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INTRAFISH: Alltech Coppens seeing 'big opportunities' in RAS salmon smolt feed

Submitted by amartin on Wed, 09/12/2018 - 21:17

Animal nutrition company Alltech Coppens continues to increase its footprint in the global aquaculture industry with projects that go beyond studies traditionally carried out by the firm, including the emerging land-based salmon farming sector.

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AGRILAND: Ten steps to reach finishing weight faster

Submitted by amartin on Thu, 09/06/2018 - 22:06

Many people will remember 2018 as a year of extreme weather challenges, including an extended winter and a very dry summer. As a result of these abnormal events, many people are facing issues regarding forage supply, and those fortunate enough to conserve enough forage are still not immune to what will be a costly year for finishing cattle.

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INTERNATIONAL AQUAFEED: Seven insights from Alltech’s 7th Global Feed Survey

Submitted by amartin on Sun, 09/02/2018 - 22:25

Aquaculture trends tend to be amongst the most anticipated by the agricultural trade media. This is presumably because of the strong growth of farmed fish over the past 10 years and the degree to which aquaculture is replacing wild fishing as the primary source of fish for human consumption. Aquaculture feeds remained stable overall in 2017.

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FEED STRATEGY: 2018 Dairy Outlook: Feed volumes hinge on trade, consumers

Submitted by amartin on Sat, 09/01/2018 - 22:14

Volatility, milk surpluses, plant-based dairy alternatives and climate change will impact dairy feed production over the next 12 months. 

Alltech’s chief innovation officer Aidan Connolly suggests China may permanently replace its U.S. milk imports with supplies from New Zealand, Australia and Europe. “There’s a psychological impact [in China] of the current trade situation, a deterioration of the America image,” Connolly says. “The American brand was strong, but it could be permanently damaged by the perception that there’s a war going on. It’s concerning.” 

WATT: Mycotoxins, molds in crops: Ideal growing conditions

Submitted by amartin on Wed, 08/22/2018 - 22:27

Mycotoxins can develop in crops throughout the growing season and must be monitored during harvest and at the feed mill.

Mycotoxins are caused by molds, and one kind of mold can cause several kinds of mycotoxins. Animals and humans can be affected by mycotoxins; they can be passed on to humans through milk, meat or eggs, and can result in various health problems, decreased production and mortality in all species.

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Better sow performance with the right minerals

Submitted by lkeyser on Wed, 08/22/2018 - 10:41

The following is an excerpt from an article by Solutions Deployment Team Manager Dr. Jules Taylor-Pickard on Pig Progress.

Times are long gone when supplying minerals to pigs was one-size-fits-all. Sows have different demands depending on their parity, size and litter size. Supplying the correct amounts will enhance sow performance — and will provide benefits for her piglets, too.

Minerals are important for maintaining the body and ensuring animal performance. In breeding sows, certain minerals are needed for successful conception and parturition. Chromium influences follicle-stimulating and luteinizing hormones and is also needed to produce insulin, which affects progesterone production. Both hormones are required for regulating ovulation and have a direct impact on fertility and litter numbers. Manganese is required for progesterone production, while iron and chromium are required for further hormone activity, which influences embryo survival during pregnancy. Uterine capacity, which dictates the number of piglets born, requires appropriate feeding levels of selenium, iron and chromium.

Breeding animals have higher mineral requirements, since they must produce ova that are robust enough to achieve conception, supply developing fetuses with minerals for correct development and, in the case of mammals, produce milk to suckle their young. As such, breeding sows can often be deficient in mineral intake, especially when tissue reserves are depleted.

Dr. Pickard further delves into the different roles minerals play in supporting optimum sow performance and the difference the right mineral can make to your sows and her piglets. To find out more, read the rest of Dr. Pickard’s article.


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The levels and types of minerals used in sow diets are also important to securing satisfactory reproductive performance.

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IDA IRELAND: Smart, Connected Technologies in Dairy Industry the Key to Feeding Future Populations

Submitted by amartin on Fri, 08/17/2018 - 21:27

Milk is a fragile substance, thus preserving its quality from the moment it comes out of the cow until it is processed has always been a challenge and a permanent concern.  As noted by Aidan Connolly, chief innovation officer at Kentucky-based Alltech, a world leader in animal health and nutrition, "More than any other technological advancement, sensors can fill in the data gap in dairy farming, particularly when animals are outside in a field."

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