Elevated DON risks a problem for pig farms

Thanks to a period of wet and snowy weather parts of the U.S. and Canada, experts are advising operations that handle corn or feed ingredients to be cautious of mycotoxins going forward.

Of particular concern is deoxynivalenol, or DON. This mycotoxin is produced by a mold that flourishes in wet conditions and is a major […]

Global feed surpasses one billion metric tons

The results are in: Around the globe, feed tonnage has exceeded one billion metric tons for the second year in a row, says the 2018 Alltech Global Feed Survey.

The total amount of feed produced in 2017? Approximately 1.07 billion metric tons — a 2.57% increase from the previous year. This contributes to a 13% […]

IARC urges action against mycotoxin contamination

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is urging action against mycotoxin contamination in developing countries after a recent review of the health effects associated with consuming aflatoxins and fumonisins was completed. This review found stronger evidence than ever before that mycotoxin contamination leads to stunted growth in children and has a much greater […]

The perfect pea?

A group of scientists at the John Innes Centre in the U.K. have developed peas that will help animals absorb more protein from their diet. Published in PLOS ONE, this study is important because peas and other legume seeds contain several proteins that stop nutrients from being fully absorbed in the intestines of not only […]

Aflatoxins threaten Africa’s food supply

Africa faces several food supply issues caused by various events from drought to flooding to conflict and more. One of the most constant threats to the continent’s food supply, however, are foodborne toxins known as aflatoxins.

As discussed in a recent article, aflatoxins are produced by fungus that grows on crops such as corn and […]

Scotland says no to GMOs

In a move that has garnered praise from environmentalists and sharp criticism from farmers, Scotland announced Sunday that it would move to ban the growing of genetically modified crops throughout the country.

“Scotland is known around the world for our beautiful natural environment — and banning growing genetically modified crops will protect and further enhance […]

Infrared grain sorters to be utilized by Canadian feed mill

New infrared grain sorting technology will soon be utilized by one Canadian feed mill in an effort to remove grains infected with fusarium head blight, or ergot, from crops before they are made into animal feed.

As described in a recent article, this will increase the overall grade and quality of grains, which allows sales […]

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Animal Science

Use of insects in animal feed seen as favorable by farmers, sector and consumers – PHYS.org The attitudes towards the use of insects in animal feed and resulting livestock products […]

Study: PEDv can be spread through feed

A recently published study concludes that the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) can be spread through contaminated animal feed.

The study’s authors state that contaminated animal feed was suspected as the cause of PEDv outbreaks on two farms in Minnesota and one in Iowa. All three farms received an “emergency” shipment of feed in January […]

Optimization & prevention for animal safety

One of the key aspects of every farmer’s job is to ensure that their animals and crops are happy and healthy. To do this, they must put preventative measures in place to optimize performance and quality down the road.

The website All About Feed recently released its list of ways to optimize performance in animals, […]