Feather Meal Saudi Arabia Origin


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:   Fine, light brown to tan powder or granular

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: 50 kg or 1000-1200 kg jumbo bag

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Brief Overview

Feather meal, produced by processing poultry feathers through hydrolysis and rendering methods, is a rich protein source comprising around 80-85% crude protein. Its amino acid composition, notably cysteine and methionine, is highly regarded. This concentrated nutrient is widely employed in animal feed formulations, especially in poultry and swine diets, fostering their growth and well-being.

Manufacturing Process

The feather meal production process involves several methodical steps. Initially, poultry feathers are collected from processing facilities as a byproduct of poultry processing. These feathers then undergo thorough cleaning to remove any foreign matter and contaminants. The crucial stage involves hydrolysis, where the feathers are exposed to high-pressure steam and/or alkaline substances. This process breaks down the protein structure in the feathers, resulting in smaller peptides and amino acids. The hydrolyzed material is dried and often further ground to achieve the desired texture and size. Strict quality control measures are in place to ensure compliance with established standards for protein content, amino acid profiles, and the absence of impurities. The final product obtained is a high-protein feed ingredient known for its richness in amino acids, making it well-suited for animal feeds. It is particularly favored in poultry and swine diets, playing a significant role in promoting growth and overall animal well-being.

Animal Feed Industry

Feather meal serves as a key component in the diets of monogastric animals, referring to creatures with a single-chambered stomach, unlike ruminants such as cows that have multiple stomach compartments. Typically, it is employed in the feeding regimens of animals like poultry (such as chickens, turkeys, ducks), swine (pigs), and occasionally in certain aquaculture species like fish. These animals derive advantages from the abundant high-protein and amino acid content present in feather meal, aiding in their growth and overall well-being.

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