My name is Waluyo, from Blitar. Currently I have a layer farm, so far I am accustomed to adding livestock vitamins in premixes to maximize our layer production. However, since the Covid-19 pandemic, I have begun to feel a scarcity of vitamins and the prices have tended to rise. Otherwise, I have also increasingly doubted the stability of the quality and content of several vitamin premix products on the market. If you don’t minde, please give me a solution for choosing the right vitamins during this condition, because on the other hand the selling price of livestock products is so cheap, so we also need to do efficiency.
Dear Mr. Waluyo, previously we were also concerned about the current condition of farmers affected by the covid-19 outbreak. This condition is also faced by all industries, including the vitamin and premix industries due to a decrease in supply from the premix producer-countries. In addition, there is a restriction and supervision on ports between countries caused a lot of delays in the distribution. Otherwise, in our country itself, there are several regions in Indonesia now that implementing policies in limiting the movement/ mobility, so that this condition affects the continuity of the availability of vitamin premix products in the field.
Management of the addition of vitamins must be strictly considered in the current pandemic conditions. In laying hens, vitamins play an important role on egg quality, stress levels, optimization of nutrients as well as antioxidants and immunity in livestock. Many cases that we have encountered in the field that farmers often ignore the use of vitamins, such as using products that are not necessarily in the right composition and ingredients, replacing them with certain types of feed additives / supplements, to be tempted by low prices. We understand that this is done as an effort to increase production costs, but it should not be that the efficiency efforts that are made actually cause another problem in laying hens, such as vitamin deficiency which has a fatal impact on decreasing production.
Regarding with your question about how to choose vitamins in pandemic condition, there are 4 important things that need to be considered, including: 1. Knowing information and source data from the producers of raw materials through the presence of COA (Certificate of analysis) and MSDS (material safety data sheet) from these products. 2. Observing the physical consistency of the product premix vitamins, there should not be many changes such as the color, texture, or aroma in each different part of the package. Physical analysis and track record are important because analyzing vitamin content requires time and expensive costs. 3. Considering the continuity of its availability, this means choosing a vitamin manufacturer that is able to guarantee the procurement of premix vitamin products on time and even able to provide specific products according to product specifications, or called "customize" 4. Use a dose wisely, in general the distribution of vitamin can be divided into 3 criteria, namely: a. Minimum dose applied to prevent deficiency in livestock b. Average general dose to keep production stable c. The optimum dose which aims to increase production or even enrich livestock products produced/ added value to consumers, such as improved egg yolk, eggshell hardness etc., of course at this time farmers must wisely determine the use of vitamins with more efficient doses but not at risk of failure production under conditions of low prices of livestock products, for that it needs to be consulted to the team of nutrition experts of the premix producers about what farmers expect.
Fenanza as one of the premix industry is trying to answer the current challenges by presenting Viramix (vitamin premix) product and FenanzaMix customize premix that is intended to provide added value for farmers. Through marketing methods that prioritize two-way consultation between direct farmers and Fenanza nutrition experts, it is expected to be able to answer the problems faced by farmers today without adding to the burden borne by farmers. Thus the information that we can convey, hopefully can be the good solution for your farm in the future. For more information, don't hesitate to contact the Fenanza Team in the field or through the editor of Trobos Magazine. ARD