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Poultry Nutrition

Enterra Feed Corp. completes major funding round

Financial backing will allow company to expand with three new facilities in North America
With the addition of three major funding partners, Enterra Feed Corp. is on track to complete construction of new facilities in Alberta (2019), British Columbia (2020) and the Midwestern U.S. (2021). Each plant will cost approximately $30 million to build, substantially increasing the company’s production of its insect-based feed ingredients which are a sustainable substitute for traditional, resource-intensive ingredients for animal feed.
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Perdue AgriBusiness to reopen former Cargill grain elevator

Vincennes, Indiana, elevator will be open in time for 2018 harvest
Perdue AgriBusiness will purchase and reopen the former Cargill grain elevator in Vincennes, Indiana, ensuring farmers the return of an important local grain market in time for this year’s harvest, the two companies announced.
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Pigments in chicken and egg: that dark object of desire

People like yellow chicken and well colored, almost orange egg yolks. But that does not mean the birds were raised in a more natural environment, like some think.
Benjamín Ruiz: "Personally, a pigmented chicken broth is more appetizing for me than a white chicken broth (even knowing that there is no difference in nutritional value). But I don’t think anyone attributes extraordinary properties to pigmented products."
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Fornazor poultry feed receives halal certification

Company will target customers in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, India and Africa
Fornazor International, the Hillsdale, New Jersey-based agricultural commodity trading company, has received halal certification from Islamic Services of America for its Super Pro Plus poultry feed.
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Hen dietary considerations for improving egg quality

The amount of saleable egg produced per hen becomes even more important as cycle lengths increase along with a move toward cage free.
Egg quality declines naturally at the end of a laying cycle as egg size increases. Profitability of keeping hens longer requires nutritional support for egg quality. Diet formulation can influence the size and number of eggs laid. Calcium availability is key to shell strength but trace elements pay a key role in structural development.
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'Super shedders' responsible for most Salmonella infections

Researchers propose a new management paradigm for identifying, treating bacteria super shedding broilers while reducing antibiotic usage.
Salmonella control on poultry farms is a combination of good management practices and accurate feeding, but new evidence supports that, even with the same genetics, some birds are super shedders and thus, contribute to most of the infections.
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