Next generation probiotic research is focused on the use of indicators such as blood biomarkers to show the efficacy of the microorganisms in terms of immunology and gastrointestinal tract functionality, says a R&D specialist.
At EuroTier 2014 we heard about the latest research findings in poultry nutrition, a new ingredient for lactating sows that benefits piglets and the feeding strategies Danish piglet producers use in the absence of antibiotics.
Feed is the single largest expense item in aquaculture so EuroTier 2014 saw active debate on the future of aqua feed formulation with experts discussing the benefits of both plant based and processed animal derived proteins as fish meal alternatives.
The feed industry and livestock producers are recognising the importance of feeding their animals an optimum nutrient supply in the first few weeks of life in order to get productivity gains throughout that animal’s lifetime.
The mycotoxins, DON and FUM, were found in over 50% of feed grains samples analyzed by Biomin in its latest survey of the prevalence of mycotoxins in cereals globally, with piglets at risk from the levels of DON concentrates found.