IPPE 2019 – Visit the Anco booth and find out the latest news on Anco FIT Poultry

The Anco team will be present at the IPPE 2019 in Hall A booth 237. We look forward to welcoming you and share our latest experiences with Anco FIT Poultry with you.

Anco has grown significantly and so has our booth at IPPE. Anco FIT Poultry is now available in more than 30 countries across the globe. Countries include US, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Taiwan, Malaysia, Guatemala, Columbia, Egypt, Germany and Spain.

In today’s world layer and broiler producers need to be highly responsive to quickly changing market needs and at the same time continuously increase efficiency. Poultry producers are applying Anco FIT Poultry to feed to stay competitive when reducing the use of antibiotic growth promotors and increase consistency in high performing birds.

Anco FIT Poultry increases robustness and the ability to adapt to nutritional and environmental challenges in birds for reliable performance.

Recent commercial case studies:

Broiler operations – Brazil

Commercial trials in large broiler integrations in Brazil have shown significant increases in ADG (+5.5%), FCR and bodyweight (+5.9%) in response to 1kg of Anco FIT Poultry/t of feed.

Layer breeder operation – Europe

In a commercial trial in a Slovakian layer breeder operation Anco FIT Poultry increased laying persistence, when added to the late laying period. The ROI was such that the producer continued using Anco FIT Poultry in his operation.

Scientific abstracts

Phytogenic premix effects on gene expression of intestinal antioxidant enzymes and broiler meat antioxidant capacity

Effects of dietary inclusion level of a phytogenic premix on broiler growth performance, nutrient digestibility, total antioxidant capacity and gene expression of antioxidant enzymes

 

Season’s Greetings

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Elanco Hellas – Anco FIT product launch in Greece

ANCO is expanding its business into Greece with Elanco Hellas as distributor for Anco FIT.

The Anco FIT launch took place in Ioannina, which is the capital of the Epirus region in north-western Greece. The city spreads out around the beautiful lake Pamvotida and has the Pindus mountains as a backdrop.

Ioannina is also based in the most important region for the poultry industry in Greece.

Elanco Hellas S.A.C.I. invited their sales team and customers to the Hotel Du Lac Congress center for the official launch of the Anco FIT product range in Greece.
Vassilis Giannakis, Vet Department Manager Animal Health commented: “We look forward to continue working with the Anco team and developing the Anco FIT business in Greece. The latest findings with Anco FIT Poultry in research carried out at the Agricultural University of Athens showed very promising results. Our job is to help poultry producers in Greece to see the same returns with Anco FIT Poultry under commercial conditions.”

Andreas Kern, managing director at ANCO, presented an overview of the Anco FIT product range and experience with it so far. The products are already being sold into the animal feed industry in more than 30 countries across the globe.

The audience was excited to hear about research results with Anco FIT Poultry in broilers, presented by Dr. Kostas Mountzouris from the Agricultural University of Athens.

About Elanco Hellas

ELANCO HELLAS meets the needs of Greek agricultural and livestock producers in the production process by introducing innovative products from major international companies such as DOW AgroSciences and Elanco International.

ELANCO HELLAS represents and distributes products of multinational companies of crop protection, veterinary medicines and seeds since 1984. Today, ELANCO HELLAS is composed of three administrations, the Directorate General, the Commercial Department and the Finance Department. The Commercial Division is organized in departments/ sections related to the product groups, the company distributes. The sales departments are Agrochemicals, Field Crop Seeds, Vegetable Seeds and Veterinary. The above segments are supported by the following departments: Research and Development, Marketing, Credit Control, Accounting, Imports, IT, Human Resources and Logistics.

MindXchange –How to launch, sell and test- Anco FIT distributors share their experience

This month Anco had its first MindXchange distributor seminar. Anco FIT distributors from 32 different countries came together in Vienna to exchange their experiences, explore Anco FIT research and work together to exceed expectations in customer experience.

Origin for MindXchange

ANCO expanded successfully on a global scale over the past 2.5 years. This would not have been possible without the efforts and dedication of our partners.
MindXchange came to life to build on our network across the globe.

As the name MindXchange suggests, participants at this distributor seminar benefitted from the exchange of experience with Anco FIT in different parts of the world and hearing about global ANCO activities and research.

