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Family farm XXL

No less than 11 members of the Larson family run Larson Acres dairy farm in the American town of Evansville, Wisconsin. With about 2900 dairy cows, 5000 acres of land and 50 employees clear tasking and good management is key to the success of the whole operation. The proverbial 'nerve centre' of the...

Peanut brittle coating receives patent

A US patent has been issued for a Kansas State University-developed “peanut brittle” that ensures cows and other livestock eating it get their vitamins. Jim Drouillard, professor of animal sciences and industry; Tom Herald, food chemist and adjunct professor of grain science and industry; and Matthe...

Skretting to launch Premium trout feed

Skretting is to launch Premium feed for trout on 1 January 2015. The feed gives reduced feed conversion rate, better growth and increased slaughter yield. The anticipation is immense among fish farmers worldwide. Since 2012 Optiline Premium has been a success for salmon farmers. Manufacturers aroun...

Keeping the hatchery clean and disinfected

A hatchery is the very earliest stage in chickens’ lives. Each type of contamination in this environment is a true threat to their health status. Hence, proper hygiene, disinfection and permanent monitoring in the hatchery are of paramount importance for an upcoming healthy flock. By Colin Russe...

What the textbooks don’t tell you about... The annual appraisal

John Gadd: “Don’t do the annual appraisal behind a desk. Choose a couple of comfortable chairs.” This routine management exercise started 35 years ago in industry and commerce, and within the past ten years has ‘infected’ pig industries worldwide, especially among the larger units. I use that emotiv...

US: RFA comments on supplemental rulemaking regulation

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) has submitted comments to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on its supplemental rulemaking proposal outlining best practices for the regulation of animal food under the Food Safety Modernization Act. The FSMA lays out regulations for animal feed, which enco...

Danosha launch sixth pig farm in Ukraine

Danish company Danosha has launched its sixth pig farm in the Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast of Ukraine, according to the company. The farm is designed to keep 24,000 heads of pigs. According to Tom Axelgaard, the CEO of Axzon (Danosha's mother company), this farm is an example of the newest technology not ...

Chile’s pork engine is slowing down

In the last decade, Chile’s pork industry has seen considerable growth in both production and exports. Recently, however, the Chilean industry has noticed some setbacks which include 
higher feed costs and veterinary problems. By Kees van Dooren, Boerderij For more than ten years th...

The technological edge for animal feed producers

As with other industries that rely on laboratory analysis, the feed industry is increasingly looking for ways to blur the lines between the lab and the field. Portable devices are a relatively new edition in this. By Bill Grube and Igor Nazarov of Thermo Fisher Scientific, USA The increase...

Potters Poultry Intl appoints distributor for Australia

Potters Poultry International has appointed Australasian Agricultural Services (AAS), a well-known poultry equipment supply company based near Brisbane QLD, as their Australian distributer. AAS is a family business and specialist poultry supply company well known and respected by both the breeding, ...

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