The June issue of AllAboutFeed is now available online. Read about the use of dairy milk for piglets, the use of lysozyme as antimicrobial and how enzymes can save you money on the electricity bill in the feed mill.
Lysozyme, also known as muramidase, is a naturally occurring enzyme found in bodily secretions such as tears, saliva, and milk. It functions as an antimicrobial, which makes it an interesting compound to use in animal feed. Researchers from the Agricultural Research Service (party of the USDA) explain what it entails and what it can do for pigs.
Dairy milk for piglets
Piglets need high quality milk in their first days of life. In highly prolific sows, providing additional milk sources are needed to make sure all piglets get what they need. What makes milk replacers from dairy sources the right choice for piglets? Evi Croes from the company Nukamel explains the details on page 18 of this issue.
Energy saving in the mill
To make animal feed production more sustainable, power consumption during animal feed pelleting and release of the greenhouse gases raised must be reduced. In this article we explain how enzymes can help in reducing the amount of energy needed to make the pellets. The enzyme products tested by FôrTek, Centre for Feed Technology in Norway lowered the power consumption during pelleting. “It can be expected that the use of enzymes will in the future become even more widespread and that they will have compiled production targets as well as nutritional benefits”, explains the author of the article, Dejan Miladinovic from FôrTek. You can find the full article on page 10.
EU pathway to register botanicals
In this issue we also touch on the use of plant based feed additives and in particular the way they are registered today. Feed law expert Elinor McCartney explains a few examples of botanical preparations that achieved zootechnical approval. “Gaining such an EU approval is challenging but worthwhile”, she explains. Nowadays, most botanicals are listed as feed flavours, as this procedure is more simple than listing the additive as zootechnical additive. But going for the easy route may not always be the best. Read the whole article on page 22 of this issue.
New pet food column!
We are very happy with our new columnist for AllAboutFeed. Anton C. Beynen is affiliated with the R&D department of Vobra Special Petfoods in Veghel, the Netherlands and a well-known industry expert on pet food and health for many years. In his column for AllAboutFeed he sheds some light on recent and remarkable developments within the petfood industry. In this June edition, Anton will start his column with the topic of using grains in pet diets.
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