Feed efficiency drive puts yeast efficacy under the spotlight

With milk producers continuing to look for opportunities to increase margins, the role of yeasts in improving rumen function and feed efficiency is increasingly under the spotlight. But not all yeasts are the same, warns Dr Derek McIlmoyle, AB Vista EMEA Ruminant Technical Director, and care is needed if the returns are to outweigh the…


Specific threat of DON mycotoxin requires targeted approach to protect pig profitability

Of all the mycotoxins commonly found in pig diets, perhaps the greatest threat to pig health, productivity and efficiency comes from deoxynivalenol (DON). According to Dr Derek McIlmoyle, AB Vista EMEA Technical Director, the nature and scale of that threat requires specifically targeted counter-measures if pig unit profitability is to be safeguarded. “DON may not…


AB Vista to launch industry’s first phytate reference guide at IPPE

This month’s International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), Atlanta, January 30 – February 1 will see the launch of the animal feed industry’s first phytate reference guide. Developed by animal nutrition technology company AB Vista, the guide will contain details of average phytate levels for a range of raw materials available across the world. The…


ARMAGH CHOSEN FOR ‘FUTURE LOOKING’ PIG CONFERENCE

Advances in Nutrition for Future Challenges is the name being given to a progressive producers seminar to be held in the Armagh City Hotel, Armagh. Announcing the event, Joshua Daly, Sales and Marketing manager of AB Vista GB and Ireland says: “The future holds several feeding challenges for pig producers, and we are bringing together…


New research highlights opportunity to improve the iron status of piglets

Iron deficiency could be reducing the performance of piglets post-weaning, despite the routine use of iron injections and feed supplements. Recent data from Canada shows that, of approximately 1,000 pigs tested on 20 commercial farms using standard iron protocols, around 30% had low iron status or anaemia at weaning. This was associated with a loss…


AB VISTA RISES TO NUMBER TWO IN GLOBAL PHYTASE SECTOR

Positive sales growth has seen animal nutrition technology company AB Vista move to number two in phytase worldwide over the past year. Managing Director Richard Cooper says that the success comes from being customer-focused: “We’ve focused on sharing scientific advancements within the field of nutrition and technology in order to help our customers stay ahead.”…


AB Vista expands Technical Service Team with new Feed Applications Engineer

AB Vista’s Technical Services Team has recently been expanded, as part of the company’s strategy to strengthen feed mill support to customers in the Americas. Joel McAtee has joined AB Vista as Feed Applications Engineer for the Americas, having spent several years working in Operation and Regulatory roles in commercial feed facilities and premix plants.…


New book provides fresh insight into the use of enzymes in swine feed

Feed additive enzymes are set to play a key role in shaping the future of pork production efficiency, according to the contributing authors of a newly published book. Members of the senior research team from animal nutrition technology company AB Vista were asked to contribute a chapter to volume 2 of Achieving Sustainable Production of…


MORE GROWTH FROM SAME BEEF RATION THANKS TO FORAGE PRE-TREATMENT

Pre-treating beef rations with a Trichoderma reesei-derived fungal extract can increase average daily gain (ADG) by up to 13.4% without any increase in dry matter intake (DMI), according to a recent trial at Agri-Research Center in Texas. The study used two groups of 90 Aberdeen Angus-cross heifers fed the same ration either with or without…


How NIR technology is transforming new crop use across Europe after this year’s harvest

Feed producers and nutritionists across Europe are currently facing one of the toughest challenges of the year: new crop variability. The issue of variability has been highlighted this month, with the release of a European Commission report. Summarising a 30-year study, the report concludes that climate change is responsible for 40% of wheat production variability[1].…


Overcome the new crop challenge with a hard-working xylanase

For many, harvest may well be a time for reaping the rewards of a hard year’s work, but for nutritionists and producers the approach of the new crop harvest can pose a real challenge. Incorporating new crops can negatively impact performance, affecting feed conversion and other production indicators. By taking into account nutrient content variation…


IOWA SWINE DAY PROMISES PRIME PORK PROGRAM AND AWARD-WINNING BBQ

The 6th annual Iowa Swine Day, to be held on June 29, will bring together leading figures from the US pork industry to discuss key issues facing the sector. The use of science in agriculture will form a core part of the day, as Dr Joe Schwarcz from McGill University will discuss common misconceptions. Other…


CALCIUM RESEARCH COULD TRANSFORM THE NEXT GENERATION OF FEED FORMULATION

A research project is spearheading advances in precision calcium (Ca) nutrition, paving the way for improvements in feed formulation that could result in optimised animal performance, feed efficiency – and ultimately profits – across the swine feed industry. The project, underway at the University of Illinois and funded by AB Vista, aims to develop the…


