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Young leaders’ award extends its reach in 2016


Montreal, Canada – The global reach of the IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism Award will be extended in 2016, thanks to changes in the federation’s constitution and renewed support from key sponsor Alltech.

At its annual congress in New Zealand, IFAJ accepted eight new guilds for membership. That opens the young leaders’ competition to journalists in 40 countries.

And today, Alltech announced it will be supporting the program again this year, marking its 11th year of sponsorship for the program.

“It is truly an honor to once again support 10 young journalists from around the world as they visit farms to fine-tune reporting skills, polish photography techniques and further develop their personal leadership in agribusiness,” said Ann Hess, On-Farm Communications Manager for Alltech. “As livestock and crop production continues to grow through innovation and technology, we need strong communicators to tell the story to an ever-increasing consumer-driven industry.”

The award is a travel scholarship that recognizes the leadership potential of 10 young members each year from guilds belonging to IFAJ and supports their participation at the annual IFAJ Congress. This year, the program will be run in conjunction with the 2016 annual IFAJ Congress in Bonn, Germany, 13-17 July.

“We have seen first-hand the benefits of this program,” says Owen Roberts, Vice President of IFAJ. “With Alltech’s support and participation, we have been able to offer a program that has benefitted members and guilds. Many of the winners of the IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism Award have gone on to leadership roles in their guilds.”

The IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders Award has contributed to the professional and personal development of nearly 100 budding journalists from around the world. Roberts says involving new guilds will likewise help them to pursue leadership and succession within their own organizations.

The young leaders join IFAJ’s Master Class participants, who are part of a separate program of specially selected journalists from developing countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

As a part of their learning experience, award winners take part in a boot camp with professional journalists and visit farms where they discuss how to apply their skills.

For more information about this award, please contact Ann Hess at

Alltech IPPE breakfast: Feed, seed and weed for ABF alternatives

Alltech IPPE breakfast: Feed, seed and weed for ABF alternatives

[ATLANTA] – Daily headlines seem to shout the news that another major restaurant is choosing to go antibiotic-free or superbugs are developing from the overuse of antibiotics in production animals and humans. An antibiotic-free future has become inevitable for producers, but how can they ensure they have the right alternatives in their arsenal to combat disease challenges from hatchery to grow-out?

Clinical associate professor at the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, University of Georgia, Dr. Stephen Collett, discussed how to manage microbiota through the ‘feed, seed and weed’ approach and the critical steps to take in controlling coccidiosis, histomoniasis and cochlosoma without antibiotics during Alltech’s annual breakfast at the International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) on Wednesday, Jan. 27. With 20 years of experience implementing antibiotic-free programs in the United States and abroad, Collett shared his strategy for managing digestive health while maximizing bird welfare, nutrient assimilation and performance during his presentation, “Antibiotics: The Cost—Public perception, trust and hospital-acquired infections. What are the alternatives?”  

Collett opened the seminar by discussing the importance of focusing on the lower intestinal tract. While upper intestinal integrity determines short term performance, the composition of the microbiota determines long term success. Since the industry is now being asked to move away from traditional controls, Collett said it is important to focus on what goes on in the hind gut or caecum.

“Our number one aim is to accelerate the flora from an immature flora to a mature system,” Collett said. “The second thing we have to do is rehabilitate the health of the hind gut.”

Collett’s program to rehabilitate and accelerate the evolution of the intestinal microbiota involves seeding the gut with favorable organisms, feeding the favorable organisms and weeding out the unfavorable organisms. In seeding the gut, production is aimed at controlling the parent flock flora, applying a probiotic and managing house flora. Collett recommends a host-adapted, resident probiotic that includes Lactobacillus and Enterococcus, as transient probiotics or “non-antibiotic antibiotics” are not part of the normal flora and can over time allow unfavorable organisms within that environment to become adaptable.

In the feeding phase, the goal is to feed the favorable flora and starve the unfavorable flora through acids and enzymes. Acids can either be continuously added or only during stress periods through feed or water. Finally, weeding involves selective exclusion through the use of essential oils, antimicrobials and attachment blockers of type-1 fimbriae, and competitive exclusion through community management.

