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Animal Feed Additives

Improving piglet immunity through sow-mediated immunity

Expert concludes S. cerevisiae strain CNCM I 3856 exhibits various probiotic properties enhancing the sow mediated immunity.
Henri Salmon, Inra – France, spoke about the link between nutrition, microflora and the host at the Lesaffre symposium held in Lille, France, November 8-9. According to Salmon, the survival of neonate piglets depends directly on the acquisition of maternal immunity via colostrum then milk, affording respectively systemic and mucosal protection. Yeast has long been known to help intestinal flora recovery after pathogen challenges.
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Thailand lifts animal feed raw material import quotas

Decision will remain in place for up to three years
The Thailand government will lift import quotas for animal feed raw materials for up to three years in an effort to help manufacturers make longer-term business plans, according to reports. In addition, soybean meal and fishmeal import quotas, which have always been reviewed every year, will now be reviewed every three years. 
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Antibiotics symposium focuses on use, safety, education

Antibiotic resistance, consumer education central topics of discussion
Researchers and experts in animal health and human health focused on antibiotics use, safety and education during the “Antibiotic Use in Food Animals: A Dialogue for a Common Purpose” symposium, held October 26 and 27 in Chicago and sponsored by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture. Antibiotic resistance was a central topic of the symposium, with 13 animal and human health experts speaking on the subject. 
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Kiotech International changes company name to Anpario

Company will continue to use brands, focus on agriculture and aquaculture
Feed additive manufacturer Kiotech International plc will change its company name to Anpario plc as of December 1, 2011. Anpario plc will continue to trade through its brands Optivite, Kiotechagil and Vitrition, according to the company. 
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Grain, feed group NGFA endorses speculative position limits

Commodity Futures Trading Commission approves regulations implementing speculative position limits for commodities under Dodd-Frank regulatory reform law.
The National Grain and Feed Association issued a preliminary statement after the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s October 18 approval of final regulations implementing speculative position limits for agricultural and other commodities under the Dodd-Frank regulatory reform law. NGFA said: “While the text of the CFTC’s final regulations has not been released yet – and will warrant close examination once it is – the National Grain and Feed Association does conceptually support the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s action to continue to apply speculative position limits for enumerated agricultural commodities, which include grains and oilseeds.
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US accounts for 20% of global amino acid industry

Growth expected through 2016
The U.S. accounts for one-fifth of the global commercial amino acid industry, with revenues of $1.8 billion in 2011 that are expected to grow to over $2 billion by 2016, according to a Companies & Markets report. The U.S. commercial amino acid market accounts for around 20% of the global amino acids market, which is worth in excess of $9 billion. 
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Monsanto reports fourth quarter net loss of $112 million

Company will restate previous two year's earnings following SEC investigation
Monsanto Co. reported a fiscal 2011 fourth-quarter net loss of $112 million and said that it must restate earnings for the last two years because of a federal investigation into its herbicide sales. Monsanto was prompted to restate earnings from the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2009 through the third quarter of fiscal year 2011 after U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission findings that the company paid dealers of its Roundup Herbicide. 
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Corn growers oppose legislation weakening renewable fuels standard

Ethanol is 'integral part of job creation, economic opportunity', says NCGA
The National Corn Growers Association is urging Congress to oppose legislation that they say would significantly weaken the Renewable Fuels Standard. “The U.S. ethanol industry is an integral part of job creation and economic opportunity throughout rural America,” said NCGA President Garry Niemeyer. 
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Bunge to expand with Canada canola oil processing plant

Project to be completed in 2014
Bunge North America has made plans to increase the capacity at a second of its four canola processing plants in Western Canada, the facility in Ft. Saskatchewan, Alberta. In October 2010, Bunge announced another project that will more than double crushing capacity at the facility in Altona, Manitoba, as part of a multiyear expansion program in Canada. 
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NFU to challenge processed animal protein ban decision

Concerns raised that scientific information not properly examined
A decision by the Food Standards Authority to advise the government not to lift a ban on the use of processed animal protein in non-ruminant feed will be challenged, according to the NFU. NFU President Peter Kendall has written to Agriculture Minister Jim Paice to raise a number of concerns over how board members reached their decision, including that the board did not discuss the rationale behind the proposal. 
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