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  • The Science of Equine Nutrition with Alltech

  • Alltech continues commitment to sustainable aquaculture research, alliances and solutions

    Visit Alltech’s team at Booth 721 at Aquaculture America, held Feb. 19–22, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas, to discuss how Alltech’s aquaculture nutrition technologies, including algae products, improve performance and profitability.

    [LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Aquaculture is the fastest-growing segment in the feed industry. According to the 2017 Alltech Global Feed Survey, the aquaculture industry experienced a 12 percent increase in feed production in 2016 to 39.9 million metric tons. Asia maintained its volume and accounts for approximately three-quarters of global production per Alltech’s 2016 Aquaculture Survey.

    For many who are closely watching the aquaculture sector, this growth comes as no surprise. However, it presents a new set of challenges.

    “‘The Fish to 2030: Prospects for Fisheries and Aquaculture’ report produced by the World Bank states that the projected growth in fed aquaculture over the 2000–2030 period, equivalent to an annual average growth rate of 3.9 percent per year, is much faster than the projected growth in fish oil use in aquaculture, which has an average annual growth rate of 1.7 percent,” said Dr. Keith Filer, project manager for aquaculture research at Alltech. “This is why Alltech is committed to providing a sustainable alternative to fish oil with our algae.”

    Alltech has been improving aquaculture performance through nutrition for 13 years, but recent developments have significantly strengthened the company’s efforts:

    • Acquired in 2010, Alltech’s algae plant in Kentucky, USA, is one of the largest commercial production sites in the world for algae. This traceable algae can provide a sustainable DHA omega-3 source as an alternative to fish oil. In December 2016, Alltech received registration from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for two of its algae products, ForPlus and All-G Rich™, and the company expects more regulatory bodies internationally to follow the CFIA’s decision.

    • Coppens International, an innovative Dutch aquatic feed and nutrition company, was acquired in 2016. This acquisition has enabled both companies to benefit from each other’s expertise, including the use of Alltech’s sustainable algal DHA source, ForPlus, to replace fish oil. Coppens has gained compliance with the Aquaculture Stewardship Council within the last year and has introduced a new range of feeds incorporating Alltech’s sustainable alternatives to fish oil and inorganic trace minerals in order to provide availability of these nutrients for optimum fish health and performance. On the horizon for Coppens in 2017 is a $1 million renovation of the Coppens Research Centre, which will double its capacity while increasing the number of aqua species that can be included in this extensive research program.

    • Alltech has partnered with several universities and a research institute through formal research alliances to demonstrate the impact of Alltech’s algae solutions in a variety of species:

    • Alltech-Kochi University Research Alliance (Japan) in Japanese yellowtail

    • Alltech-Ocean University of China Research Alliance (China) in turbot and shrimp

    • Alltech-Federal University of Santa Catarina Research Alliance (Brazil) in tilapia

    • Alltech-Kentucky State University (U.S.) Research Alliance in largemouth bass and shrimp

    • Alltech-Nofima (Norway) Research Alliance in Atlantic salmon

    Filer noted that the research alliances’ findings to date “have observed that All-G Rich could replace fish oil in the diets of marine, freshwater and salmonid species while maintaining performance as well as DHA levels in the fillet.”

    “What if we had a sustainable DHA source that was traceable and provided health benefits to fish?” said Dr. Jorge Arias, Alltech’s global director for aquaculture. “We believe we have a real solution in our algae that will reduce reliance on fish oil while increasing the amount of DHA available to farmed fish and, ultimately, to consumers.”

    Visit Alltech’s team at Booth 721 at Aquaculture America, held Feb. 19–22, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas, to discuss how Alltech’s aquaculture nutrition technologies, including algae products, improve performance and profitability. Alltech will host Kentucky Ale® Happy Hours at Booth 721 on Monday, Feb. 20 from 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m., and on Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 5 p.m.–6 p.m.

    Additionally, Dr. Aoife Lyons, director of educational initiatives and engagement for Alltech, will be a plenary speaker at Aquaculture America, where she will share how communication is essential to “Forging New Frontiers” in aquaculture.

    For more information on Alltech’s sustainable solutions for aquaculture, visit To stay up to date with Alltech at Aquaculture America, visit

    CRYSTALYX®’s Beef Cow Body Condition Score app makes it easier to monitor, analyze and track herd health

    [MANKATO, Minn.] – CRYSTALYX® Brand Supplements, produced by Ridley, an Alltech company, has recently updated its Beef Cow Body Condition Score app. The free app helps beef cow-calf producers manage the nutrition program of their herd by tracking and monitoring body condition scores both individually and as a group.

