March 4, 2016
While the Australian dairy industry has plateaued over the last 10 years, China is seeing a sharp rise in milk production. Production and consumption of dairy products in China have soared, averaging a 12.8% annual growth rate since 2000. A group of Australian dairy farmers and consultants visited China in January to see firsthand what Chinese farmers are doing to drive growth.
March 3, 2016
A CAREFULLY designed supplementary feed ration delivered through a clever but seemingly simple feeding system is paying big dividends for Biddeston beef producer Ken Baldwin. Mr Baldwin uses innovative self-feeders to limit the intake of a custom made ration involving Riverina pellets to the steers. The clever design of the pellet delivery system on the feeder units forces the cattle to use the saliva on their tongues to pick up the pellets.
March 2, 2016
2015 harvest analysis reinforces importance of feed mill mycotoxin management programs. During harvest of 2015, the weather presented perfect conditions for the growth of certain molds and mycotoxins. According to Alltech’s harvest analysis report, of the 100 corn samples submitted from across the United States and Canada, 96 percent of samples contain one or more mycotoxins. The annual survey, which tracks the occurrences of mycotoxins throughout North America, also concludes the 2015 corn crop contains an average of 3.1 mycotoxins.
February 26, 2016
Supplementing livestock feed produces enriched animal products that have the potential to improve the health and nutrition of those that eat them.
February 24, 2016
While Australia’s dairy industry may have plateaued during the past 10 years, China is continuing to see sharp rises in milk production. A group of Australian dairy farmers and consultants visited China as guests of animal health and nutrition company Alltech in January to see what Chinese farmers are doing to drive growth.
February 18, 2016
While metal ions can act as enzyme inhibitors, little thought is given to the potential for mineral-induced inhibition of enzyme activity. Mineral utilization by animals depends primarily on their absorption from the ingested feed, with the term “bioavailability” generally being used to describe both the absorption and the ultimate metabolic utilization of nutrients. In the past decade, the feed industry has experienced a fine-tuning in diet formulation, not only to match the animal’s nutritional needs, but also to minimize pollution due to mineral excretion.
February 17, 2016
Gerry Giggins took part in a recent ‘Beef Finishing Masterclass’ in Co Galway, which was organised by Alltech, EasyFix and Zoetis. The event, hosted by the Bourns family of Lisbeg Farms near Eyrecourt, demonstrated all the attributes of a top quality finishing unit, with a detailed focus on all links in the production cycle.
February 15, 2016
Other than Aidan Connolly's main role of Chief Innovation Officer and Vice President of Corporate Accounts with Alltech, Mr. Connolly also works "hand-hand" with their Director of Research, Dr. Karl Dawson, in developing the next generation of technologies for Alltech.
February 12, 2016
The rumen should be seen as the engine that drives all ruminant animals. The efficiency with which it works is a major inﬂuencing factor on the performance of the animal. Dairy farmers should be particularly mindful of this when rearing replacement heifers due to the negative effects that poor rumen development can have on heifer development, writes Elaine Fenton, technical support, Alltech Ireland
February 11, 2016
As we approach the final stretch of winter, this past year’s harvest may seem like an eternity ago. However, as dairy producers begin to feed out the 2015 crop, they may want to consider testing for mold and mycotoxins. A wet spring and a late dry season obstructed the quality of the 2015 North America crop, generating inconsistencies in plant growth and putting dairy cows and calves at higher risk for mycotoxin exposure.