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Sidki Dhaouadi, Director, Power-Protexion®, Impextraco speaks to Far Eastern Agriculture about the importance of gut health in livestock production
Can you tell us a little about Impextraco and the sectors you cater to?
Impextraco is a Belgian family company, the family has been active in feed additives for many generations now. Our business is build upon two corporate pillars: Power-Protexion® that stands for cost-effective and sustainable solutions to protect both feed and animals and Xtra-Performance® providing the tools to ensure maximum productivity and performance.
We offer the right balance between single ingredients like vitamins, amino acids, colourings, etc. and speciality additives so that we can deliver improved value, improved production and performance to our customers.
Do you have a strong presence in the Asian market?
Thanks to our presence since the early days in Asia, we have been able to offer to our partners solutions adapted to the challenges of a growing market such as in the Asian region. Today we are present all over Asia, with our own offices in Bangkok and Beijing, warehouses as well as through our local partners throughout the Asia Pacific region.
What are some of the latest trends relevant in the livestock industry?
The latest and most important trend we believe is related to gut health management. Mycotoxin elimination, feed digestibility with enzymes, coccidiosis management and antibiotic free production, all these have to do with gut management. We must have a holistic approach to optimise gut health management. There is no point increasing your digestibility if you cannot at the same time absorb the nutrients correctly. And to absorb them correctly, you need to have to alleviate mycotoxins risk as well as maintaining the right gut microflora balance.
What are the solutions Impextraco offers for gut management?
Our gut health management concept involves several solutions talking different aspects. We have a full range of anticoccidials, butyrate and natural extract based products in order to improve nutrients absorption, immunity and microflora balance. Within the concept we do offer prebiotics as well as a very strong mycotoxin eliminator. Further to this concept we also help free water and feed from pathogenic bacteria. Our approach has always been customer centric, meaning that we sit together with our customers, understand what they are trying to achieve and why, so we can offer a sustainable solution in terms of biosecurity, antibiotic free production or simply zootechnical performance improvement.
Has there been an increased interest in gut health management in the market?
Absolutely. Impextraco has seen the evolution towards gut health management over the last years. It has become a very hot topic today. As a matter of fact, during VIV Asia we are hosting two presentations on mycotoxins eliminations driven by a long-term biomarkers investment and immunity and a seminar on coccidiosis management.