    The app offers producers the ability to snap profile pictures of their cows and compare them to reference photos of cows that represent body condition scores ranging from 1 to 9. The body condition score (BCS) that best describes each cow is saved, along with an ear tag number, within the app for future reference. Producers can then organize and track cows individually or by pasture group, view stats on animals and pastures over time and export data in CSV format via email for further analysis.

    Cows can also be arranged by pasture within the app. Producers photograph a cow, enter the ear tag number and optionally assign it to a pasture. They then compare the individual photos to reference photos that are provided for each condition score (or producers can supply their own) and assign a score to the cow. The date and location are automatically recorded (if the app user allows GPS service).

    These stored images can then be used as references at any point in the future in order to determine how best to manage nutrition programs and ensure that cows breed and calve in a timely manner.

    Updates to the app include:

    • An updated user interface that provides:

      • Faster data entry

      • Easier navigation

      • More robust help

    • The ability to export records and email for more thorough spreadsheet analysis

    • The ability to view BCS distribution graph for cows in each pasture in order to see a quick overview of the entire herd

    • The distribution graph also shows average BCS for each pasture group

    • An updated GPS tracking feature

    “No one goes anywhere without their cell phone these days,” said Dan Dhuyvetter, director of marketing, research and nutrition services for Ridley Block Operations. “This is such an easy app to use and a great way to visually monitor how your nutrition program is meeting your cow herd needs. We have now made it easier to see and store your information.”

    The CRYSTALYX® Beef Cow Body Condition Score app is available on iOS (iPhone/iPad) and Android platforms.

    China: Home to one-quarter of the world’s poultry and a rising class of urban “prosumers,” says Dr. Mark Lyons

    Dr. Mark Lyons speaking at the Alltech Annual Breakfast Meeting during the International Production & Processing Expo 2017.

    [ATLANTA] – Dr. Mark Lyons, global vice president and head of Greater China for Alltech, presented “Understanding China: How the second-largest poultry market is changing the world,” addressing the Alltech ACE principle of developing solutions that are safe for the Animal, Consumer and Environment, to an audience of 250 people during the Alltech Annual Breakfast Meeting at the International Production & Processing Expo.

    There has been a great urban shift of 300 million people within the economic power player, resulting in 188 cities in China larger than Chicago. Additionally, China has a rising middle class that is young, urban and globally minded.

    “China is different and is not for the faint-hearted,” said Lyons. “They rapidly change and want transparency, and if you’re going to do business in China, then you need to be there, and you need to commit to being Chinese.”

    China is going through a period of transition in many areas, including agriculture. Its industry has been very fragmented, but it is evolving toward more integration and segmentation. Results from the 2017 Alltech Global Feed Survey showed that China continues to be the largest feed-producing country but is producing that feed with fewer and fewer mills. The consolidation has been vast, with a report this year of a nearly 30 percent decline in the country’s number of feed mills.

    China is home to 20 percent of the world’s 60 billion poultry birds, including 8.8 billion broilers, 1.2 billion layers/breeders and 4 billion waterfowl. Currently, China produces 26 percent of the world’s poultry meat, and studies show that both consumption and production of poultry will continue to increase in China, and worldwide, over the next 10 years. China is also the world leader in egg production, producing almost six times more than the United States, which is in second place.

    Trends in China

    • Poultry and egg industry moving toward integration

    • Consumer awareness of environmental pollution growing and creating pressure at the farm level

    • Antibiotic-free is a growing trend as testing and legislation increase

    • Pressure from the cost of feed materials

    • Desire for high-quality poultry products


    • High feed costs; up to two times the cost of international prices

    • Flat consumption, as chicken meat is considered an inferior protein to pork, seafood and beef

    • Falling exports, as China’s competitiveness is decreasing against Brazil and Thailand to its top export market, Japan

    • Disease challenges, with avian influenza outbreaks as a constant reminder to consumers, which harms the image of poultry meat

    “We have been talking about the power of the new consumer, which we are calling the prosumer,” said Lyons. “I believe there are more prosumers in China than any other market in the world today.”

    Rather than simply consuming products, these prosumers are proactively exhibiting their beliefs, ethics, standards and aspirations through their purchases. Prosumers are product and brand advocates who now significantly affect the success or failure of companies, products and brands through their involvement on social media outlets, and food producers and farmers need to pay attention to their demands.

    As consumer awareness of environmental pollution has grown, it has created pressure at the farm level. The Chinese government has put a focus on livestock pollution control regulations, new environmental laws, animal husbandry laws, standardized scale farming, water regulations and animal disease control laws.

