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Feeding organic trace materials improves eggshell quality

During the 2015 Latin American Poultry Congress Alltech hosted a workshop on eggshell quality under the leadership of Dr. Bianca Martins, technical manager for Alltech Latin America, to show the current market quality of eggs and nutrition improvements that could advance eggshell quality.

Martins, an expert in poultry production and nutrition, emphasised that feeding organic trace minerals enhances bioavailability and in turn, improves eggshell quality.

In the framework of the Latin American Poultry Congress, Guilherme Minozzo, Alltech vice president for Latin America, hosted the fifth edition of the Alltech CLUB SUMMIT, a special meeting to discuss, share ideas and consider effective solutions to the current challenges of the poultry industry. The summit took place at the Bankers Club, Ecuador's most exclusive private club, with the participation of more than 230 distinguished business executives and leaders in the sector.

'Nutrition must go hand-in-hand with genetics'

"In an industry such as the poultry industry, where almost everyone produces similarly, differentiation is the key. The challenge to be different includes sustainability and taking care of the environment. Increased production means that nutrition must go hand-in-hand with genetics," said Minozzo.

Steve Elliott, Alltech's global director for the Mineral Management division, addressed Total Replacement Technology in the poultry business. "Mineral nutrition is no longer responding to deficiencies; it is addressing the scientific challenges affecting the efficiency and profitability of poultry operations. To address those challenges, mineral nutrition in the future must be different," said Elliott.

DHA-enriched eggs or chicken

Paulo Rigolin, Alltech's global director for poultry, discussed the power of DHA and the future of food. "More than ever before, consumers are now concerned about their health, and they have evidence of DHA omega-3's efficacy. Even the international organisations are recommending a daily intake of DHA. This offers a great opportunity for the poultry sector, including DHA-enriched eggs or chicken, that meets customer expectations, and improves animal performance," Rigolín said.

Increasing demand for healthier food

Finally, Alejandro Romero, Alltech's marketing manager for Latin America, addressed the topic of consumer demands, emphasising the major opportunities available in Latin America as a result of the increasing demand for healthier food. He stressed that the industry's vision should follow the market trends to prevent being left behind.

"Food self-sufficiency is a topic that has become increasingly relevant as a result of issues generated by the ongoing price increases and food shortages. How will we feed the world in 2050, as the population continues to grow and demand... or rather forcefully demand healthy, enriched and sustainable products? The market is already reacting and we should not miss any opportunities," Romero said.

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