In the last blog we discussed how each nutritionist/formulator finds one or more feed composition tables to use as a guide or first step in establishing a comprehensive nutrient database. But what happens once this preferred set of feed nutrient specifications is identified?
Very recently, I received an email from a student asking me about the “perfect feed composition tables.” It reminded me of myself, many years ago, when as an undergraduate I was asking one of my professors the exact same question. His answer? He was still looking for them himself.
In my years as a commercial nutritionist, I had made it a habit to review all my product formulas twice a year. Now that I work for myself, and I produce my own piglet feeds, I kept this routine and I use the slow time of December (and again in June) to review my formulas.
In an effort to bring internal feed manufacturing practices closer to international standards, China has just revised Feed Labeling norm (GB 10648-2013), effective July 1, 2014. The Feed Labeling norm and The Hygienic Standard for Feed norm are two national mandatory standards that regulate the feed industry.
Wheat and corn forecasts for 2013-2014 have been raised 6 and 10 percent, respectively, compared to last year by the International Grains Council. Assuming all goes well as predicted, these numbers will not suppress cereal prices
I have received many inquiries on distinguishing the difference between molds and mycotoxins in animal feed. Molds are microorganisms that proliferate on organic material when heat and moisture increase. Molds consume the organic matter in cereals and other feed ingredients.
Biofuels and dried distillers’ grains with solubles (DDGS, the by-product) have become everyday items in the news. However it appears that EU legislators are now thinking of taking a step backwards, trying to correct the unexpected (to them) rise in feed prices!