animals healthy and producing. The addition of antioxidants to the animal diet can help save money as well as maintain health and productivity.
Fat soluble vitamins are susceptible to oxidative damage and loss of activity when exposed to conditions that favor oxidation. Antioxidants have the ability to protect vitamins from oxidative degradation because they remove free radicals, which are responsible for oxidative damage. Antioxidants, like AGRADO feed ingredient, are an important tool for protecting ingredients as well as improving feed efficiency, digestion and gut function.
As feed ingredient prices exhibit greater volatility and resources become scarcer, formulating to meet amino acids (AA) requirements with a methionine source from Novus helps to optimize rations and get the most out of feed ingredients.
ALIMET® has 88% activity by weight and is 100 percent bioavailable. ALIMET feed supplement is proven to be an effective source of methionine activity without the appetite suppression experienced when feeding DL-methionine. In addition to proven performance, ALIMET delivers an organic acid effect, reduces nitrogen excretions and supports performance during heat stress.
All methionine sources are not created equal. The forms and types of amino acids available commercially vary not only in their methionine density, but also in uptake and response in the target animal. Bioavailability has a major bearing on the overall nutritional value of the amino acid product used.
Feeding ALIMET feed supplement in livestock and poultry rations as a methionine source has been shown to:
Canthaxanthin is a carotenoid pigment widely found in nature. It is an essential coloring agent that naturally occurs in bacteria, fungi, algae and insects, as well as certain fish and birds. It is through these channels that it eventually enters the food chain.
The pigmentation of egg yolk and chicken skin is a natural process in which canthaxanthin is one of the most essential coloring agents. However, there are insufficient levels of canthaxanthin present in animal feedstuffs. This impacts animal health and results in a product color that does not meet consumer expectations. Supplementation is required to achieve desired health and production benefits.
There are two types of carotenoids available to the industry. The first, natural carotenoids, are produced totally from nature. The second, nature-identical carotenoids, are produced through synthesis. Finding ways to improve and give more value to pigmentation is critical to poultry and fish feed producers. Novus offers pigmentation solutions that effectively address the individual needs and requirements of producers.
Based on natural identical canthaxanthin, CANTHACOL® is a red feed premixture that delivers consistent and uniform color for the egg yolk and broiler skin. When used in combination with yellow carotenoids, CANTHACOL® delivers the desired level of red coloring as well as efficient absorption, optimal dispersability and stability in final feed.
Finding ways to improve feed efficiency is critical to profitability. When this requires reformulating rations due to high feed costs, producers don’t want to sacrifice animal performance. With the CIBENZA® feed additive family of enzymes, this isn’t an issue. Using CIBENZA products in feed formulation produces more dietary energy, improve protein digestibility and increases the availability of nutrients such as starch, amino acids, and fat.
Enzymes are scientifically proven to help improve digestion of protein and energy as well as improving phosphorous metabolism, allowing producers to decrease the use of expensive ingredients when necessary. Enzymes also allow for the incorporation of a wider variety of more cost-effective ingredients without affecting performance.
CIBENZA products optimize feed formulations to:
IDEA™ – Assay accurately quantifies protein and amino acid digestibility values of your poultry and pork feed ingredients.
Developed and backed by Novus International, IDEA puts the power of scientific analysis right in your hands and right on site. An in vitro assay that predicts feed ingredients’ in vivo protein digestibility, it’s the first meaningful and practical feed ingredient assay available for everyday use.
Novus has packaged this science into easy-to-use kits for five key ingredients: soybean meal (SBM), meat and bone meal (MBM), distillers dried grains (DDGS), fishmeal (FM), and poultry complete (PC) – for all meat meals including poultry by-products and feather meal.
MAAC® chelated trace minerals were the first chelates recognized by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). These minerals are highly bioavailable due to their combination with a glycine ligand. This allows the mineral to survive the harsh gut environment to be properly absorbed in the small intestine.
Like MINTREX®, MAAC is also part of the Novus BioOptimized trace minerals line. MAAC should be considered when the exclusive bypass methionine response benefit of MINTREX is not needed. MAAC is available in many blends and concentrations to meet the specific needs of each individual operation. It comes in both dry and liquid form, making it versatile in many applications.
