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WATTAGNET.COM: Mineral Form's Influence on Enzyme Supplementation Response

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.

IRISH INDEPENDENT: A Real Masterclass in the Art of Beef Finishing

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. 

MILLING AND GRAIN: The Interview: Aidan Connolly

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. 

IRISH FARMERS MONTHLY: Early Rumen Development: Key to successful heifer rearing

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  

PROGRESSIVE DAIRYMAN: 2015 North America Harvest Analysis: What Are You Feeding?

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.

FEED INTERNATIONAL: US Corn Mycotoxins Show Low Risk to Swine, Poultry

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.  

FEEDSTUFFS: Global Feed Production Up 2%

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.   

PROGRESSIVE DAIRYMAN: Canada Harvest Analysis: Safely Store Away Corn Silage, Wheat

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. 

WATTAGNET.COM: Yeast, a Good Choice to Produce Antibiotic-Free Poultry

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.

PROGRESSIVE CATTLEMAN: Selenium Deficiency in Beef Cattle

Selenium (Se) was discovered in 1818, but its role in animal nutrition wasn’t understood until the 1950s, when Se was identified as an essential nutrient. Selenium is thought of as a trace or micromineral in beef cattle diets. Beef cattle only require 0.1 parts per million (ppm) of Se in the total diet (not the mineral supplement). Although plants in some parts of the country can contain toxic levels of Se, forages grown in many parts of the country do not contain adequate levels of Se for optimum animal performance.

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