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Based on the number of questions I receive at each Nutriflash, I am considering that you find this Nutriflash very useful. I am encouraging you to keep on sending me questions, comments and sharing your experiences. All our nutritionists at Nutrispices and Mg2Mix are doing our best to provide you timely and relevant answers to help you in your work of formulation. Our ambition in preparing this document is to offer you practical tips. You may not follow exactly the same diets but you may take one or two ideas out of these articles.

Since June, Barley and Corn price increased respectively by 5.5% (+9 Euros / ton) and 2.7% (+5 Euros / ton) while Wheat price went down by 2.6% (-3 Euros / ton) triggering the price decrease of the all its byproducts as Wheat bran and Wheat middlings.

The price of Soybean meal remains unchanged but the price of Sunflower meal decreased (-19 Euros for ND grade and 13 Euros for HD grade) while Canola meal price went up by 19 Euros.

These variations of ingredients price had different impact on diet optimization according to the species.

On Broiler grower diet, we could not do anything to absorb the ingredients increase. The diet remains unchanged in comparison to the diet we proposed last June. Corn, Soybean meal, and Wheat stay the main contributor. As result, the diet cost increased by 2.6 Euros compared to June diet.

For the Duck grower diet, we brought some mild changes. We removed the Barley and increased Wheat, Soybean Meal, and introduced a new ingredient - Cereals byproducts. These changes enabled us to save 0.6 Euro per ton and to maintain the diet cost at the same level as the one in June (only 0.1 Euro increase).

For Swine, the situation is very different. We have more options to compensate for the increase in Barley and Corn.

In the Pig fattener diet, we removed the 20% Corn and reduced Barley by 15 points. We had to remove as well as the canola meal. In replacement, Wheat went up by 44 points to become the largely dominant ingredient in this month's recipe.

Regarding the gestating sow diet, Barley and Canola meal went down as well. We replaced Sunflower meal HP with Sunflower meal ND.

When looking at the Dairy cow diet, the optimization brings to similar conclusions as for the Gestating sow diet. Barley, Canola meal and Sunflower meal HD have been rejected from the diet. After being removed in June, Corn Gluten feed and DDGS Wheat are regained the place that they initially had. This example of optimization ensured a savings of 2.2 Euros which represent 1% of the diet cost.

All these changes proposed for the Swine and Dairy cow diet must be organized through transition to ensure that the enzymatic pool of animals get used to the new ingredients.

These exercises of optimization are possible only because we keep in our ingredients matrix a large choice of ingredients. The larger will be the choice of ingredients, the more chances of savings we will get. The main objective of this Nutriflash is to encourage you to explore new ingredients that you may not use today but that, in certain context, could help you to make significant savings.

All these optimizations are done without making any changes to the nutritional requirements of animals. The nutritional profile of all these diets remains unchanged to guarantee the animal growth and production performance. If you have some questions regarding the nutritional profile that we are using for preparing these diets, do not hesitate to come back to me by email and we will share them with you.


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