In this 9th edition, All About Feed explores the state of soybean production in 2021 and beyond, and also investigates how to reduce the carbon impact of soy in animal feed. Meanwhile, smart livestock feeding is on the rise – how does this optimise diets, welfare and profits? Also, a look at how bio-functional feed could improve the health, productivity and sustainability of animal production.
Animals need fibre, but a sufficient quantity of appropriate enzymes (NSPases) is required to target fibres to unlock nutrients and optimise digestion for successful animal performance.
About 178 mmt of cassava, a major crop in sub-Saharan Africa, is produced annually. Nigeria is the largest producer, harvesting about 59 mmt annually (20% of global production), resulting in about 15 million tonnes of wet peels. These peels can be transformed into nutritious animal feed.
Plant-based isoquinoline alkaloids are said to support intestinal gut health and integrity, and, according to recent studies, can help broilers cope better with challenging conditions, including heat stress.
About 60% of the carbon footprint of pork production comes from feed, the single biggest ingredient of which is soybean meal. This article looks at Sustainable Soy Certificates and their importance in this regard.
Although fresh grass is the cheapest form of feed needed for cows to produce quality milk, cows can be picky eaters. This article highlights the importance of selecting the right grass seed varieties and mixes.
The gut and the digestive process that happen inside it have a significant impact on the endocrine, circulatory, muscle, nervous and immune systems. Using bio-functional feed could improve the health, productivity and sustainability of animal production.
While soybeans are crucial to sustain the current (growing) human population, this crop is increasingly in the spotlight due to sustainability concerns. What does soybean production for livestock feed in South America and beyond look like?
Coccidiosis, which is caused by an intestinal parasite, remains a significant disease in poultry. The use of coccidiostats mixed into feed can target this disease. Amprolium hydrochloride is a synthetic coccidiostat that does not possess any antibacterial activity, making it suitable for antibiotic-free production systems.
Some 14 million dogs and cats live in Poland. The local pet food market is, however, relatively immature. Ready-made pet food sales increased during the Covid-19 pandemic and now local producers are being encouraged to compete with international giants.
As traditional solutions to control salmonella are being phased out, a customised feed-farm-health approach has become necessary to keep this pathogen under control.
What exactly is smart livestock feeding, and why is it believed to be the way forward for farmers who wish to optimise diets, welfare, and costs?
Bile acids are an essential nutrient in compound feed for crustaceans such as shrimp, which are unable to synthesise bile salts themselves.
Process technologist at Feed Design Lab, Eric Vissers, asks if operators are trained and ready to work with the new sensor-equipped machinery in a feed mill.