Bioproton Pty Ltd

- Enzymes in Animal Feeds

Enzymes have been added to animal feed since 1980s in response to Economic, Health and Environmental concerns.  Total enzyme use in animal feed is nowdays ~USD600M with 10% pa growth.  Phytase is the most common enzyme used worldwide, accounting for 50% of all sales.  Other enzymes, mainly NSP Degrading Enzymes, account for the rest.

NSP (Non-Starch Polysaccharides)

Many plant based animal feeds contain long, complex carbohydrate or fibrous molecules known as non-starch polysaccharides (NSPs).  It is well recognized that NSPs have an ANF impact.  NSPs increase the digestion viscosity, which means that the animals own enzymes have a harder time locking and absorbing these nutrients, but they also encapsulate some nutrients and making them unavailable.  The inclusion of Natuzyme, which has NSP enzymes, allows the breakdown of these ANFs in feed and leads to improved digestion, resulting in greater feed efficiency.

Phytate and Phosphorous

Phosphorous is a key nutritional requirement for animals to provide bone growth.  Most of the phosphorus contained in animal feed of plant origin exists in the storage form phytate.  Poultry and swine cannot digest phosphorus contained within phytate, since they lack phytase enzyme that breaks down this phytate molecule.  Therefore the inclusion of the phytase enzyme in Natuzyme is required for release of phytate-bound phosphorus.  This enables the reduction of Inorganic Phosphorous, which is most commonly applied in the form of DiCalcium Phosphate (DCP) into animal feed.

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