Feed formulation: Set mycotoxins as “limiting nutrients”?

With recent advances in animal nutrition we gain more and more understanding of the bioavailability and the adverse effects of anti-nutritive factors such as trypsin-inhibitors, allergens, binding agents and toxins. So far we keep these unwanted factors as low as possible and conduct a kind of risk management by limiting the use of raw materials …

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Making DDGS and evaluating it correctly

The discussion about the value of co-products form fuel ethanol production never seems to end. Is it waste is it something special? The US Grain Council has published the 3rd Edition of the DDGS User Handbook with information on recent research and experience on DDGS use. This edition also includes several new chapters discussing low fat …

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Cattle on pasture to reverse desertification

With no doubt the accelerating process of desertification is amongst the biggest threats for agriculture around the globe. It goes hand in hand with the continuous decline of water quality and the rising costs of factor inputs to farming. Starting almost unnoticed in the form of slow but gradual soil degradation it leads to the …

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Good Practices for the Feed Industry

Anyone making animal feed should have this paper in the drawer and work with it regularly. For the first time ever, the feed industry has developed an international feed manual that focuses on the issues of feed and food safety. Joining together to make this happen are the International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) and the …

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Marketing Co-products

Just as for branding of beers the marketing activities for co-products must follow the same pattern: 1) understanding customers’ needs, 2) consistency 3) differentiation. Feed is now regarded as apart of the food chain. In consequence all suppliers to the feed industry must understand themselves as feed producers. Animal feeds are designed and calculated based …

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