Leading ruminant amino acid nutrition
by Kemin Animal Nutrition and Health
Milling and Grain magazine were very happy for the opportunity to speak with Mr Robert Hamilton, Technical Sales Manager UK & Ireland and Mr Stefaan van Dyck, President, Kemin Animal Nutrition and Health EMENA about their leading amino acid solutions for the animal feed industry.
Can you provide some background about Kemin's history in amino acid nutrition? Can you also defend the idea that you are a pioneer of the amino acid balancing concept?
Stefaan Van Dyck: Kemin pioneered the entire amino-acid-balancing concept. For more than a decade, we have been dedicated to providing the best products, tools and knowledge for the best implementation of amino acid nutrition. We have become recognised experts in this area, serving customers with both knowledge and application. Our team of experienced professionals serve as a reference point for customers, transferring our scientific findings and adapting these findings for the best practical implementation. With more than 10 years of expertise and field experience, we can state that we are today the EMENA market reference in amino acid formulation.
Why is it an important step forward for ruminant health to have both rumen-protected lysine and rumen-protected methionine available from a single supplier?
Robert Hamilton: We feel today that dairy producers are demanding improved solutions to advance their precision in formulation, efficiency and sustainability in operations. Amino acid formulation is a key tool to meet these requirements. However, it is a complex concept where product and technical services must work closely together to maximise the implementation benefits.
We have set our own principles and found a new way to apply the amino acids concept to improve dairy farming profitability, which is backed up with a wealth of success stories and testimonials. We are reaching and perfecting the next level in ruminant nutrition through extensive services, solution offerings and technical expertise. Our aim is to continue working closely with customers, providing innovation and efficiencies.
We are the only company supplying the best sources of metabolisable methionine and lysine for ruminants, both of which are easy to handle and are pellet stable, based on our encapsulation and core technology, scientifically proven and consistently tested under field conditions, supported through our Lifelong Learning program.
What is KESSENT? How does it fit in with Kemin's other amino acid solutions?
Robert Hamilton: KESSENT™ M is a new source of rumen protected methionine for the modern dairy producer who is looking for improve efficiency and operation sustainability.
This product has been developed with a proprietary core technology that provides a combination of granule uniformity, spherisation, specific gravity, and particle size. The unique combination of special technical protection and ideal core technology provides a high stability and homogeneity for our rumen-protected methionine. These key characteristics supply the highest amount of methionine available to the animal, as shown by the high degree of rumen escape and high intestinal digestibility.
What makes a rumen-protected amino acid reliable? How does Kemin stand out from competitor products offered by other manufacturers?
Robert Hamilton: Several products in the market have bioavailability issues which negatively impacts the desired outcome. This lack of bioavailability results in lower efficiency and lower profitability than expected. We developed a three-step validation process, which is now an international reference, and which shows the effectiveness and superiority of our products. This is the only and most reliable tool to test rumen protection. The first step is conducted under in vitro conditions, the second step in vivo and the third step under field conditions.
KESSENT's superiority and higher stability is proven in our Ruminant In Vitro Release Model. This model studies the behaviour of different rumen protected methionine supplements simulating all gastric phases. Under in vitro conditions, we measured that the product combines both a high methionine availability with a high stability under field conditions, resulting in the highest metabolisable methionine content for ruminant formulation. Kessent produces the best productive performance results and profitability, improves the yields in cheese production and allows more accurate ruminant diet formulations. This was shown consistently throughout countless field, academic and industry trials.
I understand that an important part of Kemin's amino acid offering is the technical services you provide, what does this service consist of?
Robert Hamilton: We are very proud to have a qualified and experienced ruminant team to maximise the benefits for our customers. With this team, we can provide the right knowledge and technical service for the most profitable amino acid implementation under field conditions. This team is supported by our Customer Laboratory Services (CLS). They offer tailored scientific support for nutritional and integrity evaluation and determine the right inclusion rate calculation in every individual situation.
We also offer the Lifelong Learning Program to our customers. This program is a personalised and continuous training program to support customers applying in practice scientific findings. This knowledge plays a fundamental role in providing the most precise, efficient, healthy, sustainable and profitable formulation.
The need for highly specialised support is also reflected in the number of customers that engage in the program and the very high turnout at our global and local seminar series. We gather experts from both industry and academia to discuss current and future challenges in the dairy industry. The success of these seminars shows the need for continuous technical support and a vision for the future of the dairy industry.
In which markets is KESSENT available?
Stefaan Van Dyck: The entire KESSENT range has been available from January 1st, 2020 across the EU and UK. However, for non-EU countries, KESSENT products will be available pending local registrations, from January 1st, 2020.
How do you see the market for rumen-protected lysine and methionine?
Stefaan Van Dyck: We believe there is a big potential in this area, based on market size and new applications for both the dairy and beef industry. With new approaches and developments, we are constantly creating new opportunities. We have developed the lysine and methionine market and are leading it. We feel very confident that our market penetration will continue to grow.
How do you see amino acids evolving in the dairy and beef industries? Do you think there are benefits in supplementation that are only now starting to be appreciated?
Robert Hamilton: We are seeing an increase in the number of research papers focusing on amino acid balancing. We ourselves are looking into new ways of formulation, considering reproduction, health, industry, immune system, etc. based on amino acids as essential nutrients.
We are convinced that there is a great need for technical knowledge and collaboration to tackle the many challenges in dairy nutrition. The ever-increasing professionalism and complexity of our industry is for us a key driver to double down on our technical support, for both existing products and innovation, to tackle issues that have not yet been solved. This increasing complexity is a challenge that we embrace in close partnership with our customers. It is the only way to continue the advancement of an efficient, healthy and sustainable ruminant industry. Kemin is ready and set to support our customers to enter the next level of ruminant nutrition.
Kemin's Ruminant Essentialities goes beyond just amino acid solutions and includes other feed additive categories. What other innovations is Kemin bring to the ruminant market now?
Robert Hamilton: Ruminant Essentialities comprises of a complete ruminant portfolio. All products have been scientifically proven and consistently tested under field conditions. We focus on efficiency, precision and sustainability, as dairy producers are constantly demanding solutions to improve these parameters.
We are also highly focused on improving animal health, fertility and production, committing to further extend new solutions for metabolic health and transition. The aim is to provide total solutions for the ruminant market.
Along with KESSENT we have launched CholiGEM a second-generation encapsulated choline chloride product. CholiGEM has the highest concentration (54%) and the highest bioavailability in the market, yet another innovation from Kemin!