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…


AB Vista to unveil phytase superdosing strategies at Germany’s EuroTier event

The latest advancements in animal nutrition and the novel role of phytase in transforming nutrition strategies will be showcased at AB Vista’s stand (20E08), at EuroTier in Hanover, Germany, from November 15th to 18th. Juan Ignacio Fernández, AB Vista Sales Director for West & South Europe, says directives such as the proposed limits on zinc…


MAXIMISING DIETARY FIBRE DIGESTIBILITY CRITICAL TO DAIRY AND BEEF PRODUCTIVITY THIS WINTER

Many rations are underperforming compared to expectations this winter thanks to lower quality grass silages and potentially higher levels of dietary fibre. Maximising energy release from this fibre is therefore critical if livestock are to extract as much production as possible from the rations being fed, claims Dr Nicola Walker, AB Vista’s Ruminant Product Development…


Advancements in feed analysis by NIR set to deliver greater benefits to feed formulation

New developments in Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIR) technology are unlocking greater insights for the feed industry, which should mean improved returns for producers. Whilst NIR has been used in traditional ‘proximate analysis’ for some time to measure components such as fibre, protein and moisture, this has recently been extended to include in vivo metabolisable energy…


Understanding dietary fibre to boost animal feed and digestion

The addition of fibre-degrading enzymes to feed delivers significant benefits for animal digestion, explains Dr Hadden Graham, Global Technical Director at AB Vista. Dietary fibre is commonly known as the part of the diet which is not broken down by the animal’s digestive enzymes. But in the latest of AB Vista’s Extraordinary Science Brought to…


LIFETIME NUTRITION KEY TO OPTIMISING PIG PERFORMANCE

Continuing to improve nutrient utilisation and performance through in-feed applications is a key focus for modern swine production systems. In particular, when faced with greater legislative pressures on antibiotics and trace minerals, feed and nutrition is more important than ever according to animal nutrition company AB Vista. Dr Pete Wilcock, AB Vista Global Technical Manager…


Producers can maximise xylanase benefits through understanding its mechanisms

Recent swine trials have shown that xylanase introduction early in the nursery period and fed through to slaughter increases overall pig finisher performance. Dr Pete Wilcock, Global Technical Manager at AB Vista, explains how the response may be potentially associated with three mechanisms in a new video, released by AB Vista. “The first mechanism is…


PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO RUMEN CONDITIONS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF FORAGE THIS WINTER

With many of the year’s grass silages higher in fibre and lower in energy than in 2015, maintaining ration energy levels and maximising milk from forage could be a challenge this winter, warns Dr Derek McIlmoyle, AB Vista’s Technical Director for GB and Ireland. “The rumen will need to be working at its very best…


Research focuses on nutritional strategies to reduce woody breast

The role of nutrition is now a focus in the search for tools and strategies to counter the impact of woody breast, a condition found primarily in fast growing, heavy broilers. The exact cause of woody breast, a muscle abnormality affecting the texture and colour of chicken breast meat, is currently unknown – although some…


Iowa Swine Day: Last Place Award honors outstanding achievement

AB Vista and TechMix’s Last Place Award made a welcome return to Iowa Swine Day this year, following its debut in 2015. The award, created to recognize commitment to the swine industry, was presented to Iowa Select Farms’ swine supervisor Tom Boge for his outstanding and dedicated service. Denny McKilligan, Innovations Leader, TechMix, says the…


COMPLIMENTARY MYCOTOXIN TEST AVAILABLE FROM AB VISTA AT UK DAIRY DAY

A complimentary mycotoxin test has been added to AB Vista’s offer of free on-the spot analysis for any silage and grass samples brought to the 3rd UK Dairy Day event, to be held in Telford on 14 September. All maize and wholecrop forage samples tested on the company’s stand (H102) using the NIR4 Farm hand-held…


Animal nutrition advancements to be showcased at WNC Pre-Conference Symposium

Industry experts will share research and expertise on how to leverage tools and ingredients for animal performance and environmental benefits, at the Western Nutrition Pre-Conference Symposium in Saskatoon, Canada, on September 20th. The symposium is hosted by AB Vista in collaboration with Robinson Bioproducts Incorporated, and forms part of the 37thWestern Nutrition Conference (WNC), organized…


AB VISTA WELCOMES NEW TECHNICAL SALES MANAGER FOR AUSTRALASIA

AB Vista has expanded its global team with the appointment of nutrition expert Dr. Ken Greaney, who joins the company as technical sales manager for Australasia. Global Sales Director for AB Vista, Ari Kiviniemi, says Dr. Greaney will play an important role in strengthening the company’s existing business in Australasia and his experience specific to…


