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DuPont Pioneer Livestock Nutrition Center

A Unique Approach to Measuring Digestibility

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"ANKOM Technology has been great to work with as we developed unique methods to advance our inoculate technology. We like the speed and ease of operation ANKOM products provide."  

-Lesa Nuzback, Dupont Pioneer Livestock Nutrition Center  

The DuPont Pioneer Livestock Nutrition Center is responsible for research supporting the development of new products to improve animal nutrition. DuPont Pioneer uses the science of the lab and the land to maximize the productivity and sustainability of the world's farmland. It is their unwavering dedication to research and development that yields results for their customers. This focus on research requires DuPont Pioneer to seek out the best tools in support of their efforts.

The DuPont Pioneer Livestock Nutrition Center developed a unique approach to measuring digestibility results for feeds and forages combining in vivo, neutral detergent fiber, and acid detergent fiber results. Combining and simplifying multiple analytical methods (in vivo with in vitro) in a way that would eliminate sample transfer error to support thousands of analyses annually was a challenging task. How do you take a single sample and move it through multiple applications? Equally challenging was finding ways to process thousands of samples with limited bench space, while keeping the cost per assay down. All this had to be accomplished without sacrificing accuracy and precision.

By working with ANKOM Technology, the DuPont Pioneer Livestock Nutrition Center incorporated in vivo research with classical chemical analysis for measuring various digestibility rates. It started with the addition of three ANKOM 200 Fiber Analyzers to support neutral detergent and acid detergent fiber analysis. Working with larger grind sizes (6mm) the scientists at the Nutrition Center incorporated ANKOM’s in situ products in a way that allowed them to go directly from the animal to the analyzer. Overtime analytical demand has grown to require sometimes as many as 600 samples in a single day. To support this level of demand, without having to increase labor costs, the DuPont Pioneer Livestock Nutrition Center added three ANKOM 2000 Automated Fiber Analyzers. DuPont also utilizes the ANKOM DAISY Incubator which automates total tract digestibility post-incubations.