Sunday, February 26, 2017

27/02/2017: Why choose feather meal?

Aquaculture is becoming one of the most important segments for animal based protein in the world and animal renderers are incessantly working to provide the necessary ingredients to meet the nutritional needs of fish

The Poultry Protein and Fat Council is a group of renderers of poultry that works within the US Poultry and Egg Association and is the leading source of technical resources and an advocate for the poultry rendering industry.

A sample of poultry fat, feather meal, and poultry meal.
PPFC serves its members through research, education and promotional services. Feather meal has become a good source of natural protein for almost any animal diet. 

Feather meal can be used to replace a significant portion of other protein sources in livestock and aquaculture diets. It is an excellent source of sulfur containing amino acids.

Poultry by-product meal has been historically used for poultry and swine rations, but its protein profile is excellent to replace fishmeal in many diets.

Finally, poultry fat contains essential fatty acids that are excellent in meeting the energy needs for aquaculture feeds.

The Poultry Protein & Fat Council grew out of leadership action by the poultry rendering industry. The initial group convened as the By-Products Committee to draft recommendations to the Southeastern Poultry & Egg Association board of directors (now US Poultry & Egg Association). Nineteen representatives of poultry rendering companies met in Atlanta, Ga., on Nov. 14, 1988, to evaluate the existing production and marketing of byproducts and to review research results from cattle feeding.

They also discussed other needs of the rendering industry. The highlight of that meeting was an "eye-opening" study on feather meal for beef cattle, with data showing protein value twice that of soybean meal. The implication was that feather meal would be equally as valuable for dairy cattle.

The investment in this research has had a significant impact on the market. Whereas feather meal traded at a discount, on an equal protein basis, to soybean meal, it now trades at a premium due to its superior nutritional value.

Read the full article HERE.

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