German feed specialist Dostofarm supply plant feed supplements that help increase the resistance and performance in livestock. They now want to expand into the US together with a leading US partner.
Form-A-Feed from Stewart, Minnesota has been established in the North American feed market since 40 years. The company with more than 100 employees produces and supplies a broad range of feeds, mainly for cattle, swine and poultry. With the phytogenic feed supplements from Dostofarm, the company now seeks to reach new customer groups, emphasises General Manager Doug Renkes. Dostofarm is a strong supplier: the Germans are seen as pioneers when it comes to the development of phytogenic feed supplements for performance-enhancing animal health. In the USA, we mainly want to market the product Dosto Concentrate 500 as a premix for piglets, for pig fattening without antibiotics, as well as for calves and turkeys, explains Dostofarm Marketing Director Thomas Logemann.
Dostofarm meanwhile exports to 38 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. Only about 30% of the production remains in Germany and is used for organic livestock farming and also on conventional farms. Health-conscious consumers, rising production costs and the shrinking profit margins for farmers have led to a continuous increase in demand over the past 15 years.
The main component in many products is oregano, a traditional crop plant that is rich in active substances against bacteria and fungi. The raw material comes from monitored contract farming and is manufactured using a special procedure to ensure constant dosage in the end product: according to Dostofarm, this is a decisive competitive advantage. The feed supplements are particularly effective in the gastrointestinal tract, and can be administered up until slaughtering, do not impart any flavour into the animal product, and do not lead to any resistance. The comparatively low unit price rapidly makes them worthwhile. The manufacturer also developed effective preparations for organic drinking water disinfection and parasite control.
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