Gut health in animal production is directly related to animals’ performance and therefore your profitability. Gut health is essential for functions like the digestion and absorption of nutrients, metabolism and generation of energy, barrier function against pathogens, toxins and other harmful substances and the mucosal immune response. To enable the gut to fulfil these tasks, the mucosa must be protected, the gut flora must be equilibrated and the amounts of pathogens should be minimized.
EW Nutrition’s Gut Health Program supports a healthy gut through innovative products, services and models. For example, strengthening of immunity in the gastrointestinal tract is an effective strategy to help new-born animals to overcome the first challenging days of life. Besides this, secondary plant compounds stimulate the appetite and digestion, having a great influence on performance parameters. Our objective is your profitability while assisting you to manage regulatory and customer demand challenges.
700.000 deaths in 2017 are attributed to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) worldwide. Without policies to stop the worrying spread of AMR, the number of deaths is projected to become 10 million in 2050. Excessive antibiotic application in animal production is the main cause of antibiotic resistance. In Europe, the use of antibiotic growth promoters was banned in 2006, but in other parts of the world, it is still a frequent practice.
Gut health management is a key factor in the reduction of antibiotics. Supporting the young animals’ immunity, decreasing environmental pathogenic pressure and efficient gut health management are basis to reduce antibiotic use in animal production, mitigating the impact of AMR in humans.
Our Antibiotic Reduction Program is composed of innovative products, services and models which positively influence performance parameters in livestock by promoting health.
Mycotoxins are toxic metabolites produced by aerobic moulds, present in grains from field to storage, plant by-products and preserved forages. The toxins causing most concern due to their toxicity and level of occurrence are aflatoxins, fumonisins, zearalenone, T2 and deoxynivalenol. In animal feeds, mycotoxins are typically present in combinations, which can cause a synergistic effect with regards to their toxicity. The effects range from reduced feed intake, immunosuppression and reduced fertility to liver damage and death. Residues of some mycotoxins constitute a threat to humans as they can also be found in milk and meat.
Our Toxin Risk Management Program includes the tool MasterRisk to check the level of contamination generating information on which the user can base effective toxin management. Additionally, the MasterRisk tool includes the recommendation of products and services to mitigate the impact of myco and bacterial toxins in the performance parameters.
Young ruminants and pigs are born without sufficient immune protection, as an antibody transfer in the womb is not possible due to the structure of the maternal placenta. Therefore, the immediate use of high quality colostrum after birth is of vital importance.
Different studies have shown that the immunity of new-born animals is decreasing. In modern animal breeds the amount of colostrum (high litter sizes), its content of immunoglobulins (high yielding dairy cows) or their specificity (bought-in sows/cows without adaptation) is often insufficient. Even if everything runs perfectly, the young animal naturally suffers from two immunity gaps. The first one occurs shortly after birth, before the first intake of colostrum. The second one, after 4-6 weeks when the maternal protection from the colostrum decreases while their own immune system is not yet adequately built up. Hence, it is necessary to support young animals especially during these critical phases of life.
Our Young Animal Nutrition Program is developed with the objective to support the immature immune system of animals during these two critical phases. The different formats of the products bring flexibility assisting to achieve the full potential of growth.
The main factors influencing rumen health are the composition of feed and the quality of the raw materials. Vast amounts of highly digestible carbohydrates and / or a low percentage of fibre lead to an overproduction of fatty acids acidifying the ruminal fluid and impairing bacterial digestion in the rumen.
Heat stress can also lead to acidosis. Due to excessive panting, considerable amounts of CO2 leave the body and therefore buffer capacity decreases. Buffering the blood has higher importance than buffering the rumen, hence heat stress can also lead to rumen acidosis.
Rumen health is one of the most important preconditions for performance in milk and meat, therefore steps must be taken to prevent an impaired balance in ruminal flora. Besides a balanced feed ration with a sufficient amount of fibre, innovative products should be used to support ruminants in times of high energy requirements and therefore imbalanced rations.
Our Rumen Health Program is based on products containing natural ingredients to favour animal health. Products based on secondary plant compounds modulate ruminal fermentation and increase the synthesis of microbial protein. The utilization of the energy contained in the feed is improved when using these products. With an additional use of encapsulated and therefore slow-release feed grade urea it is possible to replace a higher percentage of protein rich feed. This allows the inclusion of a higher percentage of crude fiber to the diet to promote rumen health.