African swine fever remained a popular topic in March.


1. Top 10 largest animal feed manufacturers in Africa

The 10 largest animal feed manufacturers in Africa produced more than 7.8 million metric tons (mmt) of compound feed in 2017, according to WATTAgNet.com’s Top Feed Companies database.

 

2. US border agents seize 1 million pounds of pork from China

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents seized approximately 1 million pounds of pork products from China at the port in Newark, New Jersey, according to reports.

 

3. Study: African swine fever could spread in animal feed

New research out of Kansas State University has confirmed that animal feed contaminated with African swine fever (ASF) virus can sicken swine, prompting scientists and industry leaders to call for caution among feed producers and importers.

 

4. Major ASF outbreak in China would be a ‘nightmare’

As the pork sector and related industries have their eyes on the African swine fever (ASF) situation, it could be particularly catastrophic if the disease were to heavily hit in China.

 

5. Top 10 largest Middle Eastern animal feed manufacturers

The 10 largest animal feed manufacturers in the Middle East produced more than 15 million metric tons (mmt) of compound feed in 2017, according to WATTAgNet.com’s Top Feed Companies database.

 

6. Wayne Farms buys land adjacent to feed mill, hatchery

Wayne Farms has purchased a 125-acre parcel of land that is adjacent to its feed mill and hatchery near Dobson, North Carolina.

 

7. Evaluating early feeding for broilers is complicated

It has been suggested that early feeding of broiler chicks can increase growth rate, enhance development, improve chick welfare, increase hydration and reduce chick mortality, according to Ron Meijerhof, independent incubation specialist, Poultry Performance. 

 

8. 5 regulatory issues affecting feed mill managers in 2019

Several regulatory issues will affect feed mill managers throughout the remainder of 2019, according to Paul Davis, director of quality, animal food safety and education for the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA). 

 

9. Cargill could invest $1B in Latin America over 5 years

Cargill Inc. Chairman and CEO David MacLennan said the company could invest up to $1 billion in Latin America over the next five years, according to a Reuters report.

 

10. Structure, dose affect efficacy of plant extracts in animals

A joint approach between biology and chemistry is required to investigate the effects of plant extracts as potential replacements for antibiotics as growth promoters in animal feeds.