Amaferm™ additive for ruminants available from Cargill in India and China
Part of the PROMOTE® line of feed additives, trial data demonstrates Amaferm’s™ effectiveness in increasing milk production; improving feed digestibility and efficiency
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - May 27, 2015 – As Asia’s dairy industry grows rapidly and consumption increases, Cargill’s feed additive PROMOTE® Amaferm™ is available in China and India to help dairy farmers increase milk production. With data from more than 100 research studies, Amaferm™ has shown to increase milk production, digestibility and feed efficiency in ruminants.
An offering sold under the Provimi brand as part of the PROMOTE® line of additives, Amaferm™ is derived from the proprietary fermentation of Aspergillus oryzae, a fungus commonly used in the production of many Asian foods including soy sauce, miso and sake.
“In ruminants, Amaferm™ helps stimulate the growth of fungi and bacteria that occur in the rumen, providing ample nutrients for the animal’s development,” said Maxime Hilbert, Cargill’s technology leader for additives. “Ultimately, Amaferm™ acts as a prebiotic, delivering more microbial protein and energy to the animal through increased digestibility.”
To assess Amaferm™ in China and India, trials were performed in Hangzhou, China and District Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, India in 2013. In China, an eight week trial with mid-lactation dairy cows at Zhejiang University showed an increase in milk production by 4 percent as well as a 5 percent improvement in digestibility of dry matter. In India, a four week on-farm trial with early lactation buffalo revealed a statistical improvement of 4.7 percent milk fat over the control group due to better fiber digestion which lead to higher acetate and butyrate volatile fatty acid production, the main precursor of milk fat. Along with increased milk production, trials using Amaferm™ have demonstrated improved weight recovery after calving by 22 percent as well as an ability to decrease ketosis risk.
Further, a German feed producer currently using Amaferm™ as part of its on-farm mineral Rupromin Fiber, a product from Cargill’s Provimi brand designed to stimulate rumen fungi, discovered a significant improvement in fiber digestibility and a 5 percent increase in milk production on its farms. “We believe we can deliver similar results to customers in India and China, two countries where dairy consumption and production are soaring,” said Hilbert.
Beyond the trials in China and India, key findings from more than 100 Amaferm™ research studies include:
- Increased Average Daily Gain (ADG) for beef cattle up to 7 percent
- Increased milk production up to 7 percent for dairy cattle
- Increased feed efficiency up to 5 percent for all ruminants
- Increased digestibility up to 9 percent for all ruminants
Amaferm™ is currently available in India and selected countries in Europe, Middle East and South America. It is expected to be available in China in the second half of 2015. For optimal results, please contact your Provimi brand nutrition expert to develop a customized feeding program to suit local environments, business goals and regulations. AmafermTM is a trademark of BioZyme Incorporated, used under license.
Niki Larson, (952) 984-0786, Niki_[email protected]
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