Information on global poultry, pig and animal feed markets.

Animal Nutrition Views

Ioannis Mavromichalis, Ph.D., gives his views on poultry, pig and dairy nutrition based on his experience as a nutrition consultant with clients around the world.

Animal feed additives in the matrix

Some feed additive suppliers are working hard to get matrix values for their products
If you are "the One,” then you can thrive outside the matrix, but if you are like any other good animal feed additive in the world, chances are your days are few if you do not enter the matrix.
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New developments in layer hen feeding

A new method has been proposed that adapts the normal behavior of the hen to the requirements of modern farming.
A single diet offered during the early hours of the light period with some source of calcium top-dresses during the afternoon is the standard feeding program for layers worldwide. A new method has been proposed that adapts the normal behavior of the hen to the requirements of modern farming.
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Animal feed product R&D are two separate operations

When product development is separated from product research, that's when the innovative ideas really start to flow.
In my later years of stay in Spain, I happened to be contracted as a consultant by a very good nutrition company who was blessed in having their own research farm of very high standards. Lamentably, what they had in abundance in research resources hey lacked in common sense.
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Quality versus cost: To feed, or not to feed?

When a good feed ingredient becomes too expensive, use less of it instead of changing to a cheaper alternative.
I have always been an advocate of high-quality piglet feeds. In fact, I abandoned my dreams for an academic career only because the then top piglet nutrition company offered me the position of nutritionist in the U.S.
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So many 'phyt-anicals' available, which one to pick?

Whether you call them phytogenics, plant secondary compounds or just botanicals — a walk around EuroTier revealed there are more than 20 now available.
This week I am attending EuroTier 2016, and what a great show it is. But, apart from the hullabaloo, dinners, hand shaking and old stories with friends, I am managing to do some work as well.
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Zinc, copper alternatives for broiler and pig diets

Other forms are available, and even more are being investigated or are under the process of being approved by regulation officials.
Zinc oxide is an old friend of pigs, but an enemy to the environment and toxic to broilers when used at pharmacological doses. Copper sulphate is an even older friend to both pigs and poultry, but still not the best thing to dump into the fields through manure when used at growth-promoting levels.
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EuroTier 2016 is right around the corner

EuroTier is a meeting place for livestock farmers who want to learn what solutions are available and what will be coming in the future.
In exactly two weeks from now on November 15, EuroTier 2016 will open its doors. And again, I will be there. Perhaps there are better shows than EuroTier, but I have yet to visit them.
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