Total Nutrition: feeding animals for health and growth

Food of animal origin plays an important and indispensable role in human life. Foods of animal origin, such as milk, eggs and meat, supply high quality and readily digested protein and energy, as well as being a compact source of readily available micronutrients. The economic and nutritional demands of our modern society necessitate the raising of large numbers of animals in relatively small areas with high rates of productivity. Unfortunately, the great success of modern animal husbandry in producing large quantities of low cost food frequently goes unrecognized.

Furthermore, food production and safety has become a highly publicized and politicized issue. In some parts of the world, food security is now almost taken for granted and food safety has become the paramount concern. This has focused attention on the systems of animal production. One major aspect of this is the reduction in use of antibiotics and other medicinal products in animal production, largely due to fears over bacterial resistance. On the other hand, there are increasing demands to improve feed hygiene, to maintain animal health and welfare and to reduce the environmental impact of animal production.

Nutritional solutions are now required for all of these issues. In fact, nutrition is all there……