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THE SCOTTISH FARMER: "Quality Not Quantity" for New Bishopton Young Stock Unit

Purpose built in 2012 specifically to improve heifer mortality and reduce age of first calving on N.Forsyth and Son’s four dairy farms, the New Bishopton young stock unit in Whithorn, near Wigtown has gone from strength to strength. 

IRISH FARMERS MONTHLY: Improving sow and piglet health: Naturally

With figures for piglets born alive continuing to increase, the onus is on producers to ensure that this benefit is translated into piglets reared. Piglets, particularly the smaller piglets in a litter, face the inevitable hazards of birth, as well as a highly challenging environment for early survival. With antibiotic use now regulated, steps can be taken to reduce these negative effects and enhance piglet health and welfare, as well as the profitability of units.

DAKOTA FARMER: Slow Release Nitrogen May Be Needed in Dairy Rations

Over the past few years, the dairy industry has made it a priority to feed higher forage diets with a correct balance of amino acids and an accurate ratio of lysine to methionine. With this strategy, there also has been more attention on the amount of undegradeable protein being fed. Slow release nitrogen helps combat uneven ammonia levels in the rumen and maximizes fiber digestion. 

INTERNATIONAL PIG TOPICS: Increasing Pork Production Through Improved Sow Health and Performance

In recent years the relationship between sow health, performance and the weight of pork produced per year from each litter has been more clearly defined. Dr. Jules Taylor Pickard discusses increasing pork production through improved sow health and performance. 

FEED & GRAIN: Building Customer Assurance Through Quality Control

As feed manufacturers, it is important to know the source of feed ingredients and additives and their certification standards. It is also essential to know their crisis management plan.


Mike Abrashoff wasn’t a leadership guru or a human resources expert, when at the age of 36, he became the youngest commanding officer in the Pacific Fleet of the United States Navy. Soon after he assumed post as commander of the USS Benfold (an underperforming naval war ship with low morale, high turnover and poor performance evaluations) he realized that the traditional top-down approach to leadership, of telling people what to do and how to do it, wasn’t going to be what turned the ship’s operations around and kept them safe.

FEEDSTUFFS: China stepping up milk production

Within DFI, Alltech built a cutting-edge technology feed evaluation laboratory that uses its proprietary in vitro fermentation model, a diagnostic tool that stimulates rumen fermentation and evaluates the nutritive value of total mixed rations. Through the model’s diagnostics, Chinese dairy nutritionists and farmers are able to access evaluations and recommendations for dairy rations to maximize feed efficiency, improve milk quality and combat increasing feed costs.

WATTAGNET.COM: Yeast cell wall derivatives improve broiler gut health

While the debate rages over what is driving the seemingly inexorable rise of antibiotic-resistant microbes, alternatives to antibiotics and products capable of reducing the risk of antibiotic resistance transfer through the food chain are clearly required. Of the functional ingredients currently in use for microbial control, MOS and MRF are widely used in animal nutrition and have been shown to improve animal performance in a manner similar to antibiotic-like growth promoters.

DAIRY HERD MANAGEMENT: Five Feed Strategies for Fertility

Sub-optimal fertility in dairy cattle is a complex, multi-factor problem that cannot be evaluated in isolation of other disorders. Dr. Maurice Boland outlines five feeding strategies for fertility.  

PORK NETWORK: Fine-Tuning a Specialty Product

From Greek yoghurt to the craft beer craze, many brands have succeeded, and the pork industry is no exception to creating and capturing brand trends. Advances in nutrition help Steve Kerns make the most of his genetics.