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.
corn under hot summer sun

Metabolic acidosis, a silent summer enemy

How to avoid a common but unrecognized animal nutrition issue that robs productivity during summer months.
Animals suffering from metabolic acidosis will reduce their feed intake. I believe this is a good enough reason to pay attention to this barely acknowledged (summer) disorder. 
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Piglet porridge, an undervalued tool

Widely known as gruel-feeding, a warm porridge of a suitably designed feed can help underprivileged piglets survive and thrive.
I have experienced firsthand the positive response of piglets (of any age) to a moist or semi-moist feed offered right after weaning.
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The upside to vegetarian-fed broilers

An opportunity exists in using high-quality rendered products when political restraints do not apply
With an increasing amount of broiler producers committing to an all-vegetable dietary regimen for their birds, one has to consider, what are we going to do with all the non-vegetable ingredients?
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Post-weaning feed intake target for piglets

It is time to re-evaluate our feed intake target for the first week post-weaning for modern piglets raised in above-average facilities.
We all know that the higher the feed intake during the first week post-weaning, the better the overall growing-finishing performance. So how can we improve post-weaning feed intake? 
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morel mushroom

Mushrooms as a potential replacement of antibiotics

Can mushrooms, which thrive in the most extreme conditions, be a source of natural antibiotics for the animal nutrition industry?
Why hasn't the animal nutrition industry explored mushrooms as a feed ingredient, especially as we are focusing on removing antibiotics not only as growth-promoting agents, but also as therapeutic agents?
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