What we learned from each other:

• How to position Anco FIT
• How to sell Anco FIT
• How to test Anco FIT
• What works in different markets
• What matters to customers in different markets

What united us during the MindXchange event:
Working together towards building excellence in customer experience.

Science update

Dr. Kostas Mountzouris from the Agricultural University of Athens presented the latest findings with Anco FIT Poultry on the gene expression profile of the antioxidant defense system in broilers and explained how this can be linked to positive effects seen on performance and product quality indices.

Dr. Mountzouris commented: “Gut agility is an exciting new concept and the results we have seen with Anco FIT Poultry having the ability to up-lift the host intestinal antioxidant and cyto-protective shield are very promising and in line with the core functions of the gut agility activator. It would also be worth pursuing the responses on product (e.g. meat) quality further”

The research session concluded with a visit to the Department of Physiological Chemistry at the University of Vienna. This was an opportunity for a more hands-on experience with some of the labs that are currently carrying out more research on the mode of action of Anco FIT.

Case studies

Case studies on results and success with Anco FIT in different regions across the globe encouraged the exchange of further experiences and discussion with the gut agility activator:

Brazil: Underlining the positive university trial results with Anco FIT Poultry, Marcelo Ziani from Evance and Marcelo Blumer from Anco Brazil presented the positive impact of Anco FIT Poultry seen under commercial conditions in large broiler production systems in Brazil.

Slovakia: Noack in Slovakia also had very positive results to share on Anco FIT Poultry in layer breeders in a commercial situation. Jan Mendel, from Noack Slovakia commented: “Our customer started using Anco FIT Poultry because they saw an improvement in laying percentage in the later laying stages that was big enough to give a significant economic return.”

Taiwan: Vick Chung from Vetnostrum shared how their launching strategy enabled a successful market entry for Anco FIT particularly in the pig sector of Taiwan.

Czech Republic: Arne Huvar from Noack highlighted an overall positive effect on milk component yields seen with Anco FIT in Czech dairy farms.

Canada: Canada also reported better milk component yields and some effects on reproductive parameters in response to Anco AC in dairy cows. Maxime Tarte, from ADM Animal Nutrition in Canada shared how his team gained confidence in the product, because of the return on investment seen with it.

Thanks for coming and contributing

Thank you to all participants for their valuable contributions, feedback and willingness to share throughout the event. MindXchange was great fun thanks to you and we are growing stronger together because of it.

Laying hens – Anco FIT Poultry maintains laying persistency in the late laying period

In a commercial trial with a parent flock of ISA Brown laying hens, Anco FIT Poultry showed higher laying persistency than the control group.

Materials and methods:

The trial was carried out on a farm of an ISA brown parent flock in Slovakia and started when the birds had reached an age of 47 weeks. The birds were housed in 4 halls of 17,000 birds each, of which 2 halls were fed Anco FIT Poultry at 1kg/t from week 47 to 62.

The young flocks had been sourced from two different farms (source A and B). Data was analyzed by source due to historical differences in performance between the two sources.

Results and discussion

Figure 1 above shows that the drop in egg production was slower in birds of both sources fed Anco FIT Poultry at 1kg/t in the feed compared to the control in the late laying period. As a result, birds fed Anco FIT Poultry produced on average 2% more eggs in the week 47 to 62 compared to the control.

Recent scientific trials have shown that Anco FIT Poultry improves the antioxidative capacity of broilers in the liver and the gut. The liver plays an important role in egg production and maintaining high liver health can help to sustain high laying persistency for longer laying periods. Therefore the positive impact seen with Anco FIT Poultry on laying persistence may partly be due to its antioxidative effects in the liver.

However, ovarian aging, which is understood as a gradual decrease in both the quantity and quality of the oocytes residing in the follicle as age passes, has also been associated with a reduced antioxidative capacity in the bird and oxidative stress. Researchers have demonstrated that in laying hens of different ages (90, 150, 280 and 580 days) that the antioxidative capacity in the ovaries of birds reduced with age.

The antioxidative capacity in birds is determined by mechanisms involving enzymes such as Superoxidodismutase (SOD), Catalase (CAT), Glutathione Peroxidase (GSH-PX), Glutathione S-transferase (GSH-ST) and biological antioxidants such as Glutathione, vitamins C and E and certain trace minerals.

