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Cargill taps Stone, Webster for leadership roles

Cargill has selected Joe Stone, currently enterprise leader for Cargill Animal Nutrition, to lead the company’s global Agricultural Supply Chain. David Webster will assume the Cargill Animal Nutrition leadership role vacated by Stone. Both announcements follow GJ van den Akker’s decision to retire as enterprise lead for Cargill’s Agricultural Supply Chain in 2020 after 30 years with the company. 
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Larger genotypes not necessarily more efficient

A larger animal has larger maintenance needs that need to be taken into account when calculating efficiency.
Large parent animals produce large offspring that grow rapidly and efficiently. At least this is the general perception and it is true to a certain point. But it is not the whole truth, because the maintenance needs of large-framed animals are often ignored, or rather expected to be roughly the same across all genotypes, within a given species.
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Modern growth performance targets for piglets

Having a set of growth performance targets for piglets can be handy for many functions in a piglet farm, if only to arrange for correct feed delivery orders.
The success or failure of any piglet nutrition program depends on the degree to which it reaches its targets in terms of growth performance, which often is used as an indicator of profitability under intensive production conditions.
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Bacteriophage

Future animal health applications for bacteriophages

Gene products used as antibiotics alternatives show potential in fight against antimicrobial resistance.
Scientists believe that bacteriophage gene products could eventually be used to target bacterial pathogens, such as C. perfringens, in commercial livestock and poultry applications.
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Are you still fighting for the wrong cause?

If you find yourself asking this question, then the answer is probably yes.
Miracles happen, people change. But these two things have yet to materialize in the animal nutrition business in which I have been engaged in for the past 30 years, under any and all roles I have played. I write this blog having specific people in my mind, and they are not coming from just one company or even one continent, but these comments apply to all of us.
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