Management of parity groups promotes herd profitability

Second-parity sows are prone to what’s often referred to as a “sophomore slump”. Proper nutrition strategies help prevent this potential slump in future production and keep young sows in the herd longer. FULL STORY »

Dangers of drought: mycotoxins and nitrates

The drought of 2012 has decimated crops and put livestock producers in jeopardy due to rapidly escalating feed costs. But the problem may likely lead to another hurdle producers may face once the harvest is in the bin: mycotoxins and nitrates. FULL STORY »

A high-protein fungi may offer feed alternative

With record feed prices on the books, alternative ingredients for corn and soybean meal are a priority. Iowa State University researchers have identified one that might surprise you-- dried fungi. FULL STORY »

Revised Swine NRC updates diet needs

The National Academies of Science has released the 11th Revised Edition of The Nutrient Requirements of Swine, also known as the Swine NRC. FULL STORY »

Ethanol plant closures cause DDGS supply issues

Plant closures, along with reduced production at many plants, have reduced the supply of distillers’ dried grains with solubles (DDGS), a co-product of ethanol production widely-used in swine diets. FULL STORY »

Report: Animal feed additives to reach $17.5 billion by 2018

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research, the global animal feed additives market was worth $13.5 billion (U.S. dollars) in 2011 and is expected to reach $17.5 billion in 2018. FULL STORY »

Weather-stressed crops susceptible to mycotoxin production

While the drought conditions have had a visible and dramatic impact on grain and soybean yields, there can be a less visible impact in that the adverse conditions also make the crops more susceptible to mold growth. FULL STORY »

Heat, drought lead to ear rot potential in corn grain, silage

Heat and drought in the Corn Belt have created the perfect conditions for Aspergillus ear rot to develop in corn grain and silage. FULL STORY »

International commission sets ractopamine standards

At its annual meeting being held July 2-7 in Rome, the Codex Alimentarius Commission, which was established by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to promote food safety and fair practices in trade, adopted science-based standards for ractopamine. Specifically, on Thursday the commission adopted Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) and Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for pig and cattle muscle, fat, liver and kidney. FULL STORY »

WTO maintains stance against U.S. COOL law

In a finding announced Friday, a World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body has upheld the finding of a WTO dispute panel that the U.S. Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law is inconsistent with the U.S. WTO obligations. FULL STORY »

Alltech's 2012 symposium is in the iBooks

The Alltech 28th Annual International Symposium was a venue for close to 3,000 delegates from around the world to discuss the future of agriculture and the challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050. FULL STORY »

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