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Animal Feed Additives

Sow feed efficiency drives economics on operations

Changes in ration formulations, management can have financial impact
Economics on sow operations are driven by feed efficiency, especially during times of high-priced inputs, according to Dan McManus, DVM, swine nutrition specialist for Land O'Lakes Purina Feed LLC. As input costs continue to rise, small changes in ration formulations and management can have financial impacts. 
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FEFANA, European Probiotics Association partner to promote probiotics

Joint group to work on communication development, website in the works
The EU Association of Specialty Feed Ingredients and their Mixtures, FEFANA, and the European Probiotics Association have established a cooperation agreement to collaborate for the promotion of probiotics for animal nutrition. The two associations have joined forces with the aim to generate, develop and share their know-how and information on probiotics with feed chain stakeholders.
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Sick pigs may benefit from soybean meal in feed

Research suggests better weight gain, lower temperatures during illness
Adding soybean meal to pig feed may offer advantages compared to synthetic amino acids when dealing with disease, according to research conducted by the University of Illinois and funded by the Illinois soybean checkoff. The study was designed to investigate industry observations that pigs eating soybean meal instead of crystalline amino acids responded better when sick. 
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National Institute for Animal Agriculture hosting antimicrobial symposium

'A one health approach to antimicrobial use and resistance: a dialogue for a common purpose'
The National Institute for Animal Agriculture will hold its second national symposium on antibiotic use in food animals, “A One Health Approach to Antimicrobial Use and Resistance: A Dialogue for a Common Purpose,” on Nov. 13 through 15 in Columbus, Ohio. “There is a need for sharing of relevant, scientific information and ongoing dialogue among experts within animal agriculture and those within public health,” said symposium co-chair Leah C. Dorman, DVM, director of food programs at the Center for Food and Animal Issues, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. 
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Enzyme supplements in pig feed may enhance feed conversion

Adisseo publishes results of study in Brazil
Adding an enzyme supplement to a pig's corn-based diet may improve average daily gain, feed conversion and carcass quality, according to a study conducted by Adisseo. The company ran a Brazil study on pigs aged between 49 and 144 days, adding its own multi enzymatic product Rovabio Max to the pigs' feed.
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Chr. Hansen sees 10 percent growth in 2011–2012

Company revises outlook up for remainder of year
Chr. Hansen has reported 10 percent organic growth in the first nine months of 2011–2012, as well as a 19 percent increase in EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes), according to the company's latest outlook. Revenue for the first nine months of 2011–2012 was €514 million, up 8 percent compared to the same time in 2010–2011, and EBIT was €135 million.
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Novozymes loses patent for animal feed enzyme

European Patent Office rules in favor of Danisco
The Technical Board of Appeal at the European Patent Office revoked Novozymes’ animal feed enzyme patent, European Patent 1,804,592 (EP '592), in its entirety throughout Europe on June 29. The revocation restores the ability of Danisco to engage in commercial activities in Europe. 
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Codex Commission adopts global ractopamine standards

Acceptable daily intake, maximum residue levels for pigs and cattle given
The Codex Alimentarius Commission has adopted global food safety standards for animal feed ingredient ractopamine hydrochloride, setting out an Acceptable Daily Intake and Maximum Residue Levels for pig and cattle muscle, fat, liver and kidney. Codex global food safety standards are designed to ensure that public health is protected and to facilitate the fair trade of safe food products by providing international food safety reference points for all countries, according to Codex. 
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China drops antidumping investigation against US distillers grains

Probe launched in December 2010
China has decided to drop its antidumping investigation against imports of U.S. distillers dried grains with solubles, DDGS, according to the Asian country's Ministry of Commerce. The investigation was launched in December 2010 at the request of domestic producers Cofco Biochemical (Anhui) Co., Jilin Fuel Alcohol Co., Meihekou Fukang Alcohol Co. and Jilin New Tianlong Wine Industry Co.
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Nutrition company Biomin acquires German feed additive company

Move will expand market reach, growth
Animal nutrition company Biomin has acquired Germany-based phytogenic feed additive and feed flavorings company Micro-Plus, a move that will add to Biomin's expansion in the growth promotion and feed flavoring markets, according to the company. Biomin also hopes to strengthen its access to those markets while allowing for an extended technical support to customers worldwide. 
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