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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.

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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Future of enzyme research in animal nutrition

Freedom to dream is what makes great scientists, but freedom is expensive!
A prominent enzyme researcher mentioned that if we want something better than an improved xylanase — when it comes to fiber enzymes — we must keep dreaming. Taking this piece of advice to heart, I decided to dream.
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Do liquid-fed pigs require extra water?

Theories suggest that offering pigs liquid feed eliminates the need for supplemental fresh water. Is this true?
In theory, pigs do not require a separate source of water given that their true requirements for water are satisfied through the daily allotment of liquid feed.
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Broiler post-hatch super pre-starter boosts performance

Broiler producers are usually encouraged to test the feed and evaluate the results on their own, which is good advice and should follow an informed decision.
Feeding a post-hatch special diet remains a controversial topic. Not only because the feed is expensive, by the nature of the special ingredients used in formulating it, but also because there are few quantitative studies.
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