For the animal production industry globally, high raw material prices, especially for corn and soybean meal, is an ongoing challenge. With deep understanding, Professor Ravi Ravindran, Emeritus Professor from Massey University in New Zealand, shared his thoughts on the opportunities and challenges of alternative raw material usage during the Novus Knowledge Webinar - “Maximizing Feed Cost Savings through Efficient usage of Alternative Raw Materials”, which took place on 14 July 2022.
Novus International in collaboration with Dr. Yuwares Ruangpanit from Animal Science Department, Kasetsart University, Kamphaengsaen Campus in Thailand developed and recently launched the Eggshell Grading and Scoring System (eGss). This system consists of a specially designed box to illuminate the intact egg, giving it a translucent image. The grading and scoring of eggs are done based on the area of light passing through eggshell and the evenness of light distribution across the shell surface. The result or scores of the eggs is correlated to eggshell strength and shell thickness based on data from trials conducted by Kasetsart University. This could help Novus’s layer customers in primarily evaluating eggshell quality to ensure more saleable eggs in their operations.
The efficient conversion of feed into its basic components for optimal nutrient absorption is vital for both broiler and broiler breeder production and welfare. Gut health, an intricate and complex area combining nutrition, microbiology, immunology, and physiology, has a key role to play. When gut health is compromised, digestion and nutrient absorption are affected which, in turn, can have a detrimental effect on feed conversion leading to economic loss and greater susceptibility to disease.
Teera Tiyasatkulkovit, Technical Services Manager, Novus Southeast Asia and Pacific shares in his technical article published on Asian Poultry September issue 2021 that feed supplementation with Essential Oil containing a combination of thymol and carvacrol enhanced digestive enzyme activities, and improved immune response of broilers.
An exogenous protease enzyme helps get animals off to the right start by improving the digestion of proteins and amino acids, helping make valuable nutrients more available for growth and performance, while minimizing the negative effects of undigested protein in the hind gut explains Annafe Perino, Product Manager, Novus Southeast Asia and Pacific.