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Introducing the 5th 2020 edition of All About Feed

In the 5th 2020 edition of All About Feed, we interview FEFAC president Asbjørn Børsting to better understand the impact of Covid-19 on the EU feed industry. We also interview the CEO of Alltech, Dr Mark Lyons, who shares his thoughts on the future of agriculture. We highlight the importance of real-time data following the launch of All About Feed’s online feed additives price section, and we discover ways of controlling rancidity in poultry feed.

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All About Feed interviews FEFAC president

Asbjørn Børsting shares with All About Feed the impact of COVID-19 on the EU feed industry. Due to the establishment of the “green lanes” agreement, he says the EU has been able to avoid severe supply chain disruptions.

“I would like to highlight the important role that trade plays in ensuring that the European livestock farming sector can thrive and provide consumers with safe, sustainable and affordable foodstuffs of animal origin,” says FEFAC president Asbjørn Børsting. Photo: FEFAC
“I would like to highlight the important role that trade plays in ensuring that the European livestock farming sector can thrive and provide consumers with safe, sustainable and affordable foodstuffs of animal origin,” says FEFAC president Asbjørn Børsting. Photo: FEFAC

Mitigating viruses in pig feed

In 2014, it became known that viruses were being transmitted in feed. In this article we look at what has been discovered and awareness to action.

Because of the research into viral survival and transmission in feed, the world’s feed industry has become very aware of how viruses can survive in and be transported in feed ingredients. Photo: Ruben Keestra
Because of the research into viral survival and transmission in feed, the world’s feed industry has become very aware of how viruses can survive in and be transported in feed ingredients. Photo: Ruben Keestra

Using real-time market intelligence

Following the launch of All About Feed’s online feed additives price section, in collaboration with Glowlit, we caught up with Glowlit founder Guy Soreq to highlight the importance of real-time data.

Consolidation among producers has always been a major factor in price volatility in the feed industry, and final customers often respond by overstocking, says Guy Soreq, Glowlit founder. Photo: Glowlit
Consolidation among producers has always been a major factor in price volatility in the feed industry, and final customers often respond by overstocking, says Guy Soreq, Glowlit founder. Photo: Glowlit

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Rancidity of poultry feeds and ways of controlling it

Antioxidants added to poultry feed could prevent rancidity. In this article we explore the effect of rancid feed on bird performance, the use of antioxidants and recommendations.

Birds fed diets with rancid fats had low fertility and hatchability. Photo: Henk Riswick
Birds fed diets with rancid fats had low fertility and hatchability. Photo: Henk Riswick

All About Feed interviews Alltech CEO, Dr Mark Lyons

“There is so much to discover, millions of ideas to chase and apply and, last but not least, stories to tell which show that plants, animals and people can thrive,” says Dr Mark Lyons, CEO of Alltech, who shares his ever-evolving thoughts on the future of agriculture. In a time of worldwide disruption where many challenges exist, he sees opportunities.

Dr Mark Lyons: “With upcoming new technologies, improved farm management practices and the ingenuity of mankind, a world of abundance could be ours.” Photo: Alltech
Dr Mark Lyons: “With upcoming new technologies, improved farm management practices and the ingenuity of mankind, a world of abundance could be ours.” Photo: Alltech

Post-thermal application of feed additives

Thermal processing is a double-edged sword. Although there are positive outcomes, there are negatives ones, too, mainly on feed additives. Introducing an alternative design of feed processing line can protect heat-sensitive materials.

The output of pellets and the longevity of the die have increased using an alternative feed processing line. Photo: Shutterstock
The output of pellets and the longevity of the die have increased using an alternative feed processing line. Photo: Shutterstock

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Oyster mushroom: A diarrhoea remedy for piglets

Researchers at a university in China have found supplementing piglet diets with oyster mushrooms resulted in a better immune response and a healthy gut, contributing to a reduction in the incidence of diarrhoea.

The inclusion of oyster mushrooms in the piglets’ diets increased the overall performance of the piglets. Photo: Peter J.E. Reok
The inclusion of oyster mushrooms in the piglets’ diets increased the overall performance of the piglets. Photo: Peter J.E. Reok

Transforming the way we manage mycotoxin-related stress

Although we have made great strides in mycotoxin research, we have not yet quantified the true exposure of animals to mycotoxins. Let’s look further…

The cumulative impact of long-term exposure to multiple mycotoxins, even at a low level, may be completely different on the same farm in winter compared to summer. Photo: Peter J.E. Reok
The cumulative impact of long-term exposure to multiple mycotoxins, even at a low level, may be completely different on the same farm in winter compared to summer. Photo: Peter J.E. Reok

Interventions to better deal with IUGR piglets

As litter sizes increase, so does the chance of some piglets being born with intra-uterine growth retardation (IUGR). How is this phenomenon defined and what can be done to best treat these piglets?


  • Illustration of the characteristic domed or ‘dolphin-shaped’ head morphology in an IUGR piglet (right) in comparison with a normal piglet of the same birth weight. Photo: Dr Emma Baxter

    Illustration of the characteristic domed or ‘dolphin-shaped’ head morphology in an IUGR piglet (right) in comparison with a normal piglet of the same birth weight. Photo: Dr Emma Baxter

Column: Are online audits the future?

Columnist Johan den Hartog looks at the possibility of GMP+ FSA audits moving online.

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