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How nutrition affects hatchability in broiler breeders

Broiler weight, the right vitamin premix and feed intake levels all have the ability to increase egg hatchability.
Nutrition does affect the hatchability of eggs, especially in broiler breeders. This is because once an egg is laid, its ability to become a viable broiler chick is not guaranteed. Fertility can be influenced indirectly by nutrition, and even a fertile egg may fail to yield a viable chick if this egg is missing certain nutrients.
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Macroalgae in pig feed may improve performance

Pig feed research is showing that macroalgae promotes piglet nutrition, health and growth.
Macroalgae and pig nutrition and health are not well-known animal feed ingredients. Yet, algae can be valuable in piglet rearing on three different aspects: nutritional value, the functional value of its active principles and technological value.
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Replacing livestock antibiotics in feed

Industry discussions on effectively replacing livestock antibiotics are never ending as new feed additives keep appearing in the animal agribusiness market. Now that high animal feed prices are making it difficult to profitably raise pigs and poultry, many farmers are looking for ways to remove additives that do not have a strong performance record.
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Jules Tournut Probiotics Prize awarded at EuroTier 2012

Study shows use of bacterial storage compound as feed supplement improves growth rates in aquaculture
Peter de Schryver is this year’s recipient of the Jules Tournot Probiotics Prize. Awarded at trade show EuroTier, the prize recognized his work in evaluating a new microbial-based approach to improve aquaculture practices.
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12 ways calcium prevents cracked eggs

The following checklist verifies layers receive the calcium they need to maintain high levels of production and eggshell integrity.
The nutrient calcium is often associated with eggshell quality problems, which is not surprising considering eggshells contain 94 percent calcium carbonate. A single eggshell weighs about 5-6 grams and at least 2 grams are pure calcium. A marginal deficiency in calcium will first reduce and then cease ovulation to protect a hen’s bone integrity.
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DLG awards silver EuroTier innovation medal to AntaPhyt BLT

Product designed specifically for poultry industry
The DLG awarded one of EuroTier's 2012 silver innovation medals to Dr. Eckel GmbH for the new product AntaPhyt BLT, a combination of natural polyphenol-rich plant ingredients, essential oils and prebiotic active substances developed specifically for the poultry industry. Positive effects can be achieved on the development of unwanted pathogens, which means a reduction in the use of antibiotics, according to the product's developers. 
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US bill introduced to disclose antibiotics in animal feed

Bill would create reporting requirements for drugmakers, feed mills
A bill introduced by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) would create reporting requirements on antibiotics given to U.S. livestock, mandating disclosure from drugmakers and feed mills about the types, purposes and quantities of drugs used, according to reports. The bill comes at a time when the Food and Drug Administration is already under pressure to consider restrictions on antibiotics in animal feed. 
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International Feed Industry Federation, FEFANA partner on specialty feed ingredients

Organizations launch Specialty Feed Ingredients Sustainability project to measure role on environmental impact of livestock production
The International Feed Industry Federation and the EU Association of Specialty Feed Ingredients and their Mixtures, FEFANA, have launched the Specialty Feed Ingredients Sustainability project, designed to measure and establish the role of specialty feed ingredients on the environmental impact of livestock production. The project brings together a consortium of international companies and associations dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of livestock through innovative specialty feed ingredients. 
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European Food Safety Authority rejects study questioning Monsanto corn

Initial review finds design, reporting, analysis inadequate
The European Food Safety Authority has concluded that a recent paper raising concerns about the potential toxicity of Monsanto Co.'s genetically modified maize NK603 and of a herbicide containing glyphosate is of insufficient scientific quality to be considered as valid for risk assessment. The authority's initial review found that the design, reporting and analysis of the study, as outlined in the paper, are inadequate. 
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