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Leading the way for more transparency and standardization on the food market
Leading the way for more transparency and standardization on the food market
4 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 1/5
Future animal protein sources, layer nutrition possibilities, and sustainability - only to name three of the major topics at this years ESPN in Poland. What is the contribution of phytogenics to solve these challenges and meet consumer demands? Dive into the phytogenic universe and find it out.
4 minutes | Anne Oberdorf | 2. July 2019
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You can make history. Or an antibiotic-free future in animal nutrition: With phytogenics
You can make history. Or an antibiotic-free future in animal nutrition: With phytogenics
6 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 4/5
More and more bacteria are becoming insensitive to antibiotics - even in animal husbandry. Read in this article what role phytogenics can play in antibiotic-free animal nutrition...
6 minutes | Ricardo Neto | 26. June 2019
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Phytogenics, botanicals, essential oils – all the same, or all different?
Phytogenics, botanicals, essential oils – all the same, or all different?
3 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 1/5
3 minutes | Marlene Forrai | 18. June 2019
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Firefighting Phytogenics: Anti-inflammatory effects of phytogenic feed additives (part 2)
Firefighting Phytogenics: Anti-inflammatory effects of phytogenic feed additives (part 2)
4 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 5/5
Have you read part 1 of our miniseries yet? Then you now know how inflammations develop. Read in part 2 how phytogenics can help to prevent inflammations in animals and thus, maintain high performance….
4 minutes | Stefan Hirtenlehner | 11. June 2019
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Firefighting Phytogenics: Anti-inflammatory effects of phytogenic feed additives (part 1)
Firefighting Phytogenics: Anti-inflammatory effects of phytogenic feed additives (part 1)
3 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 5/5
A splinter in the finger and it happens: an inflammation occurs. But what exactly happens with an inflammation in the body of humans and animals? Discover the answer in our first part of anti-inflammatory effects of phytogenics…..
3 minutes | Stefan Hirtenlehner | 4. June 2019
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Phytogenics – the mitigators of greenhouse gas emissions
Phytogenics – the mitigators of greenhouse gas emissions
8 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 2/5
Livestock farming contributes to a large extent to the production of greenhouse gases. Thereby, phytogenics can help protect the environment by reducing emissions. And they have other advantages...
8 minutes | Anne Oberdorf | 15. May 2019
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Pioneer meets pioneer
Pioneer meets pioneer
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Gerhard Reingruber is the first farmer to produce A2 milk products in Austria. The farmer and Delacon have things in common. Both are pioneers and appreciate phytogenics as valuable feed additives.
2 minutes | Katharina Mayrhuber | 8. May 2019
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Garlic, the “voodoo bulb” – love it or hate it (part 4)
Garlic, the “voodoo bulb” – love it or hate it (part 4)
3 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 5/5
As promised last week, all good things are 4. That´s why here and now, you can find the last part of our garlic piece. Let´s have a look at some more of its beneficial effects and finally find out, what the vampires are all about with their aversion to garlic.
3 minutes | Elisabeth Rohrer | 7. May 2019
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Garlic, the “voodoo bulb” – love it or hate it (part 3)
Garlic, the “voodoo bulb” – love it or hate it (part 3)
5 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 5/5
Mostly, all good things are 3 – here comes the next blog part of our journey through garlic, the famous herb. The list of its beneficial effects is long - let´s have a look on two important activities of Allium sativum…
5 minutes | Elisabeth Rohrer | 30. April 2019
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How phytogenics fit the role of an antibiotic alternative
How phytogenics fit the role of an antibiotic alternative
2 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 1/5
“We have been trialing phytogenics for several years to test efficacy in a commercial environment,” says Greg Mathis, President and Owner, Southern Poultry Research, Inc., Athena, Georgia. As you look for new solutions to feeding challenges, you may want to consider a rising star in the feed additives world: phytogenics.
2 minutes | Katharina Mayrhuber | 30. April 2019
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Articles worth reading
Articles worth reading
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Covered articles: FAO’s livestock sector priorities, consumers food preferences, research nuggets on beef and climate change, nutrition and additives.
