Monogastric Nutrition

Food Security: The role of good nutrition in the health of monogastric production animals

The world’s population is estimated to grow to more than 9 billion people by 2050. In order to meet the growing demand for animal protein, animal producers will need to be able to deliver two-thirds more than they are currently managing.

As resources become increasingly restricted, obtaining food security in the future is a challenge faced by each and every production animal producer. However, wherever there are challenges there are also opportunities. This growing demand for protein provides opportunities for producers to continuously improve their operations and profitability.

Nutrition in monogastric (single-chambered stomach) and ruminant (four-chambered stomach) animals are the keys to unlocking the optimum growth potential of swine, poultry, cattle, sheep etc. , limiting economic losses and improving overall health.

As a result producers, nutritionists and veterinarians are constantly working to find cost-effective dietary solutions to improve the productivity of livestock and poultry.

At Kemin, we invest millions of dollars in research annually to improve animal health and performance and ultimately increase producer profitability. The Kemin range of nutritional products and services for Monogastric Nutrition provide innovative and sustainable solutions that result in more efficient absorption of nutrients, enhanced performance and improved feed efficiency.

Monogastric Nutrition: The four key focusses in production animals

  • Efficient Nutrient Digestion and Absorption
  • Organic Mineral Nutrition
  • Protection of Nutritional Value with Oxidative Control
  • Carotenoids

Efficient Nutrient Digestion And Absorption

First and foremost, the goal of every producer is to obtain the full nutritional potential from every grain of feed fed to animals in order to gain the maximum nutrient value from each mouthful. Secondly, once these nutrients are made available to an animal, maximum nutrient absorption is the aim in order to ensure minimal losses. Optimal digestion and absorption of all feed nutrients will ensure enhanced animal performance, improved feed efficiency, improved animal health and increased profitability of the business.


Organic Mineral Nutrition

Trace minerals play a critical role in the metabolic functions of swine and poultry; they support growth and development, immune function and reproductive performance. In general, the concentration of trace minerals, naturally present in most of animal feeds, is inadequate for optimal growth and reproductive performance. In order to supplement feed and support improved production, Kemin developed a line of highly bioavailable organic minerals called KemTRACE® Minerals. Learn more about Monogastric KemTRACE® Chromium and its benefits here.


Protection of Nutritional Value with Oxidative Control

Fats and oils together with other lipid materials, such as fat-soluble vitamins and carotenoid pigments, are important and a relatively expensive components of animal feeds. These fats can spontaneously react with atmospheric oxygen and deteriorate by oxidation. Oxidation of these components reduce feed quality, affecting nutritive value, taste, smell, colour and texture. Feeding oxidised fats to livestock and poultry lead to the reduction of feed efficiency and energy digestibility, increase in oxidative stress and mortality, and impairment of the immune function.

Kemin’s Antioxidant Product Portfolio provides optimal blends of antioxidants specifically formulated for the protection of feeds and fats. Learn more about our Antioxidant Product Portfolio here.


Carotenoid Nutrients for Improved Egg Pigmentation and Development

For many consumers, the degree of pigmentation of broiler skin and egg yolk is a critical parameter for acceptance. A low degree or inconsistent pigmentation will result in economic losses for both the poultry producer and feed suppliers.


Through extensive research and trial studies, Kemin has found that lutein, a carotenoid nutrient, and xanthophyll are not only efficient in promoting consistent egg pigmentation but may also play an important role in development and physiological functions such as antioxidant activities, regulation of cell proliferation and enhanced immune function. Find out more about Carotenoid Nutrients here.