SUSTAINABLE FEED INGREDIENTS
The greatest challenge facing the animal feed industry is the need for large volumes of high protein ingredients. Feed producers are turning to plant-based protein to meet the demand. Plant-based protein is sustainable, cheaper and less prone to contaminants than fishmeal and animal/bone meal, and production is scalable.
Soybean meal is the principle source of protein for the feed industry worldwide. Soybeans have high protein content and are a cost-effective source of many amino acids. But conventional soybeans are deficient in some essential amino acids, notably methionine. To meet dietary requirements, methionine is added to nearly all soy-based feed, which increases production costs. Chemically synthesized methionine (or its analog) is the most common form of the supplemental amino acid in feed.
Solution for sustainable nutrients in plant-based feed
Plant Sensory Systems' patented Enhanced Nutrition (EN) technology increases the amino acid content of plant seeds. Soybeans with the EN technology have an increased level of methionine as well as other essential amino acids.
EN1 soybeans have higher levels of methionine and threonine compared with conventional soybeans. When used for feed, the higher amino acids within the EN soybeans reduce the need for supplementation, which lowers feed production costs.
EN1: HIGH METHIONINE AND THREONINE FOR POULTRY FEED
Poultry feed is the largest feed sector worldwide, with nearly half a billion metric tons produced annually. Soymeal is the primary protein source used in poultry diets. When conventional soymeal is used in poultry feed the essential amino acids, methionine, lysine, and threonine, are added. EN1 soybeans have higher levels of methionine and threonine compared with conventional soybeans. Feed made from the EN1 soybeans would require less supplementation and lower feed production costs.