Feed is the most costly input in poultry production. Its efficient utilization by animals is crucial for the best economic returns. Optimum gut heath allows a high assimilation of all the nutrients present in the feed and reduces the risk of food borne pathogen contaminations. Feed sanitation and hygiene are key parts of a gut health management program. FORMICINE Gold PX is a unique and cost effective tool forcomplete feed sanitation to ensure optimum gut health, thusallowing high performance and food hygiene for the bestprofitability in poultry operations.
The ability to protect raw materials and finished feeds from harmful contaminants is crucial to ensure animal performance. Bacteria, mold, mycotoxins and aflatoxins rob ingredients of their value to the animal. By improving the microbiological quality of the feed, animals can utilize the full nutritional benefit of each ingredient with lowered risk for sickness.In addition to the benefits of strong animal performance, controlling pathogenic presence in feed can reduce the risk of farm-born diseases to public health. Animal feed plays an important part in the food chain and has implications for the composition and quality of the livestock products (milk, meat and eggs) that people consume.
Feed ingredients and finished feeds are susceptible to microbial contamination (Fungi, Salmonella, E. coli, etc.). This risk is present during harvest, storage, transport and feed production. Therefore, controlling pathogenic microorganisms in raw materials and feed at the very beginning of the production cycle (feed mill) is crucial to achieve an effective gut health management program.
Raw materials are the main source of contamination. Inclusion rate of the ingredients also plays a role in accessing the relative risk factor of contamination.
Quality of Raw Material Analysis
(Source: Leeson and Summers, 1997)
(Source: Novus Sampling results)
How to manage feed hygiene
Feed hygiene is usually managed by using technologies including heat treatments or/and the use of feed additives containing organic acids and formaldehyde.
Heat treatment is very effective tool for killing bacteria but there are factors such as the initial contamination of the mash feed and the amount of time in the conditioner which will affect the efficiency of the heat treatment. Weaknesses of heat treatment includes certain types of Salmonella being resistant (S.senftemberg, S.thomson) and effects on moisture and cell damaging.
Feed Additives - Organic Acid
Organic Acids are also frequently used to obtain feed hygiene. Though it has the toxic effect to microorganisms in the gut, it's disadvantages includes being mostly only effective in low to medium level of contamination and could potentially require higher inclusion for high level of contamination.
Feed Additive - Formaldehyde
A chemical disinfectant such as formaldehyde has a wellknown efficiency. Formaldehyde’s disruption of pathogen cell membranes and denaturation of pathogen proteins makes it particularly effective against vegetative gram-positive, gramnegative bacteria and mycoplasma. It has a mode of action complementary to organic acids, such as propionic acid, which disrupts hydrogen pumps and causes an increase in pH, impairing normal cellular processes. Comparison studies have shown that a combination of formaldehyde and propionic acid is stronger than either component alone because it acts at two different levels.
Defend Raw Materials & Feed from Pathogens with FORMYCINE GOLD Px
FORMYCINE® Gold Px preservative pre-mix is used to control and kill harmful contaminants in raw materials and finished feed. This helps to prevent the harmful effects of animal disease, and can lead to a faster recovery from outbreaks.
FORMYCINE Gold PX is a combination of formaldehyde and propionic acid and is embedded in a micronized dry carrier, thus reducing volatilization and improving product stability. This results in a potent antimicrobial activity even at low inclusion rates. FORMYCINEGold PX helps to control the risk of pathogen contamination all along the food chain, starting with rendering/ingredient manufacture, feed mills and poultry houses. Its unique formulation makes it easy to handle, as well as safe for the operators and the livestock when following the instructions described in the safety data sheet. Moreover, it is not susceptible to bacterial resistance and does not generate residues in tissues. Its wide-spectrum of effectiveness helps to control harmful contaminants that may otherwise reduce animal performance.
Bentonite is used as carrier of Formaldehyde in FORMYCINE Gold Px. Due to its small particle size, it allows for high dispersion of formaldehyde. Addtionally, it has high capacity of retaining molecules: allowing lower amount of formaldehyde in the product and high anti bacterial effectiveness.
Improve Feed and Ingredient Quality
FORMYCINE Gold Px Benefits for ABF