Betaine increases breast meat yield in broilers

Pressmeddelande   •   Okt 31, 2005 09:54 CET

Adding betaine to broiler diets can boost breast meat yield by up to 4.5%, increasing the potential revenue from a 1,000,000-birds-a-week production unit by more than $2,000,000 a year.

Trials carried out at Shur-Gain Agresearch in Canada, on behalf of Danisco Animal Nutrition, examined the effect of adding betaine to corn-and-soya-based broiler diets. Breast yield increased by a significant 2.1% in 42-day-old birds, with small improvements in final body weight and feed conversion ratio.

A similar diet, fed to broilers subjected to mild heat stress at the Instituto Internacional de Investigacion Animal, Mexico, also produced good results. At 49 days, breast yield increased by up to 4.5% compared with the control group, while the weight-corrected feed conversion ratio improved by 3.5%.

"When breast meat is worth $3/kg, the value of the additional breast meat from these trials ranges from 5 cents to 11 cents a bird," commented Andrea Barletta, Danisco Animal Nutrition's Marketing Director. "For a 1,000,000 birds a week enterprise this represents a significant increase in revenue, equivalent to an improvement of up to $5,720,000 a year. With broiler meat increasingly sold as premium cuts, increasing breast yield is therefore very important for the producer's profitability."

Danisco Animal Nutrition, a division of leading global food ingredient specialist Danisco A/S (Denmark), pioneered the development and use of enzymes and betaine in animal nutrition. Their products are now widely used by poultry and pig producers throughout the world. The company's mission is to deliver innovative, sustainable solutions that increase the efficiency and safety of the food production chain in an environmentally responsible way. Further details are available at www.danisco.com/animalnutrition

For further information, please contact:

Andrea Barletta, Global Marketing Manager, Danisco Animal Nutrition.
Tel: +44 (0) 1672 517777. Email: andrea.barletta@danisco.com

Julian Cooksley, Account Manager, Kendalls Communications.
Tel: +44 (0) 1394 610022. Email: julian.cooksley@kendallscom.co.uk