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Although additive use is on the rise, there appears to be mixed feelings regarding additives as an antibiotic replacement, particularly in light of consumer demands.
The nutrition of young, developing gilts has a tremendous impact on the lifetime performance of the sow.
Apart from simple formulation adjustments, certain feed additives help alleviate the negative effects of heat stress on growth performance in pigs and poultry.
Traditional forms of zinc and copper used for diarrhea treatment require replacement to avoid environmental accumulation as these minerals are not highly digestible.
Dietary protein remains a critical factor that affects growth, overall health, and the immune status of piglets during and after the time of weaning.
Chart analysis would suggest a 50 percent retracement of commodity prices. Is $5 a bushel corn a realistic prospect this fall?
Phytase matrices are derived through the amalgamation of bone ash, growth and balance/digestibility studies using methods that can result in inappropriate safety margins that expose the user to potential risks in the field.
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Maize gluten protein can replace part of soybean meal in diets, but like all ingredients, it has its positive and negative aspects that require attention during feed formulation.
Now more than ever it is essential to know the source of your minerals to ensure feed safety.
Fumonisins are produced by Fusarium spp., which is a commonly occurring fungi responsible for the production of a broad range of mycotoxins.
Mycotoxins are one of the feed industry’s recurring problems that require attention beyond the level of using appropriate additives.
Understanding that soluble protein does not equal degraded protein is essential for maximizing the positive effects of formulations.
Dirty eggs remain a considerable problem, which can be partially avoided through nutritional intervention.
Finding the optimum energy density requires careful evaluation of costs.
Additives can no longer be considered without regarding cost as their impact depends largely on overall health status and general profitability.
Approaches to pig nutrition vary widely throughout the world. Asia and other regions should look at all practices before taking a course of action.
Research shows that it may be possible to overcome challenges and achieve eubiosis in vegetable-based feeds with a multi-enzyme system.
Fumonisins are present in many pig feed ingredients, but their effect on health and performance are only now being understood and appreciated.
Camelina oil can be an alternative, less expensive, source of omega-3 fatty acids that can be used to create ‘healthier’ pork meat for niche markets.
The benefits of feeding diets low in crude protein are examined in view of the recent increases in pig feed prices worldwide.
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