Writing a chapter on lactose for my forthcoming book and talking with a feed manufacturer in Canada regarding the maximum levels of lactose in piglet diets reminded me that lactose remains an inconclusive subject for most nutrition professionals.
Although in theory it is interesting to read about the technical aspects of a commercial product or service — albeit such interest is shared mostly among competitors and current users — it turns out readers remain indifferent. In other words, not many want to read in the form of an advertorial article what they already have seen in numerous marketing materials freely available throughout the Internet, or handed out at conferences, meetings, sales visits and such other promotional events.
As a field nutritionist, consulting worldwide, I had created a "picture" regarding the risk of cereal mycotoxin contamination: National cereals are easier to assess, whereas imported cereals come with a greater risk.
Have you noticed the recent acquisitions of nutrition companies (mainly vitamin and trace mineral premix suppliers) by certain feed additives manufacturers? The examples are still few, but the names cannot escape attention. Certainly, this trend will continue.
The role of immunity has revolutionized the way we think about animal nutrition. Indeed, there is sufficient data to support contrasting nutrition programs based on immunity, mostly thanks to pioneering work conducted at land-grant universities in California (poultry) and Iowa (pigs) in U.S.