NuFeed comes from a unique source of Clinoptilolite Zeolite, it is a relatively young (newly formed) source, found only in New Zealand. Because of its age, it is a softer type, than many old (hard/sharp, like glass) sources from Australia and other parts of the world. It has a much higher (up to 3 times) absorbency than locally sourced Zeolites.
Why is NuFeed being incorporated in feed rations?
NuFeed can result in improved feed conversion and weight gain (as much as 30%).
Numerous studies have shown, NuFeed used in the range of (2.5 to 4%) of a ration showed weight gains.
NuFeed increases fibre digestibility and utilisation Cellylytic bacterial populations increase with a very significant increase in cellulase activity resulting in faster breakdown (digestibility) of fibre.
NuFeed allows increased use of NPN (Non-Protein-Nitrogen) Feeding NPN such as urea to ruminants provides financial benefits from delivering cheaper N for growth.
The natural urease activity converts the urea too rapidly into ammonia which causes toxic effects.
The NuFeed controls/modifies rumen NH3 levels by cation-exchange. NuFeed subsequently releases NH3 at a controlled rate, again by cation-exchange, but this time by the action of the sodium ions (Na+) in the saliva. (1% urea in diet, use 2.5% zeolite)
NuFeed captures mycotoxins to protect animal health
Mycotoxins are the toxic metabolites (by-products) of certain species of fungi. About 200 different mycotoxins have been described with Aflatoxins being a common group frequently found in animal feed. The effect of the toxins are economically disastrous for animal production.
Studies have shown that zeolite can bind mycotoxins to various degrees and play an important role in safeguarding animal production.
NuFeed can decrease greenhouse gas emissions (GGE)
The global warming potential of methane (CH4) is 25 times that of carbon-dioxide (CO2).
Huge contributions to GGE result from methane emissions generated from enteric fermentation in ruminants.
NuFeed helps improve the rumen digestive process and any improvement in this process (of feed utilisation) results in a decrease of methane (i.e. GGE) emission
1. Details of Trials A summary of some zeolite trials with ruminants, together with the specific references is provided in Attachment 1: “NuFeed Performance Trials for Ruminants“. Consultant...
U.S. Cattle Research The use of a calcium zeolite (clinoptilolite) in diets for natural beef production. K.S. Eng., PhD; Robert Bechtel; David Hutcheson, PhD 2006 NuFeed Improves Average Daily Gain Feed...
What are Mycotoxins? Mycotoxins are the toxic metabolites (by-products) produced by certain species of fungi during their metabolism (conversion) of feed ingredients. About 200 different mycotoxins have...
NuFeed has been added to ruminant diets to counter toxic levels of ammonia, which can arise when non-protein nitrogen (NPN) compounds (such as urea) are added to the diet. Ammonium ions formed during di...
Buffering Capacity Bentonites are often used in animal feed rations for their buffering capacity. A measure of the effectiveness of this buffering capacity is provided by the cation-exchange capacity (C...