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WATTAGNET.COM: Alltech to Produce Optigen II in Australia for First Time

Alltech will produce its feed additive Optigen II in Australia for the first time with an expanded production facility in Forbes, New South Wales. Optigen II is a safe and traceable non-protein nitrogen source that can help dairy and beef farmers increase yield. Optigen II is a controlled-release technology designed to provide a safe, concentrated source of ruminally degradable protein. 

THE POULTRY SITE: Expert Spotlight on Chinese Layer Industry

The 2015 Egg week, conducted by both Big Dutchman and Alltech, was successfully able to bring together layer industry leaders and global professionals from around the world in three designated areas in China.

FEEDSTUFFS: Ridley Cuts Ribbon on New HQ

Ridley Inc. president and chief executive officer Steve VanRoekel and local city officials cut the ribbon Dec. 18 on the feed company's new headquarters in downtown Mankato, Minn. The Ridley Tower comprises five floors totaling 50,000 sq. ft. The new facility has more usable area than their former location in Mankato and provides improved space for training and conferences, according to the announcement.

IRISH PUBS GLOBAL: Highlights of the Year: Alltech

One of the biggest highlights during 2015 for Alltech on the beverage side of the business was the acquisition of Cumberland Breweries Ltd. This expansion provided us with brewing facilities in Newry, Northern Ireland and in Great Corby, Cumbria, England and represented the first step outside of the USA, brewing for the first time in Ireland. With a capacity to produce 40,000 hectolitres, the two new breweries added several new brands, including Finn Lager and Foxes Rock Ale, to the growing Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company portfolio.

IRISH FARMERS MONTHLY: Sustainable Dairy and Beef Production

Ireland’s commitment to significantly increasing its milk and beef production over the next five years seems to contradict the parallel goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. “The key to achieving both of these targets simultaneously is to improve the production efficiency, and thereby the profitability, of every dairy and beef farm in the country,” says Kevin Tuck, managing director at the Alltech European Bioscience Centre. “

FEED MANAGEMENT: Yeast cell wall derivatives improve broiler gut health

Given the ever-increasing rise in bacterial strains that are less and less sensitive to existing treatments, antibiotic resistance has the potential to become one of the greatest problems of our generation. While abuse of antibiotics in humans is probably the major contributor, policymakers have turned the spotlight on agricultural use as a way to control the problem. 

WATTAGNET.COM: The Future of Feed: An Industry in Transition

The feed industry is critical to sustainable food production. New developments in feed additives, processing technology and animal nutrition continue to add to the productivity, efficiency, environmental sustainability and safety of feed production. However, with a rapidly growing population, a changing socioeconomic climate, increasing consumer demand and a continuous pursuit for greater efficiency, this $460 billion industry must continue to evolve.

IAHJ: On-farm Auditing Programme for Maximising Efficiency, Health and Welfare

The continuing focus on overall farm assessments to improve productive performance, health status and animal welfare has seen on-farm auditing programmes go from strength to strength. Although primarily developed to track antibiotic use on farms following the limitations on their use for growth-promoting purposes and concerns regarding antibiotic resistance, the scheme allows more far-reaching analysis of what elements on-farm could be contributing to poor performance and digestive disorders, and ultimately profitability. 

FEED NAVIGATOR: Predictive models and ingredient interaction insights will change precision nutrition science: Alltech

Is radical restructuring of industry standard feed formulation models required to take precision nutrition to the next level? Dr. Karl Dawson, vice president and chief scientific officer at Alltech shares is views about the strategies producers and the industry can employ to get more from less with feed for all species. 

FARMING LIFE: Predicting the unpredictable –Australasian agribusiness leaders debate future challenges

More than 40 industry leaders, representing in excess of 2.8 million sows, gathered at the world-famous Melbourne Cricket Ground for the Alltech Elite Herd dinner to discuss challenges facing the global pork industry and debate how to move forward.