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La Encuesta Anual de Nutrición y Alimentación Avícola nos ofrece puntos de vista mixtos

Aunque va en aumento el uso de los aditivos, parecen presentarse sentimientos encontrados con respecto a ellos como sustitutos de antibióticos, particularmente en vista de las exigencias del consumidor.
Los participantes de la industria de alimentos balanceados avícolas continúan en la lucha por los altos costos de los granos, al mismo tiempo que siguen trabajando para aumentar las utilidades y cumplir con las exigencias del consumidor en cuanto al "no": no antibióticos, no hormonas y no subproductos de origen animal en los alimentos balanceados. Los resultados de la Encuesta de Nutrición y Alimentación de WATT de este año reflejan esos desafíos.
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2013 poultry nutrition survey offers mixed views

Although additive use is on the rise, there appears to be mixed feelings regarding additives as an antibiotic replacement, particularly in light of consumer demands.
Members of the poultry feed industry continue  to wrestle with high grain costs while simultaneously working to increase profits and meet consumer demands for “no”—no antibiotics, no hormones, and no animal byproducts in animal feed. The results of this year’s WATT Nutrition and Feed Survey reflect those challenges.
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What I learned in Atlanta: the sun is still shining

What I learned in Atlanta: the sun is still shining By Ken Jennison With so many factors influencing the animal feed industry right now—and agribusiness in general—as I boarded my plane at O’Hare and headed to Atlanta at the end of January, I really didn’t know what I was going to find
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Technology

Formulating on a real-time basis

In a digital leap forward, feed producers can now use cloud-based technology to increase their efficiency.
The first major step toward immediacy of feed formulation may have taken place with the introduction of the BESTMIX Formulation as a Service platform, offered by the Belgian company Adifo. If the platform is embraced by the feed industry, it most likely will become the new standard for feed production and service.
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FM OnSite

Bringing youth back to the farm

It's no secret that fewer young people are entering large-scale farming; the challenge now is to increase those numbers and help those already in the pipeline.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, over one-third of farmers in the United States are 65 and older, and 50 percent of current farmers are expected to retire within the next decade. Nationally, only five percent of principal farm operators are under the age of 35.
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Markets

Feed companies find success in difficult times

Although volatile commodity prices continue to vex the global feed market, some companies are nonetheless managing to push ahead.
Coping with commodity prices is by far the largest hurdle that feed producers are facing at the close of 2012, no matter where they are located. However, throughout the world a number of feed companies are choosing to look beyond current drought conditions and are using the time to expand operations through mergers, capital expenditures and other initiatives.
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Top companies

Special report: Top feed companies 2011-2012

While Asia continues to dominate the market in number of companies and production, several players in other parts of the world continue to increase their market share.
 The volatility of grain prices made the past year atumultuous one as feed producers worldwide worked to secure raw materials.  
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Industry report offers optimistic future for livestock, poultry feed

While admitting to some reservations and unknowns, AFIA President Joel Newman offers a generally positive view of the feed industry in a newly released report.
Joel G. Newman, president and CEO of the American Feed Industry Association, released the study Future Patterns of U.S. Feed Grains, Biofuels, and Livestock and Poultry Feeding at the July 17 Federation of Animal Science Societies Joint Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Ariz. The study was presented in tandem with Robert Wisner, retired university professor emeritus with the Department of Economics at Iowa State University.
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