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Animal Feed Additives

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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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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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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