At Sonac, we believe the solutions we deliver are part of a broader shift occurring around the world. A shift that involves a change of perspective regarding our attitude towards the earth’s resources. Our constant aim is to generate new resources, rather than depleting existing ones. That way, we enable you, to contribute to change. With our feed solutions, you help reduce rock phosphate, land and water use.
Many of earth’s natural resources are under pressure, or even at risk of depletion. One of the resources you can actively help protect by using our feed solutions is rock phosphate. Phosphates are widely used in feed – as well as in other products, such as fertilizer – as they contain essential minerals. Phosphorus is relatively scarce and only a few countries in the world have significant reserves of mineable rock phosphate. Current data suggest that sooner or later we will face a shortage in rock phosphate (see graph).
If you want to avoid contributing to this depletion, team up with Sonac. In our feed solutions, we exclusively use phosphate from animal sources, such as Di-Calcium Phosphate (DCP) from bones and phosphate from animal proteins (meat and bone meal). These do not only replace inorganic phosphate, but they also offer important sources of organic phosphates. This makes our feed ingredients a renewable, future-proof alternative to rock phosphates.
Excellent digestibility and an optimal nutritional profile
Our ingredients of animal origin offer excellent digestibility and an optimal nutritional profile in terms of amino acids, fatty acids, calcium and phosphorus. They also help you bypass some of the challenges involved in using vegetable alternatives – such as ensuring maximum digestibility and utilization of the ingredients, as well as balancing different ingredients effectively.
Current data suggest earth’s rock phosphate resources are at risk of depletion. Our animal by-product-based feed ingredients offer a renewable, future-proof alternative
While reducing pressure on an important natural resource, our phosphates also offer superior digestibility and bio-availability, surpassing the performance of rock phosphate in new scientific studies. This means healthier animals and lower dosages and feed costs.
Aquafarming has grown substantially as a means of compensating for over-fishing in the world’s oceans. One of the unintended downsides has been that aquaculture – especially of the new premium species, most of which are carnivorous – requires large amounts of fish feed, which is often made of fish meal taken from the same oceans we’re trying to protect. In other words, aquaculture is often criticized for using more fish than it produces.
PAPs offer a strong alternative to fish meal in terms of both sustainability and nutrition
Fish meal supplies are under pressure and prices have gone up, further boosting interest in alternative protein sources. Sonac’s Processed Animal Proteins (PAPs) provide that alternative. PAPs are an alternative to both fish meal and vegetable proteins not only in terms of sustainability but also in nutritional terms. Among other things, they offer a high protein and amino acid content. PAPs are rich in most essential amino acids. They are particularly high in arginine and other water-soluble amino acids, such as proline, glycine, and glutamic acid, which act as attractants and palatants in aqua feeds.
Tapping into Sonac animal by-product-based solutions for feed also means reducing the use of land and water. This is because fats coming from vegetable sources, such as sunflower, rapeseed, palm and soy, require relatively large tracts of land, which is causing large-scale deforestation in South America and Southeast Asia. Our animal fats and proteins are already available as a by-product. Using them means reducing the need for vegetable oils, thereby saving land and water.