Marcelo Blumer joins ANCO to develop business in Brazil

Marcelo Blumer joins the ANCO team as designated Executive Director Anco Brazil. He has 15 years of commercial experience in the animal health and nutrition industry with a focus on the Brazilian market. His previous roles included senior level positions in sales and marketing in animal health companies.

In his new role, Marcelo will be responsible for all implementation and management of the ANCO Brazil operation. He will serve as the primary contact for all direct sales customers in Brazil.

Marcelo graduated from the University Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho (UNESP) with a veterinary science degree. He also gained a MBA in Agribusiness Management from FGV in Brazil.

The ANCO team will benefit strategically from his knowledge of the Brazilian market and customers with experience in the management of high performance teams and is excited to gain his contribution to the global growth of the business.

Marcelo Blumer comments on his new challenge: “ I am looking forward to be part of the Anco team. Agriculture in Brazil is highly competitive and I think the Anco FIT product line provides solutions, which can provide excellent support to competitive businesses as we have them in Brazil.”

For more information on Anco in Portuguese please go to the Portuguese section of the Anco Homepage.  Anco Portuguese

Anco FIT – Managing cost-effectiveness of pig diets

Consistency in the cost-effectiveness of pig diets can be difficult to control, but determines profitability. Anco FIT focuses on managing gut agility for more reliable returns.

With up to 70% of production costs coming from the cost of feed, consistency in the cost-effectiveness of diets is key to profitability. To maximize profit opportunity, producers must be diligent in developing feeding strategies that result in best returns over feed and/or margin over feed and facility costs. However, nutritional stressors in the diet, such as reduced nutrient digestibility, endotoxins, antinutrients and mycotoxins, often throw a spanner in the works of consistency in performance in response to diets. Depending on the increased 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.

Nutritional stressors reduce cost-efficiency

When challenged with nutritional stress factors, stress reactions such as oxidative stress, reduced gut integrity, inflammation, reduced appetite and shifts in gut microflora will be triggered in the pig. This not only reduces growth performance, but also feed efficiency and thus the cost-effectiveness of diets. Feed efficiency is reduced due to energy wasted on stress reactions instead of being used for productive purposes.

For instance, under oxidative stress and inflammation, 30% of the performance drop is explained by the catabolism and feed conversion needed to manage inflammation.

Oxidative stress is defined as the presence of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in excess of the available antioxidant capacity of animal cells. Oxidative stress is a major factor related to the development of inflammatory diseases.

Increases in intestinal permeability raise the possibility of translocation of bacteria and/or their toxins across the more permeable gut barrier. The resulting endotoxemia can trigger disease onset and progression. The increase in translocation of endotoxins across the intestinal barrier can also stimulate immune cells to secrete pro-inflammatory cytokines and prostaglandins like PGE2, resulting in low-grade inflammation, which again can waste metabolic energy.

Regardless of the triggering cause, the innate immune and inflammatory response is triggered in the pig to achieve a better ability to deal with infectious and noninfectious stressors. At the same time this response needs to be accurately controlled to avoid tissue damage and waste of metabolic energy.

Certain mycotoxins, such as DON (deoxynivalenol) are known to cause the type of stress reactions mentioned above in pigs. DON also has a significant impact on feed intake in pigs, resulting in reduced growth performance. It is globally the most prevalent mycotoxin in feed stuffs and difficult to control. Therefore, it can also play a significant role in the cost-effectiveness of diets.

What if pigs were more resistant

Ideally the response to nutritional stress factors should consume as little energy as possible or stress reactions should be minimal for better and more consistent feed efficiency. This would be the case if animals were inherently more resistant to nutritional stress factors or were able to adapt to nutritional stressors more energy efficiently.

There is scientific evidence suggesting that for genetic selection, improving the ability of pigs to cope  with stressors may be a better way of improving pig performance than selecting only for increased growth potential. That means the pig needs to be able to adapt faster and more adequately to dietary changes and stress factors for efficient growth performance. Genetic selection is certainly going to play an important role for advancement in this capability of the pig.

