Nestle makes global commitment to source cage-free eggs by 2025

Nov 6, 2017

Nestlé has made a global commitment to source only cage-free eggs for all its food products by 2025. This includes all shell eggs and egg products directly sourced as ingredients by Nestlé. Nestlé will make the transition to cage-free eggs in Europe and US by the end of 2020, and in the rest of the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania by 2025, with the move in Asia to be completed in the same transition period. This announcement follows those made by many other companies, who have committed to join the growing cage-free movement worldwide. Whilst the timescales proposed to banish cages by Nestlé, and others, are lengthy, animal welfare organisations have welcomed the step.   Compassion in World Farming Director of Food Business, Tracey Jones, said: “Nestlé’s announcement to take their cage-free commitment worldwide has the potential to benefit the lives of millions of laying hens and highlights the company’s journey to improving farm animal welfare. “We will continue to work with Nestlé to ensure the production system... ...

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Innovation is good news – Opening eyes to resource efficiency in the European agri-food chain – 23 November 2017, Renaissance Brussels Hotel

Nov 6, 2017

The Agri-Food Chain Coalitions (AFCC) has the pleasure to invite you to attend its event on  ‘Innovation is good news – Opening eyes to resource efficiency in the European agri-food chain’. The event will take place on the 23rd November 2017,  at the Renaissance Brussels Hotel Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Brussels and will be hosted by MEP Czeslaw Adam Siekierski MEP, Chair of COM AGRI. The AFCC is a joint initiative representing 13 leading industry associations across the agri-food chain, united in their call for sustainable, solution-orientated and innovative policies that benefit the EU and beyond. For more information, visit https://agrifoodchaincoalition.eu.   ...

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Novel bTB work brings vets, farmers and activists together

Nov 6, 2017

A vet’s pioneering work to break transmission routes of bTB in the heart of badger cull territory appears to have had an unforeseen consequence – a meeting of the minds between vets, farmers and animal activists. Devon vet Dick Sibley works in what he describes as “the epicentre of bovine TB” with the highest prevalence of the disease anywhere in Europe, and almost one in five farms in the county infected. Efforts to ease the situation through the culling of badgers has stoked passionate reaction – for and against the cull. Dr Sibley – director of West Ridge Veterinary Practice in Witheridge, Devon, and former president of the BCVA – has been working with a chronically infected herd of 1,100 dairy cattle that have been under restriction and tested every 60 days for the past 7 years. The problem is the infection is circulating within the herd and maintaining the infection in the population. By employing two, novel bTB tests that are more sensitive than the traditional “skin test”, Dr... ...

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Disease early warning system to deliver big benefits

Nov 6, 2017

University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science project will use analytics and machine learning to provide a disease early warning system in calves as young as 14 weeks. A £1.13 million project could reduce antibiotic use and save farmers million of pounds in the process. Researchers at The University of Nottingham believe the innovation, dubbed Y-Ware, could save the UK farming industry millions of pounds, improve animal health and welfare and reduce antimicrobial use. Bolus sensors To date, bolus sensors, which sit in the animal’s gut and monitor body temperature or pH, are the most widespread piece of kit used, but are only available for adult cows. The Y-Ware project aims to develop a bolus sensor that could be used in calves as young as 14 weeks, in addition to a dashboard to collate information from a range of sources, including temperature and veterinary records, to provide farmers with a comprehensive early warning system. Data signatures This will be used to produce baseline data and a specific “signature”... ...

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Trace Minerals (Chelated) in Feed Market Worth 570.8 Million USD by 2022

Nov 6, 2017

The report “Trace Minerals (Chelated) in Feed Market by Type (Zinc, Iron, Manganese, Cobalt, Chromium, Copper), Livestock (Ruminants, Swine, Poultry, Aquaculture), Form (Dry, Liquid), Chelate Type, and Region – Global Forecast to 2022“, published by MarketsandMarkets™, the market for trace minerals (chelated) in feed, in terms of value is estimated at USD 431.2 Million in 2017 and is projected to reach USD 570.8 Million by 2022, at a CAGR of 5.8 % from 2017. Standardization of meat products owing to disease outbreaks and increasing awareness about precision nutrition techniques to improve meat quality have led to the increased consumption of chelated trace minerals. Furthermore, growth in livestock production followed by an increase in the number of animal-based products and continuous rise in meat consumption are other factors driving the global chelated feed trace minerals feed market. In 2016, on the basis of type, the zinc segment accounted for the largest share of the chelated feed trace minerals market in terms of value and volume. Zinc is widely used because of its high... ...

