Enthusiasm at Layer Feed Quality Conference 2018

October 10, 2018

The conference in Jakarta ended yesterday with good feedback from the delegates. High enthusiasm during the panel discussions reflected the curiosity of Asian delegates for performance improvement in their layer operations and feed production. With this success, Asian Agribiz commits to continue to raise the bar of the conference’s content. The same conference will be staged in Bangkok, Thailand tomorrow and Friday. Among the trending presentations were:

# Tell your egg stories
# 25OHD3 supplementation for solid frame
# Combination of low protein diets and probiotics
# Fortifying eggs with folate
# Phytogenic for layer performance improvement

Tell your egg stories

David Hughes, Global Food Marketing Analyst at International Egg Commission, started his second presentation by asking delegates: “What’s the story wrapped around your eggs?” According to him, egg producers in Asia need to tell more stories to build profit margins. “Tell them your adjectives, for example DHA, organic, free range, Salmonella free and AGP free,” he suggested. Furthermore, since increasing complexity is driving food purchasing behavior, Prof Hughes said Asian egg producers should be proactive on issues related to bird welfare, antibiotics, and environment and worker welfare.

25OHD3 supplementation for solid frame

Fully developed and healthy bones are not only key to maintaining eggshell quality, but also hen health and livability, and these are necessary for improving egg farming profitability, said Murtala Umar Faruk, Deputy R&D Centre Head and Senior Scientist in Poultry Nutrition at DSM Nutritional Products, France. He explained that medullary bone must be the primary bone source for responding to the increased demand of calcium for eggshell. Therefore, during the pullet phase, it is critical to build a solid skeleton. “The supplementation of hen’s diet with 25OHD3 helps building a solid frame during the growing period and supports its maintenance during the laying period,” Dr Faruk said.

Combination of low protein diets and probiotics

Feeding low crude protein diets balanced for digestible amino acids has positive advantage in reducing nitrogen excretion, said Carlos de la Cruz, Global Expert Egg Production at Evonik Nutrition & Care, Germany. On the other hand, feeding functional feed additives like probiotics helps to maintain gut health by modulating gut microbiota and reducing pathogenic bacteria. “Therefore, combination of low protein diets together with probiotics might help to increase health status, maintain performance and contribute towards sustainable production,” said Dr de la Cruz.

Fortifying eggs with folate

Enhancing the folate content of egg provides an opportunity to increase the level of this key nutrient for consumers in particular those deemed marginal or insufficient with folate. However, according to Glenmer Tactacan, Global Technical Manager Poultry at Jefo Nutrition Inc, the deposition of folate in egg achieved saturation which restricts its potential as a primary source of supplemental folate. Therefore, he continued, understanding the mechanisms by which different factors may regulate this process can provide light on how to enhance further the transfer of folic acid in laying hen diets into eggs.

Phytogenic for layer performance improvement

Jan Dirk van der Klis, Director of Products and Innovation at Delacon said phytogenic feed additives (PFA), which are plant-derived natural bioactive compounds like essential oils, herb extracts, oleoresins, tannins and saponins, are still new. However, PFA have a huge potential to improve laying hen performance through diverse modes of action such as stimulating secretion of digestive juices and anti-oxidant & anti-inflammatory effects. “Standardized blends of phytogenic actives can increase the resilience of high production laying hens against intestinal and environmental challenges,” said Dr van der Klis