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Animal Feed Additives

Annual feed convention to highlight ag policy, food/feed safety

National Grain and Feed Association to hold 116th annual convention March 18 through 20
The chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, top executives from the grain and rail industries, and the Food and Drug Administration’s top food and feed safety official will headline the program when the National Grain and Feed Association kicks off its 116th annual convention on March 18–20 in Charleston, S.C. During the three-day event, industry leaders also will focus on the aftermath of the MF Global Inc. bankruptcy, including initial policy recommendations from the National Grain and Feed Association’s MF Global Task Force on ways to enhance protection of customer funds. 
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American Soybean Association supports permanent trade relations with Russia

Trade expansion critical to increasing soybean exports, enhancing long-term competitiveness abroad
The American Soybean Association is urging the Senate Finance Committee to establish permanent normal trade relations with Russia as the committee holds hearings on the implications of Russia's accession into the World Trade Organization for the U.S. The U.S. has maintained normal trade relations with Russia since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1992. 
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Global choline chloride market to reach 515,000 tons by 2017

Central and South America, China driving growth
The global choline chloride market is predicted to reach 515,300 tons by 2017, propelled by increasing demand as a supplement in industries such as feed for poultry, swine and fish farming, according to a report released by Global Industry Analysts Inc. Future growth is primarily driven by the developing markets of Central and South America and the Far Eastern countries, particularly China. 
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Western Feed voluntarily recalling Kountry Buffet animal feed

Company reports deaths of horses as result of feed consumption
Western Feed LLC is voluntarily recalling two lots of its Kountry Buffet 14 percent feed because it may contain monensin sodium, which is potentially fatal for horses, according to reports. Monensin sodium is a medication used for some livestock and poultry, but it can be fatal to horses if fed at sufficiently high levels. 
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Kemin China to set up post-doctoral research station

Zhuhai facility will help further enhance research capability in China, attract company talent
Kemin China has been officially qualified by the Ministry of Personnel, PRC, for setting up a post-doctoral research station in Zhuhai. Guangdong Provincial government will provide an initial RMB700,000 funding to Kemin China to set up a post-doctoral research station, which will mainly be used to build new laboratory, purchase new equipment and recruit post-doctoral researchers. 
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Nutrition

Using carbohydrases in pig and poultry feed to reduce feed cost

The use of carbohydrases in animal feed has a clear financial benefit, especially when cereal prices are high.
Energy is the most expensive "nutrient" in every animal diet. In fact, the major source of energy, starch, makes up about 50 percent of most diets for monogastrics (pigs and poultry). But, energy is also derived from lipids and non-starch carbohydrates, such as non-starch polysaccharides (after suitable enzyme supplementation).
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China to destroy 6.7 metric tons ractopamine-fed US beef

Banned feed additive in dispute, but zero-tolerance policy holds for now
The Taipei City government's Department of Environmental Protection will burn 6.771 metric tons of U.S. beef containing the feed additive ractopamine to ensure that the contaminated meat does not reach Chinese consumers, according to reports. The beef, confiscated from Taipei-based beef importer Shusen Corp., is the first batch of U.S. beef containing the banned feed additive to be destroyed in wake of recent inspections. 
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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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