• Animal nutrition

    Lei recognized for livestock feed enzyme inventions

    In recognition of his pioneering work on livestock nutrition, Xingen Lei, professor of Animal Science, was named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) on Dec. 7.  Lei’s work has positively impacted roughly 1.3 billion pigs and 100 billion chickens, has saved costs for livestock producers and has reduced farm-related phosphorus runoff, protecting water quality, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and preserving non-renewable phosphorus deposits on earth. Lei is the inventor of 21 U.S. patents and another 49 patents in 27 countries. He was among the first to demonstrate that nutrients like phosphorus, calcium, zinc and iron become more bioavailable to animals when their feed is supplemented with phytase…

  • Pet Food

    Would you feed crickets to your pet? Why insect-based pet food could become all the buzz

    First there was recycling, then cutting down on flights, now feeding your pets insects is the latest lifestyle choice to help tackle climate breakdown. Environmentally minded pet owners are choosing to feed their animals meals made out of crickets, mealworms and black soldier flies in an attempt to curb the huge carbon emissions produced by raising livestock for traditional, meat-based diets. Experts say pets can be fed insects as they are rich in protein, and that farmed species can also contain high fats, oils, mineral and vitamin levels. Preliminary research also suggests that when insects are farmed commercially, emissions, water, and land usage is lower than farming livestock. Nicole Paley,…

  • Animal nutrition

    US academic recognized for animal feed enzyme work

    The NAI Fellows Program highlights academic inventors who have demonstrated a spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on the quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.  Xingen Lei, professor of animal science, Cornell CALS © Cornell CALS The inventor of 21 US patents and another 49 patents in 27 countries, Dr Lei was among the first to demonstrate that nutrients like phosphorus, calcium, zinc and iron become more bioavailable to animals when their feed is supplemented with phytase. His lab developed a new generation of novel phytase enzymes from bacterial genes that are now used in 46 countries,…

  • Animal nutrition

    Feed hygiene in animal nutrition is vital

    Author: Daniela Vega Sampedro, M.Sc. Feed safety is essential for animal health and performance – and food safety. Inadequate feed sanitization is still a problem across the globe, which impacts not only the feed industry and animal producers but also puts workers and consumers at risk of being exposed to harmful substances. Developing a hygiene program for the whole feed chain needs to include proper monitoring of microbial growth, as well as feed processing methods that prevent feed contamination and enable decontamination. This article outlines the importance of feed hygiene and focuses on how organic acids help reduce contamination from “farm to fork”. Submitted by EW Nutrition Corn is often…

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    FDA: Purina Animal Nutrition Voluntarily Recalls Cattle, Wildlife Feed

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reporting that Purina Animal Nutrition is voluntarily recalling one lot of the following products for cattle livestock and for wildlife such as deer, antelope, and wild sheep due to the potential of elevated urea levels. Pet Age has confirmed the FDA report with a media representative from Purina Animal Nutrition. The affected products include: Formula No. Item No. Description Package Info. Lot No. IntendedSpecies 376C 3006237-206 Purina® PRECON Cattle Starter 50# Bag 1OCT18GOZ1 Cattle 30PR 0046877 Purina® 4- SQUAREStocker/Grower 14 50# Bag 1OCT15GOZ1 Cattle 30PF 0047449 PURINA® 4- SQUARE®Breeder 20 50# Bag 1OCT15GOZ1 Cattle 528P 3005417-201 PURINA® Antler Advantage Wildlife 16 ARS Bulk…

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    BASF, Cargill to jointly develop animal feed enzymes

    MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, US — The BASF and Cargill animal nutrition business partnership is expanding to include research and development capabilities and new markets to the existing feed enzymes distribution agreements. The companies will develop, produce, market and sell enzyme products and solutions with the goal of reducing nutrient waste, improving feed efficiency and promote animal growth and well-being.   Along with the new development agreement, BASF and Cargill aim to expand their distribution partnerships over the coming months, adding further countries across multiple continents to the cooperation. This extended partnership builds upon the successful distribution collaboration both partners have developed across Brazil and the Middle East and Africa (MEA) in…

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    De Heus Buys Animal Feed Production Plant

    Feed, premixes, concentrates and feed specialties producer De Heus Animal Nutrition is taking on a modern feed production site in Helmond, the Netherlands as part of its acquisition of Dutch firm Coppens Diervoeding, a company release announced this week. The facility has a production capacity of 400,000 tn. The firm said its purchase of the business and facility will strengthen its production capabilities, increase capacity in the European country, and foster growth. “De Heus and Coppens share a long history in serving the livestock farming sector with high-quality feeds. Both companies are deeply rooted in the Dutch livestock farming sector. There has been mutual respect between the two companies for…