Major players partner to optimize feed operations

UK— Danisco Animal Nutrition and Health is collaborating with Dutch company Single Spark, to increase enzyme access for African farmers while BASF and Evonik partner to enable stakeholders produce more sustainable feed and animal protein.

Danisco Animal Nutrition and Health, now part of IFF, is collaborating with Dutch company, Single Spark, on a digital platform that supports farmers in developing countries to generate quality feed recipes with locally sourced ingredients at the lowest possible price.

Spark Alliance’s FeedCalculator, a revolutionary smartphone app that generates least-cost & high-quality feed recipes based on locally available ingredients, will now incorporate Danisco’s Axtra PHY GOLD, making the phytase enzyme more accessible to smallholder farmers and feed mills in Africa.

Danisco maintains that its phytase enzyme can boost the sustainability of animal production because it allows formulation of inorganic phosphate-free high phytate diets. It claims it also offers thermostability, and that it is proven to outperform other commercial phytases under a wide range of pelleting conditions.

“We are excited to be part of this initiative,” ​ said Segun Oluwole, regional sales manager for Danisco Animal Nutrition and Health. “It enables us to translate our extensive research data into an established, practical and integrated digital feed-mix format, which has measurable cost and animal performance benefits for farmers and feed mills in Africa.” ​

And in a separate development, German chemical giants BASF and Evonik have announced that they are entering into an agreement to enable stakeholders produce more sustainable feed and animal protein.

This partnership enables us to translate our extensive research data into an established, practical and integrated digital feed-mix format, which has measurable cost and animal performance benefits for farmers and feed mills in Africa

Segun Oluwole, regional sales manager for Danisco Animal Nutrition and Health Tweet

That alliance sees Evonik integrating BASF’s digital ready-to-use sustainability platform, Opteinics, into its global feed consultancy services.

The software solution was launched by BASF in 2021 – it is designed to measure, analyze, and minimize the environmental impact of animal protein, with an emphasis on animal feed production.

Currently the software offers modules for pig and poultry production and can be integrated with feed formulation software. 

With the use of Opteinics, Evonik said it can better support the livestock industry to make significant progress in fighting climate change, safeguarding ecosystems, and ensuring health and well-being as it works to achieve sustainable food production.

And the partners said they will be targeting further developments in digital sustainability aimed at optimizing feed and animal production.

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