Nutritional strategies supporting the speed and efficacy with which the pig adapts to stressors will bring a more immediate competitive advantage in pig production. Most importantly, the ability of the animal to cope with the stressors will also impact the return on investment of diet formulations and profitability of the producer.

Managing gut agility for robust pigs

The gut is particularly responsive to stressors, hence why the emphasis is on the gut when improving the pig’s adaptive response. Gut agility is a new term coined to describe the pig’s ability to adapt to nutritional stressors in a faster and more energy-efficient response than it normally would.

Agile nutritional concepts are designed to boost gut agility and empower animals to adapt to a variety of nutritional stress factors, including mycotoxins, making them more robust and energy efficient. They rely on bioactive substances derived from plants that reduce negative stress reactions, such as oxidative stress, inflammation, reduced gut integrity and reduced feed intake generally seen in response to stressors.

The animal becomes more robust in the face of dietary challenges, resulting in more consistent high performance and well-being. This again will contribute to consistency in the cost-effectiveness of diets under commercial conditions.

Application of Anco FIT

Anco FIT is a gut agility activator, designed to manage gut agility by dietary means and is applied as a feed additive to complete feed. Application of Anco FIT to pig diets empowers animals to adapt to nutritional stress factors more efficiently and live up to their performance potential. For the nutritionist, it provides greater control over the cost-effectiveness of diets.

Nursery diets: Anco FIT is recommended in nursery diets to help piglets adapt to feed transitions quicker and support its defense against nutritional stress factors, including mycotoxins. Expected results are improved feed intakes and growth performance during this important developmental stage of the pig.

Grow-finish diets: In group housing situations feed intake is generally constrained by physical and behavioural factors and energy available from diets will determine commercial performance particularly in the finishing phase.  Anco FIT is applied to grow-finish diets to reduce the waste of metabolic energy on stress reactions such as oxidative stress and inflammation. The boost to gut agility also supports efficient nutrient adsorption from the gut. Expected results are greater feed efficiency particularly in the face of nutritional stress factors.

Sow lactation diets: Energy demands on modern highly prolific sows are incredibly high during lactation. Efficient dietary energy utilization by the sow during lactation will not only affect litter performance, but also subsequent reproductive performance of the sow. Anco FIT is applied to sow lactation diets to reduce the waste of metabolic energy on stress reactions such as oxidative stress and inflammation. The boost to gut agility also supports efficient nutrient adsorption from the gut. Expected results are high lactation performance and subsequent reproductive capability from improved/more consistent energy efficiency in sows.

For more information on Anco FIT please contact
Anco Animal Nutrition Competence GmbH
Phone: 0043 2742 90502

Deoxynivalenol: Feed intakes at risk with DON in 2016-2017 harvest

Deoxynivalenol (DON) belongs to the trichothecene group of mycotoxins and is the most prevalent mycotoxin found in feed materials around the world. Neogen reports DON in the wheat and barley 2016 harvest of several states in the USA (Figure 1 below) and certain states such as Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Iowa have also reported DON in corn.

Pigs are particularly sensitive to DON in the diet and generally the first symptoms to be seen in pigs is a reduction in feed intake. This is particularly detrimental to performance in young pigs, but can also impact older pigs. A meta-analysis (Andretta et al 2012) on 85 published papers on the impact of mycotoxins on pig performance showed that feed intake was 26% lower in animals that consumed diets containing DON in comparison with control groups.

Find out how DON affects feed intake here

Other stress reactions to DON at the cellular level

While the biggest negative impact on pig performance from DON is due to a reduction in feed intake, there are stress reactions at the cellular level and in the gut that can increase the susceptibility to disease and reduce efficiency of performance in pigs.

Oxidative stress
Increase in inflammatory responses
Shifts in the gut microflora towards more pathogenic bacteria
Reduced gut integrity

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DON- How does deoxynivalenol (DON) affect feed intake in pigs

A well known response to the mycotoxin deoxynivalenol (DON) is a reduction in feed intake. This is particularly the case in pigs. According to a meta-analysis (Andretta et al 2012) DON reduces feed intake by 26% in pigs.
DON is globally the most prevalent mycotoxin in pig diets and there are signs that this year’s harvest of certain crops is contaminated with significant levels of this mycotoxin. Feed intakes at risk with DON in 2016/17 harvest

What controls appetite?

