Animal nutrition technology company AB Vista will demonstrate how the latest developments in feed analysis can reduce costs at the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta.
AB Vista’s experts will take visitors through the latest advances in near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy, and explain how these have enabled cost-effective, near instant, non-destructive on-site analysis.
Dieter Suida, Americas’ director for AB Vista, says that these changes represent an opportunity for producers to optimize their diet formulation and quality control, while saving money.
“With feed production costs now accounting for up to 80% of variable animal production costs, the ability to accurately monitor the nutritional components of feed gives producers the power to make strategic purchase and formulation decisions,” says Suida.
“The energy value of different cereals, for example, can vary by 360 kcal/kg, whilst phytate levels vary not just between feedstuffs but also within a single raw material. This presents a significant economic challenge: any deviation from a diet’s target specification will translate directly into financial losses for the producer, through higher feed costs or lower animal performance.”
Discussing the challenges faced by feed manufacturers and producers throughout the Americas specifically, Suida explains, “In Latin America, quality control remains a top priority, particularly with regard to monitoring the variability of metabolizable energy of corn. In Mexico and Central America, the depreciation of the peso has meant that raw materials have become significantly more expensive to buy. Similarly, the depreciation of the Brazilian Real has impacted the majority of the Latin American region in terms of raw material costs.
“These challenges are likely to continue throughout 2017: it is predicted that possible weather events and competition for grain from the ethanol market could result in an overall increase in feed prices – and, with regulatory changes around feed safety and antibiotic usage, the US industry will be under pressure to maximize efficiency at every stage of the feed process.
“Recent advancements have propelled NIR technology beyond analysis of traditional components such as fiber and protein, to include measurements of phytate, energy and reactive lysine. These measurements – unique to AB Vista’s Feed Quality Service – offer valuable insights, not least because there is significant potential for variation in these particular components.”
AB Vista encourages IPPE attendees to visit its booth B7963 in Hall B from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2.