Healthier animals mean healthier food sources for the world. Producers big and small recognize the responsibility to prioritize the well-being of their animals. This commitment means even more today, with global populations rising and consumers growing more engaged with their food supply.
Thanks to these forces, demand for quality animal protein will continue to grow. Meeting this demand hinges on nurturing healthy animals. Healthy animals are more productive. They’re easier on the environment because of increased efficiency and reduced inputs. And they help fulfill the growing need for meat, milk and eggs.
So, how can an industry of scale meet the challenge? Cargill offers many solutions to help producers champion animal health and well-being – from products that reduce heat stress to helping cage-free laying hens reduce the urge to feather-peck.
Additionally, the importance of alternative feed solutions can’t be overlooked. Cargill recently unveiled a new category of “health technologies”, which optimize animal health by working with the biology of the animal. This allows producers to customize an animal’s care program to meet its individual needs. Small changes can have a major impact – creating a safer, more wholesome and sustainable food supply for consumers across the globe.
Solutions for Animal Health and Well-Being
Animal health and well-being can be improved, and maximized, in a variety of different ways. Increasing animal health while maximizing protein production is an achievable goal; one Cargill is helping the industry achieve.
Phytogenic feed additives are a new category of products in the animal production industry. Defined as plant-based feed additives or botanicals, phytogenics represent a group of natural substances used in animal nutrition and production. These substances are derived from herbs, spices, other plants and their extracts, such as essential oils. They are a direct response to consumer demands for more naturally-produced animals, which requires natural feed inputs.
The term “phytogenic” was coined nearly three decades ago by Delacon, which recognized the potential of plants to meet challenges in animal nutrition. In 2017, Cargill entered into a strategic partnership with Delacon to advance the market scale and global presence of these natural additives.
Feed additives and functional feed play an important role in animal nutrition. While this category of products isn’t new, continued advancements have modernized what’s commonly referred to as feed additives. These products help producers seek new, sustainable ways to enhance performance. Cargill’s line of Promote® additives, for example, can help:
- Enhance performance
- Improve gut health
- Optimize feed conversion (help an animal produce more with less feed inputs)
Reduce or replace the need for antibiotic growth promoters in feed – ultimately addressing consumer demands.
How we manage human health has been revolutionized in recent years by focusing on proactive measures to prevent illness. This same principle can be true for animal production.
Cargill Health Technologies, a division of Cargill Animal Nutrition & Health, has made proactive, outcome-based animal health its mission. By optimizing the animal’s natural biology, Cargill Health Technologies can take a holistic approach to animal health and productivity.
The health technology offerings, categorized as “functional metabolites”, work to meet health and nutritional needs by maximizing digestive health and immune strength across nearly all major species. The products are developed using a proprietary, anaerobic fermentation technology that creates unique microbial-derived metabolites. These functional metabolites are biologically active compounds that provide research-proven digestive and immune health effects.
Producer Stories of Animal Health and Well-Being
Producers work hard each day to keep their animals healthy. These stories are just a few examples of the countless ways they’re putting their animals’ health and well-being at the forefront.