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FEEDLOT: Better understanding of the gut health challenge

Each year, tens of thousands of young calves are received at feedlots and the challenges begin. Pre-receiving environment and management, health status, weather and feed quality can all influence on the calves’ start. Hospital pens are prepped, medical supplies ordered and pen riders are prepared to start working with calves that begin to have health issues and fall behind. 

THE CATTLE BUSINESS WEEKLY: Novel nutritional ideas for feedlot cattle

Research compares feedlot performance of cattle fed diets supplemented with organic trace minerals vs.cattle fed more typical diets. 

FEED NAVIGATOR: Alltech's US dairy diet data paint regional picture

Information gathered by Alltech on regional feed ingredients has helped create a portrait of four regional diet variations for dairy cattle.    The work, done by Alltech's In Vitro Fermentation Model (IFM) laboratory, offers a diagnostic tool to help mitigate diet formulation issues or can be used to maximize benefits, said Kamal Mjoun, a research scientist at the lab. 

IRISH FARMERS MONTHLY: Carlow student wins top science award

An IT Carlow postgraduate research student has won a prestigious international science competition and will shortly be US-bound to compete in a grand final and the chance of a once-in-a-lifetime postdoctoral position with the global biotechnology company, Alltech. Richard Lally, a postgraduate student at IT Carlow’s enviroCO

DAIRY GLOBAL: Are Chinese dairy farms competition for Aussie farmers?

While the Australian dairy industry has plateaued over the last 10 years, China is seeing a sharp rise in milk production. Production and consumption of dairy products in China have soared, averaging a 12.8% annual growth rate since 2000. A group of Australian dairy farmers and consultants visited China in January to see firsthand what Chinese farmers are doing to drive growth. 

QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE: Controlled feeding enhances pasture utilisation, feed efficiency

A CAREFULLY designed supplementary feed ration delivered through a clever but seemingly simple feeding system is paying big dividends for Biddeston beef producer Ken Baldwin.  Mr Baldwin uses innovative self-feeders to limit the intake of a custom made ration involving Riverina pellets to the steers. The clever design of the pellet delivery system on the feeder units forces the cattle to use the saliva on their tongues to pick up the pellets.

WATTAGNET.COM: FSMA Requirements Highlight Need to Control Mycotoxin Risk

2015 harvest analysis reinforces importance of feed mill mycotoxin management programs. During harvest of 2015, the weather presented perfect conditions for the growth of certain molds and mycotoxins. According to Alltech’s harvest analysis report, of the 100 corn samples submitted from across the United States and Canada, 96 percent of samples contain one or more mycotoxins. The annual survey, which tracks the occurrences of mycotoxins throughout North America, also concludes the 2015 corn crop contains an average of 3.1 mycotoxins.

WATTAGNET.COM: How animal feed additives create meat, egg superfoods

Supplementing livestock feed produces enriched animal products that have the potential to improve the health and nutrition of those that eat them.

QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE: How China's dairy industry continues to grow

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.

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.