Further research is required to determine whether Anco FIT Poultry not only has positive effect on the antioxidative capacity of birds in the liver and gut, but also in ovaries.

Conclusion

Anco FIT Poultry in the feed helped to increase laying persistency in the late laying period, which is an important factor for achieving longer laying cycles to produce 500 eggs in 100 weeks. This may partly be due to the proven antioxidative effect of Anco FIT Poultry in the liver of chicken.

Scientific abstracts

Mountzouris et al 2018. Phytogenic premix effects on gene expression of intestinal antioxidant enzymes and broiler meat antioxidant capacity, Proceedings of the EPC 20118

Mountzouris et al 2018. Effects of dietary inclusion level of a phytogenic premix on broiler growth performance, nutrient digestibility, total antioxidant capacity and gene expression of antioxidant enzymes, Proceedings of the IPPE Scientific Poultry Congress 2018

Effects of oxidative stress in response to mycotoxins in dairy cows

Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are normally neutralized by sufficient antioxidant levels in the cow. However, an imbalance between the production of ROS and defense ability of the cow to neutralize ROS causes oxidative stress.

Diseases that can cause significant economic losses in dairy herds, such as subclinical mastitis and ketosis, have been associated with increased markers of oxidative stress in the milk. For example, dairy cows with higher levels of somatic cell counts in milk also showed more signs of oxidative stress, as indicated by levels of malondialdehyde and dinitrophenylhydrazine.

Mycotoxins are known to increase oxidative stress. Therefore, they are also a factor, which can predispose dairy cows to subclinical mastitis and ketosis.

As cases of subclinical mastitis in dairy cows can cost on average $110/cow/year and ketosis $150/cow/year, mycotoxins can be a culprit in significant economic losses in dairy herds.

References

Mostert et al 2018. Estimating the economic impact of subclinical ketosis in dairy
cattle using a dynamic stochastic simulation model, Animal, p 145-154

Ruegg 2005. Premiums, Production and Pails of Discarded Milk How Much Money Does
Mastitis Cost You? University of Wisconsin

Abuelo et al 2015 The importance of the oxidative status of dairy cattle in the periparturient period: revisiting antioxidant supplementation 

Santos and Fink-Gremmels 2014. Mycotoxin syndrome in dairy cattle: characterization and intervention results

Andrei et al 2016. Interrelationships between the content of oxidative markers, antioxidative status, and somatic cell count in cow’s milk. Czech J. Anim. Sci., 61, 2016 (9): 407–413

Watch a short video about this topic at the end of the Monday mycotoxin report below

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How to take your birds from doing great to agile for consistent efficiency

In today’s world layer and broiler producers need to be highly responsive to quickly changing market needs (i.e. agile) and at the same time continuously increase efficiency. This also increases the requirement for robustness and the ability to adapt to nutritional and environmental challenges in birds for reliable performance. Nutritional approaches for gut agility are enabling more consistent efficiency in a sustainable manner.

Genetic progress is alive. Hens have longer and more productive laying cycles and broilers are growing faster and more efficiently. What has not changed is that management of birds is still key to maximize efficiency, health and welfare. To empower birds to live up to new genetic heights, producers need to pay extra attention to nutrition throughout the lifetime of each flock. Nutritional stressors in the diet, such as dietary changes, reduced nutrient digestibility, endotoxins, antinutritional factors and mycotoxins, can undermine consistency in performance in response to diets. Depending on the presence or absence of those stressors the same diet can differ in cost-effectiveness. These stressors are often not easy to control for the nutritionist and are part of the reality that animals are facing in modern production systems.

Ability to adapt

Ability to adapt to different climates, management systems and environmental challenges are sought after traits in today’s birds for commercial production. The ability to adapt to nutritional stressors will have an impact on consistency of performance and efficiency of birds. Hence, what we are looking for in birds is not much unlike a key trait of successful companies in today’s business environment: agility. Agility in this context meaning the capacity to adapt to changes and challenges quickly and efficiently to maintain high performance, efficiency and profitability. We never know what is around the corner, but the ability to adapt will make or break us. It determines sustained success. Taking birds from doing great to agile is a step towards greater robustness, efficiency and performance consistency in birds. This advancement will to some extent be achieved by genetic selection programs, but the faster way is to support it by nutritional means. Nutritional approaches for gut agility in the bird, are designed to empower the bird to adapt to nutritional challenges more efficiently and minimize the negative impact on performance consistency.

