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News and analysis on the global poultry
and animal feed industries.

Kacey Culliney

Kacey Culliney is an experienced B2B multimedia journalist, passionate about how food fits into the global picture and how industry tackles major problems like climate change, malnutrition and economic crises.

ARTICLES

Consumer Trends

Consumers invested in animal welfare, but knowledge is limited

Animal welfare remains on the public agenda, but a lack of consumer understanding around livestock production means actual concerns are very broad.
Animal welfare is on the public agenda, and with a plethora of certifications and major brand commitments in place, industry is responding. But very few consumers fully understand the ins and outs of livestock farming and so most animal welfare concerns remain broad.
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Dairy

Digitized dairy: Ag tech sparks big changes for feed's future

Smart collars and ear tags, facial recognition, virtual fencing and robotic milking are just a handful of reasons dairy is ahead of the game in ag tech.
Ag tech in dairy is advancing fast, spearheaded by smart startups and backed by sound science, which will allow producers to better understand animal behavior and how they are fed.
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Antibiotic elimination

EU animal feed stakeholders on the state of antibiotic-free production

The European Union has carved out a tough plan to push antibiotic-free animal production, backed up by peer-reviewed science highlighting the importance of nutrition.
Europe leads by example in its regulatory push away from antibiotic use in animal production, but success will rely on an integrated mindset change and continued innovation in the field.
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Alternative protein

Algae in animal feed gains momentum with new research

With more than 40,000 recognized algae species globally, research into macro- and microalgae is gaining momentum for biofuel, human food and animal feed.
Leading researchers agree algae holds huge protein promise; however, its array of bioactive compounds is where this aquatic organism could truly create a dent in the animal nutrition market.
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Protein trends

Consumers and the meat-free mindset: Protein alternatives evolve

Plant-based meat substitutes and cell-cultured meats are advancing fast. Should poultry and livestock producers embrace change and jump aboard?
Fueled by a consumer curiosity to going meat free, plant-based and cell-cultured meat alternatives are gaining momentum and they are set to take market share from animal meat production.
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Alternative proteins

EU's booming insect market requires collaboration to grow

Insect meal has enormous potential for animal feed, but further investment, research and regulations are needed if it's to become a truly viable protein alternative.
Europe has made huge progress breeding insects for animal feed but uptake remains nascent, partly because production hasn't reached critical mass and partly because of numerous regulatory hurdles. But, experts believe a science-driven collaborative push from industry and government might be all that's needed to mainstream insects.
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Europe

EU drought continues to strain feed, livestock industries

As Europe reels from this summer's extreme drought, many feed producers have been forced to find alternative raw material sources.
The European drought has hit wheat hard, forcing feed manufacturers to consider alternative raw materials. In the short-term, the market will remain tight, but experts say corn imports and sunflower seed husks, among others, offer options.
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Sustainability

Sustainable soy requires collaboration, public pressure

Truly sustainable soy production will become a reality made possible by a mix of feed industry dialogue, consumer pressure and time
Just 2 percent of soy is certified sustainable, and mass integration is a way off, but it is achievable with the right farm-to-fork dialogue, government engagement and, of course, time.
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