Animal and feed producers can now make more precise predictions of phytate levels in feed, thanks to AB Vista’s phytate analysis service.

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In partnership with Aunir, a developer and supplier of software for near infrared reflectance spectroscopy, this service enables AB Vista’s customers to have the phytate content of feed samples analyzed. Aunir has also recently updated the equations that underpin this analysis with data from 3,000 samples. 

NIR spectroscopy uses light waves to analyze nutritional, chemical and physical properties at a molecular level, including the presence of phytate. Found in many plant-based feedstuffs, the anti-nutritional effects of phytate cost animal producers up to $2 billion every year in lost performance. When excreted, it can also harm the environment, but it can be eliminated from the diet by applying the enzyme phytase to feed.

According to AB Vista research director, Mike Bedford: “To keep NIR analysis as precise as possible, Aunir needs to continually update its calibrations: the baseline standards against which samples are predicted. Now, with an even more accurate picture of phytate content and overall nutritional make-up, AB Vista’s customers will be in a stronger position to maximise the potential of their feed and the use of phytase to reduce costs.”