When it comes to disease challenges such as coccidiosis, histomoniasis and cochlosoma, Collett recommends a combination essential oil product, and a type-1 fimbriae blocker, and he has seen the same results as when using a coccidial control product. Most recently, he has been working with a producer in Pennsylvania that has moved from high dependence on antibiotics to complete independence. The operation is now in the top 20 percent of the industry in terms of cost per pound of meat produced.

“Changing the paradigm of 60 years of antibiotic use is quite difficult. As a lone voice for some time, I tended to get pushed down,” Collett said. “Development is quite slow, but what I’ve seen in the last year, the industry has picked up phenomenally. Very big companies are adding these technologies and starting to see good results.” 

Alltech Feed Survey: Trend reveals 14% increase in global feed tonnage over last five years

Alltech Global Feed Survey

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] –Ask and you shall receive. As global disposable income increases, consumers have developed a palate for protein, and, over the past five years, the feed industry has delivered. Results from the 2016 Global Feed Survey released today by Alltech estimates international feed tonnage now at 995.6 million metric tons, a 2 percent increase over last year and a 14 percent increase since Alltech first published Global Feed Survey results in 2011.

The analysis of five-year trends showed growth predominantly from the pig, poultry and aqua feed sectors and intensification of production in the African, Middle Eastern, Latin American and European regions.

“The feed industry is an excellent barometer of economic health and, based on our five years of data, predicts economic growth more accurately than many other indices,” said Aidan Connolly, chief innovation officer of Alltech, who headed up the initiative to conduct the survey.

The Global Feed Survey assesses the compound feed production from 131 countries through information obtained in partnership with local feed associations and Alltech’s sales team, who visit more than 32,000 feed mills annually.

The 2016 survey showed poultry feed has the leading market share and is growing faster than any other species, with 47 percent of total global feed manufactured specifically for broilers, egg layers, turkeys, duck and other fowl. This year’s survey also confirmed that corn and soybean meal are the standard feed ingredients globally.

The top 10 feed producers in the world remained the same: China, the United States, Brazil, India, Mexico, Spain, Russia, Germany, Japan and France. As a region, Europe saw the most growth, up 10.5 million tons over last year, with the largest contributions coming from Russia, Turkey, Belarus and Poland.

Down 2 percent from last year, China still holds the title of leading feed producer in Alltech’s annual Feed Survey with 179.93 million tons manufactured throughout the country’s 8,550 feed mills. However, this is the third year the world’s leader has reported a consolidation of its feed tonnage production into a smaller number of feed mills.

The number of feed mills in the United States and Brazil, the second and third largest markets, also declined. The U.S. produced 173.73 million metric tons from 6,012 feed mills (6,718 mills in 2014) and Brazil manufactured 68.7 million metric tons from 1,556 feed mills (1,698 mills in 2014).

According to Connolly, the consolidation of feed production into fewer mills is driven by many factors. “The Chinese, in particular, see a benefit of having fewer feed mills—lower cost, more efficient and easier to control from the perspective of traceability and food safety,” Connolly said.

Other notable regional and species statistics from the 2016 Feed Survey are:

  • Europe’s 5,545 feed mills, with Russia’s contributions, augmented their production by 4.5 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year. The Middle East demonstrated a 7 percent decrease with 21.44 million tons from the region’s 719 mills. Africa, North America and Latin America were up 4, 2 and 3 percent respectively. The Asia-Pacific region’s growth was relatively flat at 0.4 percent.
  • Pig feed production was down 2 percent, with 253.53 million tons. Aqua, with 35.47 million metric tons, is down 5 percent this year; although outside of China this figure seems to relate to more accurate data collection and not a specific decline, especially given that aqua has been a grower, up 19 percent overall in the past five years. Equine feed, at 8.22 million tons, declined 2 percent compared to 2014.
  • Poultry feed production continues to surge with a 6 percent increase, now at a total 463.69 million metric tons. Ruminant feed was also positive with 201.30 million tons, a 3 percent increase. Pets are up 4 percent at 22.59 million tons.

“Having met with groups such as the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome and the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF), Alltech appreciates how difficult it is to collect and collate this data, but also how valuable it is on our journey to feed a planet with more than 9 billion people by 2050,” Connolly said. “With five years of work behind it, this is the most robust and reliable dataset on the sector available today.”

