The Association of American Feed Control Officials' (AAFCO) Ingredient Definitions Committee (IDC) will hold a meeting to review the definitions of feed ingredients, published annually in the AAFCO "Official Publication." The committee will meet Friday, January 10 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. during the AAFCO Midyear Meeting in New Orleans.
The AAFCO IDC's agenda and accompanying materials are posted on the AAFCO IDC web portal.
In advance of the meeting, the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) is asking members to review the AAFCO IDC agenda items and provide the association with any feedback regarding an agenda item.
The AAFCO IDC will consider the following recommendations for new Tentative Definitions:
extension outreach appointment, Dr. Tom Overton, professor of dairy management
within Cornell University’s College of Agriculture, spends much of his time
working with NY dairies, their nutritionists and vets on issues related to
transition cow management. In his opinion, one of the areas of opportunity for
dairy farms can be found in the management of the pre-calving diet. With
his team, Overton is currently involved in a commercial research study involving
55 farms focused on the influence of particle size on dry cow diets. “We’re
finding that diets are quite sortable with large differences in particle size
distribution,” Overton explains. “[The industry] needs to do a better job in
terms of particle size to make [the rations] less sortable.” In a
total mixed ration, sorting is problematic because cows tend to favor the grain
component and therefor may not consume the necessary fiber and nutrients. In
this video, Overton discusses his team’s research involving pre-calving dairy
diets at the World Dairy Expo. The 2014 edition of
the World Dairy Expo, which was held in early October in Madison,
WI, drew more than
300,000 visitors from roughly 90 countries. The event featured 2,500 head of
dairy cattle and more than 250 exhibitors.
Can be used as substance for reduction of mycotoxin contamination of feed
Probiotics can be used as alternatives to antibiotics to improve intestinal balance
Well-maintained rumen environment, sufficient nutrient supplies are primary goals of a ruminant diet
Research shows dairy cows can benefit from balanced combination
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