In the 8th edition, All About Feed welcomes the new editor, Marieke Ploegmakers. We consider 3 important lessons to reduce antimicrobials in pigs, and look at dietary immunomodulation and how it directs immune cells in the body.
3 lessons to reduce antimicrobials in pigs
With mounting pressure to reduce or eliminate antimicrobials, some EU forerunners have achieved success without sacrificing productivity or performance. We explore how benchmarking optimised success, the importance of prevention and an integrated approach.
The full article can be read on page 10 of this edition.
It is necessary to reduce antimicrobials in swine production without compromising health and performance. Photo: Henk Riswick
Dietary immunomodulation directs immune cells
Activated immune cells can be sent through specific food components to a specific location in the body, like the upper respiratory tract or the skin. All About Feed covers current research that extends these findings and proves the hypothesis that immune cells can be directed towards certain organs or body parts.
The full article can be read on page 22.
Findings were recently published from the research project, ‘Nutrition-based gastro-intestinal health promotion in agricultural animal husbandry’. Photo: Dick van Doorn
Cows’ response to gossypol in cottonseed meal rations
Cottonseed meal, which is a valuable by-product of cotton, is used in animal feed due to its rich oil and protein properties. In addition, cottonseed meal provides a unique blend of energy and fibre compared with other feedstuffs. However, it also contains varying amounts of gossypol, a phenolic compound produced by pigment glands in cotton stems, leaves, seeds and flower buds, which limit its use.
Read the full article on page 20.
Gossypol affects calves fed on cotton-cake in any quantity. Photo: Wikimedia