The Global Feed Survey outlines Alltech’s estimate of the world’s feed tonnage and trends and is intended to serve as open information resource for policy and decision makers and industry insiders alike.

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

You can download the Global Feed Survey booklet and view a webinar of the video by clicking here

Alltech prepares swine producers for VFD at Iowa Pork Congress


[DES MOINES] – With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) taking effect in 2017, swine producers may want to focus now on alternative strategies to VFD drugs and how to successfully make the transition to antibiotic-free production. Global animal health leader Alltech will discuss the challenges that can occur and the support producers will need to move in this direction at the Iowa Pork Congress Jan. 27-28.

“When antibiotics are removed, there are several obstacles that can get in the way of the pig’s health and the producer’s profitability,” said Russell Gilliam, U.S. swine business manager for Alltech. “In order to manage a safe and healthy transition, it is important to focus on biosecurity measures and implement a nutritional program designed to strengthen the animals’ natural immunity.”

Alltech has pioneered antibiotic-free solutions since 1980. The company’s Antibiotic-Free program brings together over 35 years of research and practical application with state-of-the-art support tools and technical expertise, giving producers a holistic approach to navigate the challenges of antibiotic-free production.

The program starts with an adjustment period during which supplements in the diet support the animals’ nutritional needs. This provides producers a cost-effective way to start to transition antibiotics out of the diet. Producers can then advance to the next level, providing their animals with maximum health benefits through Alltech’s full range of technologies, technical support, and management services.

Alltech will also showcase their Mineral Management program at Iowa Pork Congress. One of the core components in proper sow nutrition is minerals. The fundamental objective of mineral nutrition is to satisfy the animals’ requirements while also building optimum reserves that will support the pig in times of stress, prevent inadequacies and maximize health and performance (Mahan, 2006). Recent research shows that producers can feed substantially lower amounts of organic trace minerals than the inorganic alternative and get a similar, if not better, performance in pigs.

For more information on Alltech’s Antibiotic-Free and Mineral Management programs, producers can stop at the company’s booth #413 or visit with an Alltech representative at the Producer’s Recognition Reception on Wednesday, Jan. 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. on Level 3 of the CCCU Convention Center.

Alltech launches EPNIX feedlot program at NCBA


[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Global animal health leader Alltech is launching a new feeding program that aims to give their cattle customers a competitive advantage in the feedyard.

EPNIX stems from Alltech’s nutrigenomics and epigenetics research platforms and provides a targeted nutritional approach to improving the carcass weight and performance of feedlot cattle independent of antimicrobial or beta-agonist supplementation. Alltech, recognized throughout the beef industry for its signature product Bio-Mos®, will be launching EPNIX at their booth 3917 at the 2016 National Cattleman’s Beef Association Convention in San Diego, California, Jan. 27- 29.

“Developed through five years of testing with accredited universities and large pen beef research institutions, EPNIX is a feeding program that is nutritionally customized to fit the specific life stages of feedlot cattle,” said Dr. Vaughn Holder, Alltech beef specialist. “Using nutritional interventions specifically targeted to each stage of production, we can achieve better health, improved performance and increased profitability.”

EPNIX allows producers to focus on precisely meeting the nutritional needs of both their receiving and finishing cattle. A major component of the program is powered by 100 percent organic trace minerals through Alltech’s Total Replacement Technology (TRT). Recent research shows that producers can feed substantially lower amounts of organic trace minerals than the inorganic alternative and achieve similar, if not better, performance in cattle.

“Through recent feedyard trials with EPNIX, we have seen increased carcass weight up to 14.1 pounds and significant increases in dressed yield and ribeye area,” Holder said. “This increases profit per head and ultimately delivers a positive ROI to the producer.”

Holder will introduce EPNIX and present the latest TRT feedlot research at the NCBA Learning Lounge, Friday, Jan. 9 at 10:30 a.m. NCBA attendees are also invited to find out more about EPNIX during Alltech’s happy hours Jan. 28 from 5 to 6 p.m. and Jan. 29 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Alltech is the first Feed Verified company by IMI Global, certifying 13 technologies at an approved feed input in the Verified Natural, Antibiotic-Free, Non-Hormone Treated Cattle (NHTC), GAP 5-Step Animal Welfare RatingTM and Non-GMO Project Verified programs. For more information, visit

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak to speak at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference

Alltech will welcome Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak to its main stage on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference, an event dedicated to inspiring innovation. Wozniak, currently chief scientist at Primary Data, is also the author of the New York Times best-selling autobiography, “iWoz: From Computer Geek to Culture Icon.”

