Methionine Project Evonik Builds Methionine Production in Alabama

Editor: Dominik Stephan

Evonik plans a new production plant for methionine for dairy cows in Mobile, Alabama. The company expects additional growth opportunities for the global amino acid business to come from animal feedstock.

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Evonik invests in methionine production for dairy cows
Evonik invests in methionine production for dairy cows
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Mobile, Alabama/USA – Evonik starts the construction of a new plant to produce Mepron, a methionine product used in dairy cow feed. The new plant, with an investment sum in the low double-digit-million-euro range, is scheduled for completion in the second half of 2015. "The new plant for Mepron will give us a direct presence in the important US dairy cow market," says Dr. Reiner Beste, Head of Evonik's Health & Nutrition Business Unit. The USA, which has the world's largest number of high yielding dairy cows, is the most important sales region for Mepron. A similar potential exists in the European Union. The United States are responsible for about 12.5 percent of the global milk production.

Methionine Improves Profitability of Milk Production

Methionine is one of the essential amino acids that higher organisms need to ingest. If dairy cows lack methionine, they cannot utilize their feed protein properly. When methionine is used in dairy cow rations, farmers can reduce the amount of crude protein in the feed with no adverse effect on performance. This lowers the total feed costs for the producer and increases the profitability of dairy cow farming.