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DuPont launches phytase enzyme in Canada

Danisco Animal Nutrition, a division of DuPont Industrial Biosciences, has launched its phytase enzyme product on the Canadian market.

The enzyme (Axtra® PHY) has already been helping producers in the animal nutrition industry in the US and is increasingly being introduced into other markets around the world.

The enzyme begins degrading phytate and breaking down its anti-nutrient effects at much lower pH levels, much earlier in the animal’s digestive tract. This valuable process enables the release and digestion of the beneficial nutrients naturally present in the feed that would otherwise bypass the animal’s digestive system. Less supplementation of these valuable nutrients is required, resulting in improved animal performance, efficiency and lower-cost diets with fewer of the undigested nutrients making their way into the environment.

Trials have shown that the enzyme can enhance phosphorus and calcium release by 20% and decrease feed conversion ratio by 8 to 10% in broilers. In swine, a body weight gain of up to 20% in piglets, and a reduction in their phosphorus excretion of an astounding 57% have been confirmed.

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