3 minutes | Katharina Mayrhuber | 25. April 2019
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Garlic, the “voodoo bulb” – love it or hate it (part 2)
Garlic, the “voodoo bulb” – love it or hate it (part 2)
4 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 3/5
It´s not possible to imagine the phytogenic universe without this herb: garlic. Be impressed by its diversity of constituents that are described in our 2nd blog part …
4 minutes | Elisabeth Rohrer | 19. April 2019
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Garlic, the “voodoo bulb” – love it or hate it (part 1)
Garlic, the “voodoo bulb” – love it or hate it (part 1)
3 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 1/5
Everyone knows it. Many people love it. Vampires hate it. That´s talk of another popular herb, we´d like to bring close to you this month - Garlic. To the entrance, the first part of our article provides an overview of the history of this precious tuber, which always found its role to human and animal nutrition and soundness. Are you about to discover another star in the phytogenic universe? Then read on…
3 minutes | Elisabeth Rohrer | 2. April 2019
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Phytogenic success stories in the US: All good things come in t(h)rees
Phytogenic success stories in the US: All good things come in t(h)rees
One recap – three events
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What did you do last week? With the help of your phytogenics we successfully managed to participate at the VIV Asia in Bangkok as well as maintaining our presence in the US. Our US team members even attended three events at the same time. This recap gives you all the important details at one glance about: the American Society of Animal Science Midwest Meeting 2019, the Midwest Poultry Federation Convention and the Annual Animal Microbiome Congress USA.
3 minutes | Marlene Forrai | 21. March 2019
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Don’t hesitate, the time has come to increase your business with phytogenics in Asia
Don’t hesitate, the time has come to increase your business with phytogenics in Asia
A recap about VIV Asia, the driving forces in the region.
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With phytogenics, Edgar Rule is always getting consistent good results. That’s why customers are continuously using them. A promising outlook for the future, isn’t it? From VIV Asia 2019, we take home some messages that might be interesting for you as well. Don’t miss them.
3 minutes | Katharina Mayrhuber | 19. March 2019
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Oxidative stress – the performance decreaser
Oxidative stress – the performance decreaser
7 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 5/5
What makes antioxidants special? What are reactive oxygen species? And what do phytogenic feed additives have to do with it? Find all the answers to your questions here…
7 minutes | Anne Oberdorf | 14. March 2019
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Three factors how phytogenics can be your match in nature
Three factors how phytogenics can be your match in nature
4 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 1/5
Finding the best solutions for your feeding program can be as challenging as looking for the needle in the haystack. But we all know the search is worth doing as the right feed additive can make a huge difference in increasing your performance or reducing your feed costs. We have collected three factors why phytogenics can be a match in nature for you.
4 minutes | Anne Oberdorf | 5. March 2019
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It’s thyme for a change (part 3)
It’s thyme for a change (part 3)
4 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 5/5
What the Egyptians take advantage of centuries ago could be scientifically confirmed in the 1970s: the high antioxidant activity of thyme. Find out in the last part how the active components of thyme increase the anti-oxidative capacity of the organism….
4 minutes | Anne Oberdorf | 26. February 2019
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Video: Expert talk about the feed industry
Video: Expert talk about the feed industry
2 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 2/5
What are the latest trends in animal nutrition? Jackie Roembke, editor of Feed Strategy Magazine and industry expert Tobias Steiner are discussing the challenges and changes in the feed industry.
2 minutes | Christoph Hartinger | 22. February 2019
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It’s thyme for a change (part 2)
It’s thyme for a change (part 2)
3 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 3/5
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme - the lyrics of one of the best-known English ballads sing of the most common herbs. Already in the 17th century people knew about the beneficial effects of thyme. On our journey through thyme we want to stop briefly in 2016 and learn in our Blog part 2 why the active ingredients of thyme are classified as "GRAS"….
3 minutes | Anne Oberdorf | 12. February 2019
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It’s thyme for a change (part 1)
It’s thyme for a change (part 1)
4 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 1/5
Hello February. A new month has started and the timing is perfect to put another phytogenic substance into the spotlight. Our next herb might look unspectacular and with its small green leaves very similar to other herbs. However, it can be a real game changer in human as well as animal nutrition. What is the ingredient we are talking about? It’s thyme to find out.
4 minutes | Anne Oberdorf | 5. February 2019
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Quillaja – A big tree with a big impact (part 3)
Quillaja – A big tree with a big impact (part 3)
4 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 5/5
What is the last step to become a Quillaja expert? Understanding various modes of action. Take the chance to explore the beneficial effects on the immune system as well as ammonia production and become phytogenius.
4 minutes | Tobias Aumiller | 29. January 2019
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Quillaja – A big tree with a big impact (part 2)
Quillaja – A big tree with a big impact (part 2)
3 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 3/5
Did you know that Quillaja contains more than 600 different saponin types? How to differentiate Quillaja from Yucca saponins? What else do you need to know to become a Quillaja expert – let’s find it out.
3 minutes | Marlene Forrai | 22. January 2019
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Quillaja – A big tree with a big impact (part 1)
Quillaja – A big tree with a big impact (part 1)
3 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 1/5
After presenting you a roadmap, considering of seven substance groups, we want to dive one step further into the phytogenic universe and take a precise look at various ingredients. But where to start? Saponins often stand in the shadows of other substance groups like essential oils. Therefore, we decided to put Quillaja as a first ingredient into the spotlight. Discover what impressive details will be unveiled!
