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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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China soybean imports rise, South America shipments double

Increased demand from poultry, pig meat, aquaculture industries will maintain trend, say researchers
China's soybean imports from September through December 2011 rose 6.3% from the same time in 2010 as shipments from Brazil and Argentina doubled, a trend expected to continue through 2012 on growth from the poultry, pig meat and aquaculture industries, according to reports. China bought 19.3 million metric tons of soybeans during the September–December 2011 period, with shipments from Brazil reaching 4.57 million metric tons (up from 1.54 million metric tons in 2010) and shipments from Argentina reaching 3.15 million metric tons (up from 1.52 million metric tons), according to Oil World. 
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Korean farmers hit with high feed prices

Oversupply of homebred cows also causing beef cattle prices to drop
Korean farmers have recently been hit by rising animal feed prices, and a fall in beef cattle prices caused by an oversupply of homebred cows. The number of Korean beef cattle rose to 2.92 million in 2009 and has now reached 3.3 million, the result of a 2008 mad cow disease outbreak that caused consumers to turn to Korean beef, increasing the number of Korean livestock farmers involved in cattle breeding.  
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US restricts use of cephalosporin antibiotics for livestock

Rule allows wide discretion for small-scale-production animals, bans lengthy dosing of cattle and swine
U.S. federal drug regulators have restricted the use of a class of antibiotics known as cephalosporins for livestock, including cattle, pigs, chickens and turkeys, because they say such practices may have contributed to a growing threat in people of bacterial infections that are resistant to treatment. The FDA initially proposed cephalosporin restrictions in 2008 but withdrew the rule due to opposition from veterinarians, farmers and drug companies. 
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Wine dregs boost cow milk production, cut methane emissions

Australian research part of larger study to reduce methane emissions
Adding the stems, seeds and skins from wine grapes to a dairy cow's feed boosts milk production by 5% and cuts methane emissions by 20%, according to research conducted by Australian scientists. "We've managed to utilize what is currently a waste product for the wine industry and turn it into a very valuable feed source," said scientist Peter Moate. 
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