The protein solution for CMR
Calf milk replacers (CMR) are traditionally based on dairy proteins, since these are considered the best source of protein a young calf can get. Vegetable proteins have typically been viewed as a lower quality. But not all vegetable proteins are the same. With the HP 100 series, HAMLET PROTEIN offers an optimised functional soy protein as a cost-efficient alternative to dairy.
Why is the HP 100 series different?
The HP 100 series offers a number of advantages over other vegetable proteins marketed for use in CMR. Compared to standard soy protein, our solution is very low in anti-nutritional factors that limit the absorption of feed nutrients.
Easy digestibility ensures calves gain full benefit from the products’ high content of essential amino acids. Because our special production process removes the typical beany taste of soy, the products in the HP 100 series all have a palatable flavour and mouthfeel that calves enjoy.
Our process improves the wettability and dispersibility of the protein. This means that, instead of forming a more solid sedimentation, the protein is only subject to light flocculation. The result is a homogeneous solution, when fed to the calves and availability of all nutrients for all calves.
HAMLET PROTEIN employs a patented production process that removes all major anti-nutritional factors from soy. Non-starch polysaccharides are pre-digested to provide calves with a valuable energy source that aids the development of the rumen.
Long-lasting effect on calf growth
HP 100 was put to the test in a feeding trial at the Grange Research Centre in Ireland. Half the dairy protein in a skimmed milk-based calf milk replacer (CMR) was replaced with either HP 100, soy protein concentrate, soy protein isolate or specially treated soy flour.
The test CMR formulations were given to Friesian calves from the age of 21 to 42 days. CMR was then replaced by a starter feed, comprising a concentrate of rolled barley, traditional soy flour and premix.
During the CMR feeding period, the HP 100 fed calves begin to gain more weight and after the transition to the same feed, the HP 100 fed calves keep the head start all the way to the end of the trial at day 84.
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