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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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Novus reviews acquisition of IQF Group

Executive vice president Giovanni Gasperoni goes into detail about the purchase and its affect on the feed industry
Giovanni Gasperoni is the Executive Vice President for Marketing and Sales, Novus International Inc. Recently, the company announced acquisition of the IQF Group in Spain and a related joint venture in Mexico.
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