Feed efficiency

Reducing antibiotic growth promotors in animal feed calls for the development of new strategies to improve feed efficiency in poultry production systems. Genetic research provides a picture of the basis of feed efficiency at the cellular level. Oxidative stress turned out to be a cellular activity affecting feed efficiency. The studies showed that birds with higher feed efficiency had better mitochondrial function that included less mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and less oxidation of proteins.

More recent studies confirmed that feeding a phytogenic formula containing certain phenolic terpenes and flavonoids to broilers significantly increased the antioxidative capacity
in breast tissue, thigh, liver tissue and certain parts of the gut. There was also a significant positive relationship between antioxidative capacity and feed efficiency. Parameters for ROS scavenging activity, activity of antioxidative enzymes and reduced lipid peroxidation were significantly improved in those tissues. This indicates that feeding strategies including certain phytogenic compounds for increased antioxidative capacity could support feed efficiency in broilers. Improved antioxidative capacity in birds also implies that birds will experience less oxidative stress, which again can reduce inflammatory responses and hence improve energy efficiency. Heat stress, high stocking density and
mycotoxins are known factors which normally lead to increased oxidative stress. Hence, birds with improved antioxidative capacity will also be more resistant to those type of stressors.

Greater laying persistence

By 2020 layers are expected to lay 500 eggs in a single laying cycle of 100 weeks. Genetic companies working towards this goal have been selecting traits that increase the laying persistency of hens. Their motivation for this has been the need to be able to produce eggs in a more sustainable way. In June this year, Germany already reported the first commercial layer flock achieving 500 eggs in 100 weeks in Dekalb laying hens.

Benefits of genetic selection for improved laying persistence and stability in egg quality can only be realized if they are matched by improvements in hen nutrition. There are three important areas that come to mind, when it comes to supporting laying persistence by nutritional means:

1) Careful management of feed/nutrient intake around start of lay and in early laying period
2) Maintaining organs that are important for egg production healthy, e.g. liver
3) Minimizing common stress reactions such as oxidative stress, inflammatory responses and reduction in feed intake to maintain birds healthy and efficient

High performing hens with longer laying cycles are more prone to metabolic disturbances and susceptible to free radical (ROS) damage. This can be justified by the intense metabolism demanded for continuous egg production and environmental stress. Adding certain plant extracts to diets has been shown to improve the antioxidant status in laying hens and can be used to prevent oxidative stress. This then also has the potential to prevent fatty liver hemorrhagic syndrome (FLHS). Fatty liver-hemorrhagic syndrome is a typical liver damage caused by oxidative stress. Laying hens tend to exhibit fatty liver due to the damage caused by free radicals and excessive fat in the liver.

Adding a product including phytogenic components with antioxidative power and designed for gut agility to the late laying period of a commercial ISA Brown parent layer flock, improved the persistency in lay compared to birds on a control diet.

Agile by nutrition

Nutritional concepts designed to support the bird’s capacity to adapt to nutritional challenges and live up to its performance potential, increase the agility of the bird particularly under situations of increased stress. Overall, they are a sustainable alternative to help reduce the use of antibiotics in poultry diets, whilst maintaining robust and efficient birds for consistency in the cost-effectiveness of diets at high performance levels.

 

by Gwendolyn Jones, published in International Poultry Production, August 2018, page 7

Laying persistency – 500 eggs in a single laying cycle in 100 weeks

Laying persistency is a major trait currently being developed further in laying hens. The “long life” layer, which will be capable of producing 500 eggs in a laying cycle of 100 weeks, is on the horizon.

In Europe, the priority is to increase egg production by breeding for increased persistency in lay and stability in egg quality so that the laying cycle of commercial flocks can be extended to 90–100 weeks. Breeding programs are particularly focusing on improving laying persistency and egg quality at the end of the laying cycle.

Reducing cost of egg production

Economic reasons play an important role in taking this decision. It means less feed is required per egg. Keeping the birds longer will decrease the financial contribution of the 18-week-old pullet to the cost per table egg. Maintaining egg size and quality beyond 75 weeks and up to a target of 100 weeks can have a big impact on the profitability of a flock. The time required to reach the economic break-even of the hen has increased from 34 weeks in 1998 to 52 weeks in 2016. This indicates that longer production cycles are imperative in a tough economic climate.

