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Novus Methionine Forum 2018

During 15th to 18th January 2018, Novus organized Methionine Forum in Bangkok (Thailand) and Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam) to share knowledge on protein concepts, the importance of methionine and the benefits of HMTBa with our our feed manufacturing customers. The event in Bangkok, Thailand took place at the Westin Grande Sukhumvit and was attended by around 40 delegates. In addition to delegates from Thailand, customers also travelled from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia and various countries in South Central Asia. The event in HCMC, Vietnam took place at the Intercontinental Saigon and was joined by approximately 50 delegates from all over Vietnam

The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. David Parker, Independent consultant to the animal feed industry in Europe. Dr. Parker has over 20 years of experience in the animal feed industry including both practical and teaching background at University of Reading, UK and University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He is currently involved in a number of projects evaluating new protein sources for use in animal feed.

With an increasing demand for meat production, the feed manufacturing industry faces pressure in producing feed more efficiently. Strategies for reducing protein levels in the diet includes meeting specific requirements at all phases of animal growth and developments in precision feeding allowing for tailored nutrient intake. Dr. Parker suggested that feed additives, for example amino acids and enzymes, enhances nutrient utilization of novel feedstuffs and increases their inclusion rates. Additionally, Dr. Parker also discussed that methionine is a key essential amino acid in the diets of all animals and is a source of methyl groups for the synthesis of bioactive compounds. Methionine supply in all animal species is essential to optimize their growth efficiency. Mr. Ermin Magtanob, Novus' Technial Services specialist also presented the practical applications of protein in feed formulations during this event. Mr. Magtanob shared that essential amino acids cannot be synthesized and needs to be supplemented in the feed.

Other discussion surrounded the equivalence of HMTBa and DL-Methionine as well as how HMTBa stands out in various scientific research and commercial studies. Dr. Parker explained that HMTBa and DLM are different compounds and have shown to result in different growth response. On an equimolar basis (HMTBa at 88% and DLM at 99%) HMTBa and DLM have been demonstrated to be eqqually effective in supplying methionine in farm livestock. Mr. Matthew Bekker, Novus' Technical Services Specialist went ahead to present researches from Schothorst research trials where the findings suggested that '...above requirements, HMTBa had a better methionine efficacy value than DLM caused by the different properties of that molecule'. Additionally 3rd party benchmarking in the US with data covering 78.9 billion birds and 12 years of monthly data showed that roughly 75 percent of the broilers in the U.S. consume HMTBa and displayed superior growth rate, higher yield as well as lower condemnation rates when compared to the 25% using DL-methionine.

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