One constant physiological factor of appetite control are certain gut peptides, of which cholecystokinin (CCK) is one of them. CCK is released in response to feed intake and sends signals to the brain contributing to the sensation of satiety, when it binds to certain receptors, such as CCK1R.

Scientific studies show that CCK1R antagonists increase meal size and food intake in experimental animals, and they increase hunger, meal size, and caloric intake in humans.

Physiological effects of CCK include stimulation of gastric acid, gallbladder and pancreatic secretion, decreased gastric motility and suppression of energy intake.

Researchers studied the control of eating by CCK in pigs extensively. As in humans, carbohydrates, proteins and lipids all stimulate CCK secretion in pigs. Active immunization against CCK increased food intake and body weight in pigs (Pekas and Trout 1990) confirming the importance of CCK in feed intake.

How does DON affect appetite?

More recent studies carried out in mice show that the decreased feed intake in mice in response to DON in the diet corresponds with a significant increase in CCK in mice compared to a control diet. Studies with a relevant antagonist known to bind to the same receptors as CCK report that the negative impact of DON on feed intake in mice can be reduced through the antagonist.

The conclusion was that CCK plays a major role in feed intake reduction in response to DON. DON exposure also elicited higher proinflammatory cytokine responses in mice, which could be another cause of DON-induced anorexia.

Test your knowledge on mycotoxins

Distribution partners wanted in Eastern Europe

Anco Animal Nutrition Competence GmbH is currently looking for distribution partners to expand into Hungary, Czech Republic and Turkey.

If you are looking to grow your product portfolio and are interested in becoming a distribution partner, meet us at the EuroTier in Germany to discuss opportunities. Anco Booth Hall 18, D10. We look forward to engage with you and find out what matters in your markets.

Take a look at an introduction to our product line Anco FIT in your language and find out if it would fit into your portfolio.


Takarmánykiegészítő mely egészséges, hatékony és gazdaságos állattartást tesz lehetővé szarvasmarha, szárnyasok és sertések esetében More information about Anco FIT in Hungarian


Sağlıklı, verimli ve karlı kümes hayvanları, domuz ve sığır yetiştiriciliği için besleme çözümler. Anco® FIT tavuk, sığır ve domuz beslenmesi için özellikle de antibiyotik içermeyen besleme özelliğinden dolayı bir aktivatör olarak önerilmektedir. More information about Anco FIT in Turkish

Czech Republic

Krmné směsi pro zdravé a rentabilní chovy drůbeže, prasat a hovězího dobytka. Anco® FIT je Gut Agility Aktivátor do krmiva pro drůbež, hovězí dobytek i prasata. Je doporučen především pro bez antibiotikový výkrm. More information about Anco FIT in Czech.

Tierernährung – Information zu Anco FIT Farm

Anco FIT Farm ist ein Ergänzungsfuttermittel mit einem gut agility activator zur Fütterung bei Milchkühen und Schweinen mit einem neuen Ansatz für eine kosteneffiziente nachhaltige Tierernährung.

Agilität macht robuster gegen Stressfaktoren

Futterumstellungen, Hitze, hohe Milchleistungen und Mykotoxine im Futter,sind nur einige Beispiele für Stressfaktoren, denen ein Tier im Laufe seines Lebens am Betrieb ausgesetzt sein kann.

Wichtig für die Profitabilität des Betriebes und das Tierwohl ist, wie das Tier darauf reagiert. Das Ausmaß der Stressreaktionen bestimmt die Leistung, Effizienz und Gesundheit auf lange Sicht. Bei hohen Leistungen z:B. in der Laktation und Futterumstellungen sind Stressreaktionen wie zum Beispiel oxidativer Stress zu erwarten.

