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Animal Feed Additives

DDGS

Examining the impact of low oil DDGS in feed

Ethanol plants are removing oil from DDGS products at an alarming rate. Is the resulting product still of value to feed producers?
Ethanol plants are removing oil from DDGS products at an alarming rate; is the resulting product still of value to feed producers? Research presented at the 16th Annual Distillers Grains Symposium in St. Louis, Mo., clearly showed that industry interest is focused on oil content in DDGS and the impact of lower oil content on nutritional value.
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Additives

Using enzymes in poultry feed to increase profits

While alternative ingredients are an economical option for feed producers, nutritive value can suffer in the process. Careful use of enzymes may offer a solution.
While alternative ingredients are an economical option for feed producers, nutritive value can suffer in the process. Careful use of enzymes may offer a solution.
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Antioxidants

Evaluating the importance of antioxidants in feed

The value of antioxidants is clear. What isn’t clear is which ones are needed and when.
Nature has ensured that animals receive a good amount of extra antioxidants daily through what they eat. The need for a great number of dedicated antioxidants is due to the fact that antioxidants are not interchangeable; this applies to those provided through feed ingredients.
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FDA must reconsider antibiotics in animal feed

Federal judge says agency has done little to address potential human risk
A federal judge has ordered the Food and Drug Administration to reconsider potential restrictions on antibiotics in animal feed, saying the agency has done very little to address potential threats to human health, according to reports. The judge questioned the FDA's arguments that it would be less costly and more efficient to ask the feed industry to voluntarily cut back on the use of such antibiotics, rather than go through the regulatory process of revoking the approval of such drug use on farms and at feed lots. 
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Germany supports zero-tolerance on unapproved GM content in food imports

Government says relaxing policy would damage customer rights
Germany will continue to support a zero-tolerance policy on allowing any unapproved genetically modified content into human food imports, according to German Farming and Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner. The country's government plans to oppose any move by the European Union to enact similar rules to those put in place regarding animal feed, which do allow trace amounts of unapproved genetically modified material in a bid to prevent import disruption when modified crops are introduced more quickly in other regions.
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Balchem suspends marketing of AminoShure-L 52% lysine

Lysine bioavailability lower than originally projected
Balchem Corporation has voluntarily decided to suspend the manufacturing and marketing of AminoShure-L (52% lysine), a highly concentrated, encapsulated source of lysine for dairy cow rations. Recent research indicates that the lysine bioavailability of AminoShure-L is lower than originally projected, and the company said it has determined that it does not meet internal standards. 
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European Food Safety Authority develops guidance for feed probiotic assessment

Document provides new methodology for distinguishing between safe, harmful strains of E. faecium
The European Food Safety Authority has developed guidance for the safety assessment of one of the most common probiotics used in animal feed, Enterococcus faecium. The guidance provides a new methodology for distinguishing between safe and potentially harmful strains of E. faecium in animal nutrition.
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Brazilian government prohibits two growth-promoting antimicrobials in feed

Government hopes ban will prevent the development of microbial resistance in humans
The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply in Brazil announced a ban on the use of antimicrobials spiramycin and erythromycin as growth promoters in livestock feed in its Instrução Normativa No. 14 published in the Diário Oficial da União — Brazil's equivalent to the U.S. Federal Register. The Working Group of the Department of Livestock Supplies Inspection in Brazil has been studying these and other feed additives since 2003.
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Poultry nutrition

Lowering poultry feed formulation costs with phytogenics

Formulating poultry diets with phytogenics can lower costs for feed producers without sacrificing feed performance.
For decades, broiler producers have tended to use high-density diets to feed their stocks and seek the highest possible profitability. But, with increasing feed prices, the entire production process is searching for alternatives to conventional feeding programs based on high-nutrient poultry diets to increase profitability.
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Cow feed

Increasing cow feed profitability with sugar

While humans are used to diets that contain concentrated sugar, it might be better if sugar was used in animal feed instead.
Sugar is a concentrated energy food that is not a vital nutrient for humans; but, few studies have been done to fully determine all of the implications of using sugar in an animal feed diet. The feeding of sugar to livestock is a new concept in animal feed technology (PGK John, 2006).  
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