    Alltech China is hosting an environmental meeting from March 7–9. The event will focus on overcoming environmental challenges and finding opportunities in the new green economy. For more information or to attend the meeting, contact Apple Zhang, marketing manager for Alltech China (

    To disrupt or be disrupted: ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference will challenge attendees to harness the power of disruption

    ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE17) will be held May 21–24 in Lexington, Kentucky, and promises to be an experience jam-packed with ideas, innovations and solutions for the agriculture industry. The annual international conference, now in its 34th year, draws more than 3,000 attendees from over 70 countries.

    [LEXINGTON, Ky.] – One idea, from one person, can disrupt the status quo to create opportunity — or challenges — for many. Will agriculture be a positive disrupter, creating opportunity? Or will the industry be caught playing defense to disruption?

    ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE17) will inspire farmers, ranchers, producers, suppliers and influencers in every species and segment across production agriculture to create disruption and be prepared to harness its potential — or risk being rendered irrelevant.

    ONE17 will be held May 21–24 in Lexington, Kentucky, and promises to be an experience jam-packed with ideas, innovations and solutions for the agriculture industry. The annual international conference, now in its 34th year, draws more than 3,000 attendees from over 70 countries.

    “Our goal is to help our partners in agriculture put their ideas into action,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech’s founder and president. “If you want to activate your vision, gain a more global perspective and connect with the most innovative minds in agriculture, ONE17 is the only place to be.”

    With topics covering the growing global economy, disruptive consumer trends and the constant stream of new technologies, ONE17 will set the stage for forward-thinking discussions about the future of food production.

    General sessions with headline keynote speakers will inspire business solutions and innovation, while subject- and species-specific focus sessions will give producers a chance to learn and participate in discussions relevant to their respective fields. Breakouts on crop science, beef, dairy, swine, poultry and aquaculture — as well as topical sessions on finance, food issues and emerging markets — provide an opportunity for every corner of production agriculture to engage disruption at the ONE17 conference.

    ONE is meant to encourage, empower and, most importantly, challenge us,” said Dr. Lyons. “We want individuals to leave feeling like they were part of a life-changing development for the industry and feel empowered to implement solutions back home.”

    As Kentucky Living magazine said of ONE16, “You leave believing anything is possible, that with commitment, teamwork, leadership and vision, your one idea can change the world.”

    For more information on ONE17, and to register for the conference, visit: Join the conversation on Twitter by using #ONE17.

    View the promotional video for ONE17:

    Alltech launches “My Farm. My Future.” contest for a chance to win a trip to ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference

    [LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Farmers have a rich history of adapting to changing landscapes and innovating to nourish the world. While dealing with whatever challenges the day (and the weather) might bring, they also look ahead to build a future for their farm by implementing new management practices, technologies and nutrition programs as well as training the next generation.
    Alltech is calling all farmers, producers and ranchers to share their stories about how they are ensuring the future of their farm. By creating a one- to two-minute video describing what they are doing for their farm’s future and sharing their farm’s story, farmers have the opportunity to win a trip to ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference, held in Lexington, Kentucky, May 21–24, 2017.
    Videos must be submitted online by April 3, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. EST. To enter a “My Farm. My Future.” video as well as read the full contest details, including rules and regulations specific to the participating countries, please visit
    Alltech will select the finalists and post their videos on Alltech’s Facebook page ( Voting will open to the public starting April 3, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. EST and will close April 10, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. EST. The highest number of Facebook likes will determine the winners.
    Registration is open now for ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference, held in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, from May 21–24. The annual international conference draws more than 3,000 attendees from more than 70 countries to network and discuss world-changing ideas. For more information or to register, visit Join the conversation online with #ONEBigIdea17.

    World feed production exceeds 1 billion metric tons according to 2017 Alltech Global Feed Survey

    World feed production exceeds 1 billion metric tons according to 2017 Alltech Global Feed Survey

    [LEXINGTON, Ky.] – The 2017 Alltech Global Feed Survey, released today, estimates that international feed tonnage has exceeded 1 billion metric tons for the first time. That’s a 3.7 percent increase over last year and represents 19 percent growth since the inaugural survey in 2012, despite a 7 percent decrease in the number of feed mills.

    The sixth annual survey is the most comprehensive ever, now covering 141 countries and more than 30,000 feed mills. The results show that the U.S. and China are the top two countries, producing one-third of all animal feed, and that predominant growth came from the beef, pig and aquaculture feed sectors as well as several African, Asian and Middle Eastern countries.

