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  • Feed Additives is an Ingredient that alters production, metabolism, digestion…..that is not itself a nutrient. Some Common Feed Additives Sodium  bicarbonate, Magnesium oxide, Yeast culture, Direct Fed Microbials, Niacin, Zinc-Methionine, Ionospheres, Biotin. Four factors can be considered to  determine if a feed additive should be used: anticipated response, economic return, available research, and field responses.
  • Several feed additives contain nutrients such as sodium in sodium bicarbonate or protein in yeast culture. Feed additives are not a requirement or guarantee for high productivity or profitability. Animal feed accounts for a huge proportion of the world’s harvest – estimates range from one third to nearly half. A range of crops can be used in animal feed, the most common are Soya, maize, oilseed rape and cotton seeds.


  • Cross-contamination of animal feed in the mill was a serious concern for the industry, even before the BSE period. A number of possible opportunities for the occurrence of low-level cross-contamination existed, not only during compounding of the feed, but also during manufacture and delivery of the raw materials, and during delivery of the finished product.
  • Enzymes work in various industrial production processes breaking more complex compounds into simpler ones. In the animal feed industry, enzymes are used for improved animal feed conversion. All feeds with high levels of added copper never to be followed by a feed for sheep. All feeds containing monensin never to be followed by feed for horses.


  • Feed additives and management tools such as bST (bovine somatotropin) play an essential role in enhancing production and yield of milk and milk components. The need for a particular feed additive and its effectiveness depend upon a variety of factors. Feeding strategies that optimize rumen function result in maximum milk production and milk component percentages and yield.
  • Maintaining adequate quality control of drug testing and production processes requires the ability to rapidly and efficiently extract prepared animal feed products. Current sample extraction techniques are labor and time intensive, and are often responsible for communication delays between manufacturing and quality control.


  • Today, over 250 companies market a wide range of feed additives, tonics, vitamin supplements, antibacterials, anthelmintics, biologicals, enzymes, herbals, antibiotics, probiotics and others. However, almost 70% of this market is controlled by 15 companies who have leveraged their marketing  and distribution strengths to tap the market potential. They are bullish about the growth in consumption considering the growth trends in the  poultry and dairy segments.
  • Europe, Asia and North America are the leading consumers of animal feed while swine is the largest type of meat produced followed by poultry. An interesting point to note is that disease outbreaks such as avian flu, mad cow or foot and mouth disease have little impact on global demand dynamics since consumption does not cease but shifts from one species to another.

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