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FEEDSTUFFS: Mannan-rich fractions feasible for antibiotic-free diets

Traditionally, antibiotics have been used in poultry feed at subtherapeutic levels to prevent clinical and subclinical levels of disease such as salmonellosis and necrotic enteritis, leading to improved growth rates and feed efficiencies.

IRISH FARMERS MONTHLY: Adaption period is key to success

As most beef houses are empty at this point, finishers review how cattle have performed over the winter period. The thought process now turns to how and where improvements can be made for the next group. Through our experience and communication with beef producers, invariably most of the comments on where these improvements can be made are during the arrival or adaption period. 

PROGRESSIVE DAIRYMAN: CSI: Cow signals investigation into rumination

Rumination, the cow’s ability to turn food over and over in the stomach in order to digest it, is by far one of the most telling signals the animal has in conveying health status and well-being. However, most dairy producers don’t have time to watch each and every cow “chew it over” after the TMR mixer wagon passes.

FOOD&DRINK BUSINESS EUROPE: The Co-op Group backs British agriculture and the environment

The Co-op has underlined its strong commitment to British farmers with the launch of a progressive scheme to monitor and manage environmental impact and efficiency amongst its dedicated farming groups. The Co-op Enviro-Map programme will, over the next three years, carry out carbon footprint assessments and biodiversity surveys across six main produce sectors. Data will then be processed to generate individual farm reports that will allow farmers to benchmark performance of their business and make decisions to improve efficiency and reduce environmental impact.

IRISH FARMERS JOURNAL: Keenan's sell 100th wagon under Alltech

The open day and sales day held at the Keenan factory on the 29 June was the first official event held since the acquisition of the company by Alltech.  Keenan’s, under new owners Alltech, sold their 100th wagon to a dairy farmer in Tipperary. Robbie Walker, the new CEO at Keenan’s, commente

NATIONAL HOG FARMER: Massively changing China: What you should know

One word repeatedly used to describe China is change. Mark Lyons, Alltech global vice president and head of greater China, says “China is changing as fast as it ever has even though the economic growth might not be as fast.” Yet, China swine business is a global opportunity. Lyons, speaking at the Alltech One Conference, outlines key economic conditions presently occurring in China. Living in the country, he provides an inside viewpoint.

IRISH FARMERS MONTHLY: Keenan on track for a bright future

Keenan, an Alltech company, is delighted to announce that it is all systems go for the future. Alltech is a leading global biotechnology company with a mission to improve animal health and performance.

FEED NAVIGATOR: No let up expected in aqua feed M&A activity: PwC

We caught up with Christopher Nolan, managing director, global deals origination at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, who recently spoke at Alltech's ONE conference, to hear about his views on amalgamation of the global feed sector. 

FEED NAVIGATOR: The Silk Road beckons as China's feed operations expand

The amalgamation of feed mills in China is accelerating at a much quicker pace than expected, says an industry observer. "The consolidation in the Chinese feed sector has been quite dramatic in recent years . In 2010, there were nearly 11,000 feed manufacturers operating in China compared to 2005 when this figure was over 15,500 feed mills."

FARMING LIFE: Keep pig profits from melting this summer

Stress has major implications on the animal’s overall health, and with the summer heat approaching comes a perfect storm for stress. Pork producers not only have to worry about the normal sorting, loading and hauling stress on their herd, but they also have to address the additional challenges from heat stress.