Are We Getting the Best Out of Our Sows? The Use of Phytogenics in Sow Diets to Enhance Performance

Sep 15, 2016

As we edge ever-closer to the challenging prospect of supplying food to an estimated 9 billion people by 2050, armed with fewer resources and in many cases without the use of antibiotic growth promoters (AGP), producers are undoubtedly faced with a difficult task. In this piece, Clare Gaukroger, R&D scientist at Anpario PLC, outlines the situation and supplies a helpful solution. In order to meet the future prospective consumer demand, pig producers must increase their output of pig meat (kg/sow/year). To do this, producers must start by improving sow performance. ...

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Medicated Feed, Antibiotics and Global Concern

Sep 15, 2016

Dr Ian Brown, Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs advising the Food Standards Agency and UK Ministers of State, writes about the challenges of animal prescriptions. For a physician, scientist and advocate of a ‘one health’ policy for both humans and animals, all medicines must be used judiciously. Stringent regulations apply to the medication of feed, with correct dosing and mixing to avoid carry-over of a medicated feed to a batch of non-target feed. This is where the prescription of a medicine for a group of animals differs significantly from the more usual prescribing practice in human bacterial infections.       ...

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