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Canada company researching antibiotics replacements in animal feed

Prairie Plant Systems currently focusing on mustard seeds' health-boosting properties
Canadian biotechnology company Prairie Plant Systems Inc. is researching new technologies with the potential to replace antibiotics in animal feed, focusing on the health properties of plants such as mustard seeds, according to reports. The first step in the company's goal, said CEO Brent Zettl, is to develop feed supplements that will stimulate an animal's immune system to resist infection. 
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Europe feed makers, farmers struggling with high grain costs

Time to pass costs on to consumers, say farmers
European animal feed makers are saying they have limited options when it comes to making substitutes to cope with rising global grain costs, and farmers dealing with increased feed costs say they may be forced to reduce their herds as meat prices fail to keep pace, according to reports. Global corn and wheat prices rose 50 percent and soybeans roughly 20 percent in the six weeks to the end of July as the U.S. entered a drought that continues to present challenges. 
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Global feed additives market to reach $17.5 billion in 2018

Asia Pacific to hold lead revenue position
The global animal feed additives market was worth US$13.5 billion in 2011 and is expected to reach US$17.5 billion in 2018, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 3.8 percent from 2011 to 2018, according to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research. In the overall global market, Asia Pacific is expected to maintain its lead position in terms of revenue till 2018. 
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Fungus grown on ethanol leftovers could make good animal feed

Researchers study possible alternative to corn, soybean meal
A high-protein fungus grown in the leftovers of ethanol production could be dried and used as a substitute for corn or soybean meal in chicken and pig feed, according to researchers at Iowa State University. During the feeding trials, which focused on nursery chickens and pigs, researchers found that pig performance wasn’t impacted when dried fungi were substituted for corn or soybean meal, said Nicholas Gabler, an assistant professor of animal science. 
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Uganda university makes new animal feed

Product increases milk production by 30 percent, according to results
Uganda's Makerere University has created an animal feed that increases milk production in dairy cattle by 30 percent consistent intake, according to reports. The milk booster feed was developed from research funded by the World Bank Millennium Science Initiative through the government of Uganda and coordinated by the National Council for Higher Education. 
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US government reviewing ethanol policy in wake of calls for changes

Ethanol production already down, some industries calling for suspension of mandate
The U.S. government is reviewing the country's ethanol policy in the wake of numerous calls for a suspension of the existing mandate due to the continued drought, which has lowered predicted corn yields and raised prices. Ethanol production was 817,000 barrels a day the week of Aug. 5, down 15 percent from a record in December 2011. 
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Dutch seize illegal antibiotics used in animal feed

Virginiamycin likely meant to be added as growth promoter
Dutch authorities seized 1,000 kilograms (2,205 pounds) of virginiamycin, an antibiotic that has been banned for use in animal feed by the European Union and was likely meant to be added as a growth promoter, according to the Netherlands' food safety authority. The cargo was found during a search of a transhipment company in the southern Netherlands. 
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Educating the public about feed production and sustainability

It seems everyone is talking about sustainability these days, but a lack of knowledge by those outside of the industry is often muddling up the conversation.
 These days, feed manufacturers are increasingly finding themselves defending their industry in the midst of heated discussions about sustainability and how best to feed the world. Although it is not always easy to find the right words to explain the complex feed industry to the lay person, here are five points to remember next time someone complains about environmental degradation caused by the livestock and feed manufacturing industries.  
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Identifying low-cost, high-quality piglet feeds

Even with rising ingredient costs, it still may be possible to reduce feed cost without resorting to low-quality raw materials.
When feed ingredient prices shoot up, discussions on revising commercial piglet feeds flare up in meeting rooms at most nutrition suppliers’ headquarters. Even with rising ingredient costs, it still may be possible to reduce feed cost without resorting to low-quality raw materials.
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Land O'Lakes Purina Feed announces poultry feed recall

Voluntary recall covers products due to lack of added vitamin D
Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC has initiated a voluntary recall of certain varieties of poultry feed products due to the lack of added vitamin D in these products. To date, there have been no reported animal illnesses involving the products being recalled.  
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