Das Verdauungssystem reagiert besonders empfindlich auf Stressfaktoren. Würde es jedoch schnell auf eine effizientere Weise antworten, dann wäre das Tier insgesamt robuster und hätte somit weniger Schwankungen in der Leistung.

Neue Kompetenz in der Tierernährung

Wie kann man das Tier über die Fütterung unterstützen, robuster auf Stressfaktoren zu reagieren? Das ist eine Frage mit der wir uns bei Anco intensiv beschäftigt haben. Dabei sind wir zu dem Schluss gekommen, dass das Tier eine Anpassungsfähigkeit entwickeln muss mit der es effizienter auf ernährungs- und umweltbedingte Stressfaktoren reagieren kann.

Das führt wiederum zu weiteren Fragen: Was sind die natürlichen Schutzmechanismen im Tier gegenüber Stressfaktoren? Wie werden sie gesteuert? Wie könnte man es über die Ernährung beeinflussen und stärken? Welche natürlichen Substanzen kommen da in Frage und wie kann man sie optimal kombinieren? Wie kann man ihre positive Wirkung im Tier messen und bestätigen?
Wir haben Antworten gefunden und das gewonnene Know-how in unserem Darm Agilitäts Aktivator angewendet: Damit haben wir eine neue Kompetenz in der Tierernährung entwickelt, mit dem unsere Anco FIT Produktlinie ins Leben gerufen wurde.

Wie wirkt Anco FIT Farm?

Anco FIT Farm basiert auf einer Formel mit pflanzlichen bioaktiven Substanzen, die die effiziente und natürliche Anpassungfähigkeit im Tier gegenüber Stressfaktoren erhöht. Die Kombination der bioaktiven Substanzen mindert häufig vorkommende Stressreaktionen, die ansonsten einen negativen Einfluss auf die Leistung und Effizienz im Tier haben. Dadurch wird das Tier robuster unter dem Einfluss von Stressfaktoren im Futter und seinem Umfeld und die Leistung konstanter. Insgesamt führt das wiederum zu einer Steigerung der Kosteneffizienz in der Fütterung auf modernen leistungsstarken Betrieben.

Wie setze ich Anco FIT Farm ein?

Anco FIT Farm ist ein Ergänzungstuttermittel und kann direkt auf Schweine- und Milchviehbetrieben ins Futter mit der jeweiligen empfohlenen Dosierung eingemischt werden.

Welche Erfahrungen gibt es mit Anco FIT Farm aus der Praxis?

Rückmeldungen von Schweinebetrieben

Beim Einsatz im Futter von laktierenden Sauen mit hoher Ferkelanzahl, wurden höhere Absetzgewichte gemessen, was sich auch positiv auf die Ferkelleistung nach dem Absetzen auswirkte. Sauen die Anco FIT im Futter um die Geburt herum hatten, wurden als ruhiger und gelassener wahrgenommen. In der Abseztphase und Mast konnte Anco FIT vor allem durch schnellere Wachstumsraten und verbesserte Futterverwertung punkten.

Video: Kundenreferenz aus Österreich

Rückmeldungen von Milchviehbetrieben

Was vor allem bei Hitzestress und Mykotoxinen im Futter beobachtet werden konnte, waren erhöhte Milchfett- und Milchproteinerträge und eine Reduzierung von Zellzahlen. Aber auch bei hochleistenden Milchkühen, die keinen bekannten Stressfaktoren ausgesetzt waren, konnten ähnliche Verbesserungen festgestellt werden, wenn auch zu einem geringeren Grad.

Anco ist ein GMP+ zertifiziertes Unternehmen und in mehr als 30 Märkten international vertreten. Mehr über uns.

Weitere Fragen zu Anco FIT Farm

Anco’s kick-off meeting with US distributor ADM

On the 29th of August Anco had an internal launch meeting with the sales team of ADM Animal Nutrition in Kansas City, USA.

Anco introduced Anco FIT and Anco FIT Poultry, which will be part of an ADM solution platform currently being rolled out to the US. The customizable feed solutions platform is designed for the nutritional management of dairy cattle, swine and poultry and to adapt to nutritional stressors efficiently for more profitability on farms.

