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INTERNATIONAL DAIRY TOPICS: Microbal Fermentation is Key to Efficiency

In order for beneficial microbes to thrive, conditions in the rumen need to be anaerobic at a near neutral pH. Good feeding practice will go a long way to ensuring these criteria are met but feeding a specific strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae can help encourage an optimally efficient rumen through rapid promotion of an anaerobic environment. Alltech Releases First Global Craft Beer Survey

A recent study on the global craft brewing industry, conducted by Alltech, has discovered that there are more than 10,000 craft breweries worldwide, of which 67 are located in Ireland. Of those, 86% are in North America and Europe, with Europe pipping North America to the post by only three craft breweries. Even so, the U.S. has just surpassed 4,000 breweries, which represents a nearly 20% growth in the last year and far exceeds any other individual country’s count by thousands.

Alltech: Short Term Challenges Shouldn't Detract from Longer Term Positive Outlook for China Feed Market

The summer of 2015 saw extreme volatility among Chinese stock markets and a shock devaluation of the yuan. In addition, China's economic growth in Q3 fell below 7% for the first time since 2009 at 6.9%. Chinese leaders are now trying to reassure jittery global markets with stimulus measures. Rabobank recently predicted that Chinese pork consumption will be reduced by 4-6% in 2015 and sow numbers have dropped more than 20% from their peak.

FEEDINFO: INTERVIEW: Latin America Still the Land of Opportunity, says Alltech VP

Key leaders of the Latin American poultry industry met in Ecuador to discuss the challenges faced by the industry. It was indeed an important moment for reflection, not simply for the poultry industry but for the entire agribusiness sector of Latin America. The region's economic prospects are clouded by decreasing commodity prices, and a few spots are wrestling with macroeconomic obstacles, including Venezuela's borderline hyperinflation, Argentina's standoff with international creditors and Brazil's plummeting real.

AG WEB: Sick Calves? Mycotoxins May Be to Blame

Dairy calves are often the neglected species when it comes to addressing mycotoxin issues; however long-term multi-toxin exposure can impede the pre-ruminant’s start to life and impair the animal’s immunity throughout her lifecycle. According to Dr. Johanna Fink-Gremmels, Utrecht University, mycotoxins are currently the most prominent feed contaminants worldwide. 

THE SCOTTISH FARMER: "Quality Not Quantity" for New Bishopton Young Stock Unit

Purpose built in 2012 specifically to improve heifer mortality and reduce age of first calving on N.Forsyth and Son’s four dairy farms, the New Bishopton young stock unit in Whithorn, near Wigtown has gone from strength to strength. 

IRISH FARMERS MONTHLY: Improving sow and piglet health: Naturally

With figures for piglets born alive continuing to increase, the onus is on producers to ensure that this benefit is translated into piglets reared. Piglets, particularly the smaller piglets in a litter, face the inevitable hazards of birth, as well as a highly challenging environment for early survival. With antibiotic use now regulated, steps can be taken to reduce these negative effects and enhance piglet health and welfare, as well as the profitability of units.

DAKOTA FARMER: Slow Release Nitrogen May Be Needed in Dairy Rations

Over the past few years, the dairy industry has made it a priority to feed higher forage diets with a correct balance of amino acids and an accurate ratio of lysine to methionine. With this strategy, there also has been more attention on the amount of undegradeable protein being fed. Slow release nitrogen helps combat uneven ammonia levels in the rumen and maximizes fiber digestion. 

INTERNATIONAL PIG TOPICS: Increasing Pork Production Through Improved Sow Health and Performance

In recent years the relationship between sow health, performance and the weight of pork produced per year from each litter has been more clearly defined. Dr. Jules Taylor Pickard discusses increasing pork production through improved sow health and performance. 


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.