Results Driven Agriculture Research (RDAR) has announced $110,291 towards CBS Bio Platforms’ development of enhanced, sustainable feed.

RDAR funding will drive research led by CBS Bio Platforms, a leading international feed technology company headquartered in Calgary, to develop processes that release previously inaccessible plant components and make them usable in poultry and swine diets.

The key to the project’s success, says RDAR, will be leveraging the expertise and resources of CBS Bio Platforms to uncover a new pathway to unlocking plant protein potential. The project builds on a wealth of previous CBS feed technology research, particularly with enzyme technology.

The research will broaden the toolbox of beneficial and affordable plant protein sources, diversify the options for alternatives to antimicrobial use, and help meet the new market legislation and consumer preferences for poultry and swine products.

“Innovation in animal feed represents a great area of opportunity for Alberta’s economy and to help our livestock producers maximize benefits and increase profitability,” says Nate Horner, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, and Rural Development. “This industry-directed investment from RDAR towards made-in-Alberta solutions will accelerate our progress to capture this potential — supporting a strong future that expands the boundaries of Alberta’s agriculture success.”

Positive research results will deliver producer benefits at the farm gate, by reducing feed cost and increasing quality. By improving feed’s overall economics and sustainability, this research will unlock hard-to-capture value in feed inputs, says RDAR.

“We’ve learned a lot about extracting more value and delivering unique advantages out of feed ingredients,” says Rob Patterson, CBS Bio Platforms technical director. “By using enzyme technology, CBS breaks down the plant’s fibrous structures and releases components traditionally more difficult to access. This new project will take this approach to a new level of precision and power by capturing the protein fraction as well as functional carbohydrate fractions to create new high-value product streams.”

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