Feather protein hydrolysis

Extract protein hydrolysates from feathers with microbial enzymes as a valuable source of proteins for pet food and animal feed. 

Feather protein hydrolysis

The Challenge

Every year, millions of tons of valuable poultry feathers go to waste. Feathers from poultry slaughter can comprise 5–7% of poultry body weight, posing a waste management problem. Containing 80–90% keratin, feathers could be an excellent source of protein for producers of animal feed and pet food. But poor digestibility of feather proteins has limited their market potential.

 

Turn feathers into profit

Enzymes let producers convert feather waste into profit by creating high-quality feather meal. Enzymatic hydrolysis efficiently breaks down the feather proteins to make them digestible, delivering accessible nutrition for animal feed and pet food.

Save energy, time and costs

Save energy, time and costs

Since the enzymatic process uses mild cooking conditions, it saves energy and time. The feather meal also has less odor and a lighter color.  

Enzymatic hydrolysis lets producers reduce cooking temperatures and save 10–15% on energy costs compared to standard steam pressure cooking. Enzymes also efficiently tackle fat balls, which require time- and energy-consuming sieve separation before milling. 

Understanding market demand

Understanding market demand

With Novozymes, you can design your optimal feather protein hydrolysate as well as the process that yields most profit. The demand for additional protein sources in feed manufacture is growing, with rigorous quality and digestibility requirements. Feather hydrolysis is a sustainable way to derive additional value from your co-products.

 

Which solution is right for you?

Find the right solution for you in our global portfolio, shown below. To find out more about products available in your region, get in touch with your local Novozymes representative.

Available strengths (range)
Hydrolysis action
Generation of peptides or single amino acids
Debittering
Savory flavor generation
Working pH range*
Working temperature range (°C)*
Quality grade
2,4-4,0 AU-A/g
Aggressive
Peptides
6.5 - 10
60 - 75
Food, feed and tech grade
16 KNPU-S/g
Aggressive
Peptides
7 - 11
55 - 75
Petfood grade
Alcalase®
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Available strengths (range)
Hydrolysis action
Generation of peptides or single amino acids
Debittering
Savory flavor generation
Working pH range*
Working temperature range (°C)*
Quality grade
Novo-Pro® D
More
Available strengths (range)
Hydrolysis action
Generation of peptides or single amino acids
Debittering
Savory flavor generation
Working pH range*
Working temperature range (°C)*
Quality grade
Available strengths (range)
Hydrolysis action
Generation of peptides or single amino acids
Debittering
Savory flavor generation
Working pH range*
Working temperature range (°C)*
Quality grade

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What could this mean for your business?

What could this mean for your business?

Learn how upgrading your animal protein solution can meet consumers’ needs (and yours). Book a no-obligation meeting with a Novozymes representative.

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