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Animal Feed Additives

Feed additives represent major innovations at the 2011 IFE

Product categories included enzymes, prebiotics and probiotics
Feed additives for monogastric species represented the major innovations at the 2011 IPE. The major product categories represented included enzymes, prebiotics and probiotics all of which have the potential to enhance production efficiency in poultry and hog production. 
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The benefits and drawbacks of variety in the feed industry

We all like choice, but when presented with too much choice, and an inability to make accurate comparisons, we are not guaranteed to take the best option.
The need for new measures and standardization in the feed industry were amongst the areas discussed at the 1st International Phytase Symposium, held in Washington DC, toward the end of last year. One of the strongest messages to come out of the symposium, which was jointly hosted by AB Vista, Massey University, the University of Maryland and the University of Sydney, 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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Bayer strengthens presence in Asia Pacific with products, aquaculture, expansion

Company uses recent acquisition as gateway to market
Bayer HealthCare is expanding its presence in the Asia Pacific with the release of three new products, the expansion of its aquaculture business and the acquisition of the Bomac group. At VIV Asia 2011, Bayer announced the launch of three products in the area of feed additives in cooperation with its industry partners.
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VIV Asia meeting highlights alternative feed ingredients

Locally produced, and easily sourced, co-products can offer alternatives worth considering
With grain prices soaring, the potential for using alternative ingredients to manage feed costs was discussed at an important meeting during the VIV Asia show in Bangkok, Thailand.A theme of future trends in animal feeds had been chosen for the Feedtech-Croptech Asia 2011 Conference held 9 March, by VNU in association with WATT.
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Evonik Industries expanding North American lysine operation

Two-phase plan to be implemented in 2011
Evonik Industries has begun expansion of its North American lysine operation, which will be realized in two steps during 2011. The first phase of the expansion at its Blair, Neb., production facility has begun, with the basic engineering for a second phase expansion already approved by the company's board of management.
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Maryland state legislature introduces bill to ban arsenic from chicken feed

Supporters say arsenic contaminates chicken meat, groundwater
Maryland Sen. Paul G. Pinsky and delegate Tom Hucker have introduced a bill into the state legislature that would ban arsenic-based drugs commonly used in the feed of commercial poultry operations. Arsenic is found in chicken feed in the form of roxarsone, which is added to control coccidiosis and promote growth.
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Kemin expands into veterinary market

New division will serve livestock, poultry, equine, companion animal markets
Kemin Industries Inc. has expanded into the veterinary market with the launch of a new division, Kemin Vet Innovations, set to provide products, solutions and services for the veterinary community serving the livestock, poultry, equine and companion animal markets worldwide. The division will be led by Andrew Yersin, former director of research and development for Kemin AgriFoods North America.
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Dutch to phase out feed additive antibiotics

Reduction of antibiotic inclusion in feeds by 20% over current levels by the end of 2011
The Dutch Ministry of Economics, Agriculture and Innovation mandated the reduction of antibiotic inclusion in feeds by 20% over current levels by the end of 2011 and a 50% reduction by 2013 in a press release dated December 24, 2010. The Dutch Compound Feed Organization, NEVEDI, and the Farmers Union, LTO, indicated that manufacture of medicated feed will cease effective 2011.
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DSM to acquire Martek; add to nutrition growth platform

Company to offer $31.50 for each share of Martek Biosciences Corporation in an all-cash transaction
DSM to acquire Martek; add to nutrition growth platform Company to offer $31.50 for each share of Martek Biosciences Corporation in an all-cash transaction Royal DSM and Martek Biosciences Corporation have entered into a definitive agreement under which DSM will acquire all the outstand
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