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Out of 76, the Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Livestock Gut Health Solutions
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The Global Startup Heat Map below reveals the distribution of the 76 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights 5 AgriTech startups that we hand-picked based on criteria such as founding year, location, funding raised, and more. You get to explore the solutions of these 5 startups & scaleups in this report. For insights on the other 71 livestock gut health solutions, get in touch.
SeqBiome provides Livestock Microbiome Analysis
The microbiome is a collective of all the microorganisms, both symbiotic and pathogenic, present in and on all living organisms. Microbiomes play a key role in the maintenance and regulation of nutrient uptake, nutritional balance, waste streams, and more. Therefore, understanding the composition of microbiomes enables the agricultural industry to develop solutions that boost the positive effects of microbiomes within livestock. To aid in research and development (R&D), startups are providing solutions for microbiome analysis.
Irish startup SeqBiome facilitates high-quality interactive sequencing and microbiome analysis. The startup’s microbiome solutions include statistical study and design, sample processing, sequencing, bioinformatic analysis, and more. Its comprehensive microbiome analysis adds value for academia and the agricultural industry as well as the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.
Clinical Microbiomics uses Shotgun Metagenomic Sequencing
Shotgun metagenomics is a technique that fragments pieces of DNA that are stitched back together using bioinformatics. This provides numerous benefits for microbiome research in the identification and profiling of bacteria, fungi, and viruses, among others. However, shotgun metagenomics is significantly more expensive compared to methods such as 16S rRNA sequencing and often requires other sequencing techniques to be performed. To overcome the limitations of the technology, startups are developing novel shotgun metagenomics solutions.
Danish startup Clinical Microbiomics utilizes Illumina shotgun metagenomic sequencing Its analysis of animal microbiomes is based on the metagenomic species (MGS) concept, which facilitates high-resolution metagenomics analysis. In addition, the startup’s MGS bioinformatics platform provides detailed characterization with a high degree of taxonomical (species/strain) and functional resolution (genes). The applications of the platform include animal immunity and disease research, investigating livestock feed conversion ratios, animal nutrition, animal anti-microbial research, and more.
Native Microbials creates Endomicrobial Feed Supplements
The agricultural industry is under constant pressure to expand its operations to meet increasing global demand. To do so, livestock farmers use supplements to boost the productivity of each animal thereby reducing the need to increase the number of livestock. Subsequently, the use of supplements to boost animal natural immunity reduces the need for artificial drugs and medicines to be administered. This is why startups are focused on developing supplements that target and improve animal microbiomes.
US-based startup Native Microbials creates a range of endomicrobial feed supplements for a variety of livestock animals Its feed additives and supplements contain beneficial microbes that originate in and are native to the target animal species which optimizes gastric health and function. The startup’s products focus on providing benefits to livestock such as dairy and beef cows, chicken, pigs, and more.
Agxio facilitates 16S rRNA Microbiome Analysis
Livestock monitoring using GPS trackers, tags, and sensors allows farmers to closely track livestock health conditions. However, most animal health problems originate due to an imbalance in animal microbiomes which lowers livestock productivity. To avoid this, startups are developing solutions that analyze microbiomes that restore and rebalance livestock microbiomes.
UK-based startup Agxio develops a 16S rRNA microbiome analysis platform. The platform uses rules-based threshold analysis which results in rapid identification of microbiome disturbances and subsequent actions to improve the microbiome status and improve animal health. The startup’s rule-based analytics combined with artificial intelligence converts raw data into insights. The applications of the platform extend to multiple agricultural industry challenges including animal production as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Tharos manufactures Feed Additives
Horses are bred as livestock to create a variety of products such as glues, violin bows, paintbrushes, fabrics, jello, meat, and more. In addition, horses are also used for sports, which is why farmers carefully monitor and maintain their health. Additives and supplements are a way to boost horse microbiome health but carry the risk of nutritional overdose or imbalance. To avoid these concerns, startups are creating supplements to balance the microbiomes of horses.
UK-based startup Tharos specializes in producing natural supplements and feed additives for livestock. Its natural feed supplement for horses, EquiNectar, rebalances gut bacteria, improving the health of horses. Moreover, the supplement intake is specified based on the weight of the horse to prevent overdosing and give farm operators a guideline.
Discover more AgriTech Startups
AgriTech startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on animal feed, livestock monitoring, and genetic testing. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing the agricultural industry, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore more agricultural technologies, simply get in touch to let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, you can download our free AgriTech Innovation Report to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.