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

Animal Nutrition Views

Ioannis Mavromichalis, Ph.D., gives his views on poultry, pig and dairy nutrition based on his experience as a nutrition consultant with clients around the world.

Piglet porridge, an undervalued tool

Widely known as gruel-feeding, a warm porridge of a suitably designed feed can help underprivileged piglets survive and thrive.
I have experienced firsthand the positive response of piglets (of any age) to a moist or semi-moist feed offered right after weaning.
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The upside to vegetarian-fed broilers

An opportunity exists in using high-quality rendered products when political restraints do not apply
With an increasing amount of broiler producers committing to an all-vegetable dietary regimen for their birds, one has to consider, what are we going to do with all the non-vegetable ingredients?
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Post-weaning feed intake target for piglets

It is time to re-evaluate our feed intake target for the first week post-weaning for modern piglets raised in above-average facilities.
We all know that the higher the feed intake during the first week post-weaning, the better the overall growing-finishing performance. So how can we improve post-weaning feed intake? 
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Mushrooms as a potential replacement of antibiotics

Can mushrooms, which thrive in the most extreme conditions, be a source of natural antibiotics for the animal nutrition industry?
Why hasn't the animal nutrition industry explored mushrooms as a feed ingredient, especially as we are focusing on removing antibiotics not only as growth-promoting agents, but also as therapeutic agents?
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