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Scientific advances, new technology and producer demands are shaping pig breeding research.
The nutrition of young, developing gilts has a tremendous impact on the lifetime performance of the sow.
Apart from simple formulation adjustments, certain feed additives help alleviate the negative effects of heat stress on growth performance in pigs and poultry.
Traditional forms of zinc and copper used for diarrhea treatment require replacement to avoid environmental accumulation as these minerals are not highly digestible.
Dietary protein remains a critical factor that affects growth, overall health, and the immune status of piglets during and after the time of weaning.
Mycotoxins are one of the feed industry’s recurring problems that require attention beyond the level of using appropriate additives.
Finding the optimum energy density requires careful evaluation of costs.
Additives can no longer be considered without regarding cost as their impact depends largely on overall health status and general profitability.
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A look at the current situation regarding livestock antibiotics in Europe and what is to come.
Approaches to pig nutrition vary widely throughout the world. Asia and other regions should look at all practices before taking a course of action.
Research shows that it may be possible to overcome challenges and achieve eubiosis in vegetable-based feeds with a multi-enzyme system.
Fumonisins are present in many pig feed ingredients, but their effect on health and performance are only now being understood and appreciated.
Minor legumes are an attractive proposition in times when soybean meal prices skyrocket, but these feed ingredients do not come without their own problems that restrict use in poultry and pig diets.
Camelina oil can be an alternative, less expensive, source of omega-3 fatty acids that can be used to create ‘healthier’ pork meat for niche markets.
The benefits of feeding diets low in crude protein are examined in view of the recent increases in pig feed prices worldwide.
Sunflower by-products are a viable alternative to soybean meal, especially in countries with a colder climate.
Inulin is an oligosaccharide that can be used as a functional fiber in diets for poultry and pigs.
Alternative simple sugar products can replace lactose in piglet diets, reducing feed cost without sacrificing growth performance and health status.
Several feed additives with direct and indirect modes of action can replace the effects of in-feed antibiotics used for growth promotion in poultry and pigs.
The FDA is moving forward to publish final guidance for new animal drugs and the Veterinary Feed Directive regulation, says the Center for Veterinary Medicine director
Barley is becoming used at higher levels due to scarcity of other cereals. Knowing more about it will help overcome its challenges.
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