Andreas Kern, executive director for Anco Animal Nutrition Competence GmbH comments: “I am excited about our collaboration with ADM Animal Nutrition and look forward to supply the Anco FIT product line through a very competent partner in the US.”

In the US animal feed industry Anco FIT and Anco FIT Poultry will be available from ADM Animal Nutrition from now on.

About ADM Animal Nutrition™

ADM Animal Nutrition is a leading manufacturing, nutrition and marketing business offering a wide range of innovative products for the animal nutrition market. Known as a global leader in amino acids, ADM Animal Nutrition also offers consistent, high-quality feed products, supplements, premixes, custom ingredient blends and specialty feed ingredients designed to provide leading-edge solutions. Learn more at

Antibiotic-free – Take the stress out of antibiotic-free feeding

The fear of loss in animal performance and profitability can make farmers and integrators apprehensive to reduce antibiotic growth promotors (AGPs) in animal diets. However, a better understanding of nutritional stressors and appropriate biosecurity measures can provide reassurance, that life and profitability will go on with antibiotic-free feeding.

In the US many farmers use antibiotics to treat, prevent, and control animal diseases and increase the productivity of animals and operations. However, there is concern that routine antibiotic use in livestock will contribute to antimicrobial-resistant pathogens, with repercussions for human and animal health. Given these concerns, pressure to limit antibiotic uses for purposes other than disease treatment is mounting. Maintaining a profitable future is looking promising with sound management and new alternatives to AGPs.

Scary news
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that antibiotic resistance is responsible for more than 2 million infections and 23,000 deaths each year in the United States (CDC 2013).

Earlier this year, researchers have found a person in the United States carrying bacteria resistant to antibiotics of last resort, for the first time. According to a top US public health official this could be the end of the road for antibiotics. Another report mentions that the “new superbug” MCR—a gene, carried by gut bacteria, that confers resistance to the absolutely last resort antibiotic Colistin—has been in the United States for at least a year.

Relationship between use and resistance
In their 2015 report “The state of the world’s antibiotics” the US Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy states that the greater the volume of antibiotics used, the greater the chances that antibiotic-resistant populations of bacteria will prevail and that antibiotic resistance is a direct result of antibiotic use.

Two trends are threatening to increase global antibiotic consumption and therefore the risk for antibiotic resistance: First, rising incomes are increasing access to antibiotics, which is increasing the use in the human population. Second, the increased demand for animal protein and resulting intensification of food animal production is leading to greater use of antibiotics in agriculture. In the United States an estimated 80 percent of all antibiotics consumed are used in food animals (U. S. FDA 2010).

Changing consumer demands in the US
Consumer awareness of antibiotic use in livestock production has increased. One indication of the growing demand for products raised with limited antibiotic use is a Consumer Reports 2012 survey of 1,000 U.S. residents finding that 86 percent of consumers would like the ability to buy meat raised without antibiotics at their local supermarket. This survey found that over 60 percent would be willing to pay an additional $0.05 per pound for meat raised without antibiotics, and 37 percent were willing to pay an additional dollar per pound.

Major retailers and restaurant chains such as McDonalds, Subway, Panera Bread, Chipotle, Applegate, Whole Foods and Costco have picked up on this and are taking a proactive stance to eliminate the use of antibiotics over a given time frame. For instance, Chic-fil-A, the largest U.S. chicken chain by domestic sales volume, has committed to serve only 100 percent antibiotic-free chicken by 2019. The company announced that as of March 2015, it had already converted 20 percent of its chicken supply.

In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued final guidance on voluntarily phasing out the use of medically important antibiotics (those important for therapeutic use in humans) for livestock production purposes.

How to stay profitable

For farming operations, the biggest fear of reducing the use of antibiotic growth promotors in feed or stop their preventive use entirely is that it will reduce economic returns from animal production. However, there is research showing that antibiotics used for production purposes generally have limited effects on the productivity of raising livestock at the farm level and the effect has been decreasing significantly over time (Table 1).

