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First All About Feed edition of 2020 now online

In the 1st edition of All About Feed for 2020 we share information from the World Mycotoxin Forum. We visit Feed Lab Design in the Netherlands to learn about feed processing, and we consider Russia’s plans to rebuild the feed industry. Fermented feed also takes the spotlight.

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World Mycotoxin Forum focuses on Asia

Researchers shared their knowledge and experience of the mycotoxin situation in Asia at the 12th World Mycotoxin Forum held in Bangkok, Thailand.

Asian animal feed is affected by mycotoxins with as many as 92% of samples being contaminated. Researchers from around the world gathered to discuss this and other issues. Photo: Misset
Asian animal feed is affected by mycotoxins with as many as 92% of samples being contaminated. Researchers from around the world gathered to discuss this and other issues. Photo: Misset

Seeking alternatives to reduce antibiotics

With the move toward antibiotic reduction in agriculture, it is becoming increasingly important to promote gut health and target disease challenges in alternative ways. Maintaining good gut health will minimise disruption to production caused by diseases.

The key to good health is microbiome diversity. Photo: Mark Pasveer
The key to good health is microbiome diversity. Photo: Mark Pasveer

All About Feed learns all about feed processing

All About Feed participated in a 2-day feed processing course run by Feed Design Lab in the Netherlands. We took a tour and learnt all about weighing, dosing, grinding, mixing and storing.

The Feed Design Lab is a practical research and education centre in the Netherlands. It rents out a test plant and offers training. Photo: Marieke Ploegmakers
The Feed Design Lab is a practical research and education centre in the Netherlands. It rents out a test plant and offers training. Photo: Marieke Ploegmakers

Big plans to rebuild Russia’s feed industry

The Russian Agricultural Ministry recently presented a feed and feed additives development programme. “It is impossible to optimise output without modern feeding technologies, high quality feed and feed additives,” the Ministry said.

Russia aims to improve feed conversion ratio by 10 – 20% and to cut production costs by 12 – 15%. Photo: Kometos Group
Russia aims to improve feed conversion ratio by 10 – 20% and to cut production costs by 12 – 15%. Photo: Kometos Group

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Interview with Jan Druyts from Nukamel

All About Feed interviews the MD of Nukamel, producer of milk replacers in the Netherlands and Belgium. The company recently celebrated its 65th anniversary. We ask what changes have happened in the dairy sector, and what challenges the industry will face in the future.

“The European dairy market is a relatively stable environment,” says Mr Druyts, adding, “Cooperation is becoming more important.”
“The European dairy market is a relatively stable environment,” says Mr Druyts, adding, “Cooperation is becoming more important.”

An outlook on EU agriculture

The EU Agricultural Outlook 2019-2030 report presents the outlook for major EU agricultural markets and for agricultural income until 2030. Societal expectations and policies relating to health, origin, the environment and climate change, etc., will continue to shape agricultural markets. Furthermore, supply for feed will grow globally, creating opportunities for EU exports.

Societal expectations extend beyond affordability to issues such as health, origin, convenience, environment, climate change and animal welfare. Photo: Henk Riswick
Societal expectations extend beyond affordability to issues such as health, origin, convenience, environment, climate change and animal welfare. Photo: Henk Riswick

Broccoli for broilers

In this article we consider how broccoli can improve growth performance and meat quality while curbing the effects of harmful pathogens. As we seek alternatives to antibiotics, could broccoli be an option?

Broccoli is a nutritious vegetable rich in dietary fibres, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Photo: Jan Willem Schouten
Broccoli is a nutritious vegetable rich in dietary fibres, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Photo: Jan Willem Schouten

Fermented feed to help piglets through weaning

To assist piglets through the weaning period, fermented feed, which has a good amount of lactic acid, is a great option.

Lactic acid found in fermented feed helps to reduce the stomach’s acidity. Photo: Bert Jansen
Lactic acid found in fermented feed helps to reduce the stomach’s acidity. Photo: Bert Jansen

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