Feed formulation software requires a database of ingredients, each with a host of nutrient values, in order to calculate the final mix of ingredients according to our specifications.
Nevertheless, feed ingredient names are not alone sufficient because feeds must be made to meet specific dietary nutrient specifications. For example, a complete broiler feed may be required to contain 1.5% total lysine, and this lysine will be provided by corn, soybean and feed-grade lysine, such as L-Lysine HCl. Thus, these three ingredients must be entered into the database along with their total lysine concentration. As it will be quickly realized, we will need about 25 ingredients and another 25 nutrients for each ingredient to be entered into the database to start making some basic feed formulas.