Intensive animal husbandry may be having presentation problems in the face of public opinion, but the professional presentation of the sector is taking place at EuroTier in Hanover on 13-16 November. This year the exhibition is being held with even more exhibitors and on an even larger area in even more halls at the exhibition grounds in Hanover.

» Bright outlook for poultry towards 2020
Branch is industrialising and works international

Poultry will become the winning protein until 2020 as the world population expands and incomes rise. The global poultry industry will take advantage of growth in all regions of the world, more international trade, and growth in modern distribution. The industry will benefit from its very competitive production cost and its health and convenience image. Scarcity in global markets will increase the international trade, according to Rabobank analysts.

» Inorganic feed Phosphates
It’s the P-absorbability that counts

All animals require phosphorus. Phosphorus (P) is not only a major component of bone, it is essential for many metabolic processes. It plays an important role in energy metabolism (carbohydrate, amino acid and fat metabolism), it plays a role in the metabolism of nervous tissue, in blood chemistry, and transport of fatty acids. P is a component of nucleic acids, DNA, RNA, and many coenzymes. It is a component of cell membranes and has a key function in energy storage and transfer (a.o. adenosine di- and triphosphate and creatine phosphate). Supply of adequate levels of absorbable P, in a balanced ratio to calcium and other minerals, is necessary to guarantee optimal performance. On the other hand, excessive phosphorus leads to high excretion levels, resulting in environmental problems such as eutrophication of fresh waters accelerating growth of algae and other aquatic plants.

» Use of microbial phytases in pig fattening
Reducing phosphorus elimination and boosting cost-efficiency

The possible level of phosphorus fertilising in Germany results from the farm nutrient comparison, in which supply and removal of nutrients are recorded. The Fertiliser Regulation (DüV) specifies that this nutrient comparison must not show a balance surplus of more than 20 kg P2O5/ha over an average of six fertilising years.

» Will there be enough corn left?
In Brazil demand is growing faster than production

The increasing domestic demand for corn as feed for meat production and the competition for land area by alternative crops make it difficult for Brazil to become a more prominent player in the international corn market. To expand the Brazilian corn crop, price levels are needed.

» 160 years at the Agricultural Experimental Station Leipzig-Möckern
Fundamental contributions to developing animal nutrition science

The Experimental Station Leipzig-Möckern was established by statute in 1852 as the first German agricultural experimental station and since then has made crucial contributions to developing animal nutrition as a separate scientific discipline.

» Regulatory environment is becoming more global
Interview with Elinor McCartney

Authorising an additive for the EU market requires extensive experiments and conclusive argumentation. Pen & Tec Consulting offers its services to help avoid time-consuming demands for improvements by the permit-issuing authorities. Agency manager Elinor McCartney explains how to circumvent snares and pitfalls.

» Phytogenic additives for the rumen
Relieving the burden on the metabolism of high-yield cows

Efficiency is becoming an ever more relevant topic in animal nutrition. This is due not least to the growing scarcity of resources and potential conflicts between human food and animal feed. Ruminants assume a special position in this connection, as they are able to convert a great deal of fibre-rich feedstuff that is unsuitable for human diets into high-grade protein sources such as milk or meat.

» Refined rapeseed meal
A native protein raw material for pig feeding

Prices for soy and soy products reached a new all-time peak, the highest level since the beginning of price recording, at the turn of the month (August-September). Prices of over 500 €/t are being traded at the exchange in Chicago. Between the end of May and the beginning of August soy prices on the world market climbed by around 40 percent. From January to the present prices have risen by as much as two thirds.

» Iodine transfer into meat
Only little to affect

Starting from the significance of the essential trace element iodine (I) for humans and animals and the transfer of iodine into milk and eggs, as discussed in the first article in this series (see Kraftfutter 2012, issue 7/8), this article looks at the integration of iodine administered via the feed into the animal body, and above all into the parts consumed by humans.

» Influence of phytogenic feed additives on the performance parameters of broilers
Tests with three products

According to a study by the Lower Saxony Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Consumer Protection and Land Development, antimicrobial active agents (in other words antibiotics) are used in 83 percent of the broiler farms examined and in 92 percent of the farms with turkey rearing and fattening. Reports of this kind lead to increasing levels of uncertainty among consumers and an ever more pressing wish for alternatives that have a positive effect on the welfare and hence on the performance of the animals.

» Challenges in Piglet Feeding
Focusing on gut health

The piglet is in a dire state after weaning. This is caused by economic pressure asking for early weaning whilst the digestive and immunological systems are not fully developed yet. After weaning intestinal disorders including diarrhoea are commonly encountered problems in practice. The withdrawal of dietary antibiotic growth promoters has emphasized nutritional management to stabilize gut health in weaning piglets that turns out to be a sophisticated but crucial exercise.