Understanding dietary fibre to boost animal feed and digestion
10 October 2016
The addition of fibre-degrading enzymes to feed delivers significant benefits for animal digestion, explains Dr Hadden Graham, Global Technical Director at AB Vista.
Dietary fibre is commonly known as the part of the diet which is not broken down by the animal’s digestive enzymes. But in the latest of AB Vista’s Extraordinary Science Brought to Life videos, Dr Graham explains how a greater understanding of dietary fibre can help to optimise feed.
“The major carbohydrate in any feed is generally the polysaccharides – this includes starch, as well as cellulose, hemicellulose, pectins and fructans: these last four make up the dietary fibre. For the purposes of analysis, dietary fibre can be defined as the sum of the non-starch polysaccharides and the lignin.”
According to Dr Graham, the fibre fraction between different feedstuffs varies significantly, with levels of starch, oligosaccharides, non-starch polysaccharides and lignin varying considerably between corn and soyabean meal.
“Fibre can be both soluble and insoluble – and can be both a nutrient (in that it can be degraded, to provide energy) and an anti-nutrient – in that it can increase gut viscosity and encapsulate nutrients - thus reducing digestibility.
“There are three main mechanisms at play when looking at how fibre-degrading enzymes can be used to optimise feed: their ability to break down insoluble fibres and open up the cell walls, reduce viscosity (allowing the animal’s own enzymes to move quickly in the gut), and the subsequent production of oligosaccharides, providing energy for the animal.”
Dr Graham explains that these mechanisms result in better digestion of nutrients (starch, protein and fat); greater degradation of fibre and increased levels of good bacteria in the gut.
These findings will be presented at the CLANA academic conference, to be held from October 10th to 14th in Cancun, Mexico. Guests are invited to join AB Vista and Tryadd for a ‘Technical Breakfast’ on October 13th from 07:00 – 09:00 – seats are limited and can be reserved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The new video (‘ Understanding the fibre fraction of the diet to optimise digestion ’) can be viewed on the AB Vista website - www.abvista.com.
For more information, contact AB Vista on +44(0)1672 517 650 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes to editor:
AB Vista is an animal nutrition technology company offering pioneering products and technical services to the global animal feed industry. Since its establishment in 2004, AB Vista has grown to be a top-three player in feed enzymes and is also one of the largest suppliers of natural betaine to the global animal nutrition industry. The company invests heavily in research and development and has a growing portfolio of products and services spanning the poultry, swine, ruminant and aquaculture sectors. AB Vista is headquartered in the UK, with regional offices located in the USA, Brazil, Singapore, Spain, India, China, Germany and Finland.
AB Vista is part of AB Agri, the agricultural division of Associated British Foods, one of Europe’s largest food & retail companies with a market capitalisation of £22 billion.
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