• Pets News

    Sleep with your pet? How that may affect you (and your pet)

    “I love that we’re reversing the question,” said Dr. Dana Varble, the chief veterinary officer for the North American Veterinary Community. “In general, it is a very good thing for animals to sleep with their people.” Pets who share their human’s bed tend to have a “higher trust level and a tighter bond with the humans that are in their lives. It’s a big display of trust on their part,” Varble said. “Dogs and cats who are more closely bonded with their humans get additional health benefits, including increases in beneficial neurotransmitters such as oxytocin and dopamine, the feel-good hormones,” she added. Is it just dogs and cats who benefit…

  • Animal nutrition

    How do raw materials affect animal production and can enzymes help?

    One of the biggest challenges that producers of farm animals face is the rising cost of feed, which can account for up to 70% of total production expenses. Furthermore, around 25% of the available nutrients in feed cannot be fully utilised by the animal due to the anti-nutritional factors of feed, aspects that negatively affect nutrition. What’s more, the variability and availability of raw materials also play an important role. The industry is currently experiencing fluctuating grain prices. How much do these changes affect profitability? An increase of US$10 per tonne of soybean meal could represent a $0.44 increase in the production cost of a dozen eggs, or a $0.25…