For nearly five decades, the research team at Novus has been developing and improving nutritional solutions for the beef and dairy industries. The Novus team has solutions for optimizing nutrient utilization and improving reproduction, as well as other challenges producers may face.
MFP™ feed supplement offers the benefits of methionine supplementation in dry form and contains cherry flavoring to improve palatability. MFP is an effective source of methionine activity and delivers a naturally occurring precursor of L-methionine called HMTBa. The effect of HMTBa on improving microbial protein synthesis in the rumen and supplying methionine to the animal is promotion of milk, fat and protein yield in lactating cows. During the close-up period, HMTBa alleviates dry matter intake depression and bolsters gain and feed efficiency in growing cattle.
As the world’s most popular liquid methionine solution, using ALIMET® provides producers with better blending and handling than DL-methionine products. MFP feed supplement offers the benefits of ALIMET supplementation in dry form with enhanced flavoring to improve palatability. MFP mixes and handles easily in the mill and can be incorporated at any level in straight mineral mixes and protein mixes or with products high in fat, such as propylene glycol.
MHA® has 84% minimum methionine activity and has been used since 1956 in commercial feed applications. It is equally effective for poultry and livestock diets. MHA feed supplement is proven to be an effective source of methionine activity without the appetite suppression experienced when feeding DL-methionine. Because of its dry granular powder form, MHA is the leading source of HMTBa inclusions in premixes and farm feed mills. MHA delivers organic calcium, reduces nitrogen excretion and provides better performance during heat stress.
Feeding MHA feed supplement in livestock and poultry rations as a methionine source has been shown to:
MINTREX® is a next-generation trace mineral that has received its own official ingredient definition by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).
MINTREX chelated trace minerals combine ALIMET® feed supplement with an essential trace mineral in a two-to-one chelated molecule. This protects the mineral from antagonists, allowing it to be more efficiently absorbed once reaching the small intestine. The result is greater bioavailability, digestive tract stability and a residual methionine effect that can reduce the required level of supplemental methionine per ton of feed.
MINTREX is part of the Novus line of BioOptimized trace minerals. To be BioOptimized, the trace minerals must be highly bioavailable and efficiently supply more minerals to the animal. MINTREX is available in many blends and concentrations to meet the specific needs of each individual operation.
The truth for all producers – profitable production begins with healthy animals. Gut health is a concern that is common across all species of animal production from cattle, to swine to poultry to aquaculture. A healthy digestive system leads to better nutrient absorption, optimal feed utilization and improved animal performance.
The NEXT ENHANCE® family of products are specially formulated to promote a healthy gut environment producing healthier animals. They also are protected by NaturCoat™, a microencapsulation system that assures controlled release in the digestive tract for optimal impact.
The active ingredients in the NEXT ENHANCE 300 include garlic oil and cinnamaldehyde. Garlic oil can help enhance propionate production while reducing methane production. It has also been shown to inhibit the production of methane, saving energy that can be utilized for growth and production and simultaneously limiting the emission of greenhouse gas. Cinnamaldehyde slows down the breakdown of peptides and amino acids which results in increased availability of peptides and amino acids with lower ammonia production. As a result, a waste product and pollutant is reduced and protein utilization is increased. The net result is more metabolizable protein delivered to the small intestine. Together, these two plant ingredients affect rumen fermentation to improve the efficiency of energy and nitrogen utilization. The overall nutritional situation and health of the animal improves due to more efficient utilization of feedstuffs.
The active ingredients in NEXT ENHANCE 150 include thymol and carvacrol. NEXT ENHANCE 150 has the optimum ratio of thymol and carvacrol to stimulate the beneficial gut microbes, stimulate the creation of lactic acid leading to a reduction of pathogen load, improving performance while increasing animal health. NEXT ENHANCE 150 optimizes feed conversion, maximizes average daily gain and reduces unspecific diarrhea.
There are many different components in a complete feed and some of those are prone to oxidation which can decrease the value of the feed. These include supplemental fats, oils and vitamin premixes.
Preservation of these ingredients is critical because the fats and oils provide energy and essential fatty acids, while the vitamin premix has the broad range of vitamins necessary for optimal animal growth and performance. One of the best ways to protect the value of these ingredients is through the use of an effective antioxidant such as SANTOQUIN® feed preservative.
