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on March 7, 2018

Top 10 articles about the animal feed industry from February

Find out what you missed in feed news and blogs from last month

See what topics were the most popular in the animal feed industry in February.

1. Infographic: Top 7 animal feed-producing countries of 2017

In its 2018 Global Feed Survey, Alltech reported that global animal feed volumes reached 1.07 billion metric tons, up 2.57 percent from the previous year.


2. First feed of day-old chicks is key to bird performance

Incubation of chicks has not changed, as the rest of the poultry industry has done: “It is basically the same as in 1957,” said Dr. Peter R. Ferket of NC State University during his presentation, “Early feeding: a key element in antibiotic-free production” at HatchTech’s event at the 2018 International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE).


3. BASF making headway on rebuilding citral plant

BASF has updated the status of its rebuilding process after a fire, which occurred October 31, 2017, at BASF’s citral plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Consequently, the company had to shut down the plant for its citral- and isoprenol-based aroma ingredients.


4. BLOG: What’s your antibiotic replacement strategy?

In the March issue of Feed Strategy magazine, WATT’s annual 2018 Poultry Nutrition & Feed Survey revealed that 43 percent of respondents report that antibiotic restrictions pose the greatest challenge to their operation’s formulation program and/or feed costs.


5. Enterra OK’d to sell insects for animal feed in US, EU, Canada

Enterra Feed Corp. has received new approvals to sell its insect-based feed ingredients in the United States, Canada and the European Union.


6. 6 alternative protein sources to soybean meal

Soybean meal, containing 44 percent crude protein, remains the most common protein source for all compound feeds for pigs, poultry and dairy cattle, worldwide.


7. Insect proteins inch toward approval for EU animal feed

The European Commission is looking to authorize the use of insect proteins in feed for poultry — and perhaps pigs — in 2019, announced Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, at the first International Conference on insects for feed and food, organized by the International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF).


8. Non-GMO feed a growing factor for meat, dairy consumers

The “non-GMO” label is no longer something that some consumers seek for only plant-based products. That label is now also being sought for animal-based products such as meat, poultry and dairy foods.


9. Infographic: Biomin’s World Mycotoxin Survey 2017

Biomin conducted 73,692 analyses on 18,757 finished feed and raw commodity samples from 72 countries for its World Mycotoxin Survey 2017.


10. BLOG: The more, the better — not always true in animal nutrition

A personal story and a reminder to ask your nutritionist to keep evaluating your animals’ diets and formulas.

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