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FEED NAVIGATOR: Predictive models and ingredient interaction insights will change precision nutrition science: Alltech

Is radical restructuring of industry standard feed formulation models required to take precision nutrition to the next level? Dr. Karl Dawson, vice president and chief scientific officer at Alltech shares is views about the strategies producers and the industry can employ to get more from less with feed for all species. 

IAHJ: On-farm Auditing Programme for Maximising Efficiency, Health and Welfare

The continuing focus on overall farm assessments to improve productive performance, health status and animal welfare has seen on-farm auditing programmes go from strength to strength. Although primarily developed to track antibiotic use on farms following the limitations on their use for growth-promoting purposes and concerns regarding antibiotic resistance, the scheme allows more far-reaching analysis of what elements on-farm could be contributing to poor performance and digestive disorders, and ultimately profitability. 

FARMING LIFE: Predicting the unpredictable –Australasian agribusiness leaders debate future challenges

More than 40 industry leaders, representing in excess of 2.8 million sows, gathered at the world-famous Melbourne Cricket Ground for the Alltech Elite Herd dinner to discuss challenges facing the global pork industry and debate how to move forward.  

ALL ABOUT FEED: China agri leaders gather at Alltech event in Beijing

Challenging the audience to ''do what makes your heart sing,” Alltech founder and president Dr Pearse Lyons concluded the Alltech China REBELation Day in Beijing, where more than 100 industry leaders gathered to explore innovation, inspiration and enormous opportunities for growth in China.

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.