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – The king of design and innovation, Apple has technologically set the tone for the world, and its global revolution began when Steve Wozniak, a young engineer with a penchant for computer tinkering, met an even younger guy named Steve Jobs who was interning at his company, Hewlett-Packard. It was a fortuitous meeting of complementary geniuses, computer wizardry and business acumen.

In 1975, Jobs and Wozniak respectively sold off their Volkswagen microbus and Hewlett-Packard calculator for a little more than $1,000 in capital funds. They set up shop in Jobs’ parents’ garage, effectively launching the company that would forever change the world through personal computers, tablets, iPods and iPhones.

Alltech will welcome Wozniak to its main stage on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference, an event dedicated to inspiring innovation. The annual international conference, now in its 32nd year, traditionally draws nearly 3,000 attendees from more than 60 countries to network with peers and discuss world-changing ideas.

“When you think about the power of innovation, you think of Apple. Few companies have had a more profound effect, and so it is a real treat for me personally, as an entrepreneur who also started my business in a garage, to announce that Steve Wozniak, Apple’s co-founder, will be joining us for ONE,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder and president of Alltech.

Wozniak has been awarded the National Medal of Technology, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators, and was inducted into the Investors Hall of Fame. He also received the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy and Employment for his role in single-handedly designing Apple I, the world’s first personal computer, and for dedicating himself to inspiring innovation through education, particularly at the grade school level.

Through the years, he has been involved in numerous business and philanthropic ventures that focus on encouraging creativity in young students through hands-on learning. In particular, Wozniak has adopted the Los Gatos School District, donating state-of-the-art technology equipment, and he founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.

Currently, Wozniak is the chief scientist at Primary Data. He is also the author of the New York Times best-selling autobiography, “iWoz: From Computer Geek to Culture Icon.”

Wozniak will be preceded on the main plenary stage by the former president and CEO of Ford Motor Company, Alan Mulally. Mulally will join author and businessman Seth M. Siegel and title-winning University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball Coach John Calipari as the opening keynote speakers on Monday, May 23, at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference.

Mulally led Ford's transformation into the number one automobile brand in the United States. He guided the company through implementation of the One Ford plan, a compelling vision and comprehensive strategy to deliver profitable growth for all of the company's stakeholders.

Prior to joining Ford, Mulally served as executive vice president of The Boeing Company, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and president of Boeing Information, Space, and Defense Systems.

Throughout his career, Mulally has been recognized for his contributions, industry leadership, and service, including being named third on FORTUNE's "World's Greatest Leaders," one of the 30 "World's Best CEOs" by Barron’s magazine, one of "The World's Most Influential People" by TIME magazine and "Chief Executive of the Year" by Chief Executive magazine. He was also honored with the American Society for Quality's medal for excellence in executive leadership, the “Automotive Executive of the Year,” and the “Thomas Edison Achievement Award.”

After serving as president and chief executive officer of The Ford Motor Company and as a member of Ford's board of directors for nearly eight years, Mulally was named to Google's board of directors in July 2014. He is now a director at Carbon3D, Inc., a 3D printing company that recently introduced an innovative approach to polymer-resin-based 3D printing.

Mulally serves on the President Obama's United States Export Council. He served as co-chairman of the Washington Competitiveness Council, president of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and chairman of the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries Association and has served on the advisory boards of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the University of Washington, the University of Kansas, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. He is a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of England's Royal Academy of Engineering.

Seth M. Siegel is a businessman, activist and writer. He is a forward thinker on the coming global water crisis, and what to do about it. Siegel’s essays on business, political and cultural issues have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times and other publications around the world. Siegel has often appeared on television, radio and has been widely quoted in major print media around the world.

He is the author of Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World, which has been featured on the New York Times and LA Times Bestsellers lists. Siegel has spoken extensively on water issues, including at the United Nations and the Council on Foreign Relations, where he is a member.