3 minutes | Marlene Forrai | 15. January 2019
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Articles worth reading
Articles worth reading
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The second issue of articles worth reading is now available. Featured topics: Does the end-consumer really want to know about feed additive quality? Curcumin: A powerful bioactive for sheep. Why the industrial egg is starting to crack, and more.
4 minutes | Katharina Mayrhuber | 8. January 2019
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Phytogenic ingredients in the spotlight: The seven substance groups (part 2)
Phytogenic ingredients in the spotlight: The seven substance groups (part 2)
6 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 2/5
Whether in coffee, tea, wine or the marshmallow plant - we encounter phytogenics almost everywhere. In the second part of our article series “The seven substance groups”, we put phytogenic ingredients in the spotlight again. Find out how they already affect your daily life and let nature work for you!
6 minutes | Anne Oberdorf and 1 more | 18. December 2018
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3 myths about phytogenic feed additives in animal nutrition
3 myths about phytogenic feed additives in animal nutrition
4 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 2/5
“Too expensive, just essential oils, nature-identical vs. natural products – all the same," are only some of the phytogenics myths that float around the industry and world wide web. Today, I like to clarify some of these myths. Discover the truth.
4 minutes | Katharina Mayrhuber | 11. December 2018
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Protein efficiency – not just a topic for the cow’s performance
Protein efficiency – not just a topic for the cow’s performance
7 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 4/5
Reduce eutrophication. Over-fertilization of the fields. High nitrate pollution of the waters - Nitrogen losses are a big issue. Interested in how to overcome this challenge?
7 minutes | Anne Oberdorf | 23. November 2018
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What’s about a phytogenic solution to prevent post weaning diarrhea?
What’s about a phytogenic solution to prevent post weaning diarrhea?
4 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 3/5
Do you also have problems with PWD? Afraid of rising medication costs? No wonder: in europe, nearly every 4th piglet is estimated to be affected by PWD. Everyone in pig production is alert about the problems arising with the elimination of antibiotics. The search for a sustainable solution has been challenging...
4 minutes | Anne Oberdorf | 26. October 2018
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Quorum sensing – the way of bacterial communication
Quorum sensing – the way of bacterial communication
Quorum sensing as a way of bacterial communication
8 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 5/5
As an ETEC, you have a special power: by secreting certain heat-stable enterotoxins, you are able to form pores in the jejunal brush border membrane, leading to diminished absorptive ability of the villi and secretion of water and electrolytes.
8 minutes | Anne Oberdorf | 24. October 2018
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Answering chicken questions on World Chicken Day
Answering chicken questions on World Chicken Day
The chicken vs. the egg, and how chickens are raised sustainably
4 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 1/5
We took the special occasion of Word Chicken day to bring the chicken into the spotlight. How? In addressing "easy" questions like what came first: the chicken or the egg? And on a deeper level, in addressing how chickens are raised sustainably.
4 minutes | Marlene Forrai | 21. October 2018
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It needs gut protection against post weaning diarrhea
It needs gut protection against post weaning diarrhea
Post weaning diarrhea: a complex challenge
2 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 2/5
Monday morning. 9 a.m. Pig farmer Eric opens the newspaper and gets worried: Not only Europe, also Malaysia is preparing a law to ban the use of colistin in animals. Not only for prevention, but also for therapeutic use. Moreover, also ZnO will be banned in Europe in 2022. When will it become reality in the US?
2 minutes | Anne Oberdorf | 20. October 2018
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Phytogenic ingredients in the spotlight: The seven substance groups (part 1)
Phytogenic ingredients in the spotlight: The seven substance groups (part 1)
5 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 2/5
When observing the world around us – beyond the feed industry – we can see the market’s proliferation of plant extracts and natural substances. They are ranging from cleaning products, hair and skin care to food and beverages. Companies across the world use plant-based ingredients to meet customers’ needs in seeking clean labels and natural alternatives. The time has come to bring phytogenics to the spotlight of the feed industry as well. In this blog series, we will explain three decades of their use to support animal performance and health as well as their positive impact on the environment. Welcome to the phytogenic universe!
5 minutes | Marlene Forrai | 19. October 2018
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Phytogenic survey: Consumers say ‘yes’ to plant-based feed additives
Phytogenic survey: Consumers say ‘yes’ to plant-based feed additives
2 minutes
You are what you eat. Consumers interest in how their food is produced is higher than ever. But does it also impact their brand choice and buying decision? Recent surveys conducted in the United States and Thailand deliver valuable insights into this question.
