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
Although Alltech's mycotoxin outlook for 2015 corn crop showed mostly low risk to swine and poultry, mycotoxins can affect animal performance and health even at lower levels, said Alexandra Weaver, Alltech's Mycotoxin Management technical support during the recent 2015 North American Harvest Analysis webinar.
February 11, 2016
Results from the "2016 Global Feed Survey" released January 22 by Alltech estimate that international feed tonnage is now at 995.5 million metric tons, a 2.0% increase over 2014 and a 14% increase since Alltech first published global feed survey results in 2011. The analysis of the five-year trends showed growth predominantly from pig, poultry and aqua feed sectors and intensification of productions in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Europe.
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.
February 3, 2016
The quality of the 2015 corn silage crop should be a concern for dairy producers on both sides of the border, according to the latest results from Alltech’s North America Harvest Analysis. Canadian dairies, in particular, might want to consider further testing their TMRs for mold and mycotoxins before adding wheat on top. Dr. Max Hawkins discusses the annual study where corn silage samples from across the U.S. and Canada were surveyed.
February 2, 2016
Intestinal flora management with derivatives of yeast cell wall has advantages for producing antibiotic-free birds. Changing the paradigm of 60 years of using antibiotics in poultry production is quite difficult.