April 10, 2017

11/04/2017: Feather meal twice the protein value of soybean

Beef and Dairy Cattle has been one of the most important segments for animal based protein in the world and poultry renderers are incessantly working to provide the necessary ingredients to meet the nutritional needs necessary in providing consumers with these essential protein sources

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. 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 November 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.

The renderers concluded that new market potentials should be developed and that feeding the products to poultry may not be the most profitable market. Our markets and customers have expanded in the nearly 30 years of PPFC’s existence and it has moved from primarily providing protein sources for poultry and cattle to supply the ever expanding pet food and aquaculture industries.

Our members include the principal suppliers of poultry meal, feather meal, and poultry fat. 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 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.

Read the full article HERE.

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