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Livestock Feed Manufacturing

Manufacturing animal feed takes raw agricultural ingredients, such as corn, wheat, sorghum, forage, vitamins, additives and minerals and formulates them into a nutritious feed tailored for a production animal’s specific dietary needs. Find the latest articles, news and analysis on livestock feed manufacturing from the editors of Feed International and Feed Management magazines.

ARTICLES

How to combat wheat streak mosaic virus

Virus has caused losses of $76.8 million and 19.2 bushels of wheat this year
Wheat streak mosaic virus, which stunts growth in wheat crops and has been known to cause 100 percent crop mortality, has caused at least $76.8 million in direct losses to wheat farmers this year, and a loss of 19.2 bushels of wheat, according to one expert.
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Poultry

How broiler super pre-starter diets impact bird growth

By targeting the needs of the young chick, its performance can be improved, but the investment needs to make overall economic sense
The limited digestive capacity of broiler chicks post hatch demands easily digestible raw materials. A diet containing high-quality, functional ingredients provides a good nutritional start in life. However, there are varied opinions on the ability of a diet fed only for a few days to improve growth through to slaughter.
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How storage of specialty feeds affects protein quality

Specialty ingredients, especially for young animals, contain a great amount of protein that is not only expensive but also highly prone to deterioration when stored under unfavorable conditions.
Most specialty feeds, and particularly those designed for young animals, contain relatively high concentrations of sensitive ingredients.
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Chemistry of organic acids in antibiotic-free animal diets

There are a great number of available organic acids on the market, and understanding their chemistry is the only way to select the right one for each animal feed.
Despite the widespread use of organic acids, there is still a considerable gap in our knowledge that goes beyond the classic dose-response effect as these compounds require knowledge of basic chemistry before using them correctly.
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Ohio feed mill to close as result of FSMA costs

Centerra’s mill in Jefferson, Ohio, is too old and costly to upgrade, executive says
Centerra Co-op will close its animal feed mill in Jefferson, Ohio, because it would cost too much to bring it into compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
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Co-Alliance, Farmers Grain to build feed mill in Indiana

Joint venture will allow for expanded pork presence, vertical integration
Co-Alliance and Farmers Grain recently signed a letter of intent for a joint venture to build a state-of-the-art feed mill at the Farmers Grain facility in Columbia City, Indiana.
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