Feed Strategy - May 2018 - 44
44 ❙ FeedStrategy
7 ANIMAL PROTEINS
ARE WE READY TO consume chicken
products from birds fed insect meal?
tion can provide a useful product.
Quality control and moderation in
its use will ensure animals do not suffer from any shortcoming from this rather unusual animal protein source.
Not all eggs hatch, and layer males are not always
incinerated. A mix of all this "waste" material can be
processed into a dried product of excellent nutritional value
as it contains materials that pose no health risks to animals or
consumers. Some countries object to the destruction of male
layer chicks, but they have not proposed an alternative viable
solution, yet. The pet shop uptake of frozen male chicks for
snakes and other such "pets" is minimal.
This ingredient requires no introduction. It has
been used by poultry nutritionists for decades with
excellent results when the fish meal is of good quality. In
contrast, it can break even the best designed diet if fish
meal is of low quality, as birds will simply refuse to eat
such feed. Thus, quality is the main issue here, and quality
today means expensive prices, which are hardly affordable
by the poultry industry due to competition from the aquaculture industry.
Like with any ingredient, animal-derived proteins are
not without problems, mainly quality and public perception.
But, once such issues are addressed properly, these ingredients can be used to improve poultry feeds as they can often
offer significant advantages over vegetable proteins. ■
Ioannis Mavromichalis, Ph.D., is an animal nutrition
industry consultant. To contact Mavromichalis, email
JUNE 11 - 14, 2018
HILTON AT THE BALLPARK
ST. LOUIS, MO