A new lens for phytogenics

Our new lens on the use of phytogenics in animal nutrition brings sustainable, high-impact solutions that harness the full power of plants.

Phytogenics were introduced into animal nutrition decades ago with a specific target: to find alternatives for the use of antibiotics to support livestock performance. Due to that narrow lens, phytogenics – specifically essential oils – were screened for antimicrobial properties and selected for their ability to kill relevant pathogenic bacteria.

However, even though some phytogenics may have antimicrobial activity in vitro, at the in-feed inclusion levels commonly used, they have little to no antimicrobial effect. So, instead of focusing on a narrow, oversimplified silver-bullet approach, we work on science-based phytogenic solutions that support the host’s natural defense mechanisms as well as robust physiological functions in all kinds of conditions. 

Quality without compromises

Our in-house experts have cutting edge knowledge on phytopharmacy, medicinal plants, cultivation and supply chain and are continuously working on discovery and development of novel phytogenic solutions. Gaining insights into the mechanistic effects of medicinal plants on the animal is central to this process.

Our unique approach and knowledge of plant anatomy, physiology, and physiochemistry, yield not only the most efficient formulas but every batch is subjected to rigorous quality control to ensure consistent active content and efficacy.  Within our center for medicinal plant solutions, we control the entire supply chain from bioassays, hybrid selection and cultivation, experimental plots, and supply chain. 

Committed to the phytogenic space

We made a long-term commitment to developing the phytogenic space by attracting world-class in-house expertise and strategic partnerships. We strongly believe that the field of phytogenics is underdeveloped yet represents an important tool for nutritionists and veterinarians to support the health and welfare of the animals, thereby improving productivity and efficiency. Our phytogenics:

1.are targeted solutions for relevant industry problems

2.contain bioactives with a known and scientifically proven mode of action

3.are supported by a strong dossier of relevant trials in the target species

4.are science-based products with an attractive return on investment.

A New Lens on Sustainability Animal Nutrition by Dr. Marlien De Kock

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