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EFSA opinion on inclusion rate silage inoculant

Lactobacillus plantarum, when used as a technological additive intended to improve the ensiling process, works best at an inclusion rate of 5 × 107 and 1 × 108 CFU/kg forage. This was the conclusion of  the Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed (FEEDAP, part of EFSA) that...

Pig production in Crimea – what is it like?

The attention of the world turned to Crimea in March 2014, as the peninsula was the core of a Cold War style political crisis. There is a moderate amount of pig production as well as pork consumption on these Black Sea shores. What does it all mean for them? By Vladislav Vorotnikov   Crimea may be...

Research: Controlling blackhead disease in US poultry

Blackhead disease in poultry has been studied in a research project funded by USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation at the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga. Molecular techniques were used to track outbreaks of Blackhead Disease, to correlate these outbreaks with specific isolates of Histomonas m...

SternMaid launches fluid bed technology for better feed

SternMaid, one of Europe’s leading contract manufacturers of powdered products, has gained access to new target groups in the feed industry by introducing fluid bed technology. Its fluid bed processor permits a vast range of improvements in the processing of ingredients – from a longer shelf-life an...

Avangardco reports egg profits despite political unrest

Avangardco, the largest producer of shell eggs and egg products in Ukraine and number one producer in Eurasia, has reported a 3% year-on-year profit increase to US$ 266.7 mln, in its 2013 financial results. "2013 was another successful year for Avangardco," commented Irina Marchenko, chief executive...

Ukrainian egg producers await opening of the EU market

Ukrainian egg producers are waiting for the opening of the market of the European Union (EU) in May of this year. At this time the European Commission will unilaterally withdraw a number of trade tariffs, including for livestock products. Egg exports to Europe will allow the large Ukraine holdings t...

Legislation changes prompts disease fears in EU meat

Meat from animals infected with diseases could make it into the food chain and onto consumer plates following changes by the European Commission to modernise legislation, food inspectors warn. Statistics show that between 2012 and 2014 more than two million occurrences of tapeworm were found in red ...

Drought forces hay prices to sky rocket

US hay producers report a decent crop as they take their first cuttings of 2014, but the drought is expected to take its toll on overall yields. With some growers expected to stop their production sooner this year as water runs out, overall production could dip to more than 20% below an average year...

Iowa State University mourns the loss of two pig veterinarians

Iowa State University lost two great resources with the recent passing of Dr H. Scott Hurd and Dr James McKean, within just a few weeks of each other. Dr H. Scott Hurd, 58, passed away on Thursday, March 27, after having fought a battle with brain cancer. Dr McKean passed away unexpectedly last Thur...

Lithuania to support farmers affected by ASF

Lithuanian farmers affected by African Swine Fever (ASF) may soon start participation in a program of receiving assistance from the European Union (EU). Local authorities claim that Lithuania developed a scheme of assistance for farmers affected by ASF. "We will not leave pig producers affected by A...

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