Examining the connection between ‘nutribiosis’ and improved animal performance, health
The exploration of tactics to strengthen gut health is a popular topic among nutritionists. Because performance and health is intrinsically connected with what’s happening in a chicken or a pig’s digestive tract, research suggests a holistic approach to feeding strategies that takes nutribiosis, or the connection between nutrition, the microbiome and gut health and immunity, into account can produce the best outcomes.
Dr. Arno de Kreij, regional marketing director – ASPAC with Danisco Animal Nutrition & Health, joins the Chat to discuss how taking a “nutribiotic approach” to animal nutrition can achieve positive results in pigs and poultry.
Transcription of Feed Strategy Chat with Dr. Arno de Kreij, ASPAC regional marketing director, Danisco Animal Nutrition & Health
Jackie Roembke, editor in chief, WATT Feed Brands/Feed Strategy: Hi, everyone. Welcome to Feed Strategy Chat. I’m your host, Jackie Roembke, editor in chief of WATT Feed Brands and Feed Strategy magazine.
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Today we’re joined on Zoom by Dr. Arno de Kreij, ASPAC marketing director with Danisco Animal Nutrition & Health. He’s here to discuss how applying a holistic approach to feeding can ensure optimal gut health and performance while maintaining profitability.
Dr. Arno de Kreij, ASPAC marketing director, Danisco Animal Nutrition & Health: I’m very good. Thank you.
Roembke: Excellent. Well, let’s get right into it. Will you please tell us what is nutribiosis, and what is a nutribiotic approach to gut health?
de Kreij: That’s a good question, Jackie. If you look at the animal and nutrition, we know that everything in the gut interacts with each other. And a nutribiotic approach is a holistic approach that takes into consideration nutribiosis, which is the interaction between nutrition, gut and immune function, and the microbiome in the gut of the animals.
Roembke: Right, so why should nutritionists adopt a nutribiotic approach to their feeding program?
de Kreij: We believe it is crucial because this understanding of nutribiosis brings new insights to animal producers, enabling to improve gut health and make more profitable decisions, leading to improved animal performance and welfare.
Find out more during the Feed Strategy Seminar, “How to Improve monogastric gut health and immunity,” held at VIV Asia on March 9.
Roembke: You’ll be presenting at the Feed Strategy Seminar at VIV Asia on March 9, and the topic of your presentation will touch on the nutribiotic approach. Could you give us an example of a real-world application in swine production?
de Kreij: In my presentation at VIV, I will highlight several practical examples in both poultry and swine, where we have demonstrated the nutribiotic effects of different categories of feed additives. And, indeed, one of the studies in pigs is particularly nice example of the nutribiotic effects of enzymes and probiotics. And a specific combination that we used in the studies improve the gut structure of the animals. On top of that reduction of fecal ammonia and hydrogen sulfide gas emissions were a strong indication of a positive shift of the microbiome. Finally, the overall performance of the pigs was improved, which increases the profitability for the producer.
Roembke: And you mentioned poultry, what about an example for poultry producers?
de Kreij: Similar to swine, for poultry I will also highlight studies demonstrating the synergistic effects of enzymes and probiotics on the gut microbiome — as well as the synergies in improving gut structure, nutrition and animal performance. In both the swine and poultry feeding strategy, examples demonstrate that nutrition, gut and immune function, and a microbiome interact in the gut of the animals, and as such, it is crucial to take a nutribiotic approach in feeding strategies.
Roembke: Very good. Now if you’d like more information about the Feed Strategy Seminar, “How to Improve monogastric gut health and immunity,” held at VIV Asia on March 9, please visit www.feedstrategy.com/feed-strategy-events.
Thank you so much, Dr. de Kreij, and thanks to you for tuning in.