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Natural Feed Additive Natural Ingredients Plant Extracts------Yucca Extract

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What is the plant----yucca

The common name of yucca is pineapple, sisal, and phoenix. It is a genus of agave, which is mainly distributed in the desert areas of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. It is planted in Zhejiang, Guangdong, Guangxi, etc. in China. Green shrubs can grow to 3 to 4 meters in four or five years and can be used as urban greening trees. The genus Yucca extract is obtained by using yucca as a raw material, refluxing, extraction, concentration and spray drying with a solvent such as methanol (or ethanol) to obtain a yucca extract. As early as hundreds of years ago, Indian tribes in the Americas used yucca flowers, pods, stems and roots to make therapeutic drugs. Because Yucca extract has a special physiological structure and is highly resistant to harmful gases, it can be used as a feed additive in livestock production.

Yucca extract is a new type of feed additive, which plays an important role in promoting the health and high yield of livestock and poultry, improving its digestive tract environment, improving the quality of meat products, promoting nutrient absorption and improving feed utilization, especially for yucca extract. The unique ability to fix nitrogen has a significant effect on reducing the concentration of harmful substances such as ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, skatole and the like in livestock manure and improving the feeding environment.


Mechanism of action of Yucca extract

The main components of Yucca extract are saponins (Sarsapogein, Smilagenin, Hecogenin), Saponin-free, saponins and glyco-components (Glyco-Components). Due to its special physiological structure, it has strong adsorption capacity for harmful gases, which can reduce the concentration of harmful gases such as ammonia and hydrogen sulfide in livestock houses, improve the breeding environment of livestock and poultry, enhance immunity and improve animal performance; It can stimulate circulation and respiratory system, affect vitamin activity, animal hormone secretion, and has functions such as pancreatic emulsifier. It has been widely studied and applied to animal production. In the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries, yucca extract has entered commercial production very early, and has been widely used as a feed additive for livestock and poultry, resulting in good economic, social and ecological benefits.


The main function of  Yucca extract

1. Reduce harmful gas emissions and improve the housing environment

    ·   Yucca extract is a urease inhibitor that not only inhibits the decomposition of urea into ammonia, but also                      promotes the conversion of ammonia into microbial proteins, thereby reducing the production of ammonia in the          feces and urine.

    ·    Yucca extract can directly adsorb and combine harmful gases such as ammonia in the environment.

    ·    Yucca extract can reduce the amount of ammonia emitted into the air by preventing the nitrification of nitrogen             in the excreta and urine, so that the nitrogen is present in an inorganic form.

2. Promote animal growth and improve animal product quality

Yucca saponin can reduce the growth of intestinal tissue by reducing the concentration of ammonia, slowing its renewal and reducing the consumption of energy, protein and oxygen. Yucca extract also has certain biological activity, can stimulate anaerobic fermentation, promote rumen fermentation, and increase microbial protein synthesis.

3. Promote digestion and absorption of feed nutrients and improve feed compensation

4. Enhance immunity and prevent disease


Yucca extract

[English name] Yucca Extract

[Latin name] Yucca shidigero. (L) Extract

[plant alias] sisal, phoenix

[Extraction source] Agavaceae yucca yucca stems and leaves, the plant source is Mojave yucca also known as "phoenix."

[Product Specifications] Yucca Saponin 30% - 60% (UV)

[Chemical composition] The main ingredient in the leaves is Sarsaponin, including sarsasapogenin, indole, agave saponin, free saponin, saponin and carbohydrate complex 

[Extraction solvent] alcohol extraction

[Color traits] light yellow to brownish yellow fine powder, 95% through 80 mesh sieve

        yucca (2)The main parameters

         1. Loss on drying: ≤5%)

         2. Heavy metal: ≤10ppm

         3. Agricultural residues: ≤ 2ppm

         4.Solvent residue: ≤ 3000ppm

Recommended amount of yucca saponin

Feed extract (60% yucca saponin): Appropriately added according to the specific concentration of harmful gases such as ammonia and hydrogen sulfide in the animal house. The following are only recommended dosages and are for reference only.



Laying hens


Piglets and growing pigs




Beef cattle


The cow




The feed additive has entered a new stage of development, Antibiotics and chemicals original will be replaced by the development of high safety of feed additives, and it will become the inevitable trend in the future. Natural ingredients are more and more used in animal feed additives. Those ingredients can be used for promoting animal growth, improving meat quality, boosting animal's Immunity, increasing survival rate and reduce feed cost, etc.

Currently, Garlic Extract, Marigold Extract, Astragalus extract, Eucomia leaf extract, Echinacea extract and Alfalfa extract are some of the popular natural ingredients on animal feed additives market.

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