Times are changing for swine and poultry producers. With the reduction in antibiotic usage, producers are discovering a whole new set of management challenges which impact animal health and performance. When using medications, feed and water quality problems can be disguised. However, in today's production systems, those previously low priority concerns are now major issues.
Think of it like this:
Cleaning up the contaminants before they get into your animals takes a programmed approach focused on four key areas: Fat, Grain, Finished Feed and Water.
Oxidation of fats and oils, an irreparable process, occurs when oxygen is absorbed as a result of free radicals attacking the fatty acids. This process results in a conversion of the fatty acids into harmful byproducts including peroxides and aldehydes. When fed to animals, these toxic contaminants in the fat may lead to internal oxidative stress, negative gut health implications and immunity challenges for the animal.
The quality of fats and oils can quickly deteriorate due to oxidation. This deterioration in quality has been shown to have a negative impact on animal health, resulting in poorer performing animals. Clean fat means clean feed.
For livestock and poultry producers, the single largest ingredient in diets is grain. Whether the grain is corn, wheat, barley, sorghum or another source of starch, quality begins to degrade the day the crop is harvested. After harvest, there are several steps in the supply chain through which grain is transported, stored and processed. Each step increases losses in quality, quantity and nutrient content and these losses build up. This results in a significant revenue loss for the producer and the end user.
Preservation of grain quality as it passes through the supply chain means better performance for livestock producers. After harvest and during storage, mold growth consumes the nutritional value of grain. Controlling mold growth during storage helps retain the energy, amino acids and vitamin levels found in the crop at harvest. Application of grain preservatives controls mold growth and helps maintain the quality of the grain during storage. Clean grain means clean feed.
Maintaining quality of raw materials as they enter the feed mill helps ensure feed integrity. But what happens to feed after it leaves the feed mill? Moisture in feed bins, mold in conveyors and feed lodged in the corners of feed pans are just a few of the problems which conspire to impact feed integrity.
The goal of every livestock and poultry producer is to ensure the feed and feed ingredients used in their operations deliver the nutritional requirements needed to maximize performance. Safeguarding feed quality starts when raw materials arrive at the feed mill and continues through manufacturing and storage. Nutritionists carefully formulate diets to meet animal growth and performance requirements and rely on the feed mill to supply the highest quality ingredients. Controlling molds and mycotoxins in feed is key when considering your feed quality. Clean feed means more profit.
Did you know water is the most essential component of an animal's diet?
Often a forgotten management element, water quality plays a significant role in overall animal health and production performance. Water is involved in almost all aspects of animal metabolism. A clean, safe water supply is a necessity for healthy animals. Water can be easily contaminated by pathogens, including Salmonella, E. coli, Pasteurella, Streptococcus and Clostridium, which can compromise animal health and performance.
As management practices change and the industry begins to reduce or remove antibiotic use in livestock and poultry production, water quality is taking on an increasingly valuable role. Providing livestock and poultry with a clean water source, free of bacteria and other pathogens, should be a priority for today's livestock and poultry producers. Clean water means more profits.
Team Up to Clean Up with the Kemin portfolio of products providing targeted solutions to clean up your fat, grain, feed and water. As the recognized authority in feed and water quality, Kemin helps you maintain maximum performance regardless of the level of antibiotics used in your operation. Download the PDF, Team Up to Clean Up with Our Clean Up Program, to learn more about the program designed for you and the Kemin products available to help you and your operation.