SANTOQUIN provides unsurpassed protection from oxidative rancidity. Oxidation decreases the value of unprotected ingredients as soon as they are produced and continues to degrade the nutrients over time. SANTOQUIN protects feed ingredients and prolongs nutritional shelf life in complete feed.
SOLIS® is a mineral product containing a proprietary blend of layered aluminosilicate mineral clays. When properly mixed , the SOLIS line of products has the ability to target fungal metabolites present in animal feeds.
Mycotoxins are dangerous chemicals, or secondary metabolites, produced by molds that can negatively impact animal performance, impair animal health and cause serious economic consequences, even at low levels.
Most mycotoxins, including aflatoxins, zearalenone, ochratoxin, fumonisins, T-2 toxins and DON, form on grain, seeds and forages in the fields, but they also may be produced during harvesting, processing, transportation and storage of feed ingredients. Fungal metabolites may be present in feed, even in the absence of visually or actively moldy feed. As a result, a constant risk of exposure of mycotoxin-producing molds exists most anytime animals are fed. When used as a feed-additive, SOLIS® anti-caking agent is part of an effective program for managing mycotoxin challenges.
In today’s economic and competitive environment, feed manufacturers must improve efficiency and production parameters in order to ensure profitability. That is easier said than done. Feed mills are faced with a variety of processing challenges and concerns including:
Many of these can be addressed with the addition of SURF•ACE™ feed mill processing acid. SURF•ACE combines surfactant and emulsifier activity to help reduce the surface tension on the feed particles and aid in the penetration of added moisture.
SURF•ACE helps bind water to the fatty phase of the feed. Binding water with the dietary fat will artificially increase the level of fat in the diet that is recognized by the press (the final emulsion “behaves” like fat), resulting in a better lubrication of the machinery and a better press yield with similar motor energy consumption.
The addition of SURF•ACE does not affect pellet durability, as often happens with extra fat addition, but enhances durability as more crystal starch becomes gelatinized. Weight of the final feed is increased as the moisture is retained thus recovering the process loss. The result is a feed that has a better ratio of dry matter and moisture as intended in the formulation as well as substantial cost savings in the feed mill.
Xanthophylls are naturally-occurring yellow pigments that form one of the two major divisions of carotenoids. The other is carotenes which provide the orange and red hues found in plants. Like other carotenoids, xanthophylls are found in the highest quantity in the leaves of green plants.
The group of xanthophylls includes many compounds such as the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. The level of lutein and zeaxanthin ingested as part of the poultry diet has a direct effect on the color of the egg yolk and skin. Since color is an indication of quality, producers often supplement the animal diet to achieve the exact level of pigmentation desired.
XAMACOL® feed premixture is based on natural lutein and zeaxanthin, extracted from marigold flowers (Tagetes erecta). XAMACOL is a yellow pigment that delivers consistent and uniform color for the egg yolk and broiler skin. When used in combination with red carotenoids, XAMACOL delivers the desired level of yellow coloring as well as efficient absorption, optimal dispersability and stability in final feed. All active ingredients are found in a highly bioavailable form, which makes this product completely effective and reliable for pigmenting purposes.
Carotenoids –pigments found in plants – provide several health benefits including increased antioxidant effect, heightened immune and reproductive function and cardiovascular protection when included as part of the animal diet. Additionally, carotenoids positively impact consumer perception by enhancing the color of certain foods.
There are over 600 known carotenoids classified as either xanthophylls or carotenes. Carotenes are responsible for orange hues, but not all of the yellow colors in plants. Capsanthin is a carotene that is found organically in paprika and red pepper. All animals need carotenoids, but since they cannot produce these naturally-occurring nutrients, they must obtain them through their diet. The challenge lies in providing livestock with a consistent and optimal level. Novus carotenoid solutions ensure animals receive the right amount for maximum health and production benefits.
Based on natural capsanthin, extracted from paprika fruits (Capsicum annuum), XAROCOL® is a red feed premixture that delivers consistent and uniform color for egg yolks and broiler skin. When used in combination with yellow carotenoids, XAROCOL® delivers the desired level of red coloring as well as efficient absorption, optimal dispersability and stability in final feed.
Zorien® SeY yeast feed additive is a special strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae enriched with selenium in an organic form, selected and propagated for use in complete feeds. Zorien SeY is highly bioavailable, and can help maximize animal performance by promoting the body’s natural defense system.
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