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Animal Feed Additives

Broiler fecal contamination detection system under development

New feed ingredient may increase safety of poultry meat
A system to identify miniscule traces of fecal contamination on chicken carcasses in abattoirs is being developed at the University of Aberystwyth, UK. The Improved Safety Initiative aims to develop a natural additive for poultry feed that will result in ultra-violet fluorescence of feces.
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US ethanol producer uses wheat to battle corn shortage

Andersons mixing wheat with corn to cut production costs, fight corn supply shortage.
U.S. ethanol producer The Andersons Inc. is mixing wheat into its corn-based biofuel in an effort to cut costs and diversify its supplier sources while fighting an increasing shortage in corn supplies. Andersons is mixing soft red winter wheat along with corn to produce the biofuel, according to Neill McKinstray, vice president and general manager of the company's ethanol division.
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Adisseo animal nutrition to make initial public offering in Hong Kong, Paris

Feed ingredient company aims to raise $1.5 billion through stock market listings
Bluestar Adisseo, an animal nutrition company and one of the largest producers of the poultry protein methionine, aims to raise around $1.5 billion in a Hong Kong-Paris dual initial public offering listing, according to reports. Adisseo plans to list itself on the markets in Hong Kong and Paris in September, with hopes of attracting European investors, reports say.
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Brazil animal feed ingredient supplier partners with LinkAsia

Biorigin to expand presence in Asia Pacific
Brazil-based animal feed ingredient supplier Biorigin has partnered with LinkAsia Partners Pte. Ltd. as its strategic marketing and commercial support partner for its products in select Asia Pacific countries. Under the agreement, LinkAsia Partners will drive and support the development of the Biorigin brand and business, as well as establishing distribution channels to support the business growth plan.
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Improved testing and new thinking needed for phytases

More work still needs to be done for phytases to achieve their maximum potential in animal feed.
With numerous phytase products on the market, but differing results when applied on farm, the need for the more effective testing and evaluation of phytase efficacy in animal feed was raised at the first International Phytase Summit. Another message to come out of the summit was that the extensive use of phytase enzymes in pig and poultry diets has raised the need for more accurate determination of phosphorous and calcium requirements.  
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Animal feed ingredient companies host plant fiber symposium

Lallemand, Filozoo Italy discuss role of fiber in animal feed in Bologna, Italy
Animal feed ingredient companies Lallemand Animal Nutrition and Filozoo Italy recently held a scientific symposium on the role of plant fibers in dairy production in Bologna, Italy. The event, “Fiber: a key element for dairy production profitability?” featured dairy nutrition and microbiology experts from around the world, along with more than 300 participants from Italy and 24 other countries.
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EU approves piglet, pig-fattening feed additive

Danisco Xylanase may improve pig bodyweight, feed conversion ratios
The EU Commission granted Danisco Animal Nutrition authorization for the use of its heat-stable xylanase, Danisco Xylanase, in wheat-based feed for piglets and pigs for fattening. Danisco Xylanase is inherently heat stable, maintaining efficacy after exposure to feed conditioning and pelleting temperatures of up to 90 C, according to Danisco.  
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Novus, biotech company partner to develop animal nutrition enzymes

Companies will share equally in costs, profits
Novus International Inc. and biotechnology company Verenium Corporation have partnered to develop and commercialize animal nutrition enzymes targeting the poultry, swine, beef, dairy and aquaculture markets. The partnership, which will include equal shares in representation, costs and profits for both companies, will allow Verenium to "become a more active participant in the animal health and nutrition marketplace," said James Levine, president and CEO of Verenium.
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ADM to expand amino acid production capacity

Company hopes to reach 340,000 metric tons annually by 2013
Archer Daniels Midland Company has announced plans to expand lysine and threonine amino acid production capacity at the company’s Decatur, Ill., facility. When the expansion project is completed in the second half of 2013, ADM will have the ability to produce 340,000 metric tons of lysine or threonine annually.
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Danisco research highlights benefit of E. coli phytase in animal nutrition

Company's research found benefits in break-down of phytate-protein complexes, reduced feed costs
Danisco Animal Nutrition announced new research in understanding the antinutrient effect of phytate in animal nutrition, which can reduce feed costs for pig and poultry producers. The research from Danisco is published in the Analytical Biochemistry journal.
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