Formulating to meet customer needs
More and more countries are limiting the use of antibiotics growth promoters (AGPs), or seeking to eliminate the use, completely. We also see an increasing focus on banning the use of Zinc Oxide (ZnO) in animal diets. Hamlet Protein believes that abandoning sub-therapeutic doses of AGPs makes no sense if replaced by therapeutic doses in medicated feed.
There is not one single product that can replace antibiotics. The same applies to ZnO. A combination of specialty ingredients and additives, coupled with bio-security and good farm management, will be needed to maintain productivity without the use of antibiotics and ZnO.
Other challenges on formulation come from restricted use or restricted availability of animal protein sources like blood plasma, meat and bone meal or fishmeal. Whether it is driven by regulations or changing consumer preference, producers around the world are in need for vegetable alternatives to animal protein diet sources.
Research has shown that Hamlet Protein can be part of the solution. Our range of soy protein specialty ingredients and fiber products have shown efficacy in AGP and ZnO free diets and when compared with diets formulated with animal protein. When applied in young animal nutrition, it will lead to a more sustainable and more productive life cycle.