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Information on global poultry, pig and animal feed markets.

Mike Varley

Dr. Mike Varley is Research & Technical Manager for Provimi company SCA NuTec, based in the UK.

ARTICLES

Nutrition

Piglet feed business in China growing

China is adopting Western technology for feeding young pigs, but despite recent advances further improvement is needed.
Today there is great opportunity for international companies willing to engage in the right way with Chinese counterparts, in the business of piglet feeds. The Chinese businesses need expertise, new product ideas, and technology to move their pig market along. Perhaps, knowledge transfer is currently the most valuable commodity in agriculture! 
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Nutrition

Application of additives in pig feeds

Additives can no longer be considered without regarding cost as their impact depends largely on overall health status and general profitability.
Feed costs are currently a major burden to pig producers all around the world. Maize, wheat, rice, soy beans, and other protein crops all command very high prices and this situation seems set to continue. 
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The global question: Which pig nutrition program is right?

Approaches to pig nutrition vary widely throughout the world. Asia and other regions should look at all practices before taking a course of action.
When it comes to pig nutrition, we all understand that feed represents about 60-70 percent of costs of production in the production of pigs. With the present position around the world for feed commodities and raw materials in general, this is probably higher in many countries now with no end to the pressure in sight.
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Water acidification: An alternative to zinc oxide

Organic acids added to the drinking water can combine with feed acidifiers to maintain health and growth after European laws remove zinc oxide from piglet feeds.
Organic acids added to the drinking water can combine with feed acidifiers to maintain health and growth after European laws remove zinc oxide from piglet feeds.
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