Evonik has launched a new feed additive for laying hens, which for the first time is made of plant extracts. The product, called PhytriCare IM, consists of selected plant extracts with a high flavonoid content. Flavonoids are known for their anti-inflammatory effects.
“Healthy animals are in the interest of us all,” said Gaetano Blanda, head of the animal nutrition business line at Evonik. “The farmer benefits from higher productivity, and the consumer can enjoy eggs safe in the knowledge they are coming from healthy animals.”
Farm animals – like all living creatures – are exposed to a variety of stress factors and respond by activating the body’s defense mechanisms. If the stress continues at a higher level for a longer period, it can lead to chronic inflammation. As a result, animal welfare suffers. The animal then uses an increased share of its energy and nutrients for the immune system rather than for beneficial activities, such as growth and performance – sometimes for months or years. Consequently, production efficiency decreases and the animal’s ecological footprint increases.
“PhytriCare IM was developed to prevent an overshooting of inflammatory reactions,” said Nicholas Guthier, head of EMEA region & global key accounts.