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LIVESTOCK PREMIXES EVOLVE
cated mixtures, the premix industry is faced with several
challenges and overarching trends that are changing the
way they do business and formulate their products.
1. Emphasis on safety and traceability: Feed safety is
the top priority for premix manufacturers. Ensuring their
customers receive the exact, quality formulations is paramount in premix production. To do so, suppliers utilize
barcode systems, RFID technology and dosing automation
to ensure ingredient traceability.
"Now, more than ever, we're seeing that it's critical to
invest in technology that provides customers the highest
level of assurance in the traceability of ingredients, additives and other animal nutrition products," Taylor said.
2. Ingredient availability struggles: Beyond the current
vitamins E and A shortages, supply chain issues and ingredient availability are a challenge for premix manufacturers.
"The premix industry has two drivers: the supply chain,
i.e., ingredient availability; and the nutritional knowledge
and capability to formulate quality premixes to meet the
Cargill Animal Nutrition's new medication-free
facility in Lewisburg, Ohio, will open in spring 2019.
needs of an animal throughout its life cycle," de Wildt said.
When premix ingredient supplies are volatile, manufacturers may reformulate as a temporary solution or rely
on support from long-term suppliers.
"With the recent vitamin crisis, we see the importance
of securing our sourcing and increasing preventive actions
to reduce sourcing risks," Fernandez said.
3. Consolidation narrows competition: Consolidation is
an ongoing trend in the animal feed industry.
Premix manufacturers will be challenged by the grow-