Enzymes for Efficiency
Versazyme, launched in 2005, is a powdered additive for poultry and swine feed. Corn and soybeans form the main ingredients in animal feed, but their price keeps rising. Verazyme increases the digestibility of soybean in animal diets, so producers get more value from their feed formulations.
Additionally, by increasing the digestibility of protein, less nitrogen is excreted by animals fed Verazyme. This not only helps to lower feed costs, but also reduces the environmental impact of poultry and swine producers. “We work at both the front end and back end of animals,” says Giles Shih.
By adding Versazyme to animal diets, producers can use 2% less protein. Versazyme digests a variety of proteins, including those found in plant materials, thereby improving the bioavailability of proteins in the gut. BRI has conducted academic and commercial feeding trials with Versazyme all over the world in broilers, egg layers, turkeys, and pigs. The results verify significant gains in a variety of conditions with a variety of feeds.
Versazyme can help large and small poultry and swine operations to boost profits through improved animal nutrition and weight gain, greater feed efficiency, and increased protein availability, according to Giles Shih.
A year later in 2006, BRI introduced Valkerase, which aids in the industrial process used to make a feed ingredient known as “feather meal.”
Poultry processing plants generate huge amounts of feathers that end up in landfills or are rendered into a digestible protein feed supplement called feather meal. Insoluble keratin makes up 80% of the protein in feathers, and harsh steam and cooking methods are needed to break down the keratin. The use of Valkerase in feather meal production lowers cooking temperatures and shortens the cooking time.