Introducing the 9th edition of All About Feed for 2021

Introducing the 9th edition of All About Feed for 2021

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.

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NSPases: the key to unlocking nutrients

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.

Grains used in animal diets typically represent about 50% of non-starch polysaccharides (NSPs). Photo: Mark Pasveer
Grains used in animal diets typically represent about 50% of non-starch polysaccharides (NSPs). Photo: Mark Pasveer

Cassava peels: From waste to valuable livestock feed

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.

Making cassava peel mash is now a viable industry in Nigeria, as well as a source of employment. Photo: International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
Making cassava peel mash is now a viable industry in Nigeria, as well as a source of employment. Photo: International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

A plant-based approach to a healthy gut

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.

Plant-based feed additives have gained much attention in science and in practice due to their beneficial impacts on gut health. Photo: Ronald Hissink
Plant-based feed additives have gained much attention in science and in practice due to their beneficial impacts on gut health. Photo: Ronald Hissink

How to limit soy’s carbon impact?

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 soy may only comprise 10% of the ration of a typical pig finisher feed, it can contribute 50% of the carbon footprint. Photo: Bert Jansen
Although soy may only comprise 10% of the ration of a typical pig finisher feed, it can contribute 50% of the carbon footprint. Photo: Bert Jansen

Mixing grass seeds for maximum forage intake

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.

Using a mix of grass seed varieties can be beneficial. Photo: Chris McCullough
Using a mix of grass seed varieties can be beneficial. Photo: Chris McCullough

Unlocking the power of functional nutrition

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.

Research on farm animals has shown that increased energy in the diets of broilers fed with carvacrol, cinnamaldehyde and capsicum oleoresin led to improved productivity. Photo: Shutterstock
Research on farm animals has shown that increased energy in the diets of broilers fed with carvacrol, cinnamaldehyde and capsicum oleoresin led to improved productivity. Photo: Shutterstock

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The state of soybeans in 2021 and beyond

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?

Soybean imports from Brazil to China have surged by 2,000% since 2000, mostly to cater for the animal feed market. Photo: Shutterstock
Soybean imports from Brazil to China have surged by 2,000% since 2000, mostly to cater for the animal feed market. Photo: Shutterstock

Efficacy amprolium re-confirmed

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.

More pets boost Polish pet food market

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.

In Poland, if there is no pet in a house yet, statistically speaking, you will find one next door. Photo: Pixabay
In Poland, if there is no pet in a house yet, statistically speaking, you will find one next door. Photo: Pixabay

Reducing salmonella pressure: Insights from a meta-analysis

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.

The rise of smart livestock feeding

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?

To maximise nutrient utilisation, smart livestock feeding aims to determine available nutrients in feed ingredients to precisely meet the nutrient needs of an individual or group of animals in real time. Photo: Van Assendelft Fotografie
To maximise nutrient utilisation, smart livestock feeding aims to determine available nutrients in feed ingredients to precisely meet the nutrient needs of an individual or group of animals in real time. Photo: Van Assendelft Fotografie

Bile acids: a performance boost for shrimp

Bile acids are an essential nutrient in compound feed for crustaceans such as shrimp, which are unable to synthesise bile salts themselves.

Column: Inspired by Formula 1

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.

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Natalie Berkhout Freelance journalist