Global feed prices are increasing rapidly and it seems unlikely that they will go back down significantly anytime soon. Alltech is working to help producers solve these problems by making the most of limited raw materials. Exciting developments in the area of programmed nutrition can help producers increase the efficiency of their animals, reducing feed costs substantially.
Algae are very efficient at producing nutrients that can be used by higher animals. Like plants, they are at the base of the food chain. Like plants, they capture energy, carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus and other minerals from their environment and create organic molecules like proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
Alltech's first annual Algae conference got underway in Lexington, Kentucky today. The morning session featured presentations from some of Alltech's leading researchers on the characteristics and potential uses of algae. There are roughly 800,000 species of algae, which vary greatly in form, function and chemical composition.