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Animal Feed Additives

China reduced ethanol growth means increased distiller's grain imports

Country's plan to slow production of grain-based ethanol will result in smaller supplies of dried distiller's grain, says U.S. Grains Council
China's five-year plan to reduce its domestic production of grain-based ethanol will result in tighter supplies of dried distiller's grain for animal feed and an increased demand for imports of the byproduct through 2016, according to the U.S. Grains Council. Imports of dried distiller's grains from the U.S. to China may rise to 6 million metric tons in the next four years, almost double the 3.1 million metric tons imported in the 2009-2010 marketing year. 
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Taiwan expresses concerns over ractopamine in US meat imports

Opponents call for alternatives, government intervention
Taiwan academics, civic groups and representatives of various meat organizations are expressing concerns over the presence of the feed additive ractopamine in U.S. meat imports, according to reports, saying the government should be cautious about allowing products containing the drug. At a public hearing, opponents said the use of ractopamine would bring additional and unnecessary risk to food safety, and that more tests need to be conducted. 
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Feed safety

Producing secure feed in 2012 and beyond

Founded in the midst of the mad cow disease crisis that shook Europe in the early part of the 21st century, a decade later Alifel Feed shows there is still value in maintaining secure production.
The Alifel feed plant produced its first commercial ton on January 25, 2002, and was conceived and built during what the French used to call “the second BSE (Bovine spongiform encephalopathy) crisis.” In general, the early 2000s was an overwhelming period for food security and bans – the big “food fears” period. It was really a “no” period – no raw material from animals, no Salmonella and no antibiotics as feed additives.
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Novus partners with biotechnology company to develop enzyme

Novus, Verenium product will help producers get the most out of their rations
Novus International Inc. and Verenium Corp., an industrial biotechnology company that develops enzymes, announced at the 2012 International Poultry Expo the selection of a next‐generation phytase as the first enzyme candidate for commercialization from the two companies’ collaboration. The phytase enzyme being developed will help nutritionists and producers feed more efficiently and get the most out of their rations, according to the companies. 
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Algae may provide protein in poultry, pig feed

Researchers testing material as possible supplement, replacement for corn and soybean meal
Marine algae may serve as a viable protein-rich supplement to animal feed for poultry and pigs, according to researchers at Cornell University who are studying the material as a possible additive or replacement for corn and soybean meal. The goal is to transform a biofuel byproduct into a commodity, which could free up thousands of acres of cropland, say the researchers. 
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Danisco loses bid to delay animal feed patent trial

Company in court battle with enzyme-maker Novozymes
Food additive maker Danisco A/S has lost a bid to delay a UK trial in a patent battle with industrial enzyme producer Novozymes A/S over a type of enzyme that aids the digestion of animal feed, according to reports. Novozymes is claiming that Danisco has sold a product infringing on one of its animal feed patents since 2007, and wants to defend that patent in Denmark, Germany, Finland and the Netherlands. 
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Antibiotics in pig feed may increase antibiotic-resistant genes

USDA study finds increase in number of antibiotic-resistant genes found in gastrointestinal microbes in pigs
Antibiotics in pig feed increased the number of antibiotic-resistant genes in gastrointestinal microbes in pigs, according to a study conducted by Michigan State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study focused on understanding the effects of conventional, in-feed antibiotics in U.S. farms. 
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Texas A&M offers feed industry HACCP online course

Class focuses on risk management approach to identify, manage hazards in feed ingredients and finished feed
The Texas A&M University Department of Soil and Crop Sciences is offering an online feed industry HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) continuing education course meant to equip feed industry employees with the tools and information necessary to work within a HACCP team to develop a HACCP plan. The 10-week course, offered in partnership with the Texas State Chemist and accredited by the International HACCP Alliance, emphasizes a science-based risk management approach to identify and manage hazards in feed ingredients and finished feed. 
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USDA approves Monsanto drought-resistant GM corn

Variety of particular use in Plains area of US
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Monsanto's genetically engineered, drought-resistant corn for sale in the U.S. after reviewing environmental and risk assessments, public comments and research data from the company, according to reports. The variety, known as MON 87460, "is no longer considered a regulated article under our regulations governing the introduction of certain genetically engineered organisms," said the USDA. 
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Wine dregs boost cow milk production, cut methane emissions

Australian research part of larger study to reduce methane emissions
Adding the stems, seeds and skins from wine grapes to a dairy cow's feed boosts milk production by 5% and cuts methane emissions by 20%, according to research conducted by Australian scientists. "We've managed to utilize what is currently a waste product for the wine industry and turn it into a very valuable feed source," said scientist Peter Moate. 
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