Mild satisfaction on AGP alternatives
A large survey among Belgian and Dutch nutritionists
has revealed that they are quite satisfied with the current AGP alternatives on
the market, although they are still open for new concepts, states
The ban on growth promoters has driven the search and development of
alternatives like yeast and yeast cell walls, organic acids, plant extracts,
pro- and prebiotics, heat treated grains and combined products.
Out of the other possible
alternatives, combined products (organic acids combined with essential oils and
plant extracts) are widely used. Some respondents claim to use a combination of
several products and/or have adapted their feed formulation.
In general, Belgian and Dutch nutritionists are
satisfied with the products they are using. 50% of the respondents claimed to be
satisfied, the other half stating that they are satisfied but there was still
room for improvement in some cases.
"The effect of alternatives is less pronounced compared to the growth
promoters used before the ban," according to some respondents. Especially in
poultry feed, it's difficult to find viable alternatives in some cases. In sow
feeding, the results are better compared to fattening pigs.
nutritionists admitted to have altered their feed formulation when using
alternatives. They agree that it's not enough to simply replace one product by
another. In the post-AGP era, it's all about concepts and solutions.
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