How animal feed oxidation affects livestock productivity

How animal feed oxidation affects livestock productivity

We all know what oxidation is, but we often fail to recognize the symptoms and their effects on productivity, health and profitability in modern animal agriculture.

We have often discussed the importance of recognizing the problem of oxidation. This is true for the feed itself, but also for the animals that consume the feed. Oxidative stress is a physiological process affected in periods of high stress, wherein animals consuming oxidized feeds possess less of a defense against internal oxidation. Thus, there is need to protect feeds and animals by incorporating feed antioxidants, often of synthetic origins, and animal antioxidants, mostly of biological origin.