July 22, 2016
It was business as usual for feeder wagon manufacturer Keenan who have been taken over by Alltech after falling into administration earlier this year. At an industry briefing last month new Keenan chief executive Robbie Walker explained that production at the company's headquarters in Borris, Co. Carlow, Ireland had restarted and the first Keenan "Green Machine" rolled off the factory floor in April.
July 22, 2016
Minerals constitute a small portion of the diet, but they are essential for the health, wellbeing and performance of the breeding female. They are involved in many metabolic and endocrine processes within the body and are especially important for reproduction, not only in terms of number of piglets weaned per litter per year, but also in terms of lifetime performance.
July 20, 2016
Regulation approves use of zinc feed additives for 10 years, contains several changes from previous authorization. The European Commission recently published new regulations for the reauthorization of zinc feed additives in the European Union (EU). The new regulation approves the use of zinc feed additives for 10 years and contains several changes compared with the previous authorization in relation to placi
July 12, 2016
Several amendments have been ushered in under new regulations for the placing of zinc feed additives on the EU market. The Commission published the revised legislation, which approves the use of zinc feed additives for a period of ten years, in the Official Journal of the EU last week. Dr. Gerry Dillon, EU regulatory affairs manager at Alltech, said a significant change in the regulations includes the addition of a new category of zinc feed additive: zinc chelate of protein hydrolysates.
July 6, 2016
Traditionally, antibiotics have been used in poultry feed at subtherapeutic levels to prevent clinical and subclinical levels of disease such as salmonellosis and necrotic enteritis, leading to improved growth rates and feed efficiencies.
July 4, 2016
As most beef houses are empty at this point, finishers review how cattle have performed over the winter period. The thought process now turns to how and where improvements can be made for the next group. Through our experience and communication with beef producers, invariably most of the comments on where these improvements can be made are during the arrival or adaption period.
July 1, 2016
The Co-op has underlined its strong commitment to British farmers with the launch of a progressive scheme to monitor and manage environmental impact and efficiency amongst its dedicated farming groups. The Co-op Enviro-Map programme will, over the next three years, carry out carbon footprint assessments and biodiversity surveys across six main produce sectors. Data will then be processed to generate individual farm reports that will allow farmers to benchmark performance of their business and make decisions to improve efficiency and reduce environmental impact.
July 1, 2016
The open day and sales day held at the Keenan factory on the 29 June was the first official event held since the acquisition of the company by Alltech. Keenan’s, under new owners Alltech, sold their 100th wagon to a dairy farmer in Tipperary. Robbie Walker, the new CEO at Keenan’s, commente
July 1, 2016
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. However, most dairy producers don’t have time to watch each and every cow “chew it over” after the TMR mixer wagon passes.
June 29, 2016
One word repeatedly used to describe China is change. Mark Lyons, Alltech global vice president and head of greater China, says “China is changing as fast as it ever has even though the economic growth might not be as fast.” Yet, China swine business is a global opportunity. Lyons, speaking at the Alltech One Conference, outlines key economic conditions presently occurring in China. Living in the country, he provides an inside viewpoint.