Unfortunately, many feed ingredients are not fully digested by animals. By using feed enzymes, it is possible to improve nutrient digestibility and, therefore, enhance the nutritional value of animal feed.
KEMZYME Plus is a feed enzyme that combines three different NSP enzymes (xylanase, betaglucanase and cellulase) for the degradation of structural NSP and two different endogenous-like enzymes (amylase and protease) to enhance the action of the enzymes secreted in the GIT.
KEMZYME Plus is a multi-enzyme for poultry and piglets that allows to improve animal performance when used “on top”. Additionally, reformulation with KEMZYME Plus nutritional matrix allows to reduce feed cost by replacing more expensive raw materials by others with lower nutritional value and higher fibre content.
In modern pig production piglets are weaned at very early ages. Weaning is accompanied by a change in the diet from sow’s milk to vegetable feed and an introduction into a new environment. These changes have a distinctly negative effect on piglets, especially on the secretion of endogenous enzymes such as proteases and amylases.
Development of amylase activity in the piglet
A decreased digestion capacity may shift the starch digestion site from the small intestine to the large intestine, allowing the non-digested starch to be fermented. This fermentation produces volatile fatty acids which have been reported to be less effective on energy utilization compared to direct absorption of glucose from the small intestine (55 vs. 75%; NRC, 1998). Additional exogenous amylase supplementation can produce a higher sugar release from starch, resulting in less lower gut fermentation and energy losses. Lower gut non-controlled protein fermentation results in non-desired bacterial proliferation (i.e. Clostridium). Additional exogenous protease supplementation can reduce undigested protein flow to the hindgut and reduces this risk.
Starch is the main way of storage of carbohydrates in grains. With a contribution of more than 50 % of the metabolizable energy, it is considered the main source of energy in piglet diets. The content of starch in grains ranges from 55 to 85% DM and is present as granules inside the cells. Starch is composed by amylose (linear and helical chains of glucose) and amylopectin (highly branched chains of glucose). The proportion of amylose and amylopectin is represented by the amylose/amylopectin ratio. The most frequent ratio encountered in grains is 25/75. This ratio, however, can be very variable. There exist high amylose grains (75/25) and high amylopectin grains (1/99). Amylose is more resistant to digestion. So, it needs more enzymatic action to be degraded. Variable amylose/amylopectin ratios can cause variable and not consistent starch digestibility in piglets.
The application of a multi-enzyme containing exogenous amylase ensures better starch digestibility and less incidence of diarrhea when grain varieties with high amylose content are used.
The right combination of enzymes is crucial to break down the NSP complex substrate of the piglet diets and to compensate for the reduced endogenous enzyme secretions. The use of a multi-enzyme ingredient like KEMZYME Plus dry makes it possible to help the piglet digest at the level of a more mature animal. This way, more nutrients are taken up and fewer nutrients reach the hindgut. Reduction of nutrients in the hindgut has been linked to a reduced risk of dysbiosis, again resulting in a more resistant piglet.
Trials that were carried out in different universities and research institutes to evaluate the efficacy of KEMZYME®Plus dry in piglet feed have shown that:
Performance and ROI achieved with KEMZYME Plus dry (500 g/ton)
A unique multi-enzyme combination of 5 declared and quantified enzyme activities in dry form (xylanase, betaglucanase, cellulase, amylase and protease)
KEMZYME Plus dry is available in 25 kg bags and 500 kg or 1000 kg big bags.
KEMZYME Plus Concentrate dry
A concentrated form of KEMZYME Plus dry, offering a 10-times lower inclusion rate suitable for premix producers.
KEMZYME Plus Concentrate dry is available in 25 kg bags and 1000 kg big bags.
KEMZYME Plus P dry
A unique multi-enzyme combination of 6 declared and quantified enzyme activities in dry form (KEMZYME Plus Dry + 6-Phytase)
KEMZYME Plus P dry is available in 25 kg bags.
It is advised to contact a Kemin technical team for more information about the KEMZYME Plus product range.