The biological utilization of DL-methionine (MET), DL-methionine-hydroxy-analog and DL-S-methyl-methionine-sulphonium-chloride (SMM) was tested in rat growth assay. Weight gain, feed efficiency, protein efficiency ratio (PER), net protein ratio (NPR) and net protein utilization (NPU) were applied as criteria. A test diet containing soybean meal as sole protein source was fortified with MET, MHA or SMM at 1.5 and 3.0 g/kg levels, respectively. All fortifications had a significant (p < 0.05) positive influence on weight gain, feed conversion and protein utilization. SMM showed the highest activity. MET and MHA were almost equally well utilized at 3.0 g/kg fortification level, however MHA proved slightly less efficient at 1.5 g/kg level than MET.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Acta veterinaria Hungarica|
|Publication status||Published - 1992|
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