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Mineral form has an effect on phytase activity. | Designua,
on May 18, 2017

Organic trace minerals: Getting the most out of phytase

In vitro-based research suggests that the use of organic trace minerals can better spare phytase activity when compared to inorganic equivalents.

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Phytase inclusion in monogastric animal diets is commonplace in the industry today, primarily driven by its ability to release phytate-bound phosphorus (P) from cereal-based feed ingredients. The benefits of phytase in monogastric systems have been well documented, with standard rates typically releasing sufficient levels of phytate-P to meet the animal’s requirements while simultaneously reducing inorganic P inputs at formulation.

Read the full article in the May/June issue of Pig International.

More recently, the practice of supplementing phytase in the diet at three to five times the recommended rate, commonly known as superdosing, has been used as a way to promote an extra-phosphoric effect in animals by alleviating the antinutritional effects of phytate in feed. 

In this article, you will learn about:

  • Why more phytase?

  • Not all phytases and minerals are created equal

  • Rethinking minerals

  • Mineral form impacts quality

  • Understanding the importance of feed interactions

  • What does this mean for feed formulation?

As commercial profitability is being driven more and more by system efficiencies as opposed to individual unit sales, the traditional approach of adding any one feed ingredient to excess needs to be balanced with current insights into feed ingredient interactions. Read the entire article to learn more.

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