Latest research in Belgium and the Netherlands has shown that reducing the use of antibiotics in animal feed, does not endanger the economic situation of pig farms when biosafety measures and vaccinations are applied. On the contrary, in finishing pigs it can lead to €2.67 more profit per head.

In this research, there was an active emphasis on improving biosecurity status, the vaccination scheme and farm management. On average, the farms received advice for a timeframe of roughly 8 months. While there was a reduction of use in antibiotics by 52% from farrow to slaughter, there was a significant increase in biosecurity. At the same time there was higher daily growth (+7.7 g/d) and a reduced mortality during finishing (-0.6%).


Success will depend on operations
In practice, the effects of eliminating antibiotic growth promotors from animal feed are likely to vary considerably and will depend on current practices and external conditions (Laxminarayan et al. 2015). Operations with better sanitation, less crowding, and more modern production practices are likely to be affected less than older operations that have not updated their facilities and practices. In Sweden, the ban on growth promoters had a greater effect on producers with lower hygiene standards (Wierup 2001).

Keeping up with the top players
Major meat producers such as Smithfield foods, Seaboard foods, Tyson and Perdue, Pilgrim’s Pride, Foster Farms have already taken steps to reduce the use of antibiotics in their operations and/or even to introduce antibiotic-free production lines. Perdue announced in July 2015 that more than half of their birds are produced antibiotic-free.

A global feed survey carried out by WATT revealed that 58 percent of respondents consider the elimination of antibiotic growth promotors in feed as a critical obstacle to overcome in 2016 and 65 percent of the participants in the survey report that their company is actively testing or using alternatives to AGPs.
The above trends are clearly following consumer pressure and/or government regulation mentioned earlier.

Ready, steady, agile – new alternatives to go antibiotic-free

Agility is the capacity to anticipate change, respond, adapt quickly and thrive in a changing environment. The key question is whether the natural ability of animals to adapt to nutritional challenges and other stressors can be deliberately accelerated and optimized to benefit animal performance and the agility of animal production systems.

Research in genetic selection shows that improving the ability of animals to cope with stressors is a better way of improving performance than selecting only for increased growth potential. Genetic selection is certainly going to play an important role for advancement in this capability of the animal. However, nutritional strategies supporting the speed and efficacy with which the animal adapts to stressors will bring a more immediate competitive advantage in animal production.

A new approach to nutrition is to support the agility of the gut, i.e. its ability to adapt to nutritional stress factors efficiently. The agile gut is quicker to respond to prevent negative stress reactions, such as oxidative stress, loss in appetite, increased gut permeability and inflammation, which can cause waste of metabolic energy and increased risk of disease.

Agile nutritional concepts are designed to empower animals to adapt to a variety of nutritional stress factors, for more robust and energy-efficient animals. They rely on bioactive substances mainly derived from plants, known to prevent some of the negative stress reactions seen at the cellular level and offer a safe alternative to AGPs.

Read ANCO’s first publication in Feed Magazine Kraftfutter

Gain competitive advantage with agile nutrition concepts / Wettbewerbsvorteile durch agile Ernährungskonzepte in Feed Magazine

This is our first article published in German and English by the Feed Magazine/Kraftfutter. Find out how feeding for gut agility can make farm operations more competitive. Reade more in the July/August 2016 issue of Feed Magazine/Kraftfutter.

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EuroTier 2016 – Talk to Anco Hall 18/D10 at EuroTier

Are you visiting EuroTier 2016? Go for a warm welcome at the Anco booth Hall18/D10. We look forward to engage with you and learn what matters to you.

• Find out how the Anco FIT product line can benefit safe and more profitable animal production.

• Take the next step towards a more agile operation and a competitive edge with gut agility.

• Meet our team face-to-face. If you would like to book one on one time in advance, write to us at and let us know your preferred day and time.

• Join our launch event

Anco Animal Nutrition Competence is a feed additive business acting globally to support competitive animal production with cost-effective feed solutions designed for pigs, poultry and ruminants.