The Influence of MOS on Sow and Piglet Performance

May 19, 2015

Mannanoligosaccharides (MOS) are complex carbohydrates derived from the cell wall of selected strains of the yeast Saccharomyces Cerevisiae. All of effects MOS has on the performance of animals result in improved performance, and the scientific literature has shown that both growth rate and feed efficiency have been improved when the MOS product was provided in the diets of piglets post weaning and during the growing-finishing period. Dr Jules Taylor Pickard from Alltech reviews all available sow studies for the response to MOS product and suggests possible modes of action for any positive response obtained.   ...

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The Role of Feed Enzymes in Poultry Gut Health

May 19, 2015

First introduced into the poultry industry in the 1980s, enzymes are now used in over 90% of all broiler diets. Feed enzyme application in diets for poultry is also one of the most researched fields in poultry science today, with over 2,500 independent enzyme trials conducted with broilers alone. Much of this research has been focussed on phytase and its mode of action. The penetration of carbohydrase and protease enzymes into poultry feed has been slower, particularly in markets that rely less on ‘viscous’ wheat and barley based diets. Luis Romero from Dupont compares and analyses several enzymes, the effects they have on poultry population, and as a result – more efficient production.   ...

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The Tipping Point in Companion Vector-Borne Diseases

May 19, 2015

Within the past year, organizations such as the World Health Organization and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (in partnership with the International Federation on Animal Health–IFAH), chose to recognize vector-borne diseases as a leading global public health topic, respectively. As key-takeaways, we’ve learned that vector-borne diseases are gaining scope in awareness, comprise a class of diseases which are entirely preventable to both animals and humans, and affect over one billion people globally. Here Prof. Norbert Mencke and Dominick Kennerson from Bayer Animal Health provide a framework on recent “Companion Vector-borne Diseases” (CVBD®) activities that may provide some insight into the CVBD landscape for the next several years.   ...

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