CORN QUALITY VARIATION DEMONSTRATES BENEFITS OF NIR ANALYSIS

International data shows that variation in corn quality could be adding significant costs to the feed industry, particularly for poultry and swine producers. The corn data collected from feedmills around the world, from January to May this year, showed that the apparent metabolisable energy (AME) content in corn can vary by more than 400 kcal/kg.…


RUMEN FUNCTION VITAL FOR GREATER GAINS IN BEEF AND DAIRY HERDS

Optimising rumen function is a primary way to unlock greater gains for beef and dairy producers, according to a nutritional expert. Dr Nicola Walker, Ruminant Product Development Manager at AB Vista, is advising producers to stabilise rumen pH and improve fibre digestion in order to see better milk yield and components and feed efficiency in…


FREE ON-THE-SPOT ANALYSIS OF FORAGE SAMPLES BROUGHT TO THE AB VISTA STAND AT UK DAIRY DAY 2016

AB Vista is offering free-of-charge, on-the-spot analysis for silage samples brought to the company’s stand (H102) at the 3rd UK Dairy Day event, to be held in Telford on the 14th September. Available to farmers, nutritionists and consultants the service will be provided using NIR4 Farm, a hand-held near-infrared reflectance (NIR) spectrometer recently launched in…


AB Vista grows global ruminant sector capability with two new strategic appointments

AB Vista has appointed two new staff to its team, as the company aims to strengthen its global ruminants business. Dr Ousama AlZahal has been appointed Ruminant Research and Development Manager, and Chris White has been appointed Ruminant Marketing Manager. Charlie Sheppy, General Manager for AB Vista’s ruminant business, says the new appointments will help…


Beef finishing performance boosted by switch to slow release conditioner

Replacing sodium bicarbonate buffer in beef finishing rations with a slow release rumen conditioner can increase growth rate by 7% and feed efficiency by 5%, according to the results of a recent University of Milan trial. The change also reduced the incidence of bloat, lameness and aggressive behaviour. The trial used 126 Charolais bulls grown…


UTILISING ADVANCEMENTS IN NIR TECHNOLOGY TO OPTIMISE THE FEED PRODUCTION PROCESS

Understanding the variability in feedstuffs could be the key to unlocking greater returns from feed formulation, according to Dr Hadden Graham, Global Technical Director at AB Vista. Recent advances in NIR technology will allow us to better understand the variation within and between feedstuffs, helping support more accurate formulation decisions and enhancing the efficiency of…


IOWA SWINE DAY OFFERS CUTTING-EDGE PORK PROGRAM AND AWARD-WINNING BBQ

Iowa State University will be hosting the annual Iowa Swine Day on Thursday June 30 in conjunction with the Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa Pork Producers Association. The event is an opportunity for pork producers, veterinarians and students of all ages to hear the latest industry developments; the day includes a number of specialist…


MAKE RUMEN FUNCTION A TOP PRIORITY WHEN GRAZING

Faced with continuing low milk prices, dairy producers looking to boost margins by maximising milk from forage, reducing feed costs and minimising the post-turnout drop in milk quality are being urged to make rumen function a top priority this spring and summer. “Optimising the efficiency with which forage is converted into milk has a massive…


Performance benefits through early xylanase application demonstrated in new video

The latest video in the AB Vista ‘Extraordinary Science Brought to Life’ series reveals significant benefits for swine through early xylanase application. The video, presented by Dr Pete Wilcock, Global Technical Manager at AB Vista, highlights the potential for a 6 point improvement in weight corrected Feed Conversion Ratio (FCR) as a result of xylanase…


AB VISTA HOSTS NEW BUSINESS INSIGHTS SEMINAR

A new business seminar aimed at equipping feed industry professionals with the right tools to navigate challenging economic periods will be hosted by animal nutrition technology company, AB Vista, in May. The one-day seminar, titled “Profitability in a challenging market”, will run twice – on May 10 in Coombe Abbey, Coventry, and on May 24…


AB Vista appoints Dr Eckel as distributor in Germany and Austria

Animal nutrition technology company AB Vista has announced an alliance with German-based distributor Dr Eckel, a global provider of animal feed additives. The new agreement, which will see Dr Eckel supply AB Vista’s ground breaking phytase Quantum Blue and Finase EC to the German and Austrian market, is integral to the company’s vision to become…


AB Vista appoints new Technical Services and Sales Coordinator for North American market

The newest addition to the AB Vista team, Kendre Stringfellow, has been appointed as North America Technical Services and Sales Coordinator. Dr Stringfellow will provide technical support to AB Vista and Aunir customers in North America. Aunir, a division of animal nutrition technology company AB Vista, is the leading independent NIR calibration development and delivery…