Do You Know the Composition of Feed Additives?

Aug. 26, 2020

The growth and development of animals, like humans, require nutrients such as energy, protein, amino acids, minerals, and trace elements. When ordinary feed cannot meet the growing needs of animals, some small or trace substances are added to the feed in the form of additives to achieve Improve feed utilization efficiency, increase palatability, promote normal development of animals, accelerate growth, prevent animal diseases, facilitate the storage and preservation of feed, and improve feed processing performance.

It can be said that the production and application of feed additives is a sign of the level of feed compounding. Without feed additives, it is difficult to formulate feeds that meet animal needs and have balanced nutrition.

Feed additives can be divided into nutritional additives and non-nutritive additives. Nutritional additives include minerals, vitamins, and amino acids, which are mainly used to meet the nutrients needed for the growth and development of livestock and poultry. For example, copper has the effect of promoting growth and development; selenium and vitamin E have the effect of increasing the reproduction rate. Non-nutritive additives include enzyme preparations, Chinese herbal medicine additives, acidulants, etc. Acidifiers can sterilize and reduce inflammation and balance the flora in livestock and poultry to increase the taste of feed; Chinese herbal additives not only have health care effects but also improve the flavor and taste of livestock and poultry products. They are called green additives in the industry.

Feed Additives

There are many types of feed additives. With the development of animal nutrition, new types of feed additives are often introduced, and some feed additives will be eliminated or banned. Therefore, the types of feed additives are often replaced with old ones. At present, my country's Ministry of Agriculture allows the use of 191 kinds of feed additives in 13 categories, including amino acids, vitamins, mineral trace elements, enzyme preparations, and feed microorganisms; the prohibited use of feed additives includes 6 categories and 55 kinds.

Although the amount of feed additive in compound feed is small, it has a great effect. It determines the quality of compound feed. The wide application of feed additives can shorten the feeding cycle, reduce feeding costs, and give full play to the production capacity of animals, which has significant economic and social benefits.

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