Quick testing of blended fats and oils

14-04-2017 | |
Quick testing of blended fats and oils. Photo: Nutreco
Quick testing of blended fats and oils. Photo: Nutreco

Trouw Nutrition, Nutreco’s animal nutrition business, introduces a new calibration line for improving the quality control of blended fats and oils in feed.

Producers need to be able to quickly establish the quality of the fats and oils in animal feed. Fats and oils are an important and highly concentrated source of energy. Before being added, blended fats and oils, in particular, need to be carefully analysed and checked, to make sure they are safe and of the right nutritional quality. But extensive testing can take days or even weeks, whereas decisions to accept or reject a batch or to modify the fat content of feed may need to be taken quickly. In only a few minutes, the new fat calibration line* from Trouw Nutrition enables accurate quantification along the 4 key parameters of Free Fatty Acids (FFA), fatty acid profile, acidity value and elutable matter.

“The new calibration line provides a faster, more accurate assessment of the quality of the fat content of feed than some of the traditional methods. You take a sample from the incoming blended fat or oil and scan it using NIR equipment. You then enter the sample into our extensive database. It is analysed on the basis of our global calibration lines, and within minutes, a report is created, containing a full set of nutritional details. Being able to take decisions quickly on the basis of reliable data enables producers to make better and more economical use of resources, optimising their ROI and yielding significant savings”, explains Richard Straatman, Global Marketing Director Trouw Nutrition.

* NutriOpt NIR (Near-Infrared)

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Emmy Koeleman Freelance editor