The challenges of improving animal energy efficiency
Livestock producers face many challenges related to the health, stress, profitability, and the ecological footprint of livestock production.
One key aspect in meeting these challenges is maximizing animal performance and energy efficiency.
As the “battery” of muscles, creatine plays a pivotal role in the energy metabolism of vertebrates and has two main functions:
- It acts as a reservoir of high-energy phosphate that can regenerate adenosine-triphosphate (ATP) when energy demand is high.
- It transports the high-energy phosphate from the mitochondria to cytosolic ATP-consumption.
More than 90 percent of the creatine pool is in the muscle tissue of the animal. However, other high energy demanding function like the immune system, the brain, the sperm production, the bone and cartilage accretion require creatine for a high energy efficiency as well.
Cellular energy solutions
In addition to an efficient diet and a healthy gut, it is important for producers to consider an advanced energy metabolism concept to achieve the right results.
Feed raw materials are the source of energy for the animal but are often unable to supply sufficient creatine. Plant protein sources don’t contain any creatine and animal protein sources have very variable creatine contents. However, the right supplement, like Guanidinoacetic Acid (GAA), can help meet the creatine requirement of the animal to enable the maximum performance.
In the body, creatine is formed by de novo synthesis through methylation of GAA, which itself is formed from the amino acids glycine and arginine. However, in fast-growing animals it is estimated that only around two-thirds of the daily need for creatine is covered by the body’s own synthesis. The rest must be supplied via addition to the feed.
GAA is the natural creatine precursor for farm animals. It supplies creatine in the best way to animals, improving their performance, leading to optimized production costs and profitability. It improves livestock growth performance through effective nutrient utilization, and it can spare dietary arginine + glycine and dietary energy.
Products and Services to improve animal energy efficiency
The most efficient way to boost your animals’ healthy muscle growth is with a highly advanced energy metabolism concept developed by Evonik.
GuanAMINO® is Evonik’s innovative form of GAA. It can boost the energy efficiency of your animals and lower your production costs at the same time. The creatine-level in muscles can be increased with GAA-supplementation by 10 to 20 percent, dependent on dosage.
GuanAMINO® can be applied via two different approaches:
As GuanAMINO® is a granulated product its handling characteristics are superior compared to the alternative powdered product form. It is virtually dust free, free flowing, stable in all feed processing stages and shows no caking tendency. Due to that the handling and day-to-day usage is easy and safe.
All round benefits
Maximizing energy efficiency improves animal health and welfare, meaning greater economic benefits for the producer, and better environmental footprint efficiency. Further information is available below, and we’d be delighted to discuss how supplementation with GuanAMINO® can benefit you, your animals, and the planet.
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