Introducing the 5th All About Feed edition for 2021

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Introducing the 5th All About Feed edition for 2021

This latest edition of All About Feed provides an overview on some of the key factors to consider when including copper in feed. Also featured in this edition is a review of a study which reveals that providing live black soldier fly larvae to piglets could ease the weaning transition process. Then, a look at the history and current use of the feed additive ractopamine hydrochloride, and a summary of Russia’s path ahead to achieve self-sufficiency in quality fish feed.


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Black soldier fly larvae as edible enrichment for piglets

This article examines the findings of a study that provided live black soldier fly larvae (BSFL) to piglets. High in moisture, fat, and protein, BSFL could function as a transitory feed between milk and concentrate, allowing piglets to steadily get used to eating solid feed.

Small daily portions of live BSFL to piglets after weaning can benefit their behaviour while maintaining their performance. Photo: Shutterstock
Small daily portions of live BSFL to piglets after weaning can benefit their behaviour while maintaining their performance. Photo: Shutterstock

Highlights of the first Virtual All About Feed Forum

During the Virtual All About Feed Forum, several prominent industry experts shared their knowledge and insights on a range of subjects. Topics of discussion included a future sustainable food system, feed safety risks and animal nutrition in an antibiotic-free era.

Regiane Santos, a researcher at Schothorst Feed Research, discusses the transmission of mycotoxins from sow to piglet, with All About Feed editor, Marieke Ploegmakers.
Regiane Santos, a researcher at Schothorst Feed Research, discusses the transmission of mycotoxins from sow to piglet, with All About Feed editor, Marieke Ploegmakers.

Saving feed costs with fat utilisation

This article considers how feed producers can reduce feed costs whilst still enhancing feed production performance. A list of cost-reduction solutions from the perspectives of ingredient selection and formula optimisation are in focus.

To select feasible solutions, local feed ingredients and price fluctuations must be taken into consideration. Photo: Henk Riswick
To select feasible solutions, local feed ingredients and price fluctuations must be taken into consideration. Photo: Henk Riswick

Management strategies that can secure feed quality

Dr Edwin Chow, global scientific & technical manager at Adisseo Singapore, discusses the importance of a systematic approach to minimise the risk factors that impact feed quality and safety. This includes how to reduce the risks from the invisible threats of bacteria and mould growth, as well as chemical degradation by autoxidation.


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Copper as a nutrient, an anti-nutrient and antibacterial for poultry

The inclusion of copper as an essential nutrient in animal diets is a well-established practise. This article provides an overview on some of the key factors to consider with copper levels in feed, including how lower levels of copper are being considered as a means of reducing environmental pollution.

To reduce copper levels in manure, there needs to be an evaluation of copper bioavailability in the major feed ingredients, such as soy, wheat and maize. Photo: Shutterstock
To reduce copper levels in manure, there needs to be an evaluation of copper bioavailability in the major feed ingredients, such as soy, wheat and maize. Photo: Shutterstock

Efficacy of berberine against mycotoxins in broiler diets

A study, published in Poultry Science (2021) reveals that berberine, a plant alkaloid, improves broiler growth performance, liver function and gut function. It also concluded that berberine supplementation is a useful dietary strategy to prevent the effects of aflatoxicosis and ochratoxicosis.

Berberine supplementation improves the antioxidant status of broilers fed diets contaminated with aflatoxin and ochratoxin mycotoxins. Photo: Hans Prinsen
Berberine supplementation improves the antioxidant status of broilers fed diets contaminated with aflatoxin and ochratoxin mycotoxins. Photo: Hans Prinsen

Smart combination of additives alleviates the effects of weaning

New research has found that growth performance of weaned piglets can be significantly improved by smartly combining proven feed additives. A trial conducted in Denmark showed that a new innovative concept resulted in higher body weight and a significantly lower feed conversion ratio.

A smart combination of proven feed additives has clear zootechnical and economic advantages. Photo: Ronald Hissink
A smart combination of proven feed additives has clear zootechnical and economic advantages. Photo: Ronald Hissink

Gaining a better understanding of probiotics

In an interview with All About Feed, Marcelo Lang, global marketing director at Chr. Hansen, discusses the developed a self-learning programme to educate professionals in the animal protein industry on the different modes of action of probiotics.

Marcelo Lang says not all probiotics are the same. Strain matters! Photo: Chr. Hansen
Marcelo Lang says not all probiotics are the same. Strain matters! Photo: Chr. Hansen


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Probably the best-known feed additive in the world

Although the use of the feed additive ractopamine hydrochloride (RAC) is banned in many countries, Dr Thompson of the Michigan State University notes that its use in pig production can safely and reliably improve average daily gain and feed efficiency by 10-12% and can offer a US$9 return on a US$3 investment in less than a month.

Some expect that the US pork industry will keep pushing for the continued use of RAC as they believe it allows for cheaper lean pork production. Photo: Craig Lassig, Epa
Some expect that the US pork industry will keep pushing for the continued use of RAC as they believe it allows for cheaper lean pork production. Photo: Craig Lassig, Epa

Sourcing quality fish feed is a challenge for Russia

Whilst Russia is currently very dependent on fish feed imports, private investors are pumping billions of dollars into building new fish farms and quality aquafeed production capacity, which aims to see the country achieve self-sufficiency.

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The quality of fish feed is a matter of major concern in Russia.

Yeast hydrolysate improved growth and feed efficiency of Asian seabass

This article explores the positive results observed from 2 trials conducted in Thailand to investigate the effects of dietary inclusion of yeast hydrolysate on the growth performance in young Asian sea bass.

Feed training teaches all about mycotoxins

Schothorst Feed Research hosted the 10th Feeds and Nutrition course where All About Feed participated in the mycotoxin module. Researcher, Regiane Santos, covered climate change and its effect on mycotoxins, the regulation and sampling of feed, prevention and remediation, as well as the effects of mycotoxins on pigs and poultry.

A key topic of the programme was preventing mycotoxin contamination and mycotoxin decontamination. Photo: Misset

Mycotoxins in aquaculture: A mitigation approach in turbot

While aquaculture is the fastest-growing food production industry in the world, the need to replace fish meal with sustainable plant-based protein alternatives presents health risk challenges, which must be considered.

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Plant-based feed ingredients are often contaminated with mycotoxins, causing health risks.

Column: The robotic feedmill

Feed mill and machinery expert, Wayne Cooper, encourages us to look at a feed mill as a giant robot, gobbling up ingredients and spitting out animal feed. A modern, automated mill changes the way we should think about our operations and the people managing the mill, he says.

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Natalie Berkhout Freelance journalist