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good as soy protein concentrate and/or ﬁsh meal, but the
technology and subsequent quality is highly brand speciﬁc
and, as such, results remain dependent on the source of
the treated soybean meal.
Money better spent
In the end, one has to consider whether money is better spent on quality ingredients that not only prevent but
even promote or allow normal gut health and development
instead of being spent on additives that may (or may not)
contribute to reducing or alleviating the negative effects of
less expensive ingredients. Perhaps treating the short-term
problem is less costly, but when one considers the lifetime
performance of a modern broiler, it is doubtful if we can
still afford to lose days of growth potential.
The fact that we need to continue developing the concept of a clean diet - one without ANF - for broiler super
pre-starters remain as relevant as ever. Due to cost restric-
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tions, soybean protein must remain the main source of
amino acids, but we need to ﬁnd the right form to minimize
the negative effects of endogenous soy ANF. The use of enzymes to treat soybean meal, the least expensive available
source of soybean protein, appears to be the most promising
one, but the technology remains largely brand speciﬁc. ■
Ioannis Mavromichalis, Ph.D., is an animal nutrition
industry consultant. To contact Mavromichalis, email
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