ß-mannans are likely costing you money in unnecessary feed costs

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   OVER £14,900 PER
1,000,000 BROILERS
1

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MORE THAN £6,100 PER
10,000 PIGS
1

They’re almost certainly in your feed, so understanding more about these compounds is the first step to stopping them sapping your poultry productivity, and reducing their wider environmental impact…

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β-mannans are resistant to common feed processing procedures, such as pelleting and extrusion.

The cost of β-mannans

  • Beta mannans cost - energy

    consumes energy that could otherwise be directed towards growth and productivity

  • Beta mannans costs - digestion

    reduces nutrient absorption and negatively affects nutrient metabolism

  • Beta mannans costs

    causes inflammation and negatively affects Intestinal Integrity

  

The no. 1 cost in food animal production is FEED and the most expensive component of feed is ENERGY

The no. 1 cost in food animal production is FEED and the most expensive component of feed is ENERGY

3pc energy wasted with beta mannans

β-mannans consume of up to 3% of the energy in animal feed1

Equivalent to up to 90kcal/kg ME in broilers and 63kcal/kg NE in pigs

To maintain performance, animals need to be fed more to compensate for these losses

To maintain performance, animals need to be fed more to compensate for these losses

1-5 % higher incidence of several conditions related to intestinal health

1-5 % higher incidence of several conditions related to intestinal health2

The no. 1 cost in food animal production is FEED and the most expensive component of feed is ENERGY

The no. 1 cost in food animal production is FEED and the most expensive component of feed is ENERGY

reduced faecal scores

Reduced Faecal Scores3

beta mannans aggravate PWD incidence in pigs

β-mannans aggravate PWD incidence in pigs3

Increased susceptibility to infections

Increased susceptibility to infections4,5

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Higher need for antibiotic treatment5,6

smelly waste
LOCALLY

Poor faecal scores decrease litter and air quality in the housing, affecting both the animals and workers

earth
GLOBALLY

Increased greenhouse gas production by the animals, as digestion is not optimised

Corn
GLOBALLY

Increased demand for feed ingredients, to compensate for the energy wasted by β-mannans

β-mannans in feed are a problem you can’t afford to ignore.

Don't feed the problem

This short report summarises the impact of specific non-digestible carbohydrates, the β-mannans, on pig and poultry performance and considers the benefits of dietary supplementary of β-mannanase to counteract the associated performance losses.

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  1. Daskiran, M., Teeter, R., Fodge, D. and Hsiao, H. 2004. “An Evaluation of Endo-ß-D-mannanase Hemicell) Effects on Broiler Performance and Energy Use in Diets Varying in ß-mannan Content.” Poultry Sci. 83: 662-668.