In the 3rd edition of All About Feed for 2020 we zoom in on a bespoke feed management system in Ireland. We consider broccoli for broilers, herbal extracts to combat Newcastle Disease, and clover grass for pigs. As we look ahead at the challenges facing the agricultural sector, the science of genome editing is discussed with Senior Science Advisor for agricultural biotechnologies at FAS. We also consider yeast as a microbial for calves and give an update on liquid pig feed supplementation.
Irish agtech firm Cainthus has launched a new feed management system that uses a smart camera to observe, digitise and convert data into information, keeping the farmer informed in real time, 24/7. We chatted to CEO Aidan Connolly to learn more about this bespoke technology.
In terms of pig welfare and growth, as well as meat quality and taste, feeding experiments with organic pigs at Aarhus University in Denmark set out to determine the effect of replacing traditional protein – typically soya – with protein extracted from locally produced clover grass.
Feed is a critical aspect of successful raised-without-antibiotics production. In North America the challenges remain regarding antibiotic-free production, whereas in Canada, easing regulations allow the use of some ingredients already available internationally.
Essential oils have been shown to possess antioxidant properties. Similar properties have been identified in broccoli waste. In this article we look at the value of this green vegetable waste and determine if it can be equated to that of essential oils.
All About Feed speaks to Diane Wray-Cahen, senior science advisor for agricultural biotechnologies at the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). We discuss genome editing as a part of the solution to tackling climate change, animal diseases and more demanding consumers within the agricultural space.
The greatest proportion of morbidity and mortality in dairy production occurs among pre-weaned calves. There is a need to find alternative feed additives that can improve calf growth and health by modifying the resident GI microflora. Direct-fed microbials, or probiotics, may meet this need.
Herbal medicines are being used as immunomodulators to fight Newcastle Disease in poultry. In this article we look at a study that set out to determine if echinacea, liquorice and propolis are potential alternatives for conventional therapies.
Liquid feeding provides some benefits over dry feed in pig production, including the capacity for producers to make quick diet adjustments, and to more easily mix in new supplements. New products focus on gut and immune heath.
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