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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.

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.

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.

ALLABOUTFEED: Ways to Optimise Rumen Fermentation

The rumen is the most influential site of digestion and microbial fermentation provides much of the energy needed to maintain body condition, pregnancy and lactation. Feeding a live yeast additive can benefit the rumen environment and its microbes. Dr. Helen Warren explains more. 

PROGRESSIVE CATTLEMAN: Feed Verified Helps Producers Confirm Feed Ingredients

To meet the needs of an ever-changing industry, a new online resource has been launched to help producers, feed companies and food brands confirm and verify feed ingredients for certification programs. Where Food Comes From Inc., a firm specializing in third-party verification of food production practices, developed Feed Verified to improve the efficiency of product approval and to help establish transparency within the industry.

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. 

IRISH EXAMINER: Warning Climate Change Will Spread Mycotoxins

Mycotoxins will become more prevalent in Europe due to climate change, impacting rumen function in cows, says a leading veterinarian. Johanna Fink-Gremmels of Utrecht University said mycotoxins cause a 25% decrease in genetic potential in dairy cows and an annual economic loss globally of several billion euro.

IRISH FARMERS MONTHLY: Performance in the Finishing Period

Beef finishers recognise that, in order to maximise animal performance during the finishing period, animals need to adapt to their new environment and diets as quickly as possible.