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Henry Schein Reports Record Third Quarter Financial Results

Nov 6, 2017

Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health, and medical practitioners, today reported record third quarter financial results. All per share figures in this news release reflect the 2-for-1 common stock split that Henry Schein completed during the third quarter of 2017. Net sales for the quarter ended September 30, 2017 were $3.2 billion, an increase of 10.3% compared with the third quarter of 2016. This consisted of 8.8% growth in local currencies and a 1.5% increase related to foreign currency exchange. In local currencies, internal sales growth was 4.8% and acquisition growth was 4.0% (see Exhibit A for details of sales growth). Net income attributable to Henry Schein, Inc. for the third quarter of 2017 was $138.0 million, or $0.87 per diluted share. Compared with the GAAP results for the third quarter of 2016, this represents growth of 3.2% and 6.1%, respectively. Compared with the non-GAAP results for the third quarter of 2016, this represents growth of... ...

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Nutriad Partners with Research Institutes in Brazil

Nov 6, 2017

Belgium headquartered multinational NUTRIAD, manufacturer of specialty feed additives for livestock and aquaculture, announced it engaged into strategic partnerships with leading universities in Brazil: Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Federal University of Goiânia (UFG) and State University of Londrina (UEL). These agreements allow the science based company to evaluate its product portfolio under tropical circumstances, develop new technologies and seek new applications and solutions to the day-to-day challenges across species. Stated Nutriad CEO Erik Visser: “Testing our feed additive solutions in different geographies and ensuring their efficacy under different climatological circumstances is a strategic focus for Nutriad. Also, these engagements further confirm our commitment to the development of academic talent across the world.” Current research cover amongst others flavors, organic acids and essential oils for application in swine and poultry. Initial results on trials with our flavor for lactating sows showed a significant increase in consumption and milk production and, consequently, a greater weight of piglets at weaning. Other planned research will focus on products from Nutriad’s Digestive Performance... ...

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Henry Schein Animal Health Creates Pet Diabetes Resource Center To Raise Awareness Of Disease’s Risk Factors And Warning Signs

Oct 30, 2017

Henry Schein Animal Health, the U.S. animal health business of Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC), today announced the launch of its Pet Diabetes Resource Center, a web-based hub designed to raise awareness, enhance understanding, and improve management of the disease among the veterinary community and pet parents. Created in recognition of November as Pet Diabetes Month, the resource center features links to educational materials, webinars, videos, articles, and a downloadable infographic that veterinary practices can share on social media and with their clients. According to information provided on the resource center, diabetes is caused by the lack of insulin that regulates blood-sugar levels in not just humans, but cats and dogs as well. Many pet owners, however, may be unaware of the disease’s risk factors and warning signs. Diagnosing diabetes early and managing the disease properly are essential, as this can help prevent more serious medical issues, such as heart and kidney problems, severe cataracts in dogs, and hind-leg weakness in cats. Veterinarians and pet owners can also use educational... ...

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Nutriad Highlights Dairy Portofolio At USA Exhibition

Oct 30, 2017

Multinational feed additives producer Nutriad, participated for the thirteenth time in the World Dairy Expo earlier this month. An industry leader for decades, Nutriad was a proud Two Star sponsor of the event. The popular conference welcomed eighty- five thousand dairy farmers and professionals. During the five-day exhibition Nutriad fully engaged with industry contacts, highlighted new and existing products and specifically promoted its range of dairy specific solutions. The Nutriad US team at the World Dairy Expo ranged from representatives from Belize and Mexico to the Nutriad specialists across the USA and Canada. Supporting dairy customers around the world and especially locally was the principal focus of Nutriad’s efforts at this year’s event. A touchpoint for innovations, the Nutriad booth this year featured a presentation of NutriTrace®, a new technology featuring organic trace minerals designed for a variety of applications in dairy feeding systems. NutriTrace® consists of Zn, Cu and Mn, complexed with various nitrogenous compounds and provides excellent stability and bioavailability characteristics. Several interested farmers and nutritionists stopped by... ...

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Nutriad USA Expands Sales Team

Oct 30, 2017

A global leader in feed additives solutions for livestock and aquaculture, NUTRIAD has once more strengthened its commercial team in the USA by adding commercial talent to its organization. The company is increasing its focus on dairy producers and seeks to grow its market share across feed producers and integrators for livestock species. Chuck Middleton has joined Nutriad as Dairy Nutrition Consultant. Chuck resides in Idaho and has extensive experience with various ag supplier organizations. He has served on various advisory board, and has worked to support dairy through various channels. Chuck attended University of Idaho and received a BS in both Agricultural Education and Animal Science. Kevin Stephens has joined Nutriad, Inc. as Regional Sales Manager in Southeast USA. Kevin and his family reside in North Carolina. Kevin brings with him an impressive track record of success in the poultry, food and agricultural industry. He received his Bachelor of Science degree at Marshall University. According to Grady Fain, Sr Vice President Sales and Business Development “We are dedicated to... ...

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