News and analysis for the global poultry industry.

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.
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ESPN 2019: First impressions, part 1, the venue

It appears somebody reads my blogs or organizers got their act together much better this time.
In 2017, when I participated at the European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (ESPN) in Tarragona, Spain, I complained about several things, but this year, after having spent a great week at ESPN in Gdansk, Poland, I have nothing but praise to heap on the organizers.
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Let us ban everything that causes climate change, for a change

If we are going to victimize animal production for such debatable issue, then why stop there?
That ruminants belch and produce methane that changes the climate on a global scale is a stretch for me, but if that holds true and we are in the path of curtailing beef production, may I suggest we ban tourism as well because such activity increases carbon dioxide production.
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Why large farms do not buy many animal feed additives

Or, why nutrition suppliers fail to sell to mega farms worldwide
The most common complaint of nutrition suppliers (additives mostly) is that they cannot get (easily) into large (mega) farms. It appears to them that such mega producers prefer to use simple nutrition programs without much in terms of added (modern) nutritional supplements. There are many reasons why such large operations prefer simple nutrition programs, and some are offered here for discussion.
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Larger genotypes not necessarily more efficient

A larger animal has larger maintenance needs that need to be taken into account when calculating efficiency.
Large parent animals produce large offspring that grow rapidly and efficiently. At least this is the general perception and it is true to a certain point. But it is not the whole truth, because the maintenance needs of large-framed animals are often ignored, or rather expected to be roughly the same across all genotypes, within a given species.
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