Feed formulation remains 10 percent science and 90 percent experience, not because there is no sufficient scientific background to support this exercise of balance, but rather because it remains a job learned after college.
While visiting EuroTier 2016 last November, I had several discussions that involved minerals in animal feeds: the likes of copper, zinc, manganese, phosphorus and calcium. Regardless of the purpose of the discussion or the mineral in question, I often encountered a misconception.
Gut health and sleep may be more interconnected than previously thought. The connection may offer poultry producers a further technique as they seek to better manage flocks as antibiotic restrictions become ever-tighter.