Novus International and Agrivida have partnered to bring a new technology that can incorporate functional proteins directly into corn to the U.S. poultry market.

“This is a technology that is capable of generating true value throughout the entire food supply chain,” Eduardo Galo, VP and Chief Commercial Officer, Novus International, said.

“We're very excited to be a part of this and that has driven our interest in this technology, starting with something that the industry understands, phytase, and taking this potential into our development pipeline.”

Broilers fed a version of the feed additive containing phytase improved both live performance and yield.

“Phytase for me was really just the first step,” said Dave Burnham, Nutritionist, House of Raeford. “We were able to test it at a commercial site for about a year and we saw similar responses over that period of time.”

How it works

The feed additive technology could help the industry produce special proteins, enzymes or antibodies inside of the grain crops that are already in use as a part of poultry feed.

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“This means that we can bypass the entire fermentation industry that’s responsible for making these functional proteins today. It doesn’t sound like a huge thing, but I think in the long term, being able to make these proteins directly in corn grain that is already produced for production animals is going to be significant,” explained Michael B. Lanahan, Ph.D., Director Business Development and Commercialization, Agrivida.

At the 2019 Poultry Tech Summit, Lanahan previewed how the feed additive technology could be used to infuse the functional antibody, IL-10, into corn kernels as part of an integrated program against coccidiosis in poultry.

“This application of this technology is just getting started,” Lanahan said. “I think there’s a pretty bright long future ahead of making these changes in composition to grain that have these added benefits to the animal and the animals’ performance.”

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