With a JD from Cornell Law School, Siegel, a successful serial entrepreneur has co-founded numerous companies. He has also produced on Broadway, and has served as branding agent for many celebrities and leading corporations.

Closing ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference will be Riverdance in a special live performance on the morning of Wednesday, May 25. Since a first performance as the interval act at the Eurovision Song contest in 1994, the international Irish dance phenomenon Riverdance has been seen by more than 25 million people in 46 countries. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song that critics have called “hypnotic,” “a perfect gem,” “a phenomenon,” “beautiful,” “pure enchantment” and, quite simply, “one of the most entertaining shows you will ever see.”

Experts and industry leaders from around the world will convene in Lexington, Ky., USA from May 22-25 for ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference. Registration is open now. For more informationor or to register, visit (

Alltech’s IPPE Breakfast speaker shares expertise on antibiotic alternatives, coccidiosis control


WHAT:           Join Alltech at their annual breakfast meeting at IPPE as Dr. Stephen Collett, clinical associate professor at the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, University of Georgia, presents “Antibiotics: The Cost - Public perception, trust and hospital-acquired infections. What are the alternatives?” Collett’s presentation will examine how to manage microbiota through the ‘feed, seed and weed’ approach and the critical steps to take in controlling coccidiosis without antibiotics. With 20 years of experience implementing antibiotic-free programs in the United States and abroad, Collett specializes in managing digestive health to maximize bird welfare, nutrient assimilation and performance.

WHEN:           Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

                      Registration: 7:45 a.m.

                      Breakfast: 8-9 a.m.

MORE:           For more information about the breakfast meeting, please contact

Visitors to the Alltech booth #A1507 will also have the opportunity to hear from industry experts on topics such as how to optimize feed efficiency and add flexibility to diets, improve gut health naturally, incorporate total replacement technology and reduce the risk of mycotoxins.

The Alltech booth will host happy hours on Tuesday, Jan. 26 and Wednesday, Jan. 27 from 4 to 5 p.m. with Kentucky Ale® and entertainment by traditional Irish dancers. On Thursday, Jan. 28, the booth will feature a closing happy hour from 1 to 3 p.m. Attendees at the booth can also enter a drawing for a chance to win an Apple® watch. For more information, visit

Founded in 1980 by Irish entrepreneur and scientist Dr. Pearse Lyons, Alltech improves the health and performance of people, animals and plants through nutrition and scientific innovation, particularly yeast-based technology, nutrigenomics and algae. With nearly 100 manufacturing sites globally, Alltech is the leading producer and processor of yeast and organic trace minerals, and its flagship algae production facility in Kentucky is one of only two of its kind in the world.

The company’s guiding ACE principle seeks to develop solutions that are safe for the Animal, Consumer and the Environment and is actively supported by more than 4,700 team members worldwide.

Alltech is the only privately-held company among the top five animal health companies in the world. This is a source of competitive advantage, which allows Alltech to adapt quickly to emerging customer needs and to stay focused on advanced innovation and long-term objectives. Headquartered just outside of Lexington, Kentucky, USA, Alltech has a strong presence in all regions of the world.

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Alltech acquires Masterfeeds, Canada’s leading animal nutrition company

Alltech acquires Masterfeeds, Canada’s leading animal nutrition company

Establishes comprehensive animal nutrition offering for Canadian agriculture production

Improves accessibility of the industry’s most advanced animal nutrition products and solutions

Marks Alltech’s 13th acquisition since 2011; combined company will have annual revenues in excess of $2.1 billion

Accelerates product innovation through combined technology, research and on-farm modeling production, delivering greater value to farmers and ranchers


[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – Alltech has acquired 100 percent of the outstanding shares of Masterfeeds, Inc., in a share purchase agreement with Ag Processing Inc (AGP). Masterfeeds, a leading commercial animal nutrition company in Canada, is now part of the Alltech family of companies, which includes 12 other companies that Alltech has acquired globally since 2011.

“Masterfeeds has long been a partner and friend of Alltech. With them fully on board now as an Alltech company, together we can narrow our focus and accelerate on-farm performance,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder and president of Alltech. “Between Alltech’s primacy in science and Masterfeeds’ robust network of farm-focused team and dealers, we have a winning combination for moving Canadian agriculture forward to greater farm and ranch efficiency and profitability.”