    “This year clearly demonstrates the growing efficiency and consolidation of the feed industry,” said Aidan Connolly, chief innovation officer and vice president of corporate accounts for Alltech. “Not only has total feed production exceeded 1 billion tons for the first time, but it has done so with fewer facilities, which means greater efficiencies and a decreased environmental footprint.”

    The Alltech Global Feed Survey assesses compound feed production and prices through information collected by Alltech’s global sales team and in partnership with local feed associations. It is intended to serve as an information resource for policymakers, decision makers and industry stakeholders.

    This year’s survey showed that the top 30 countries, ranked by production output, are home to 82 percent of the world’s feed mills and produce 86 percent of the world’s total feed. The top 10 feed-producing countries in 2016, in order of production output importance, were China, the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, India, Russia, Germany, Japan and France. These countries contain 56 percent of the world’s feed mills and account for 60 percent of total production.

    Regional results from the 2017 Alltech Global Feed Survey

    ·        North America: North America feed production remains relatively flat. However, the region continues to lead other regions in feed production for beef, turkey, pet and equine.

    ·        Latin America: Brazil remained the leader in feed production, while Mexico saw the highest growth in tonnage, now accounting for more than 20 percent of Latin America’s total feed production but still only almost half of Brazil’s total production. Overall, Latin America has moderate feed prices, but Brazil’s have increased this year. When compared to the U.S., Brazil’s feed prices are 20 percent higher for pigs and 40 percent higher for layers and breeders. 

    ·        Europe: For the first time in several years, the European Union saw feed tonnage growth. The region was led by Spain with 31.9 million tons produced in 2016, up 8 percent. Decreases came from Germany, France, Turkey and the Netherlands.

    ·        Asia: China remained the top feed-producing country with 187.20 million metric tons, while increased production for the Asian region also came from Vietnam, Pakistan, India and Japan. Vietnam in particular grew 21 percent over the past year and moved into the top 15 countries list for the first time, specifically led by increased production of pig and broiler feed. Asia continues to be one of the most expensive locations in the world to raise animals, as Japan’s feed prices are some of the highest in the world and China’s prices are double that of most of the top 10 producing countries.  

    ·        Africa: Africa had the fastest regional growth for the fifth year in a row, with more than half of the countries achieving growth. Nigeria, Algeria, Tunisia, Kenya and Zambia each showed significant growth that was greater than 30 percent. The region still lags in terms of feed per capita but shows continued opportunity for growth. Africa also has some of the highest finishing prices of any region, as Nigeria and Cameroon both rank in the top five countries.

    “Overall feed prices are down, and therefore food production costs are down,” said Connolly. “From a global perspective, we estimate the value of the feed industry at $460 billion.”

    Notable species results from the 2017 Alltech Global Feed Survey

    ·        The poultry industry represented 44 percent of the total global feed production, a slight decrease from last year. This could be a result of avian influenza, industry consolidation and more efficient feed conversion.

    ·        Positive growth was observed in pig feed production, particularly in Asia as Vietnam and Thailand are now top 10 pig-producing countries. China represents over a quarter of the world’s pig feed production, but sow numbers have decreased by almost 40 percent over the past three years.

    ·        Global dairy feed production remained flat, while the U.S. and India reinforced their position as the top two producers with increases of 12 and 14 percent, respectively, whereas Europe saw a downturn. Turkey decreased by 1.5 million tons and Germany declined by 3.4 million tons. 

    ·        The U.S. maintained the top position in the beef industry, and estimated feed production was 10 percent higher than last year. China, Spain, Turkey and Mexico all showed increased beef feed production.

    ·        Aquaculture continued its year-over-year growth with a gain of 12 percent in feed production in 2016. Increased production from Turkey, Germany, the U.K. and France contributed to a strong performance from the European region. Africa increased production by almost 1 million metric tons, while Asia maintained its volume. The increase in aquaculture feed correlates to the consumption of farmed fish.   

    ·        The 2016 survey was able to gather more pet sector data than previous years, allowing for more information to be captured on the size and scale of the market. The U.S. remained number one, while Europe and Asia also showed growth. France’s estimates were increased by 1 million metric tons, although this reflects more accurate data collection rather than a production increase over 2016. The U.K., Spain, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia and China also experienced growth.

    “The Alltech Global Feed Survey provides valuable information and an annual pulse check on the feed industry as we look toward sustainably feeding a growing population,” said Connolly. “The survey continues to improve and provide more robust and reliable data.”

    To see our interactive map, which shows total feed production by country, click here.

    You can download the 2017 Alltech Global Feed Survey booklet and view the accompanying webinar by clicking here

    11 students selected for Alltech-Elite Cattleman Program Alliance internship program in Ireland

    Eleven students received training in animal nutrition, English and Irish etiquette at the Alltech Beijing office on Jan. 6, 2017.

