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REAL AGRICULTURE: Inside a cow's udder

Dairy farmers are all too familiar with the external signs of mastitis – from swollen quarters to excessive heat and hardening of the udder wall. At the 2016 Canadian Dairy XPO, Alltech Canada’s Dr. Roger Scaletti performed a tissue analysis of an udder to give producers an inside look at where milk comes from and what happens when mastitis develops.

WATTAGNET.COM: Sustainable practices good for environment, bottom line

Sustainable practices are not only beneficial to the environment in the long term, but also to the participating companies’ bottom line in the short term. This combined benefit is why the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) believes sustainability is important for its members.

NATIONAL HOG FARMER: Is mineral choice shortchanging swine producers on vitamins?

Vitamins are one of the most expensive and essential additions in the swine nutritionist’s arsenal.  Added to feedstuffs at very low rates, the loss of these essential nutrients can be detrimental to pig health if they become damaged during feed manufacturing or storage.  New research demonstrates that the choice of mineral supplement is not only important in terms of mineral absorption, but equally can result in the destruction of vitamins in the feed.

FEEDINFO: Alltech Opens Mycotoxin Laboratory in Ireland

Alltech's European Bioscience Centre in Dunboyne, Co. Meath, Ireland aims to be one step ahead of the mycotoxin challenge. Today sees the opening of its first European- based, state- of- the- art Alltech 37+® mycotoxin analytical services laboratory. 

WATTAGNET.COM: How to improve eggshell quality with organic minerals

Eggshell quality can be aided through careful use of micro-minerals, which aid shell formation and help to ensure maximum value for producers. Shell consistency is the most important characteristic of an egg for egg producers, as it holds the greatest economic advantage in the market.

THEJOURNAL.IE: Meet the two Irish teenagers selling supplements for Middle Eastern racing camels

When they were testing a theory that Mars Bars could make ponies faster, Annie and Kate Madden never thought it would turn into a company selling supplements for racing camels. The test was a project Kate, now 15, entered in the 2014 Young Scientist competition to debunk the notion that chocolate improved the animals’ performance. It turns out she was right.

NATIONAL HOG FARMER: Antibiotics: How'd we get here and where do we go?

Antibacterial resistance has become a major problem worldwide in large numbers of illnesses and deaths, as well as other societal costs, estimated at up to $20 billion in direct costs in the United States alone. “Some headlines predict an apocalypse, and while I don’t want to sound sensational without action to reduce reliance on antibiotics in livestock, we could be heading toward an apocalypse,” says Richard Murphy, research director at Alltech’s European Headquarters and Bioscience Center in Dunboyne, Ireland.

DROVERS: Webinar explores antibiotic trends

As long as antibiotic use continues in humans or animals, pathogens will develop resistance. But as public pressures to fight the emergence of antibiotic-resistant pathogens and preserve the efficacy of existing products, animal agriculture will need to deploy alternatives, particularly for growth promotion and disease prevention.

FEED NAVIGATOR: Applause for EFSA inclusion of metabolite risk in mycotoxin review

EFSA has found the current Tolerable Daily Intake (TDI) of the mycotoxin, zearalenone, in food and feed should be maintained at the previous level of 0.25 µg/kg BW per day. 

PROGRESSIVE DAIRYMAN: Climate changes and the global mycotoxin threat

Dairies around the world should be concerned about mycotoxins emerging on the farm as fungal threats continue to affect animal, plant and ecosystem health. Global disease alerts persist, and several species face possible extinction or extirpation each year.