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New Brazilian feed formulation tables

The Federal University of Viçosa (UFV-MG) in Brazil has launched a new edition of the ‘Brazilian Tables for Poultry and Swine,’ which is considered one of the most important references in the formulation of feed for the global agribusiness industry. This is the fourth edition of the material, which was presented during the IV International Symposium on Nutritional Requirements of Poultry and Swine on March 29 and 30 at the Federal University of Viçosa.The new edition verifies, through several studies using Alltech products, the efficiency of organic minerals in the supplementation of monogastric animals. The research monitored the inclusion of organic minerals in the diets of pigs between 66.1 pounds and 110.2 pounds, and in chickens during the growth period. These analyses indicated that the levels of organic minerals required for animal performance are 33% to 50% lower than that of inorganic trace minerals. These levels can change according to the species and animal purpose, whether for production or reproduction. This is due to the bioavailability of the microminerals, which facilitate the absorption of nutrients in the digestive tract and can therefore aid in weight gain and feed efficiency in animals. Other advantages of organic mineral supplementation are reduced impact on the environment and a greater return to the consumer.

Reference: AllAboutFeed

Zoetis Influence Feed: Tracking Influential issues in Food and Agriculture - May 15 - 29.

Top 5 Influencer Topics. 1. Proposed Budget: “President Trump’s budget request managed to do something few could have imagined: unite farmers and foodies,” said Environmental Working Group Vice President of Government Affairs Scott Faber on May 24. On the previous day, the Trump Administration proposed its 2018 budget, with significant cuts to crop insurance and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, aka “food stamps”). Readers can find an Associated Press primer on how each federal agency would be affected here. The proposed budget cuts were met with broad opposition from food and agriculture leaders. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall commented: “This budget fails agriculture and rural America,” and Politico agriculture correspondents asserted, “President Donald Trump is all but declaring war on the farm bill.” In line with Duvall, crop agriculture groups opposed the budget outright. Meanwhile, Mother Jones argued against SNAP cuts. Environmental groups such as Friends of the Earth and food safety advocates such as Center for Science in the Public Interest challenged the budget as well.Budget discussions next move to Congress, where Agriculture Committee Chairmen Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) already issued a joint statement: “We will fight to ensure farmers have a strong safety net so this key segment of our economy can weather current hard times and continue to provide all Americans with safe, affordable food. … we need to take a look at our nutrition assistance programs to ensure that they are helping the most vulnerable in our society.” 2. NAFTA: In a May 18 letter, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer officially notified (PDF) Congress that renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) will begin in August. Lighthizer explained that the deal “was negotiated 25 years ago, and while our economy and businesses have changed considerably over that period, NAFTA has not.” National Association of Wheat Growers exemplified industry sentiment with its response: “Wheat Industry Looks for New NAFTA Opportunities, But Priority Remains Do No Harm.” Activist groups were less vocal about the move; however, Friends of the Earth urged, “Any trade agreement that the U.S. enters must protect public health and our environment.” 3. USDA Restructuring: Discussion of the USDA’s reorganization, proposed on May 11, continued into subsequent weeks. NYU professor Marion Nestle urged blog readers to file comments on whitehouse.gov: “Now is our chance to tell this administration how important USDA agencies are and why they need to be strengthened.” In Food Safety News, Brian Ronholm, former deputy undersecretary of food safety at USDA, worried about the plan’s effect on food safety policy. U.S. Meat Export Federation wrote in Drovers CattleNetwork of promising potential collaboration with the new USDA undersecretary of trade. Reactions to the USDA’s proposed reorganization ranged widely, but the plan’s continued prominence hints at its weight for influential food and agriculture players. 4. JBS Bribery Scandal: On May 17, Brazilian newspaper O Globo revealed (source in Portuguese) that JBS SA Chairman Joesley Batista entered a plea bargain for paying $150 million in bribes to Brazilian President Michel Temer and more than 1,800 other politicians over the course of 15 years. U.S.-based media organizations paid close attention, because roughly half of the company’s revenue comes from its operations in the United States. As the scope of the company’s corruption scandal expanded to include seven executives, Food Business News covered the financial fallout, Chris Clayton of DTN Progressive Farmer analyzed the impact of the news on commodity trading and Meatingplace examined (paywall) how Pilgrim’s Pride will (or won’t) be affected. The Wall Street Journal reported (paywall) that Batista and his brother, Wesley Batista, resigned on May 26. 5. Immigration: On May 15, Reuters covered an April 25 White House roundtable on farm labor. Meeting attendee Zippy Duvall said, “[Trump] assured us we would have plenty of access to workers.” In addition, NPR: The Salt reported on the rise in temporary H-2A visa — a visa program that Western Growers CEO Tom Nassif contended should be reformed (transcript via Marion Nestle). Nassif warned, “I think several of the smaller to midsize operators are in danger of either having to cease farming or sell their operations to larger producers who have the wherewithal to withstand some of the things that are happening because they are able to invest in and develop more mechanical harvesting and other robotic operations.” Meanwhile, Civil Eats reported a team of Democratic senators have introduced a bill for a “Blue Card” program, which would protect undocumented worker with a history of working in the United States. Issues Rank http://www.thepoultrysite.com/uploads/files/Zoetis%20issues%20rank.PNG Trade and regulation was top of mind for influencers in May, as evidenced above. President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget stirred (PDF) complaints beginning May 23, while recent trade policy conversations have centered around NAFTA renegotiation (PDF) and the USDA reorganization, which includes the creation of a USDA undersecretary of trade. Attention to farming methods was driven by a group of activists and academics lobbying WHO to “recognize industrial animal farming as a challenge for global health.” On May 10, market researchers NPD Group published a report on meat and dairy alternatives, finding plant-based products remain niche, despite substantial growth.

