The Alltech Feeding Times Issue 34 - Summer 2021 Summer 2021 - Page 11

partial replacement of vegetable protein with Optigen exhibited a consistent improvement in the liveweight gain and feed efficiency of beef cattle . The many positive effects included an average higher liveweight gain ( by 8 %) and better feed efficiency ( by 8 %), with the inclusion of corn silage enhancing the effects of Optigen . A simulation analysis based on these benefits indicated that feeding Optigen to gain 440 lbs . in 1,000 cattle would :
• Reduce the time to slaughter by 9 days .
• Reduce feed costs by $ 18,000 .
• Support a reduction in the carbon footprint of the beef unit by 111 tons of CO2e . Those carbon savings are the same as taking 73 cars off the road or reducing 75 houses worth of electricity usage .
Sustainability does not have to come at a cost
Lowering the environmental impact of animal feed does not mean lowering revenues for food system stakeholders . From the large dairy farms in the U . S . to the 300 million dairy cows predominantly spread across small farms in India , Alltech has seen firsthand that sustainable solutions have become the nonnegotiable in animal nutrition . Profitable farming understandably leads this agenda . With animal feed typically representing the most significant variable cost in producing animal products , there is a business responsibility to ensure that we minimize food loss and waste .
Animal feed production has humbly underpinned the food system that has enabled global population growth over the last 150 years . It is now time to recognize this unique contribution and how it also serves in the discovering and implemention of technologies that lower the environmental impact of animal products and supports the circular economy .
Considering sustainability efforts need to make both environmental and economic sense , don ’ t miss our related blog six tips to stretch your protein supplies and lower your feed costs .
Neil Keane is the commercial director for the Alltech Rumen Function Platform across Europe . His primary interest is in supporting sustainability and profitability goals in ruminant production systems .
Neil first joined Alltech in 2005 as part of the Alltech U . K . team , responsible for Scotland and Northern England . His work there focused on joint projects to deliver optimal efficiencies for end-user clients .
Neil was promoted into the
Alltech European team in 2010 and , following several product , species and sales roles , moved into his current position in 2015 .