A tie-up between UK animal health and nutrition firms, academics and tech experts will see a wealth of knowledge in digital technologies, pig nutrition and disease being applied to help producers improve the health of their pig herd and production efficiency,...
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.
Nutreco says the offer process from SHV is “on track” with the investment firm saying it will publish its offer memorandum on its intended acquisition of all the animal nutrition company’s shares at the start of next month.
This week has seen shareholders in Nutreco such as Dutch pension group, APG, call on the Dutch fish and animal feed manufacturer to open its books to Cargill and Permira, the potential contenders to a €3 billion ($3.7bn) acquisition bid by SHV Holdings.
The need to minimize water pollution, enhance biodiversity and exploit food waste for feed use are seen as critical by respondents to an FAO global survey, run as part of a project to develop more sustainable animal feed production and use.
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.
A bidding war is underway for Nutreco after SHV raised its offer to €44.50 ($54.87) a share in response to acquisition interest shown from Cargill, which is keen to take on the Dutch group’s fish feed division.
New research suggests that the addition of small amounts of calcium oxide to neutralize the acidity of distiller grains could enable this corn alternative to be used at higher levels in livestock feed mixes.
Researchers at Teagasc have come up with some pragmatic solutions to the issue of maintaining growth in pigs weaned from large litters, including amino acid supplementation for sows and increasing weaning age to four weeks.