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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.

Animal feed product R&D are two separate operations

When product development is separated from product research, that's when the innovative ideas really start to flow.
In my later years of stay in Spain, I happened to be contracted as a consultant by a very good nutrition company who was blessed in having their own research farm of very high standards. Lamentably, what they had in abundance in research resources hey lacked in common sense.
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Quality versus cost: To feed, or not to feed?

When a good feed ingredient becomes too expensive, use less of it instead of changing to a cheaper alternative.
I have always been an advocate of high-quality piglet feeds. In fact, I abandoned my dreams for an academic career only because the then top piglet nutrition company offered me the position of nutritionist in the U.S.
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So many 'phyt-anicals' available, which one to pick?

Whether you call them phytogenics, plant secondary compounds or just botanicals — a walk around EuroTier revealed there are more than 20 now available.
This week I am attending EuroTier 2016, and what a great show it is. But, apart from the hullabaloo, dinners, hand shaking and old stories with friends, I am managing to do some work as well.
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Zinc, copper alternatives for broiler and pig diets

Other forms are available, and even more are being investigated or are under the process of being approved by regulation officials.
Zinc oxide is an old friend of pigs, but an enemy to the environment and toxic to broilers when used at pharmacological doses. Copper sulphate is an even older friend to both pigs and poultry, but still not the best thing to dump into the fields through manure when used at growth-promoting levels.
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EuroTier 2016 is right around the corner

EuroTier is a meeting place for livestock farmers who want to learn what solutions are available and what will be coming in the future.
In exactly two weeks from now on November 15, EuroTier 2016 will open its doors. And again, I will be there. Perhaps there are better shows than EuroTier, but I have yet to visit them.
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Broiler wet litter solutions through feed formulation

Poor feed design can cause wet litter, but the right nutrition can offer solutions.
Broilers and wet litter are a perennial problem that will not go away as long as we raise broilers the way we do now — on litter. Apart from the common causes due to disease, ventilation and watering problems, nutrition has a role to play.
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Moving on from old-book animal feed formulas

There is a pressing need to start teaching nutrition graduates the ins and outs of practical feed formulation.
How is it possible that students with degrees in animal nutrition do not know how to formulate a simple diet? I just received another email from an animal nutrition graduate with a master's degree asking me for references to learn how to formulate feeds.
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