The addition of Masterfeeds to Alltech’s existing Canadian operations and other Canadian acquisition, EMF Nutrition, brings the companies’ total presence to approximately 700 Canadian employees. Together they operate 25 feed manufacturing and premix facilities, nine retail locations and seven distribution centers in a business spanning the entire country. Alltech has a strong presence in all regions of the world with more than 4,700 employees worldwide.

“Never in our 86-year history has our future been as exciting as it is now that we have joined the Alltech family,” stated Rob Flack, president and CEO of Masterfeeds. “Alltech is at the forefront of science in everything they do. This strengthens our ability to deliver on-farm nutrition  solutions like never before.”

Alltech and Masterfeeds have identified possible growth opportunities together, which may include nutritional technologies and feeding programs for antibiotic-free formulation, feed efficiency, organic minerals, algae, mycotoxin management and crop protection and performance. Masterfeeds also has equine and pet product lines, which may be further developed with Alltech nutritional technologies.

Masterfeeds will continue to be headquartered in London, Ontario, Canada, and led by its current Chief Executive Officer, Rob Flack. In addition, Alltech’s own entity, Alltech Canada, remains headquartered in Guelph, Ontario, serving the entire Canadian feed industry.

Alltech has more than tripled its sales in the last three years and is on target to achieve $4 billion USD in sales in the next few years. Since 2011, Alltech has completed 13 acquisitions successfully. This is Alltech’s second acquisition of a company headquartered in Canada, following the success in acquiring EMF Nutrition in 2013.

“The pressure on agriculture today requires the feed business to take an aggressive approach to continuous improvement of nutritional technology,” said Steve Bourne, vice president of Alltech. “Our number one focus is and always will be: How do we improve profitability and efficiency for our customers on the farm and the ranch? This commitment defines our strategy and underscores why we are moving forward with trusted companies like Masterfeeds.”

Alltech analyzes 10,000th sample for mycotoxins

Since the Analytical Services Laboratory of Alltech opened in September 2012, more than 10,000 domestic and international samples have been analyzed for mycotoxin contamination at the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited laboratory. The laboratory has found 97 percent of samples tested contain one or more mycotoxins, with an average of six mycotoxins per sample. Type B Trichothecenes and Fumonisins are present in more than 70 percent of samples.

[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – The Alltech Mycotoxin Management program ended 2015 on a high note as its extensive mycotoxin analysis completed testing on its 10,000th sample. Since the Analytical Services Laboratory of Alltech opened in September 2012, more than 10,000 domestic and international samples have been analyzed for mycotoxin contamination at the ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited laboratory.

An international standard that recognizes the competence of testing laboratories, ISO/IEC 17025:2005 is the basis of laboratory accreditation in more than 35 countries. The Analytical Services Laboratory of Alltech has received over 50 different feed sample types from more than 80 countries since the laboratory first opened in Winchester, Kentucky. The laboratory’s proprietary 37+® LC/MS/MS analytical method, developed by Alltech, is state-of-the-art in its detection and quantization of more than 37 mycotoxins at parts per billion (ppb) and parts per trillion (ppt) levels.

“This 10,000-sample milestone sets the bar in global mycotoxin investigation and reaffirms our customers’ confidence in the precise, accurate and thorough testing of Alltech’s 37+ mycotoxin analysis program,” said Steve Mobley, manager of the Analytical Services Laboratory. “Our diagnostic approach allows us to further investigate livestock and poultry health issues, study global mycotoxin trends and develop comprehensive, customized mycotoxin management programs for our customers.”

From the samples submitted over the past three years, the Alltech 37+ mycotoxin analysis has been able to put together an extensive portfolio on worldwide mycotoxin contamination and regional trends over time. The laboratory has found 97 percent of samples tested contain one or more mycotoxins, with an average of six mycotoxins per sample. Type B Trichothecenes and Fumonisins were present in more than 70 percent of samples.

