With limited rainfall and record-breaking temperatures scorching much of the country this summer, the nation’s crops and forage have suffered from moderate to extreme drought conditions. Dire reports have filled the news, including a recent report from The New York Times that more than half of the corn crop is either in poor or very poor condition, and soy doesn’t look much better. As a result, corn and soy prices are soaring, and farmers will face significant challenges with the cost of feeding their animals. Alltech’s Allzyme®SSF is a natural solution for pig and poultry farmers looking for ways to get more from their feed and provide their animals the nutritional support they need.
“There is no time when it is more important to focus on feed efficiency and return of feed cost than when corn and soy prices are high,” said Aidan Connolly, Alltech’s vice president for corporate accounts.
Allzyme SSF is a natural complex that maximizes nutrient release, helping producers optimize the performance of their animals’ diets. Through solid-state fermentation, a strain of Aspergillus niger works in synergy with the animals’ digestive systems to break down layers of the feed that were previously inaccessible through digestion.
“Now is the time to take steps to innovate and utilize cutting edge technology” said Dr. Mark Lyons, Vice President Corporate Affairs at Alltech. “The natural enzyme complex in Allzyme SSF is produced using a proprietary strain of Aspergillus niger that has the ability to break down the complex matrices of sugars, starches, proteins, and fiber found in agro-industrial residues that monogastric animals are otherwise unable to digest.”
This process exposes more nutrients, including amino acids, energy, calcium and phosphorus. By allowing animals to better utilize their feed, Allzyme SSF allows for flexibility in formulation through the inclusion of by-products and alternative raw materials, or by reducing nutrient density in the diet.
“The energy locked up in cellulose and hemicellulose offers a tremendous opportunity for improving feed efficiency and reducing production costs, which is an important factor with the feed prices we are facing now and, with all likelihood, for the foreseeable future,” Lyons said. “Producers and farmers can achieve more efficient performance from their current feeds, and also consider including alternatives to corn and soy. This can help manage and reduce costs while maintaining optimal animal performance.”
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