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.

Milk-fed calves: Bottle or bucket?

This is a recurrent question for pre-weaned calves, and one that has no clear answer.
By avoiding large meal portions, and frequent meals, without letting the calves go hungry between meals (by offering free access to a high-quality starter dry feed), bucket feeding can be as successful as bottle feeding.
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Revisiting basic animal nutrition in antibiotic-free feeds

Although animal feed additives have received the most attention, other aspects of nutrition are equally crucial in designing a proper feed without antibiotics, especially for very young animals.
A quick look at animal nutrition quickly reveals that most common practices were established when animals were raised using antibiotics as growth promoters in their feeds.
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Picking animal feed additive suppliers among the crowd

It is tempting to switch additive suppliers in search of quality or lower prices, but the great number of newcomers makes it a daunting task.
The market of animal feed additives is no longer the realm of original manufacturers, and additives are on the verge of becoming commodities as common as corn and soybean meal.
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