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In poultry production, it’s important to understand the utilization of amino acids and other nutrients for maintenance, growth, and other functions in the body. Some nutrients can be synthesized by the animal, however, some of them need to be provided in the diet because animals are not able to synthesize it.
I can remember a time, not so long ago, when the entire focus of animal protein production was on lean growth in as few days as possible – maximize protein, minimize fat and days to market. While this is still true in many cases, there is an emerging trend in animal production related to slower growth.
Poultry nutritionist face a variety of different challenges when calculating the best formulation for feed.
In the world of animal nutrition, people like me create complete diet formulations that will strive to achieve some end goal with animals raised for food production. In reality, there are always several goals, but in this blog post, I’ll just refer to assembling formulations to meet certain nutrient requirements – levels of digestible nutrients that maximize/optimize the production of meat, milk, or eggs.
Amino acids that make up proteins are critically important in any diet. Typically, in order to build proteins, all amino acids are needed. Commercial diet formulations often focus on levels of lysine and methionine, as these tend to be limiting and can impede growth and efficiency.