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Cargill: sustainable feed, fish production worth the higher price tag for US consumers

A customer survey highlights the role for sustainable feed and fish production in the US marketplace, says Cargill Aqua Nutrition manager.

Using pre-gelatinized starch in aqua diets may boost tilapia growth, performance

Pre-gelatinized starch may offer a growth boost to fish and improve pellet characteristics, say researchers.

Dairy Australia: Farmers need forage variants with improved yield, nutrition and persistence

Plant breeding must remain a priority to develop and commercialize improved forage varieties for dairy farmers year-round, says Dairy Australia executive.

Sow nutrition: We ‘probably don’t know enough’, says scientist

More research must be done to understand the complex needs of breeding sows if lifespan and performance are to be improved, say a genetics and breeding expert. 

Environmental org calls for improving US feed production practices

Cover cropping, protecting soil health and improving waste nutrient management are among suggestions offered in a report that highlights the environmental effect of feed crop production in the US.

Feed, grain industry groups call for caution in NAFTA talks

Modernize NAFTA, but do not destroy it was the theme of several feed and grain industry members comments on the start of re-negotiations for the trade agreement.

Corn, wheat condition improve slightly while soy falls

Feed crop conditions remain behind last year’s quality scores, but corn saw slight improvement while soybeans fell, says USDA.

Canada offers new path for export grain testing

CFIA is set to offer grain and feed grain producers a new channel toward phytosanitary certification for product exports.

Purina partners with Performance Livestock Analytics, offers real-time feed metrics

Purina Animal Nutrition is offering automatic data capture and analysis to its beef producers through a partnership with Performance Livestock Analytics.

Earthworm meal and vermi-humus may boost broiler performance, gut health

Feeds with earthworm meal and vermi-humus may improve broiler feed efficiency, growth and gut health, say researchers.

DuPont subsidiary files patent for stable enzyme feed granules

Genencor International has developed feed granules to protect active ingredients from process and storage impacts, reducing costs and improving efficacy for manufacturers.

Grasping genetics: ‘Improved’ animals are like elite athletes or racing cars

Industry needs to better understand the genetic differences behind high performing, selectively bred animals when developing feed, say scientists. 

Trouw launches mycotoxin advisor to aid in complete feed design

US producers in dry regions may want to watch for mycotoxin presence, and feed mills may find benefit from rapid testing, say Trouw Nutrition experts.

AFIA, NGFA applaud FDA’s slowdown of regulatory inspections for FSMA preventive controls

The slowdown in regulatory review gives more time for the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to offer guidance to members, said the feed organizations.

USDA: Corn endings stocks drop as soybean, meal prices fall

Feed crop report brings smaller corn yield drops than expected, and a bleak picture for US spring wheat, says economist.

New bioreactor to speed production of microalgae for feed, fuel uses

A team of researchers have developed a faster way to generate microalgae on a biofilm with potential applications for feed.

UK poultry sector cuts antibiotic use by 50% in one year

UK poultry farmers not only halved antibiotic usage during the year to 2016 and eliminated the prophylactic use of antibiotics altogether, they did this as part of a 71% reduction...

Three-in-one probiotic offers interactive benefits for poultry

Poultry farmers wanting to boost productivity and safeguard animal health, while minimizing the use of antibiotics, will soon be able to access what its creator says is the most heavily-researched...

US grain and feed organizations talk priorities for trade agreements

Use of science-based risk assessments, reducing import delays and increased transparency are on the list of priorities for US feed and grain organizations seeking to offer input on upcoming trade...

US tilapia producer opens $5m aqua feed mill with focus on feed quality

Blue Ridge Aquaculture is integrating its production system with the opening of subsidiary Blue Ridge Aquafeed to generate the feed used for their fish production, says director.

Montana Specialty Mills starts work on $20m facility

Montana Specialty Mills is starting work on a new processing facility geared to provide non-GMO and organic feed ingredients, says company president.

Barley and corn silage may offer performance boost to young calves

Barley and corn silage in diets may offer pre-weaning production boost to calves, say researchers in study.

Rising feed promise? Grain-fed cattle sector hits record 40% in Australia

The number of beef cattle on feed in Australia has hit record levels and end product prices remain high, opening up lots of opportunity for feed makers, says a Rabobank...

Ridley CEO: ‘We’ll be looking to commercialize Novacq in the next 18 months’

Ridley Corporation has started harvesting trial batches of its bioactive feed Novacq on a large-scale in Thailand 

Corbion seeks microalgae platform in TerraVia bid

The acquisition of TerraVia would bring an algae platform along with research and production facilities to Corbion if approved, said executive.

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