Clever minds – healthy animals

Stress makes farm animals sick and reduces their performance. In contrast, intestinal health is decisive for economically successful animal husbandry. Phytobiotics Futterzusatzstoffe GmbH focuses on international cooperation and intensive exchange with renowned experts.

Preventing diseases, keeping animals healthy and making optimum use of the feed. All three goals are closely linked. Scientists recognize detailed interrelationships, while practitioners need practical know-how. The annual “IQ Inside Seminar” by Phytobiotics offered both.

At the end of September, more than 140 experts accepted the invitation to the four-day seminar with program items in Germany and Austria. The first day was devoted to practice. In Neuendettelsau, Bavaria, the seminar guests from 22 countries were convinced by the expanded production plant before they went on to Austria for the two-day scientific seminar.

“I am very pleased that we can register a record number of participants in 2019”, says Dr. Hermann Roth, owner and managing director of Phytobiotics Futterzusatzstoffe GmbH. This shows how great the interest in scientific topics and the exchange with practitioners is, said Roth, adding: “Healthy animals need clever minds”.

Dr. Alberto Morillo Alujas (Tests and Trials S.L.¸ Monzón, Spain) explained during the seminar that the intestinal health of farm animals starts very early. Whoever wants to feed weaned piglets more productively, said Morillo, must measure and understand the intestinal microbiota, immune system and the entire digestive system.

(Animal) health begins in the intestine. In contrast, a weakened intestinal health is a trailblazer for diseases and weak performances. Inflammations of the intestines in poultry have a negative effect on animal welfare and performance. Dr. Guillermo Tellez-Isaias outlined the consequences: The scientist from the University of Arkansas, USA, warned that when bacteria, or rather their fragments or toxins, enter the body from the intestines (bacterial translocation), the animals suffer and losses can occur.

Heat stress leads to considerable production losses in livestock farming. Phytogenic feed additives minimize these negative consequences, as Dr. Jeremy Cottrell of the University of Melbourne, Australia, reported from experiments with fattening pigs.

Dr. Roger Davin, Schothorst Feed Research B, explained the excellent effect of organically bound trace elements in piglet feeding., Schothorst Feed Research B. V., Lelystad, Netherlands.

Marisol Izquierdo from the University of Las Palmas, Spain, reported on sustainable feeding in modern aquaculture. The aromatisation of young animal feed, aquafeed and pet food rounded off the seminar.

In addition to the scientific contributions there were insights into the product portfolio of Phytobiotics. Dr. Tobias Steiner, Technical Director Europe, presented the various product innovations that will soon be presented on the market, such as Plexomin® as bisglycinate, Plexomin® as lysinate, Plexomin® Se as granulated organic selenium and Active-D – a botanical vitamin D from domestic raw materials. The guests also got insights into Phytobiotics’ own flavor line Miracol and last but not least the colostrum powder Immune Milk, which Phytobiotics will offer from 2020.

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