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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.

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.

ALL ABOUT FEED: Alltech: More Type A Trichothecenes mycotoxins

If dairy producers thought their corn silage quality was top notch when they packed it away after the 2015 harvest, they may want to check again. Type A Trichothecene mycotoxins are on the rise.

DAIRY BUSINESS EAST: Rumination: Recharge Her Battery After Calving

Feeding, monitoring, formulation and rumination are the four key areas to a successful transition program. The rumination process supplies an important level of buffe, such as bicarbonate and phosphate that have a pivotal role in controlling the rumen pH. 

PROGRESSIVE DAIRYMAN: CSI: Cow signals investigation into rumination

Rumination, the cow’s ability to turn food over and over in the stomach in order to digest it, is by far one of the most telling signals the animal has in conveying health status and well-being.

IRISH FARMERS JOURNAL: Dawn Meats and Alltech provide opportunities for graduates and undergraduates

Dawn Meats marks an industry first as graduate trainees complete a custom-made UCD management programme, while the winner of Alltech's Young Scientist Competition will get a fully funded PhD. 

FEED NAVIGATOR: Hike in mycotoxin threat for ruminants in US: Alltech

It may be time for US producers to recheck corn silage quality as mycotoxin levels have been increasing since September. North American corn silage samples are continuing to test positive for levels of Type A Trichothecene mycotoxins, or T-2 group mycotoxins, and levels have been increasing, said Max Hawkins, mycotoxin management team nutritionist with Alltech. 

FARMING LIFE: Is body condition loss affecting cow fertility?

The main goal for spring-calving dairy producers is to calve their cows with minimal issues to ensure they are primed to go back in calf as soon as possible. Research carried out at University College Dublin (UCD) on the Alltech® yeast technology, YEA-SACC®, has shown benefits in terms of overcoming excessive loss of body condition and subsequent fertility problems.