As good as animal protein at less cost - trial with HP 800 Booster

Increasing litter sizes and the subsequent decline in average birth weights add to greater weaning weight variation which increases the need for a quality feed ingredient that encourages feed intake and supports naturally healthy growth of the smallest piglets. HP 800 Booster from HAMLET PROTEIN has been developed to meet this specific need.

Produced by co-processing soy and yeast, HP 800 Booster has shown good results when fed to nursery piglets. HP 800 Booster has been found a cost-efficient alternative to blood plasma during a feeding trial performed at Leuven University in Belgium. By the end of the trial, the piglets fed HP 800 Booster were also more uniform in weight. Danish pig producers have experienced similar results when using HP 800 Booster to replace fishmeal.

Another feeding trial performed at the University of Arkansas, USA has confirmed that the addition of HP 800 Booster to piglet feed already containing blood plasma improves feed intake. This results in lower costs compared to more complex nursery diets with fishmeal, higher levels of plasma and a higher lactose content.

Product application

HP 800 Booster is an ingredient for creep feed (phase I) targeted at challenged piglets aged 2-5 weeks (4-10kg)

Product features

  • 10% yeast components – Yeast cell walls (mannan-oligosaccharides/ MOS and ß-glucans)– Yeast extracts (nucleotides and metabolites)
  • Low content of anti-nutritional factors (trypsin inhibitors, antigens and flatulent oligosaccharides)
  • High nutrient digestibility

Trial at Leuven University, Belgium confirms similar performance and feed cost savings compared to blood plasma

Blood plasma and fishmeal are widely regarded as the best sources of protein for improving feed intake of weaned piglets.
But their high price is a major drawback. A feeding trial at Leuven University in Belgium put HP 800 Booster to the test as an alternative to blood plasma.

The findings have revealed similar performance and up to 15% feed cost savings when HP 800 Booster is introduced to piglet
diets. By the end of the trial, the piglets were also more uniform in weight.

Starting at the age of 18 days, 160 weaned piglets received one of the following three diets for 22 days:
• Control – containing 5% blood plasma, 8.6% HP 300
• HP 800 Booster 1 – containing 2.5% blood plasma, 12.2% HP 800 Booster
• HP 800 Booster 2 – containing 1% blood plasma, 17.1% HP 800 Booster

They were then fed the same diet for 23 days.

Although feed intake was slightly lower with the HP 800 Booster diets than with the positive control containing 5% blood
plasma, little difference was recorded in average daily weight gain – evidence that HP 800 Booster has an improved feed
conversion ratio. Weight variance was reduced from 19% with the control to 13.1% and 15.8% with HP 800 Booster 1 and
HP 800 Booster 2 respectively

Trial at University of Arkansas Animal Science Research Farm, US confirms high feed intake and cost savings

HP 800 Booster increased feed intake and gave a long-lasting improvement in average daily weight gain in a study of 238
weaned piglets at the University of Arkansas Animal Science Research Farm in the US1).
Even when HP 800 Booster was no longer included in the diet, the study found that piglets fed the supplement at an earlier
stage continued to gain more in weight.

In the three-phase study, the university team demonstrated that feed intake increased with increasing doses of HP 800 Booster.
Diets were formulated with 20% HP 300 from HAMLET PROTEIN and then to compare that with diets containing increasing
amounts of HP 800 Booster. Piglets fed HP 800 Booster outperformed those fed both the positive and negative control diet2).
During the first and second phase, the majority of the soy bean meal in the negative control diet was replaced with 20% and
15% of HP 800 Booster and/or HP 300, respectively. All piglets were fed a common diet in phase three.

The results show that HP 800 Booster improved feed intake by 7% during the 37-day study compared to the negative control.
At the same time, piglets fed HP 800 Booster weighed 0.9kg more than those fed the moderately complex positive control
diet. Diets containing HP 300 also gave a better performance than the controls. Overall, the study revealed opportunities for
feed cost savings of 16-17% (Based on US prices 04/2013, weighted average phase one and two).

1) Journal of Animal Science., 2013, 91, E-Suppl. 2: TH 317: Effect of diet complexity and an enzyme-treated soy protein plus yeast on performance in weanling pigs.
2) Positive control diet: Soy bean meal 48%, whey, plasma, fish meal. (The diet is primarily based on ingredients in bold).
Negative control diet: Soy bean meal 48%, whey, plasma. (The diet is primarily based on ingredients in bold)

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Product benefits

Feed is the critical factor in animal production, accounting for up to 70% of total costs. Using HAMLET PROTEIN specialty proteins in young animal feed, you can optimize feed efficiency – and maximize your return on investment.

The key is their easy absorption by immature guts. Although added to feed for only a limited period in early life, our proteins have a strong carry-over effect on animal growth and performance. Feeding trials have documented a higher slaughter weight compared to animals fed standard soybean meal.

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Providing the right nutrition in the first life stage determines the overall lifetime performance of the animal. Our soy-based specialty ingredients improve health, welfare and performance of young animals. That is how we deliver a strong return on investment to producers around the world.