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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.

There is no such thing as vitamin B

Some believe vitamin B is just one vitamin like any other such compound, but this is far from the truth because under “B” there are nine vitamins.
Long ago, when scientists were in the process of opening up the magic world of vitamins, there were many vitamins discovered.
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Electrolyte balance in super pre-starter broiler feeds

Research indicated that broilers during the first week post-hatch may benefit from an increased dietary electrolyte balance.
A recent research report from Sweden, presented during the European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (ESPN) conference in early May 2017, indicated that broilers during the first week post-hatch may benefit from an increased dietary electrolyte balance.
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Is FCR always the right profitability index for broilers?

A real case scenario using actual broiler feeds demonstrates that cost per gain is a much more reliable index when we make nutritional changes in broiler feeds.
We often forget that the efficiency by which animals convert feed to products like body weight, eggs or milk (often called feed conversion rate or FCR) is but an index, and not always related to true profitability.
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6 future global animal feed industry challenges

There is widespread concern about the next challenge to be faced by the animal feed industry.
With global compound feed volume exceeding 1 billion tons for the first time, and another 300-plus million home-mixed tons, there is widespread concern about the next challenge to be faced by the animal feed industry.
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