Increased use plant extracts since AGP-ban
Since the January 2006 EU ban on antibiotic growth
promoters (AGPs) in animal feeds, the use of plant extracts and essential oils
('extracts') as AGP-alternatives has risen from an EU average 55% in 2005 to 80%
in pig feeds and 70% in poultry feeds. Outside the EU, the corresponding usage
now is 24% in pigs and 61% in poultry.
The figures come from a survey of 94 feed manufacturers in 13 countries,
seven in the EU and six non-EU, carried out by the specialist ingredients
manufacturer Pancosma. It found 76% of participants said they believed extracts
would become more important in the future.
In pig diets, the use of extracts is on a par
with organic acids and significantly higher than pre- and probiotics. Of
manufacturers including extracts in pig feeds, 94% use them for weaners, 72%
growers, 67% finishers and 59% for sows.
In broiler feeds, extracts outrank all
other AGP-replacers, while in other poultry feeds they are a close second to
organic acids. Of all manufacturers using extracts in poultry feeds, 92% use
them for broilers, 42% layers, 32% turkeys and 30% for breeders.
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