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Animal Feed Additives

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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Calf nutrition

Improving veal calf growth with soluble fibers

Supplementing veal calves’ diet with short-chain fructo-oligosaccharides can potentially offer benefits to both feed producers and breeders.
A number of tests have been conducted regarding short-chain fructo-oligosaccharides over the past 20 years, and the conclusion is clear: dietary supplements of short-chain fructo-oligosaccharides for calves result in higher performance. This information, if implemented, could result in substantial economic benefits for both feed manufacturers and breeders.
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Global feed additives market worth $19.5 billion by 2017

Driving market factors include industrialization, global demand, consumption
The global animal feed additives market in terms of revenue was estimated to be worth around $15.6 billion in 2011, and is expected to reach $19.5 billion by 2017, according to the latest Markets and Markets report. Growing at the compound annual growth rate of 3.8 percent from 2012 to 2017, leading manufacturers are focused on expansion of the business across regions and setting up new plants for increasing production capacity as well as product lines. 
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Anpario reports half-year financial results

Company adds Meriden acquisition to profits
Anpario plc has reported an operating profit of £881,000 from January through June 2012, down from 2011's £971,000. Profits included those of Meriden Animal Health, which was acquired in March. 
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Animal nutrition specialist Olmix researching algae for pig gut health

News part of larger presentation at SPACE 2012
French animal nutrition specialist Olmix is conducting further research and development into the use of algae to help improve the gut health of pigs, and it expects to have new products available for producers within a year or two, said the company's European business development manager, Olivier Biannic, at SPACE 2012 in Rennes, France, on September 13. The company, which is already seeing success with its algae-based products for pigs, saw greater potential for further development of the beneficial effects of algae on pig health and productivity, said Biannic to Pig International. 
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AB Agri researches insect-derived poultry, pig feed protein options

Project aims to help replace soybean meal, fishmeal
A project focusing on using insect-derived feed protein as a replacement for expensive soybean meal and fishmeal in poultry and pig diets is being spearheaded by the parent company of British poultry and pig compound feed manufacturer ABN, AB Agri. The project involves entomologists, biochemists and nutritionists, combining the expertise within ABN with that of scientists at the Food and Environment Research Agency. 
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Lallemand, Bionov partner on swine animal feed project

Research aims to reduce antibiotics in pigs, other animals
An animal feed project aimed at reducing antibiotic use in swine, as well as poultry and aquatic species, is being spearheaded by Lallemand Animal Nutrition and Bionov and has won the support of the French government, which is providing the companies with a grant of €2.9 million to assist with further development. The collaborative project, Melofeed, focuses on the development and marketing of animal feed ingredients extracted from melons and was officially unveiled at SPACE 2012 on September 12. 
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