Plant Extracts – Good(s) By Nature
Plants have way much more to offer than someone might probably think – they are little miracles of nature.With the help of the natural forces of the plants and the way they explore and record their actions in animal nutrition, we are embarking on a good and promising path - the path we should leave behind.
Today's consumers are crucial. They are highly involved in their diet and production. Meeting their growing needs for sustainable agriculture and animal husbandry, including animal welfare or natural plant feed ingredients, can seem difficult. But above all, priority must be given to safe food produced in a certain way, without the need for large amounts of drugs, especially antibiotics. And yet – there are ways, natural ways, we could go, in order to meet these demands, or at least to closely approach. The answer comes from mother nature herself.
Plants are all around us
As for anyone who can remember that plants have been around us. They give us (directly or indirectly), they produce oxygen (photosynthesis), they provide us with energy (incineration, fuel), they are wore by us (cotton), they use it as material (paper, wood) to beautify our environment ) They are semi-luxury foods such as coffee, tea, herbs and spices.
But above all, they have always played a remedy role, especially before the emergence of synthetic drugs. This applies not only to humans - animals also benefit from these little wonders of nature. So, let us take a closer look at these precious “omnipotents”, their enthusiasm, and their positive impact on livestock production.
Secondary plant products – the key
The factory consists of "main" and "secondary" products. Water, vitamins, carbohydrates, or proteins are included in the primary product, while essential oils, bitter ingredients, irritants, pigments, or phenols are considered "secondary" products.
The primary product is the basic module of the plant, responsible for planting, photosynthesis and other important functions. Secondary plant products are not essential to plant life, although these substances assume specific ecological functions, such as protection of predator and stress, resulting in an increase in the health of the plant. Whether it is attracting insects during pollen transmission or attracting animals that seize plant fruits, it brings about seed dispersion - their function and the interaction between plants and the environment throughout the plant. After all, the pharmacological properties of plants (or plant products) are mainly due to the biologically effective levels of these secondary metabolites.
A plant made from herbs, spices, other plants and their extracts. Photo: Delacon
"Plant-derived" and Its Correlation with Animal Nutrition
The term plant-based feed additive (PFA) was created by Draco nearly 30 years ago and the latter even recognizes the potential of plants to meet challenges in animal nutrition. Plant-derived feed additives are usually defined as plant-based feed additives or botanicals, representing a group of natural substances derived from herbs, spices, other plants and their extracts, and used for animal nutrition - this is developed by livestock producers and companies. Natural alternatives have no antibiotic feeding program.
They can consist of many different active ingredients such as spicy, bitter, essential oils, saponins, flavonoids, mucilage and tannins. Due to this wide range, PFA offers more than just seasoning properties. It has many effects, but it is mainly aimed at improving livestock performance (such as increasing enzyme activity in the intestine, improving nutrient utilization, antioxidant effect, improving intestinal integrity...), while reducing ammonia, methane and Other greenhouse gas emissions are in the curse of animal production.
It is worth noting that PFAs using plant extracts show a broader mode of action in animal nutrition than chemically equivalent substances. This advantage is based on the synergistic effect of all formulations in the plant and does not reduce the effect of a single lead substance. This combination of natural synergies with sustainable development, environmental protection, animal welfare and safety has made PFAs the top solution platform for multispecies animal nutrition.