The Analytical Services Laboratory is a division of Alltech, a global leader in improving the health and performance of people, animals and plants through natural nutrition and scientific innovation. In conjunction with the Alltech Mycotoxin Management program, the laboratory provides a powerful database to recognize mycotoxin issues around the world, providing producers with a more accurate picture of mycotoxin contamination. In addition, Alltech’s proprietary “traffic light” risk assessment provides insight to the additive and synergistic effect of mycotoxins on different animal species and ages when detected in multiple and even low level concentrations.

Since its inception, the Alltech Mycotoxin Management program has been recognized globally. Online media outlet China Feed Industry Information Network recently presented the Alltech Mycotoxin Management program with the Star Feed Additive—Top 5 Mycotoxin Solution award. In late 2013, the Alltech 37+® mycotoxin analysis garnered a one-star innovation award from INNOV’SPACE in France, a distinction program that awards new product and service innovations in agriculture. The program was also selected as one of the Dairy Herd Management Innovation Award recipients at the 2014 World Dairy Expo.

Top five Alltech blog posts for 2015: From the first Global Craft Beer Survey to the expansion of the Alltech family

Alltech takes a look back at its blog readers’ favorite blog posts of 2015.

[DUNBOYNE, Ireland] – 2015 was an exciting year for Alltech so we have taken the time to review and reflect on what caught our blog readers’ attention. To celebrate this past year, we have selected the top five popular blog posts of 2015. Each of the posts reflects the highlights during the year, including the first Global Craft Beer Survey, the fourth annual Global Feed Survey, the expansion of the Alltech family and more.  The most widely read blog posts that you may want to check out as we head into 2016 include:

Global feed survey offers glimpse into animal feed industry: The fourth edition of the highly anticipated Global Feed Survey report provides a glimpse into the animal feed industry and compares the output across countries, regions and species. The estimated worth of the feed industry is now $460 billion with global production of 980 million metric tonnes. A number of factors affected output, including: slow markets, shifting raw feed material costs, fluctuating governance over import/export standards and diseases such as PEDv in pigs and bird flu in poultry.

Welcoming Masterfeeds to the Alltech family: Masterfeeds produces some of the Canadian feed industry’s best-selling and most widely-recognized nutrition products. Canadian farmers and ranchers will have the opportunity to benefit from leading nutrition technology and additional services, including on-farm audits and analysis tools following the expected completion of Alltech’s acquisition of the company. In the future, customers may also benefit from an increased variety of nutritional solutions and services, backed by the latest scientific research.

How many craft breweries are there in the world? : It is no secret that the U.S. craft beer industry has boomed. But what of the craft brewery situation elsewhere? Are other countries experiencing a similar rise in craft brewing? The Alltech Global Craft Beer Survey is the first to be conducted internationally. This survey identifies how many craft breweries exist worldwide, what countries have the most/ least and other interesting statistics.

Favorite farmer entry submitted by Paddy Sheehan: Born on a beef farm in Roscommon, Ireland, Kevin McGarry always had a passion for farming. At the ripe age of 18, McGarry left, a man on a mission, for New Zealand to pursue a career in dairy farming. Unfortunately, while in New Zealand, he was involved in a motorcycle accident on the farm and subsequently lost both legs, yet this did not deter him. He returned to Ireland and walked off the plane. From there, he started Dairy Business, an agricultural science degree at University College Dublin.

Favorite farmer entry submitted by Brianna Graham: Brianna Graham’s favorite farmer happens to be her boyfriend, a 10th generation egg, dairy and poultry farmer in Nova Scotia, Canada. As a young farmer planning on taking over his family’s farm from his father and uncle, he is keen on agricultural policy issues in order to secure his future. David, her boyfriend, did a four-year business degree with a major in finance and realized that he could not imagine a future away from his farm. He is currently age 23 and working full-time with his uncle and father on their farm—Cornwallis Farms. This farm is particularly fascinating as Deacon John Newcombe established it in 1761 and the same land that was farmed then is still farmed to this day.

The Alltech blog was launched in 2010 shortly before Alltech’s 26th International Symposium, its annual conference in Lexington, Kentucky, examining the future of agriculture, business, technology, marketing, algae, genetics, crop science and more. The blog reflects the insights of several authors from a variety of fields and continues to be updated regularly with posts on animal health and nutrition, the future of farming, algae and DHA omega-3, soil health and microbes, and more. Visit the Alltech blog for new posts throughout 2016.