3 in 5 Livestock Producers Expect To Use More Phytogenic Feed Additives This Year

Michael Noonan, Global Product Line Manager Phytogenics at BIOMINPlant-based feed additives – specifically essential oils, plant extracts, herbs and spices – are known to have a range of biologically active properties that can be applied to modern animal production. These include anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and digestion enhancing effects.

Increasing interest

“We continue to see strong demand for PFAs from all sectors of the animal protein industry,” commented Michael Noonan, Global Product Line Manager Phytogenics at BIOMIN. “As the awareness and understanding of the benefits of scientifically tailored PFAs such as Digestarom® is growing, their commercial application becomes more widespread.”

Scientific findings underscore the fact that phytogenic feed additives can reduce the microbial threat and promote intestinal health, which is imperative for optimal performance and profitability.1

Furthermore, reported results of market research in various countries suggest that consumers look favourably on the addition of phytogenic feed additives to animal feed.

These industry expectations, coupled with consumer acceptance, indicate the strong growth in demand for phytogenic feed additives for farm animals globally, in line with projections that the PFA market will reach the US$1 billion threshold by 2023.

Turning science into solutions

The upcoming BIOMIN Phytogenic Feed Additives Survey builds on similar work published in 2017.

“As a leading global supplier of PFAs, we are in constant contact with clients, researchers, valued distributors and our skilled sales and client support teams throughout the globe,” noted Mr. Noonan.

“Through discussions with clients, trials and scientific research, we are continually highlighting the advantages that PFAs offer to the feed and livestock industries,” explained Mr. Noonan.

BIOMIN has conducted hundreds of trials with phytogenic feed additives over the years. “Our scientific knowledge of PFAs and on-the-ground customer support throughout the world provide us the means to help our clients achieve the best outcomes,” Mr. Noonan concluded.

Upcoming publication

More than 700 nutritionists, business owners, veterinarians and consultants located in over 80 countries provided their views on the use of phytogenic feed additives in livestock in the recent BIOMIN Phytogenic Feed Additive survey.

The full results of the actual BIOMIN Phytogenic Feed Additives Survey will be published in June 2018.


1Murugesan G. R., Syed B., Haldar S., Pender C. (2015). Phytogenic feed additives as an alternative to antibiotic growth promoters in broiler chickens. Front. Vet. Sci. 2:21 10.3389/fvets.2015.00021