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New All About Feed now available online

The new issue of All About Feed magazine (issue 9) focuses on calf nutrition and mycotoxins. We also delve into the importance of claw health for sows and how nutrition can help.

Over 84% of the sows suffer from one or more claw lesions, while 10-15% of the western European sows suffer from lameness2. Group housing of sows can have a negative influence on claw health. When claw problems can be prevented or cured, fertility and performance of sows can improve and culling rates can be reduced. The use of the new generation high bioavailable zinc, copper and selenium sources can be a suitable tool to improve claw health. Author Irene Eising explains the results from these trials in this article.

Sows with claw problems will give birth to fewer litters before culling and the litters are smaller with fewer live born piglets. Photo: Van Assendelft Fotografie
Sows with claw problems will give birth to fewer litters before culling and the litters are smaller with fewer live born piglets. Photo: Van Assendelft Fotografie

The mycotoxin focus in this issue focuses on poultry. A study was conducted by the Samitec Institute of Analytical Microbiological and technological solutions (Brazil) in May 2016 in order to measure the effect of three mycotoxins (fumonisin, T-2/HT-2 toxins and aflatoxin) on broilers health and performance and to evaluate the efficacy of a mycotoxin binder* to mitigate the effects of these mycotoxins. It was shown that the mycotoxin binder tested improved the birds’ feed consumption and thus the final body weight.

Mycotoxins can lead to losses in performance, more diseases and reduced reproductive performance. Photo: Bertil van Beek
Mycotoxins can lead to losses in performance, more diseases and reduced reproductive performance. Photo: Bertil van Beek

All About Feed editor Emmy Koeleman visited the ruminant event from Trouw Nutrition, held in the Netherlands. Trouw Nutrition (part of Nutreco) has been conducting dedicated research in dairy cattle for many years and developed a concept for optimum dairy heifer management (LifeStart). Insights about this concept and the associated research done at their calf and beef research centre in the Netherlands (opened in 2016) were discussed at a recent symposium themed - Breaking down barriers: dairy heifer development beyond weaning growth. The review of this event can be read in the latest issue of All About Feed.

Also in this issue:

• Reducing oxidative stress from mycotoxins

• Mycotoxin biomarkers: Ready for the field?

• Interview with Alastair Thomas from DuPont

• Review enzyme event from DSM

• Reducing antibiotics: A chain approach

One comment

  • Doug Kaufmann

    THANK YOU! Why is it that seemingly no one is doing this exact work in the human world? We now know that increased consumption of alcohol (the mycotoxin of saccharomyces cerevisiae) induces 7 different cancers, while increased intake of penicillin (the mycotoxin produced by Penicillium), "significantly" increases the risk of lung, colorectal, Non-Hodgkins lymphoma, breast and prostate....yet we remain hushed about these facts. Your work is carving the way for oncologists.....well done! Doug

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