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When is natural betaine not
suitable?
Like any additive with which I have worked, there
is a well-balanced list of pluses and negatives. There is
no universal additive, just like there is no magic additive. Thus, natural betaine cannot or should not be used
in the following cases.
If cost per kg or lb of feed is the most important criterion, then any ingredient that carries a price premium
is automatically rejected, and it takes little imagination
to understand that natural ingredients can carry a price
premium when bought in small quantities.  
Not all feed mills want to invest in a liquid application system, although less-expensive systems do exist
today. In this case, using any liquid additive is simply
not possible. But, more and more additives are being
converted into liquid forms that can be added in feeds
with greater precision. So, it merits keeping this in
mind.  

Where dry betaine is not used already, it would be
difficult to introduce a liquid source of betaine. Betaine
remains one of those additives that require considerable
marketing/training to become a mainstream additive.
Natural liquid betaine is another interesting additive
that has unique advantages over synthetic, dry betaine
sources. At the same time, it can be more expensive to
use as quantities remain limited, hence demand dictates a better price in smaller volumes. The balance, of
course, lies with each nutritionist's final decisions and
marketing goals. Natural or synthetic, betaine remains
an undervalued and rather poorly understood methyl
donor that should be considered alongside choline and
methionine. ■
Ioannis Mavromichalis, Ph.D., is a nutrition
editor for WATTAgNet.com and editor-in-chief
of Pig International. Contact Mavromichalis at
imavromichalis@wattglobal.com.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Poultry International - April 2017

Poultry International - April 2017
Contents
Editor’s Comment
News
Russian broiler producers facing flat growth in 2017
VIV Russia to showcase industry’s developments
Who will supply China’s growing appetite for poultry?
Gut health additives: four possible future scenarios
11 mycotoxin survey lessons to reduce poultry feed risks
When to use natural betaine in poultry diets
Reducing poultry processing waste maximizes yield, profits
Products
Marketplace
Advertisers’ Index
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Poultry International - April 2017 - Contents
Poultry International - April 2017 - Editor’s Comment
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Poultry International - April 2017 - News
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Poultry International - April 2017 - Russian broiler producers facing flat growth in 2017
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Poultry International - April 2017 - 9
Poultry International - April 2017 - VIV Russia to showcase industry’s developments
Poultry International - April 2017 - 11
Poultry International - April 2017 - Who will supply China’s growing appetite for poultry?
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Poultry International - April 2017 - Gut health additives: four possible future scenarios
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Poultry International - April 2017 - 11 mycotoxin survey lessons to reduce poultry feed risks
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Poultry International - April 2017 - When to use natural betaine in poultry diets
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Poultry International - April 2017 - Reducing poultry processing waste maximizes yield, profits
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