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YEARS

GUT HEALTH ADDITIVES
This is at least something to discuss with probiotic
suppliers. In fact, there are already products that claim
antimicrobial action against Salmonella. They are based
on yeasts and bacteria. Here the keyword is antimicrobial
peptides, also known as "bacterial or yeast biological warfare." There is still much work to be done, but the beginning is interesting and very promising. Questions remain,
and the most important one is whether these antimicrobial
peptides are similar
to the very same antibiotics being banned.
If yes, then I foresee
a quick death to this
technology, as we will
be coming back to the
original problem of
enhancing bacterial
resistance to human
antibiotics. I do not
believe this will be the case, but it is worth investigating
before misinformation causes misregulation.

MOST
EXPERTS
BELIEVE
BUSINESS
will continue
as usual, but
I disagree.

4

New drugs will emerge

If we were a pharmaceutical company sitting
on millions of research dollars and employing
the best minds available, we would definitely
not want to sit idle watching our antibiotic business being
overtaken by gut health additives, especially now that they
are still not 100 percent effective in replacing our banned
antibiotics, right? But what could we do? Should we use
our ample resources to find new molecules, new drugs that
could be used in animals without causing resistance to
human-level antibiotics? And while we do that, would it
not pay to launch a massive campaign to inform everyone
about how harmless our new products will be and how in-

expensive and effective they will be when used properly? 
A dream, you say? Indeed, it is a dream that cannot be
easily transformed into reality, and this is why most antibiotic suppliers are buying into gut health additives, trying
to maintain their clientele and recover part of their business - but they will fail as this is not their core expertise.
For a core of few visionaries, this is not a dream but rather
a challenge. Indeed, some are already working hard to
find these "non-antibiotic" drugs. Some preliminary signs
indicate that the dream will materialize, but there is still
no estimated time of "arrival." Could this be the long-term
solution to gut health management?

What to do in case of a disaster?
As mentioned, most experts believe business will continue as usual, but I disagree. I believe we will see a new
upheaval in the gut health business, most likely caused by
probiotics or new drugs. In this scenario, most current gut
health additives will become obsolete, and the change will
be a rapid one.
To guard against such an unpleasant scenario, some
additive suppliers are looking into what benefits their
products have beyond the boundaries of gut health. Others
try to create a niche for their class of additives by tying
them up with a feed formulation matrix variable - an
almost impossible task. Others work hard to make their
additives so effective or multitasking that they become
indispensable. All of them, however, are aware of the
impending danger, and in their minds there is a pressing
question: how to make their additive(s) as successful as
phytase - something the computer picks up automatically. But even the successful enzyme phytase faces an
uncertain future; what if phosphates become cheap again?
Impossible, you say? Perhaps as impossible as antibiotics
coming back? We shall soon see. ■

This is the fourth article in WATT Global Media's 100-year anniversary series, which considers four possible future
scenarios for gut health additives. The next article in the series will explore bird welfare.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Feed International - April/May 2017

Feed International - April/May 2017
Contents
In the Mix
Happenings
2017 NUTRITION & FEED SURVEY: Antibiotic-free animal feed production grows worldwide
100TH YEAR SERIES: Gut health additives: four possible future scenarios
7 alternative vegetable protein sources for broilers
Belarus feed manufacturers pressured by falling margins
How to use medium-chain fatty acids in pig diets
FVG Select to combine conferences, expo, networking
World Pork Expo returns to Iowa State Fairgrounds
Products
Marketplace
Advertisers’ Index
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Feed International - April/May 2017 - Cover2
Feed International - April/May 2017 - Contents
Feed International - April/May 2017 - In the Mix
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Feed International - April/May 2017 - Happenings
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Feed International - April/May 2017 - 2017 NUTRITION & FEED SURVEY: Antibiotic-free animal feed production grows worldwide
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Feed International - April/May 2017 - 100TH YEAR SERIES: Gut health additives: four possible future scenarios
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Feed International - April/May 2017 - 7 alternative vegetable protein sources for broilers
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Feed International - April/May 2017 - Belarus feed manufacturers pressured by falling margins
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Feed International - April/May 2017 - How to use medium-chain fatty acids in pig diets
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Feed International - April/May 2017 - FVG Select to combine conferences, expo, networking
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Feed International - April/May 2017 - World Pork Expo returns to Iowa State Fairgrounds
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