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AUSTRALIAN DAIRYFARMER: Wisconsin’s robot advantage

Some 16 years ago Wisconsin (USA) dairyfarmer Peter Knigge was faced with a tough decision.  He could either employ labour on his 240-hectare farm, or he could help pioneer the use of robotics in the US dairy industry.  Despite being in the infancy of its development, Mr Knigge chose to make a million-dollar investment in robotics and associated infrastructure.

PORK NETWORK: What's it all about, Algae?

They’re small and green, packed with protein and oils. Scientists are excited about the potential of using microalgae not only to the benefit of humans and animals, but also as an alternative solution to diminishing natural resources. 

PORK NETWORK: Less can be more

Trace minerals are typically supplemented into swine diets through their inclusion as part of a premix. Premixes are composed of typically expensive ingredients needed in minute quantities. The dietary requirements for these trace minerals are relatively small but important for optimal growth.

WATTAGNET.COM: 5 megatrends shaping agribusiness

A series of “megatrends” will permanently reshape agribusiness as the world’s producers and industry stakeholders recalibrate to tackle the challenges of feeding 9 billion people in 2050, reports Christopher Nolan Sr., managing director at global professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers L.L.C.

IRISH FARMERS MONTHLY: Increasing production through improved sow health

Increasing production through improved sow health
Proven feed ingredients, especially those that maintain gut function and interact with the immune system, have been shown, in both research and commercial trials, to impact on piglet health at various growth stages.


In April, Alltech agreed to acquire Keenan, the company behind the renowned green machine based in Borris, Co. Carlow. What at first may look like an unlikely marriage, this coming together looks like a win for both Alltech and Keenan. But first of all it must be established what did Alltech buy - a machinery manufacturer or a nutrition business? 

FEED NAVIGATOR: Concerns over heavy metal levels in Asia-Pacific feeds

Of the 1,375 samples of minerals, premix and complete feeds from 16 Asia-Pacific countries submitted for testing, 20% had contamination levels exceeding EU allowable limits for heavy metal contamination of arsenic, cadmium and lead, said Alltech. 

FARMINGUK: New three-in-one pig efficiency tool

Pig producers keen to identify different opportunities to improve business efficiency now have access to a new holistic benchmarking tool from Alltech E-CO2. Talking to British Pig and Poultry Fair attendees this week, Alltech E-CO2 head of farm and Consultancy Services, James Wynne, said that for the first time the industry now had an all-encompassing computer model for benchmarking physical, financial and environmental performance.

WATTAGNET.COM: Survey: Proactive antibiotic elimination is well underway

During “The path of least resistance” webinar,  Dr. Richard Murphy examined the critical issues surrounding antibiotic resistance, animal protein production’s role in perpetuating it, and outlined strategies for livestock producers to position themselves for an AGP-free era. As instances of antimicroial-resistant bacteria and its ties to agriculture are on the rise, the significant threat to human health becomes very real, e.g. resistant colistin that spread from animals to humans in China.

FEED NAVIGATOR: UK poultry antibiotic data disclosure puts the squeeze on wider industry: Alltech

The move by the British Poultry Council (BPC) to reveal antibiotic usage data across 90% of domestic broiler, turkey and duck production is a game changer, says an antimicrobial resistance expert.