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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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

DAIRYBUSINESS EAST: It’s Your Dairy

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.

FEED & GRAIN: Building Customer Assurance Through Quality Control

As feed manufacturers, it is important to know the source of feed ingredients and additives and their certification standards. It is also essential to know their crisis management plan.

FEEDSTUFFS: China stepping up milk production

Within DFI, Alltech built a cutting-edge technology feed evaluation laboratory that uses its proprietary in vitro fermentation model, a diagnostic tool that stimulates rumen fermentation and evaluates the nutritive value of total mixed rations. Through the model’s diagnostics, Chinese dairy nutritionists and farmers are able to access evaluations and recommendations for dairy rations to maximize feed efficiency, improve milk quality and combat increasing feed costs.

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