A product designed for the health, growth and survival of the crop
MrFeed is a novel animal feed ingredient line developed by Menon Renewable Products, Inc. and it contains a unique blend of nucleotides, peptides and nutritional components that stimulate healthy immune function while providing balanced nutrition.
MrFeed ingredients have been designed and tested extensively across many farmed species. The product line is manufactured using Menon’s CelTherm process, a proprietary bioconversion process that converts low-value raw materials into custom, nutrient-rich feed ingredients. With production facilities in the U.S., Canada and India, Menon is capable of supporting production of 1,000,000 metric tons of finished feed with plans to expand production to meet growing demand. Most recently, MrFeed was tested as a fishmeal replacement in Pacific whiteleg shrimp diets in an EMS/AHPND and WSSV disease challenge. Published in the peer-reviewed journal, Aquaculture (2020), and in a Global Aquaculture Advocate article, the study found that shrimp fed diets supplemented with MrFeed showed both enhanced growth and highest survival compared to other fishmeal diets. In another EMS disease challenge conducted by the University of Arizona, USA, shrimp fed MrFeed diets showed resistance against infection after exposure to pathogenic Vibrio parahaemolyticus, the bacteria responsible for EMS infection. The product has been used successfully to enable not only resistance to infection but also recovery from certain shrimp diseases including WSSV, loose shell syndrome and others. The product is currently being used in commercial shrimp ponds throughout the world in countries such as India, Mexico and Saudi Arabia.
MrFeed has also been tested as a fishmeal replacement for several finfish species including salmon, trout, largemouth bass, seabream, red snapper and tilapia. In salmon, MrFeed was found to enhance production of salmon immune biomarkers, thus enabling significant reduction in rate of sea lice infection. MrFeed product lines for poultry and livestock have also shown significant promise. In layer trials, MrFeed provides enhanced egg production, survival and sensory quality parameters, including aroma, flavor and texture (egg photo). In broiler trials, use of MrFeed provides increased breast weight and weight of the bursa of fabricius (organ necessary for immune function), thus providing both boosted immune function for the bird and increased economic gain for the farmer.
In swine trials, MrFeed was shown to ensure healthy kidney function and toxin removal from the body. Increased blood urea nitrogen (BUN) accumulation is an indicator of excessive non-digestible feed protein. With MrFeed, BUN levels are decreased compared to control diets, demonstrating the ingredient’s high digestibility.