EGGcellent layer performance with natural ingredients
We are all aware of it - the layer industry has gone through significant changes. Thus, coping with numerous challenges like a steady increase in egg production and the improvement of feed efficiency. The adaptation of egg quality to consumer preferences and the use of natural ingredients have contributed significantly to the poultry industry's success. Learn in this article on how phytogenic feed additives have gained attraction to boost layer performance with natural ingredients.
Increasing demands on the market
With the growing global population, the demand for eggs increases from 75 million tons to an annual increase of 1 million tons each year. To satisfy demands, the industry is geared towards extending the production period. Meaning to boost the number of saleable eggs per hen, improving shell quality and hen livability. Within these parameters, persistency of lay is a significant driver for further improvements in egg production.
Did you know?
Under optimal conditions, commercial laying hens can produce on average 500 eggs over a single laying cycle of 100 weeks. After this period, the hens are replaced due to declining eggshell quality. To maintain these long production cycles, nutrition is critical.
Phytogenics as a key success factor
During the past years, many feed additives have been evaluated for their potential to improve production parameters in animal production. Within this category, phytogenic feed additives have gained an attraction to boost layer performance with natural ingredients. They have been used very successfully already for many centuries in human culinary and medicine
PFAs are often classified as flavorings that stimulate feed intake. Nevertheless, besides, they provide a broad range of actives that can influence the animal - beyond improving feed's palatability. Trials have shown that supplementing Biostrong® 510 in laying hens can improve the laying rate during the whole production cycle . Thus, increasing layer performance with natural ingredients.
Outlook on the future
In the coming years, the egg industry will continue optimizing and improving. The main focus will be on genetic progress and adjusted husbandry systems. Important indicators will be general livability, good feather cover until the end of the production cycle, and strong bones. An important target will be enhanced progress in laying rate persistency and late shell quality. This will boost lifetime egg production per hen housed. Phytogenic feed additives will play a key role in modern and economical layer production. They will help improving layer performance with natural ingredients as they have demonstrated in various beneficial effects.
After her scientific studies dealing with the effect of phytogenic substances on piglets’ health and performance at the Justus-Liebig university in Germany, Anja was eager to start her professional career with Delacon. Her experience in sales is an important backbone for the previous role as Product Manager Swine, but also for her current position as Global Technical Manager Swine and Poultry.