Dogs eat dog food from deuka dog bowl (© Deutsche Tiernahrung Cremer)
Farmer and adviser check feed quality at the feed table
Consultation in winter garden between advisor and farmer

Raw material and nutrient lexicon

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From a purely chemical point of view, starch is a polysaccharide and is the most important plant reserve substance. Starch is the main source of energy in the feed of monogastric animals. Starch can be divided into two fractions: the straight-chain amylose (20-50%, depending on the feed) and the branched-chain amylopectin (50-80%, depending on the feed). Both fractions consist of glucose building blocks in an alpha-glucosidic bond. Cereals (e.g. wheat, maize) are particularly rich in starch. The by-products from grain processing such as wheat bran contain little starch.

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