Pigs and poultry do not require supplementation with chromium to thrive; enough is provided by natural feedstuffs to cover their modest requirements. Yet, chromium in specific forms is an additive prodigal in beneficial claims, sold in many countries.
A broiler producer reported severe loss of performance after a switch from corn to wheat. The broilers just refused to eat as much as they used to, and growth rates and feed efficiency were in the red. What was the problem?
I'm back from Dublin, Ireland, and the International Pig Veterinary Society Congress (IPVS) 2016 conference, and it is a good time to reflect on what impressed me the most at this all-veterinarian event.
I have been told that the next animal welfare issue to be addressed will be crate-free pigs. This is exciting news for researchers and some equipment manufacturers, although not good prospects for most producers.
When Wally, a customer of mine whose real name will remain hidden, called last summer, the situation was already out of hand. His hens were producing eggs by the thousands and his buyer refused to accept them. The egg yolks were virtually colorless. Gone was the desirable yellow-orange color of just a month or so ago. What had really happened?