Feed Supplementation and Animal Nutrition

Does it Taste Like Chicken?

The following is some education on how enzymes can be used to improve nutrition and health of animals also aiding the farmer in profitability. 

Phytic acid (phytate) is the principal storage form of phosphorus in many plant tissues, especially grains.  Phytase is the enzyme that breaks down phytic acid, providing bioavailable phosphorus, calcium and other nutrients.  Ruminants, like cattle, readily utilize phytate because of the endogenous phytase produced by rumen microorganisms.  Non-ruminants (mongastric animals) like human beings, pigs and poultry do not possess this enzyme.  Therefore, phytase can play an important part in the utilization of phosphorus by monogastric animals.  Specialty Enzymes is a major producer and distributor of phytase as well as many other enzymes and enzyme blends for animal feed.

Phosphorus is an essential element for all living organisms.  It is an important component of DNA, RNA and many important metabolic processes, such as oxidative phosphorylation.  Because of its importance, providing bioavailable phosphorus is essential to the health, growth and development of animals, especially monogastric animals like poultry, swine and Homo sapiens.  Phosphorus is phytate form is generally not bioavailable to non-ruminant animals since they lack the phytase enzymes.  Phytase effectively separates phosphate groups from the phytate molecule, an important function for monogastric animals that primarily feed on grain and other plant foods.

To find out more information about enzymes and Animal Nutrition Visit our website at http://www.specialtyenzymes.com/ or call us at 909.613.1660.


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