Feather meal’s nutrient profile grows

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Feather meal now has a more complete nutrient profile, thanks to research from the Miner Agricultural Research Institute in Chazy, N.Y.

During the project, researchers analyzed more than 225 feather-meal samples from 18 poultry-processing plants. These plants represent about 85 percent of U.S. feather meal production. Because of the large sample size, the researchers were able to expand feather meal’s nutrient composition to include values for amino acids and fatty acids. That’s in addition to dry matter, crude protein, fat and ash, which are already found in current “book values.”

These findings are good news for nutritionists who use hydrolyzed feather meal (with or without blood) as a protein source in dairy rations.

Follow this link to read additional study findings at www.dairyherd.com.

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