2 minutes | Katharina Mayrhuber | 18. October 2018
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Deer breeding at the highest level
Deer breeding at the highest level
Actifor® improves feed intake, vitality and antler growth
4 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 3/5
Achieving extraordinary results often goes along which leaving traditional paths. This is what Guenther Kitzmueller has done. How? The pioneering deer breeder from Austria trusts in the power of nature when it comes to animal feed. Meet Guenther and find out more about his unconventional way.
4 minutes | Marlene Forrai | 17. October 2018
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Articles worth reading
Articles worth reading
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Phytogenius is your number 1 information source about phytogenic feed additives. We at Delacon create a lot of content for all of those, who want to become phytogenius! But to provide you with even more information, we also share good content from others. The topics? Of course phytogenics, but also related content from the feed and food industry. Enjoy reading the first issue.
4 minutes | Christoph Hartinger | 16. October 2018
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Why are eggs contributing to a green future?
Why are eggs contributing to a green future?
4 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 1/5
Living in a society of a growing population and limited resources, the egg is recognized as a very precious food throughout the world. Many consumers already recognize and appreciate the health benefits of eggs. However, in many parts of the word the nutritional aspects are still underestimated. The same can be said for the positive impact of animal nutrition on eggs. Do you know how they correlate with each other?
4 minutes | Marlene Forrai | 15. October 2018
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Meeting antibiotic free demand with phytogenics
Meeting antibiotic free demand with phytogenics
How do you try to overcome gastric flu?
4 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 2/5
How do you try to overcome gastric flu? You might not resort to antibiotics directly but to chamomile tea. Probably you know, that an early use of antibiotics can quickly lead to bacterial resistance. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria cause severe sickness in more than 2 million people in the US, leading to more than 20.000 deaths annually. The reason for resistant bacterial strains is not only a naive and careless use of antibiotics by humans, but also livestock production has an influence.
4 minutes | Anne Oberdorf | 13. October 2018
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Is the control of coccidiosis in chickens the key to intestinal health?
Is the control of coccidiosis in chickens the key to intestinal health?
3 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 2/5
Is there a chance to overcome coccidiosis in a natural way? And what is about secondary bacterial infections? Let’s have a closer look on phytogenic solutions to support intestinal health…
3 minutes | Katharina Mayrhuber | 12. October 2018
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Facilitating digestibility with phytogenic feed additives
Facilitating digestibility with phytogenic feed additives
2 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 1/5
When it comes to dairy production, optimization strategies are needed to meet the growing global demand. Do you know about the 5 ways phytogenics can improve digestibility in ruminants and thus increase feed efficiency?
2 minutes | Katharina Mayrhuber | 9. October 2018
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Reduce ammonia emissions in pig production with phytogenics
Reduce ammonia emissions in pig production with phytogenics
Choose the phytogenic solution to decrease ammonia emissions, support animal health and improve performance in pig production.
6 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 3/5
When entering a pigsty, it often stings immediately in lungs and eye – the talk is about ammonia. Breathing becomes harder and eyes start to tear. After a short time of only 8 hours with a concentration of 20-25 ppm aerial ammonia, mucous membrane irritation occurs. In such an environment no pig or farmer wants to live or work. But there is a solution for this problem.
6 minutes | Anne Oberdorf | 8. October 2018
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No poultry likes footpad lesions
No poultry likes footpad lesions
Overcome footpad lesions in poultry with phytogenics
5 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 4/5
A sudden rain shower, leaking shoes, and it’s already happened: The feet are wet inclusively the socks. You hear it too often as a child: Wet feet will make you sick. While wet feet often lead to colds in humans, they will increase the risk of footpad lesions in poultry. These affects both: animal performance and animal welfare.
5 minutes | Anne Oberdorf | 7. October 2018
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4 reasons to grow with the benefits of phytogenics
4 reasons to grow with the benefits of phytogenics
Benefits of phytogenics in livestock production
6 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 1/5
Many times, it needs give and take to create a win-win situation. However, when it comes to phytogenics, there’s a win-win-win situation for livestock producers, the environment and consumers with no party making any concessions. Convince yourself from the benefits of using phytogenics in livestock production.
6 minutes | Anne Oberdorf | 6. October 2018
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Beat the heat: Phytogenic solutions for heat stress in poultry
Beat the heat: Phytogenic solutions for heat stress in poultry
Support poultry during heat stress periods
4 minutesDegree of technical knowledge: 2/5
Just like you and me, most poultry experience heat stress during their lifetime, even if they don’t live in a warm climate, where poultry are often raised. With average temperatures rising due to climate change, more birds encounter heat stress than ever before.
4 minutes | Anne Oberdorf | 2. October 2018
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