Cargill Animal Nutrition UK has replaced the soya sources in its pre-starter and starter pig and poultry diets with its Triple S soya. This means that the soya component in its pre-starter chick Neochicc diet will now include Triple S soya.
The triple ‘S’ reflects the sustainably sourced and supplied origins of the soya used in the diets, the company said.
“Triple S soya is part of Cargill’s sustainability strategy,” said the company’s UK commercial director Norman Downey. “It has the same nutritional value as the previously used soya, so no reformulation is required.”
Triple S soya is sourced from areas in Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay that are guaranteed deforestation-free since 2008. “Importantly, the soya in Triple S is also fully traceable to individual farms so the supply chain, including feed compounders and retailers, know exactly where is comes from. Also, its production is part of farmer-focused sustainability programmes.
“Each producer is independently audited and supported with agronomy advice and continuous improvement goals,” said Downey. “Farmers must meet social, economic and environmental targets, set out under the Triple S production guidelines.”
Triple S soya meets the European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC) requirements for sustainably sourced soya. It is also recognised by UK retailers as a step towards more sustainable sourcing of animal feed and increasing sustainability in the supply chain.
Commenting on the implications for poultry producers, Cargill’s poultry manager David McBride said that the company’s new complete diet for broiler and layer chicks, Neochicc, is designed to promote production and unit performance.
“It’s in mini-pellet form and includes precise amounts of protein, starch, fat and additives in highly digestible ingredients to promote maximum nutrient digestibility,” he said. “Replacing the soya component with Triple S soya adds to the sustainability of this diet and will help producers achieve their targets in this area, which is of increasing importance in all livestock production systems.
“It also includes an improved package of essential oils and organic acids which work together to support gut health and nutrient absorption, and Cargill’s natural antioxidant Proviox to support performance, and an organic selenium yeast to support bird health.”