More sustainable egg production

Longer laying cycles lead to a lower carbon footprint per egg. Furthermore, it was calculated that around 1 g of nitrogen could be saved per dozen eggs for an increase of 10 weeks in production. This can significantly reduce the nitrification impact of increasing or maintaining production, which is especially important in nitrate sensitive areas.

More efficient use of resources and reduction of waste will help to reduce the environmental impact of egg production and preserve the environment.

First commercial flock achieving 500 eggs in 100 weeks

Free range laying systems are following the trend for longer laying periods. The case for extending free-range laying cycles.

Actually, the first commercial flock achieving 500 eggs in 100 weeks, was a free-range laying flock and was reported in June 2018. It involved a 40 000 Dekalb White flock based in Germany. A key success factor in this was that the farmer likes to learn new things.

How to get to 500 eggs in 100 weeks

A decline in egg numbers combined with a deterioration in shell quality are the main reasons for currently replacing flocks at or around 72 weeks of age.

The benefits of genetic selection for improved persistency in lay and stability in egg quality can only be realized if they are matched by improvements in hen nutrition and careful monitoring of the effects of this process on the health and welfare of the hens.

To extend the laying cycle of commercial flocks, long-term maintenance of the tissues and organs involved in producing eggs is required.

Motivational video for 500 eggs in 100 weeks

Nutrition supporting laying persistency

Genetic progress and longer production cycles have consequences for nutrition. Benefits of genetic selection for improved laying persistency and stability in egg quality can only be realized if they are matched by improvements in hen nutrition. There are three important areas that come to mind, when it comes to supporting laying persistence by nutritional means:

1) Careful management of feed/nutrient intake around start of lay and in early laying period

2) Maintaining organs that are important for egg production healthy, e.g. liver

3) Minimizing common stress reactions such as oxidative stress, inflammatory responses and reduction in feed intake to maintain birds healthy and efficient

Supporting birds to keep a positive nutrient balance in the first 10 weeks of lay will help provide a reserve for mid/late lay egg output and improved shell quality.

With older birds it is important to maintain liver health. Consider supporting liver function with relevant additives, such as choline and vitamin E. Adding certain plant extracts to diets has been shown to improve the antioxidant status in laying hens and can be used to prevent oxidative stress. This then also has the potential to prevent fatty liver hemorrhagic syndrome (FLHS).

Managing nutritional stressors

Monitoring mycotoxins in feed also plays a key role for liver health in layers, as mycotoxins will cause oxidative stress and damage to the liver. Laying hens are more sensitive than other poultry to mycotoxins. A longer life makes laying hens ideal candidates for chronic mycotoxicosis, caused by continuous exposure to low levels of toxins.

Poor bird health and environmental stress affect egg formation and the ability of the hen to maintain persistency. This can be aggravated by nutritional stressors in the diet, such as dietary changes, reduced nutrient digestibility, endotoxins, antinutritional factors and mycotoxins.

Nutritional concepts designed to support gut agility, increase the bird’s capacity to adapt to nutritional challenges and live up to its performance potential, particularly under situations of increased stress. Overall, they are a sustainable alternative to help reduce the use of antibiotics in poultry diets, whilst maintaining robust and efficient birds for consistency in the cost-effectiveness of diets at high performance levels.

Adding a product including phytogenic components with antioxidative power and designed for gut agility to the late laying period of a commercial ISA Brown parent layer flock, improved the persistency in lay compared to birds on a control diet.

Recommendations from breeding companies

Feeding laying hens to 100 weeks of age – Lohmann

How to feed layers for a longer production cycle and high performance – Dekalb

Progress in Layer Genetics Longer production cycles, a genetic perspective – ISA

Egg producer – monday motivation video with Anco FIT poultry

The modern egg producer is facing tough challenges ahead. More eggs per laying hen (500 eggs in a single laying cycle of 100 weeks by 2020), whilst reducing the use of antibiotics, improving hen care and welfare, introducing cage-free production and preserving the environment.

It requires extra motivation, new and creative thinking to advance egg production. Watch our Monday motivation video for egg producers to boost your motivation and creativity.

Other sources to brighten your day

11 ways to beat the Monday Blues

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