    [BEIJING] – Following a rigorous application and screening process, 11 Chinese students from seven agricultural universities in China have been selected for the Alltech-Elite Cattleman Program Alliance (ECPA) Ireland Internship Program. At the end of January, they will depart for Ireland to start a five-week internship with Alltech’s funding.

    After completing initial induction training at Alltech’s European headquarters in Dunboyne, Ireland, the 11 students will visit Irish family farms. They will also spend three weeks taking animal nutrition and farm management courses at Teagasc, which is also known as Ireland’s Agriculture and Food Development Authority. Courses will cover cattle feed management, silage production, manure processing, machinery and more. Teagasc is responsible for Ireland’s agri-food research and development, education and training, and advisory services, providing training and education for farmers in compliance with international and national accreditation standards. Although they typically do not offer courses to international students in February, they have opened up this opportunity in partnership with Alltech.

    The students will learn more about Western, modern farming concepts and technology from the Irish dairy and beef industries specifically, and they will develop a deep understanding of the unique Ireland family farm model.

    The students selected for the 2017 internship program are:



    Home City

    Jinji Pang


    China Agricultural University

    Tonghua, Jilin Province

    Jie Zhao


    China Agricultural University

    Urumchi, Xinjiang Province

    Yantong Pan


    Northwest A&F University

    Yantai, Shandong Province

    Sai er ge lin


    China Agricultural University

    Urumchi, Xinjiang Province

    Jiaying Ma


    China Agricultural University

    Daqing, Heilongjiang Province



    China Agricultural University

    Hulunbeir, Inner Mongolia

    Hao Yan


    Shenyang Agricultural University

    Shenyang, Liaoning Province

    Yuechen Hu


    Sichuan Agricultural University

    Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province

    Mengqi Wang


    Yangzhou University

    Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province

    Fengfei Gu


    Zhejiang University

    Dangtu, Anhui Province

    Guoqing Sun


    Xinjiang Agricultural University

    Urumchi, Xinjiang Province

    As a global leader in animal nutrition, Alltech has supported the ECPA since it was established in 2011. Over the last six years, the ECPA has expanded its network significantly, connecting with 25 agricultural universities in China.

    In 2015, in response to China’s dairy industry needs, Alltech started the Alltech-ECPA Ireland Internship Program and financed five students’ internships on Irish farms. In 2017, Alltech is investing more in this internship program, increasing the number of trainees to 11 and continuing to enrich program content. The objective of the internship program is to develop professionals and deliver innovation to the Chinese animal husbandry industry.

    Alltech selected Ireland to host the internship because of its advanced farming technology and unique family farm model.

    “The students can bring back to China what they have learned from one of the world’s most progressive dairy farming systems and become the future leaders of Chinese animal husbandry,” said Dr. Mark Lyons, global vice president and head of Greater China for Alltech.

    It is said when touring in Ireland that you encounter cattle more frequently than people. Currently, Ireland has more than 135,600 farms, which are almost all family farms, with national per capita ownership of livestock at approximately 4.5 heads. Owing to the temperate maritime climate and abundant rainfall, Ireland is considered to have the best quality meadows in the world, with pastures taking up 80 percent of the land for farming and animal husbandry. There are approximately 300 days considered suitable for outdoor grazing in a year.

    Modern technology and strict hygiene standards for food processing enterprises also contribute to Ireland’s worldwide reputation for food quality and safety. This reputation has led Ireland to become the production base for many world-renowned infant formula brands, such as Abbott, Danone, Nestlé and more. Ireland produces more than 12 percent of the global supply of infant formula every year. In addition, Ireland is also Europe’s leading producer of beef.

    In contrast to China’s large-scale farms with tens of thousands of cattle, family farms with about 60 cattle on average are characteristic of Irish farming. For many Irish families, farms are passed on from generation to generation, and therefore some farm owners are familiar with farm management from childhood.

    Though family farms are small in size, they are equipped with all the necessary supporting facilities and services. In every village, veterinary service stations with top veterinarians provide services for farms. There are pasture experts who visit farms approximately four times a year to check the soil, collect data and analyze grass growth. Irish farms apply the AIM (Animal Identification and Movement)system. Every calf is labeled with a card for registration after birth, and this card labeling is used for tracking during dealing.

    The Alltech-ECPA Ireland Internship Program makes full use of its advantages in science, technology, business and more to provide training of high quality. The students’ insights into innovative Irish farming concepts and technologies will enable them to return to China equipped with new knowledge and skills to advance the Chinese animal husbandry industry.