Reference: ThePoultrySite

Sunflower seeds are frequently contaminated with aflatoxins. This has been shown by researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) in the US.

Sunflower seeds often contain aflatoxins Sunflower seeds are frequently contaminated with aflatoxins. This has been shown by researchers from Michigan State University (MSU) in the US. Aflatoxins, toxins produced by Aspergillus moulds commonly infect corn, peanuts, pistachios and almonds. The US study (done in Tanzania) is one of the first studies to associate aflatoxin contamination with sunflower seeds. Samples of sunflower seeds (n = 90) and cakes (n = 92) were collected across 2 years, and analysed for total aflatoxin concentrations using a direct competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA).For seed samples collected June-August 2014, the highest aflatoxin concentrations were from Dodoma (1.7–280.6 ng/g), Singida (1.4–261.8 ng/g), and Babati-Manyara (1.8–162.0 ng/g). The highest concentrations for cakes were from Mbeya (2.8–97.7 ng/g), Dodoma (1.9–88.2 ng/g), and Singida (2.0–34.3 ng/g). For seed samples collected August-October 2015, the highest concentrations were from Morogoro (2.8–662.7 ng/g), Singida (1.6–217.6 ng/g) and Mbeya (1.4–174.2 ng/g). The highest concentrations for cakes were from Morogoro (2.7–536.0 ng/g), Dodoma (1.4–598.4 ng/g) and Singida (3.2–52.8 ng/g). Juma Mmongoyo, a former MSU food science doctoral student and lead author of the study, analysed aflatoxin levels of seeds and cakes in 7 regions of Tanzania in 2014 and 2015. Nearly 60% of seed samples and 80% of cake samples were contaminated with aflatoxins. "These high aflatoxin levels, in a commodity frequently consumed by the Tanzanian population, indicate that local authorities must implement interventions to prevent and control aflatoxin contamination along the sunflower commodity value chain, to enhance food and feed safety in Tanzania," said Gale Strasburg, MSU food science and human nutrition professor and one of the study's co-authors.

Reference: All about feed

New world record for wheat yield New Zealand farmer Eric Watson has just harvested the highest yielding wheat crop ever.

ABC rural reports that the record, weighing in at 16.79 tonnes to the hectare, was grown near Ashburton in New Zealand, and has been certified by Guinness World Records. The record setting figure is eight times higher than the average Australian wheat yield.The wheat was an English variety called Oakley, and was grown on silty clay soil with a water holding capacity of 180mm. The crops were irrigated twice, and only received 285 kg of applied nitrogen, which Mr Watson said was 'quite low'. So what happens to the wheat? “Well, it doesn't face a particularly special future,” according to Mr Watson. "It's just gone into a big heap in the shed with my feed wheat."

Reference: All about feed

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