A new four-way comparative study from AB Vista has identified the precise combination of phytase and xylanase required to effect significant improvement in the nutritional matrix – and associated savings in feed cost.
The research, to be presented at the Poultry Science Association’s Latin American Scientific Conference in São Paulo, Brazil, from 6th to 8th November, investigated the effect of four variants of feed formulation on a total of 912 male chicks.
Distributed via a randomized complete block design, with four treatments across 12 pen replicates, chicks received diets ranging incrementally from an enzyme-free feed, to a diet fully supplemented with 2,000FTU/kg of Quantum Blue phytase and 9,600BXU/kg of Econase XT xylanase.
Summarizing the results recorded from zero to 42 days of age, AB Vista’s LAM Technical Manager, Dr. Alexandre Barbosa de Brito, reveals: “A significant difference was observed across weight corrected FCR, which was reduced by 27 points in birds fed the fully supplemented diet, compared to those receiving the enzyme-free feed. Evaluating the total cost of production, broilers receiving fully supplemented diets were cheapest across all four treatments – proving that this strategy generates a real competitive advantage in terms of both performance and profits.”
The study is one in a series of 10 poultry and swine trials supporting the company’s new enzyme application, Maximum Matrix Nutrition – which delivers complete phytate breakdown, reduces viscosity and increases fibre fermentability. Mr. de Brito outlines the related mode of action: “The precisely calibrated application of phytase and xylanase essentially has a dual effect, increasing the use of amino acids, minerals and energy, whilst also working on the respective substrates to minimize anti-nutritive effects. The cumulative benefit for producers is a considerable improvement in feed efficiency – and a significant reduction in feed costs.”
In broiler validation trials conducted globally, the new application has generated average feed cost savings in excess of US$15 per ton.
We also suggest you to read our previous article titled "New research explores ‘triple benefit’ of phytase for tilapia producers".