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PROGRESSIVE DAIRYMAN: Calf Care: Stick to the Basics

Owning and managing a dairy presents different challenges on a daily basis, which can often result in overlooking the basics of raising calves. Getting your calves off to a good start can be the key to raising quality heifers.

THE PORK NETWORK: China's Engagement with African Agriculture

China and Africa have enjoyed a long-standing though somewhat complex friendship. The relationship goes back to the Cold War, in which the two countries were political allies. Africa helped China re-enter the United Nations and facilitated the country's sourcing of raw materials during its economic and political reformation, beginning in the late 1970s. Emmy Koeleman tells us more. 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.

FEED COMPOUNDER: Green Pages - Free Trade Topics from the Island of Ireland

In this month’s issue of Feed Compounder, Richard Halleron discusses how feed companies must place a greater emphasis on traceability, he highlights the future of maize in Ireland and gives his opinion on the GM debate in Europe.   

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: 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.