Jan 28

What if All Our DHA Needs Could be Contained in Just One Egg?

What if All Our DHA Needs Could be Contained in Just One Egg?

Becky Timmons and DHA-Enriched Eggs

Becky Timmons, Alltech's Director of Quality Assurance and Applications Research, shares some information about DHA-enriched eggs.

We are out at the International Production & Processing Expo, commonly known as IPPE, this whole week! This year we're challenging attendees to ask, "What if?" For example, what if we could truly be antibiotic free? What if you could have 4 extra chicks, 5 extra eggs, and 99% livability? What if all of our DHA needs could be contained in just one egg?

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Jan 10

FDA Issues Plan to Control Therapeutic Antibiotics and Phase-Out Sub-Therapeutic Antibiotics in Livestock Production

FDA Issues Plan to Control Therapeutic Antibiotics and Phase-Out Sub-Therapeutic Antibiotics in Livestock Production

On December 11, the FDA announced a plan to “help phase out the use of medically important antimicrobials in livestock for food production purposes.” The use of these applications were defined as enhancing growth or improving feed efficiency. The FDA action was characterized as “a plan to ensure judicious use of antibiotics in food animals” and is predicated on Guidance Document #231 and the preceding Guidance Document #209, both of which can be accessed on www.fda.gov.

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Dec 18

Walking on Eggshells

Categories: IPE, Poultry
Walking on Eggshells

Similar to prenatal vitamins for a pregnant woman, the quality of an egg can be greatly impacted by the nutrition of the layer. By changing a bird’s diet, everything from chick development to shell condition can be affected. For this post, we are going to focus on the effect minerals can have on shell strength, specifically in regards to the form they are given in.

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Nov 22

The Fowl Beginnings of Turkey Day

Categories: Agriculture, IPE, Poultry
The Fowl Beginnings of Turkey Day

Thanksgiving is less than a week away! Though Thanksgiving was officially declared a national holiday on October 3, 1863, its roots date back much further to 1621 and what most Americans view as "The First Thanksgiving." It was celebrated with a three day feast by the Wampanoag tribe and the Pilgrims. While the typical Thanksgiving meal today has one requirement, turkey, with a variety of optional side dishes like mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, the first Thanksgiving was much more modest, including few (if any) of the modern day staples.

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