Fernando Garcilopez joins the AB Vista sales team in Europe

AB Vista has appointed Fernando Garcilopez as Business Manager for Spain, Portugal and Italy. Mr Garcilopez joins AB Vista with more than 15 years’ experience in the feed additives commercial and technical area, having worked with some of the key players in the animal nutrition industry. His product portfolio will include Quantum Blue phytase and…


AB Vista expands ruminant expertise with new appointment

AB Vista continues to grow its ruminant business with the appointment of Nelson Ferreira to the company’s Brazilian team, in the new role of Ruminant Business Manager. Waldemar Rieping, AB vista’s business director for Latin America at AB Vista, says Mr Ferreira’s technical and sales experience will benefit customers in the growing ruminant market by…


AB VISTA TO SHARE ECONOMIC BENEFITS OF LATEST FEED ANALYSIS ADVANCEMENTS AT IPPE

Animal nutrition technology company AB Vista will demonstrate how the latest developments in feed analysis can reduce costs at the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, taking place from 31stJanuary to 2ndFebruary. Based at booth number B7963 in Hall B, AB Vista’s experts will take visitors through the latest advances in near infrared…


Changes to nutrition strategies could reduce woody breast – AB Vista

The release of nutrients through phytase superdosing, combined with nutrients that support the antioxidant status of the animal, are emerging as focuses in the search for tools and strategies to counter the effects of woody breast in poultry. The exact cause of woody breast, a muscle myopathy affecting the quality, texture and colour of chicken…


ACADEMIA AND INDUSTRY DETERMINED TO UNLOCK ANIMAL PERFORMANCE GAINS THROUGH PRECISION NUTRITION

New discoveries in the science that underpins feed efficacy could bring significant value to the animal feed industry, according to academics and researchers at a recent industry summit. The 3rd International Phytate Summit (IPS3), held in November, hosted by the University of Arkansas, the University of Illinois and AB Vista, brought together top scientists and…


TRIAL RESULTS CONFIRM THE BENEFITS OF FIBRE PRE-TREATMENT IN DAIRY MIXED RATIONS

According to recent research, application of a fibre pre-treatment to dairy total mixed rations (TMR) before feeding can increase overall milk production efficiency by 11.3%, enabling similar levels of production from 2.3 kg/day less dry matter intake (DMI). The results come from a trial run by Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (AgCanada) at the Lethbridge Research…


ASPAC PERFORMANCE AND PORTFOLIO EXPANSION MARK ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR FOR AB VISTA

Animal nutrition technology company AB Vista, has revealed a successive year of global market share growth driven largely by strong sales of the Quantum Blue and Econase XT enzyme product lines. In particular, the Asia-Pacific region saw sales over 30% higher than the previous financial year. Managing Director Richard Cooper says that, in addition to…


AB Vista expands North American ruminant team with new appointment

AB Vista has expanded its North American team, as part of the animal nutrition technology company’s strategy to strengthen its position in the ruminant market. Bruce Hageman joins AB Vista as Ruminant Business Manager, with more than 30 years of experience in sales, marketing and management for leading animal nutrition companies. Dieter Suida, Americas Director…


AMINO ACID UTILISATION AND THE VALUE OF PHYTASE HIGHLIGHTED AS THE INTERNATIONAL PHYTATE SUMMIT COMES TO A CLOSE

The third International Phytate Summit (IPS3) concluded yesterday with industry leaders discussing the anti-nutritional impact that phytate can have on protein digestibility, and the positive influence of phytase on amino acids. The event, themed The Value Chain of Phytate Destruction , has seen feed and nutrition experts from around the world share the latest research…


New technologies for feed production presented at AB Vista’s WNC Pre-Conference Symposium

A number of new nutritional strategies were discussed at the Western Nutrition Pre-Conference Symposium, hosted by AB Vista in collaboration with Robinson Bioproducts Incorporated. The event formed part of the 37thWestern Nutrition Conference (WNC), organized by the Animal Nutrition Association of Canada. Themed ‘ Leveraging tools and ingredients for animal performance and environmental benefit’ ,…


VISTAPRE-T FIBRE PRE-TREATMENT NOW AVAILABLE READY-MIXED INTO MOLASSES

The novel fibre pre-treatment VistaPre-T can now be included ready-mixed in any ED&F Man bulk molasses product, creating a single feed ingredient that combines the benefits of extra ration sugars and VistaPre-T to maximise forage and fibre digestion in the rumen. Available through all current ED&F Man merchants, the novel VistaPre-T option was developed as…


FORMULATING MINERALS WILL FOCUS ON PRECISION NUTRITION IN PIGS, POULTRY AND AQUACULTURE – INTERNATIONAL PHYTATE SUMMIT

New research into how essential minerals such as zinc, copper and calcium interact with other feed ingredients could unlock greater efficiencies in animal nutrition, according to feed industry representatives. Examples of such research were presented yesterday in Florida, USA, when more than 62 delegates from industry and academia joined for the second day of the…