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Feedia® expert Announce Participation at VIV ASIA 2019

Feedia®’s well-honed approach to reduce antibiotics on farms in pig, rabbit and poultry will take center stage at VIV’ASIA 2019.

Antibiotics in perspective at VIV ASIA 2019

TECHNA a leading consulting company in animal nutrition, is pleased to announce its participation at VIV’ ASIA 2019, under the brand Feedia®.This three-day event will be held on March 13th-15th, at Bangkok international Trade & Exhibition Centre in Thaïland. Feedia® team of feed industry professionals will be on-hand Hall 104 Booth 1631, including Christian Debevere, Swine expert at Feedia® and Thierry Rocaboy, Head of TECHNA NUTRITION VIETNAM, TECHNA’s affiliate in Vietnam.

“Our attendance at VIV’ ASIA underscores our dedication to improve rational management of gut health and breeding conditions aiming for less antibiotics on farms”, said Christian Debevere.

Balancing social expectations & the rising demand for meat in Asia

Current food trends in South-East Asia are driven by economic growth, a rising standard of living and increased consumer demand. More fresh meat products and processed meat (meatballs, sausages) are required to feed an ever-increasing population.

Nowadays, there are very high social expectations for food safety in Asia and animal feed is a key element within the global value chain from farm to fork. Antimicrobial resistance is a major food safety concern, not only in Thaïland but also in the whole South-East Asia.

The trend shift towards less antibiotics on farms

At Feedia®, it is firmly believed that it is possible to improve animal performance with less antibiotics. This trend shift can be triggered via a four-step strategy, as follows:

  • Back to the basics in fulfilling each animal requirements. The first lever is to maximize feed intake by allowing the animal to ingest the right quantity of feed according to its requirements, in order to prevent any shortage or excess. This can be achieved through feeding strategy, matrix management, the use of palatable raw materials, suited feed presentation and by resorting to feed additives such as Reganol®, a judicious blend of essential oils and vegetable extracts from aromatic plants and citrus.
  • Optimizing digestive mechanisms by stimulating intestinal villi and enzyme secretions. Feed digestibility must be optimal and one must ensure good valorization of all the nutrients. In practice, this means for example submitting raw materials to heat treatments, adjusting the level of fibers as well as protein & amino acids, paying utmost attention to feed processing and presentation. For instance, Aviance® results in lengthening intestinal villi which increase the surface area and the potential for adsorption of nutrients in the intestine, improving the digestibility of feed. Trials led in digestibility modules have shown that Aviance® increases feed utilization by 50 kcal.
  • Contributing to gut microbiota balance. This requires good knowledge of the nutritional balance of formulae in order to influence the ratio between “beneficial bacteria” and “pathogenic bacteria”. The formulation strategy is known to be very efficient in this regard. It can be applied for instance by using fermented raw materials, by acting on the level and type of fibers, on protein quality and by providing customized feed for each physiological stage. For instance Reganol® is designed precisely to deal with the weaning period. At weaning, the piglet’s still immature physiology results in low enzymatic secretions; digestive organs are not fully formed, microbial flora is still developing which can sometimes result in digestive upsets. Undigested feed ends up fermenting in the colon and therefore impacts the balance between beneficial and pathogenic bacteria.
  • Strengthening animal immunity. All the techniques and methods aiming to strengthen animal immunity will be beneficial in this regard. Using antioxidants, working with encapsulated ingredients, adding special plant extracts are all interesting elements. In rabbits, the Kaoline® program consists of strong investments on the nutrition level via the inclusion of technical premixes and targeted additives in order to develop ‘passive immunity’, as rabbit offsprings' health status foremost depends on their parents’ health conditions.

TECHNA representatives will be available Hall 104 Booth 1631 for additional inquiries and in-booth presentations throughout the event.

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