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Alltech to stream live sessions from Animal Health Symposium

Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium to focus on 'Game Changers' for feed, animal health industries
Alltech will host its 27th Annual International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium on Sunday, May 22, in Lexington, Ky. Dedicated to exploring "The Game Changers" for business and the animal health and feed industries, Alltech says the program includes The Economist’s Tom Standage, Nestlé’s Hans Jöhr, Chick-fil-A’s Brian Coan, J. O’Callaghan of JBS USA and more.  
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Dutch animal feed, equipment suppliers join to expand in China livestock market

Joint venture will be operational in October 2011
Dutch animal feed supplier De Heus International and Dutch agriculture equipment supplier MS Schippers have partnered with Chinese company Wellhope Group to expand their presence in China's livestock market. The companies said they hope to combine MS Schippers' experience in the professional livestock industry, De Heus' sales infrastructure and Wellhope's location to accomplish their goal.
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French program protects poultry, livestock producers from high animal feed prices

Agreement will re-open negotiations when animal feed prices beat previous year three months in a row
A voluntary agreement, brokered by France’s minister of agriculture, will offer protection against market volatility by committing livestock producers to re-opening negotiations on animal feed payments each time feed prices rise, in three successive months, to more than 10% above the level of the same month in the previous year. According to officials, the agreement should ensure that French livestock producers receive more for their poultry and other animals.
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Victam Europe highlights opportunities for European feed producers

Now in its 17th edition, Victam provides a unique platform for technology, discussion
The past year was the year of living dangerously, said Patrick Vanden Avenne, president of FEFAC, on the opening day of Victam Europe, taking place from May 3-5, at its new location in Cologne, Germany. Vanden Avenne noted that feed prices had been volatile, and margins and profitability difficult, and he added that the feed industry’s customers had found it hard to pass on costs.  
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The grain crisis of 2011

Prices are likely to be somewhat lower than in 2008, but persist for a much longer time
The grain crisis of 2011 appears likely to eclipse the severity of the 2008 event, but in a different way. In 2008, prices spiked to punishingly high levels that led to a short lived panic followed by plummeting grain prices.
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Piglet nutrition: New targets for amino acids

The latest concepts in feeds for young pigs include formulating to optimise the growth and health of the animal’s gut.
Feeding the young pig both adequately and economically has never been an easy task, but the manufacturer of piglet diets is now being asked to take further factors into consideration
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Glycerin may be viable feed source for swine, according to study

Up to 15% glycerin can replace pure corn, soybean diet
Glycerin, a biodiesel byproduct, may be a viable feed source in swine diets, according to a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign study. Researchers say that up to 15% of a pig's typical corn and soybean diet can be replaced with glycerin, leading to a possible cost-effective alternative during a time when corn and soybean prices are going up.
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Victam International 2011 relocates to Germany, joins two other feed shows

FIAAP International, GRAPAS join Victam International in Cologne for the first time.
 Held simultaneously for the first time, Victam International, FIAAP International and GRAPAS trade shows are opening together in Cologne, Germany, May 3-5, 2011.Rising costs and doubts about the availability of some raw materials are causing concern among feed manufacturers, processors and producers around the world, and the market shows no signs of calming down yet. 
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German farmers call for compensation in wake of dioxin-contaminated feed investigation

More than 1,000 farms affected by halt to egg, poultry, pork shipments
The German Farmers' Association is calling for compensation after the discovery of excessive amounts of dioxin in the products and animal feeds of Harles & Jentzsch GmbH forced more than 1,000 farms producing eggs, poultry and pork in Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, to halt sales. "Those who are responsible for the damage must pay for the damages," said Helmut Born, the association’s general secretary.
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GIPSA rule would hurt small beef producers, says producer group

Proposed GIPSA rules changes, which are designed to protect poultry and livestock producers, will actually harm small- to medium-size beef producers, says NCBA.
What brings a beef lobbyist to a chicken industry meeting? Common cause in opposition to the proposed Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rule. Small- to medium-size beef producers are opposing the proposed GIPSA rule because it will drive consolidation in the cattle business and take away opportunities for them to participate in branded beef programs, a representative of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) told listeners at National Chicken Council (NCC) annual meeting.  
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