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Celebrating 25 Years: Helping Feed Tomorrow

Project Horizon – Novus International’s Commitment to Antibiotic-Free Production Alternatives and Solutions


McDonalds. Subway. Panera Bread. The list of restaurant chains, retailers, and food service companies demanding antibiotic-free meat protein products continues to grow. These vendors’ promises of antibiotic-free meat protein on their menus comes almost two decades after the first concerns about the possible link between meat produced from animals treated with antibiotics, particularly for growth promotion, and human resistance to antibiotics first was addressed in regulatory circles. Study of the connection continues as does the shift in the livestock production industry.

Regardless of the lack of substantial science relating to the possibility of animals treated with antibiotics contributing to human antibiotic resistance, an even greater force is at play. Consumer demand trumps science leading to change. From the largest companies like Perdue and Tyson to individual producers, the call for antibiotic-free production has been heard and it is fundamentally changing meat production in the United States.

Antibiotic-free livestock production means shifts for producers and everyone in the supply chain. Producers have had to reduce the need to use antibiotics through changes in management practices, nutrition, and biosecurity measures. While producers adapt, the need for industry experts and resources able to evaluate the system as a whole and collaborate with producers to overcome production challenges they may be facing for the first time has grown exponentially.

While the shift toward antibiotic-free production has been underway for years, it has been a slow, careful process on the part of producers as well as those they do business with. Standards are not uniform across the industry and practices vary among species. This variability adds an extra layer of challenge.

Verification of compliance with antibiotic-free programs presents additional concerns. Each company or production system has its own standards and operating procedures when dealing with sick animals. Verifying those standards and procedures is often at the direction of the food service or retail customer for their particular antibiotic-free standards. In the poultry industry, those customers each have their own verification protocol. In the pork industry, the Common Swine Audit has paved the way with customers adding specific audit points to satisfy their antibiotic-free program requirements.

For veterinarians and producers, animal welfare concerns need to be addressed before beginning antibiotic-free production, so producers know what to do with a sick animal or bird. Having the answers will alleviate the amount of time the animal suffers or possibly having to treat the entire barn. That kind of treatment would negatively impact the grower’s financial return because of being classified as normal production and no longer qualifying for any available antibiotic-free premiums. All animals treated with antibiotics must follow strict withdrawal timelines, approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to ensure a safe, residue-free meat product at slaughter.

There are nutritional products available to maintain production levels in the absence of antibiotics. Novus’s team of experts in production and nutrition management, with foundations in science-based nutrition products, can help producers bridge the gap and reduce the need for antibiotics in production.

Project Horizon was developed to concentrate Novus’s expertise and products, presenting them to producers as uniquely qualified and successful alternatives to fill gaps in antibiotic-free protein production systems.

Understanding the Right Enzyme for Each Substrate

Most animals, especially young animals, lack the innate enzyme capability to degrade complex substrates in feed and are unable to optimize nutrient release and availability of feed ingredients. Supplementation with a feed enzyme results in improved dietary responses through a more complete digestion of specific substrates. Each enzyme works on a specific substrate, resulting in the need for different types of enzymes to fully realize the potential value of feed.

Mannanase enzymes are fermentation products of Bacillus spp. that degrade ß-mannans, a key source of indigestible fiber, in animal feeds. The major source of mannans in soy is the hull, making the effect of ß-mannanase more pronounced when supplemented in diets containing SBM-44 that are higher in indigestible fiber.

Xylanase enzymes are a class of enzymes derived from fungi that work to break down xylans, a type of pentosan found most commonly in wheat. Xylans increase gut viscosity in the animal that limits nutrient absorption. Xylanase enzymes break down those xylans that allow for a higher digestibility and absorption of nutrients in the small intestine.

Protease enzymes hydrolyze indigestible protein in feeds. Proteases work to break down protein from feed ingredients, resulting in greater amino acid and energy release. Even a standard corn-SBM diet is about 85 percent digestible, so there is 15 percent that the animal will not utilize. A protease reduces the undigested protein portion, leading to lower feed costs and better gut health.

Phytase enzymes act specifically on the substrate phytate, breaking phytate down and releasing phosphorous for use by the animal. Through this break down and release, there is less of a need for supplementation of dietary phosphorus.

Different Types of Unique Enzymes = Fully Realizing the Potential Value of Feed

For more information on the different enzyme categories, click here.


Novus Is With You When It Matters!

World Pork Expo 2016 was a busy one for the Novus team! It was a very successful week with several big announcements and events happening at the tent. We officially launched Project Horizon, our effort to aid customers in the transition to antibiotic-free production. The objective of Project Horizon is to become the expert in managing health through nutrition by addressing heightened health and performance concerns arising due to the removal of antibiotics. Our team has started talking to customers who are transitioning to ABF production and is looking forward to working with more producers throughout the industry. In addition to the launch of Project Horizon, Novus celebrated its 25th anniversary with customers, media and industry partners with a reception following the whole hog roast on Grand Ave. Our team was excited to share some of their experiences over the last 25 years. The Novus crew thanks YOU, our customers, for 25 years of business and is looking forward to continuing our business partnership for the next 25 years and beyond.


Getting to Know Tamara Loeffler, DVM

Technical Services Manager, Poultry

Dr. Tamara Loeffler is responsible for providing technical support for the sales of poultry products in North America. As a member of the technical sales team, Tamara helps train sales staff, develops technical marketing materials, plans and executes customer product trials and is involved with new product discovery and development.

She joined Novus June 20, 2016, and came to the team with a broad background and vast understanding of the U.S. poultry industry. Tamara has worked for several of Novus’s customer companies through the externships during her DVM studies. She has spent time working in all facets of production starting with disease diagnostics and quality control, ranging to commercial egg production and breeder operations and finally, broiler production, including feed mills, hatcheries and processing.

Tamara is originally from South Florida and received her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from the University of Maryland, College Park. From there she went on to get her Master of Science degree in Poultry Nutrition from the University of Georgia, under Dr. Amy Batal, then continued on to Mississippi State University where she earned her DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Tamara is a member of the American Association of Avian Pathologists as well as the American Veterinary Medical Association and has already authored or co-authored seven peer-reviewed articles.

Research Focus

The North America technical service team, along with some of the sales and marketing team members, are looking forward to seeing many of you in Salt Lake City, Utah, for JAM July 19 – 23 This year at the meetings we have some great new research being presented across our key product platforms. Additionally, we will be hosting a cocktail reception on Wednesday evening, July 20 to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Visit our website, www.novusint.com for more information on the research being presented.

Wednesday 7:15 a.m.: New bacterial 6-phytase expressed in Pseudomonas fluorescens improved growth performance, bone parameters and P digestibility in growing pigs.

Oral Presentations:
Wednesday, 12:00 p.m.: Growth performance, bone measurements and P digestibility in nursery pigs fed diets supplemented with increasing levels of a new bacterial 6-phytase expressed in Pseudomonas fluorescens.
Thursday, 2:30 p.m.: Effect of methionine sources and graded levels of sulfur amino acids on the growth performance of post-weaning piglets.