In this edition of All About Feed we consider the EU Green Deal and its impact on the livestock feed sector. Meanwhile, a study evaluated the transmission of mycotoxins in the colostrum and milk from sows to their piglets, and new approaches may be needed to deal with soaring feed prices.
Improving nitrogen utilisation at dairy farms requires a comprehensive approach. Several measures can be taken to reduce ammonia emissions. Feed additives still play a limited role, but more independent research may change this view.
The EU’s Green Deal will affect all sectors of the EU economy, including farming and livestock feed. Directing the industry to produce diets with lower amounts of protein and phosphorus, and increase the use of local ingredients and sustainable alternative proteins.
Studies performed at Schothorst Feed Research set out to determine the risks of mycotoxins to animal health and performance under practical conditions. The transmission of ZEN, DON, and their derivatives as measured in the colostrum and milk from sows was evaluated.
Plant breeding is becoming an important tool in the fight against pests and diseases. Now, a gene in wheat can make the crop resistant to Septoria.
It is a huge challenge to cost-effectively produce meat and eggs based on nutritional and economic factors. Exogenous enzymes are an effective solution to optimise feed efficiency.
A number of feed innovations were launched during the 2021 online EuroTier event, including an automatic feeding system for sows, a new encapsulated feed ingredient from Germany, and a suckling piglet feeding system.
It is essential to conduct a full mycotoxin risk assessment as mycotoxins affect the health and performance of pigs. A holistic approach will help producers.
In the countries of the Eurasia Economic Union and Ukraine, new approaches may be needed to deal with soaring feed prices that have resulted in rampant food inflation.
Phytases are used to liberate phosphorous, which is bound as phytate, in raw materials. This reduces feeds cost as less inorganic phosphorous needs to be added to feed. Phytases, however, need to be well formulated in feed, or animal performance will be at risk.
Grasshoppers present a sustainable source of protein for the animal feed industry and, according to CEO of Hargol, these critters are nature’s most efficient protein source and the world’s most widely eaten insect.
Researchers in the Netherlands set up an experiment to determine the effect of scattering black soldier fly larvae in the litter of broilers.