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How to formulate a
low-protein animal diet
An easy process to understand how feed-grade amino acids
and crude protein specifications interact to form a balanced
There has been much talk about the need to formulate animal diets without antibiotics at low crude protein levels.
The benefits are many, and the cost is nil or even positive
when animal performance is factored in. Only in certain
regions of the world are low-protein diets still considered
a low-quality product. In contrast, a well-balanced lowprotein diet is a much desirable product that should merit
a price premium because it offers a healthy return on
investment. On the other hand, an unbalanced diet, low in
protein or not, is always a clear waste of money.
Formulating low-protein diets is an exercise in amino acid nutrition science. ruigsantos | Dreamstime.com
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