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Biotin for poultry: An essential
but expensive vitamin
Although needed in trivial amounts, biotin plays a significant role in
metabolism and affects the cost of vitamin premixes.
IOANNIS MAVROMICHALIS

For a vitamin that is required at roughly 0.1 mg/kg
feed (in a broiler diet, for example), biotin is a significant
nutrient in many aspects. Again, the amount required
is miniscule: just one tenth of a gram is required per
metric ton of complete feed - an amount so small it is
difficult to measure without a micro scale.
So, why worry for such a vitamin that can be routinely supplied by any vitamin premix? The reason is
cost. Biotin is simply the most expensive vitamin that
we use in animal nutrition. When viewed per kilogram
of feed, the expense looks ridiculously insignificant to
merit spending more time than required to know it is
just one more of those vitamins needed

The many names of biotin
Biotin was discovered and identified in the decades
spanning from the late 1920s to the early 1940s. It was
discovered by distinct groups, and in the time between
its first discovery and final identification, it took several
names, such as vitamin B7, coenzyme R and vitamin H,
until the final worker who identified its structure gave it

Read more: 3 reasons B
vitamins become limiting
in pig, poultry feeds
www.WATTAgNet.com/articles/23125

by animals. But when one starts making premixes and
needs to buy a whole bag or drum of biotin, the expense
looks enormous. Pure, d-biotin (the active form) costs
up to USD$1,000 per kilogram (depending on volume,
origin, purity, etc). In comparison, vitamin E, one of the
most expensive vitamins, costs roughly one tenth of the
cost of biotin. It suffices to mention here that vitamin E
is one of the vitamins most usually limited in cost-sensitive premixes. In other words, one needs to pay close
attention to biotin.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Poultry International - June 2017

Poultry International - June 2017
Contents
Editor’s Comment
News
Nutrition & Feed Survey: Antibiotic-free animal feed production grows worldwide
Future of poultry welfare: What producers can expect
Global food companies will control the poultry industry
VIV Turkey creates international network platform
How China’s poultry industry is changing
Controlling poultry gut health for maximum performance
Biotin for poultry: An essential but expensive vitamin
6 processed chicken marketing strategies to boost sales
Marketplace
Advertisers’ Index
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Poultry International - June 2017 - Contents
Poultry International - June 2017 - Editor’s Comment
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Poultry International - June 2017 - News
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Poultry International - June 2017 - Nutrition & Feed Survey: Antibiotic-free animal feed production grows worldwide
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Poultry International - June 2017 - Future of poultry welfare: What producers can expect
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Poultry International - June 2017 - Global food companies will control the poultry industry
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Poultry International - June 2017 - VIV Turkey creates international network platform
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Poultry International - June 2017 - How China’s poultry industry is changing
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Poultry International - June 2017 - Controlling poultry gut health for maximum performance
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Poultry International - June 2017 - Biotin for poultry: An essential but expensive vitamin
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Poultry International - June 2017 - 6 processed chicken marketing strategies to boost sales
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Poultry International - June 2017 - Marketplace
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