Premier Nutrition says amino acids will play a crucial role in diet formulation in 2020

Premier Nutrition has explored the crucial role amino acids could play in livestock diets throughout the next 12 months to help improve sustainability.

 “The protected amino acid (AA) market is becoming increasingly more accessible for inclusion in diets for all species,” says Premier’s ruminant nutritionist Anna Dinsdale.

“The market has become significantly more competitively priced which is providing feed manufactures with increased opportunity to replace proteins in all major livestock diets.”

Ms Dinsdale said the opportunity now exists in the ruminant sector to replace proteins such as soya, with locally sourced alternatives, such as dried distillers’ grains (DDGS) supplemented with the AAs – lysine and methionine.

Steve Pritchard, Premier Nutrition’s poultry specialist adds that with the recent addition of two new crystalline AAs for use in poultry diets the industry is expecting to see a 1% reduction in crude protein usage during 2020. 

“We’re now seeing greater availability of crystalline amino acids, which allow us to more accurately match nutritional requirements to the animal, with less waste,” he said.

The new crystalline AAs will also play an important role in pig diets by reducing overall crude protein levels in feeds while cutting nitrogen excretion and improving gut health, potentially reducing the need for medication.

“Importantly, while we currently use lysine, methionine, threonine, tryptophan and more recently, valine in monogastric diets, the potential for isoleucine, arginine and other amino acids is looking very promising,” said Premier’s pig product director, Mick Hazzledine. 

“Therefore, as future market requirements become clearer, thanks to Premier Atlas, a comprehensive description of available ingredients, the industry now has the information required to meet them.”

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