Philagro Animal Nutrition, a division of Philagro South Africa, is to distribute the animal nutrition supplement Creamino in South Africa, and beyond.

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Developed and manufactured by AlzChem in Germany, Creamino is a feed additive formulated for pigs and poultry which is processed into creatine by the animal’s own body, providing additional energy for healthy growth. This allows farms to reduce feed inputs. Using Creamino can lead to significant cost savings for livestock farmers and to a reduction of the ecological footprint in terms of feed production and transport.

The German manufacturer is investing €50 million (R797.3 million) in a new production plant for the feed additive and intends to triple its capacity by mid-year to meet increasing international demand.

According to Ulli Seibel, board chairman of the AlzChem Group, Creamino was developed by AlzChem between 2005 and 2009 and exemplifies the company’s strategy of focusing on high-quality specialty chemicals, benefitting from megatrends such as global population growth.

“Creamino is a sustainable product in the best sense of the word,” said Seibel. “It reduces the ecological footprint of livestock farming while supporting supply security for our rising world population.”

Divan Swart, product manager at Philagro Animal Nutrition, emphasised the company’s commitment to contribute to the stable supply of safe and nutritious animal feed products in a responsible and environmentally friendly manner. The company started distribution of Creamino in January through its distributor network in South Africa and various other countries in the sub region.

Creamino is guanidinoacetic acid (GAA) the direct precursor for creatine production in the animal’s body. By supplementing Creamino, the body-own synthesis is optimised, saving effort and energy in the body. Creamino is condensed energy, sparing energy of other feed ingredients, optimising muscle growth and assisting in better food conversion. It an innovative nutritional concept that focuses on cellular health.

The supplement offers benefits in the form of reduction of high-cost feed ingredients, higher muscle meat yield, and lean body mass increase which is important to poultry farmers. These factors, and the support offered to general health by promoting a more robust immune system, will ultimately lead to a lower mortality rate and increased heat tolerance, said Swart.

The growing market for feed additives is driven by the increasing world population. According to the UN there were about 7.3 billion people on the planet in 2015. That figure is expected to rise to 8.5 billion by 2030. At the same time, the land area available for agricultural purposes will become more and more limited. This scenario points to the increasing importance of efficient agricultural processes and consistent supply. -Press release

For more information contact Divan Swart; telephone: +27 (12) 348-8808 or email: divan.swart@philagro.co.za