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Korea corn imports may grow in 2012 on livestock recovery

Country gaining numbers after foot-and-mouth disease took 34 percent of pig herd
South Korea's 2012 corn imports may increase to 6 million metric tons as the country's livestock numbers recover from 2010–2011's foot-and-mouth disease outbreak, according to the Korea Feed Association. The number would beat 2011's 5.72 million metric tons and join a likely 8.3-percent increase by South Korea's wheat imports, which may reach 2.5 million metric tons. 
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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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Foreign pigeon pea crop may have US applications

Drought-resistant legume being studied as potential livestock forage
The pigeon pea, a subtropical, drought-resistant legume grown worldwide as a food staple, may have multiple U.S. applications, according to researchers at Texas A&M University, who received a $200,000 Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grant to study the crop. Possible uses include as a forage for livestock, a garden crop, or edible landscape ornamental. 
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Cow feed

Optimizing available hay resources

With hay selling for vastly inflated prices this year, ranchers are looking more closely at getting cows to eat more and waste less.
With hay selling for vastly inflated prices this year, ranchers are looking more closely at getting cows to eat more and waste less. New and improved hay feeder and bunk designs can help maximize on-hand stocks of hay to last through the winter. However, it appears that the best solution for maximizing hay stocks may be simply good management.
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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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American Meat Institute to co-locate with IPE/IFE in 2013

Consolidation will build on synergies of sectors, provide benefits to exhibitors who produce across multiple industries
The American Meat Institute has signed an agreement with the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and the American Feed Industry Association to co-locate the American Meat Institute tradeshow with the International Poultry Expo/International Feed Expo in Atlanta, held annually in January, starting in 2013. The three shows will operate under one umbrella creating one of the largest 50 shows in the U.S. It is expected that the entire show will include more than 1,000 exhibitors and close to 1 million square feet of exhibit space. 
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French corn planted earlier, yields raised with temperature change

Higher temperatures cause French farmers to plant corn earlier
In France, the EU's largest corn producer, climate changes causing higher temperatures are boosting French yields as farmers begin planting corn crops earlier, according to an interview with researchers and growers. Jacques Mathieu, head of crop researcher Arvalis Institut du Vegetal, said corn planting began about one month earlier to allow more time for crops to grow.
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South Africa feed producers turning to wheat for livestock

Corn prices driving producers to seek alternatives for first time in decade
South Africa yellow corn prices have increased 39 percent in the last six months and national stocks have dropped 40 percent, causing livestock feed producers to seek out cheaper alternatives like wheat for the first time in a decade, according to reports.
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Corn hay may pose aflatoxin risk in animal feed

Concerned farmers should test baled corn to protect livestock
Corn produced and baled as hay to be sold for livestock consumption may pose a risk for aflatoxin, particularly the current year's crop, according to experts. Corn produced in Oklahoma, Texas, western Arkansas and southwestern Missouri, were severely drought-stricken and may have had higher incidences of aflatoxins than other areas, according to Clay Wright, agricultural consultant for the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation. 
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Antibiotics in pig feed may increase antibiotic-resistant genes

USDA study finds increase in number of antibiotic-resistant genes found in gastrointestinal microbes in pigs
Antibiotics in pig feed increased the number of antibiotic-resistant genes in gastrointestinal microbes in pigs, according to a study conducted by Michigan State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study focused on understanding the effects of conventional, in-feed antibiotics in U.S. farms. 
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