Feather Meal US 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, originating from poultry feathers via hydrolysis and rendering techniques, is a rich protein source boasting around 80-85% crude protein. Its amino acid composition, especially cysteine and methionine, is highly appreciated. This concentrated nutrient meal finds wide application in animal feeds, notably in poultry and swine diets, fostering growth and bolstering overall health.

Manufacturing Process

The process of making feather meal involves several methodical steps. First, poultry feathers, a byproduct of poultry processing, are collected from facilities. These feathers then undergo a thorough cleaning to remove any unwanted materials or contaminants. The crucial phase 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, producing smaller peptides and amino acids. The resulting hydrolyzed material is carefully dried and often ground further to achieve the desired texture and size. Strict quality checks ensure compliance with set standards for protein content, amino acid profiles, and purity. The final product obtained is a high-protein feed ingredient, recognized for its amino acid richness, making it highly suitable for animal feeds. It is notably used in poultry and swine diets, significantly contributing to animal growth and overall health.

Animal Feed Industry

Feather meal finds its primary application in the diets of monogastric animals, referring to those with a single-chambered stomach, unlike ruminants such as cows that have multiple stomach compartments. It is frequently utilized for animals like poultry (chickens, turkeys, ducks), swine (pigs), and occasionally in aquaculture species like fish. These animals derive advantages from the high protein and amino acid content in feather meal, supporting their growth and overall well-being.

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