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7th April 2011, Windmill Village Hotel, Coventry

Chairperson, Jim Fordyce, Countrywide Farmers

Challenges facing the Dairy Industry John Allen, Kite Consulting

Feeding and Managing the modern suckler cow to profit without subsidies Dr Jimmy Hyslop, SAC

Copper for Ruminants – an example of proper rationing for performance and safety John Twigge, Frank Wright Trouw Nutrition


Omega 3 oils for Ruminants Professor Phil Garnsworthy, University of Nottingham

Where is UK on Carbon Footprints for Ruminants? Karen Wonnacott, DairyCo

A practical guide - Feeds Marketing (Labelling) and Claims Legislation Dr Helen Raine, FEFAC

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SOLUTION” ON GM Calling on Member States to take their responsibility at the upcoming EU vote on the “technical solution” proposal programmed on 8 April 2011, FEFAC President Patrick Vanden Avenne highlighted that, “the EU cannot afford to wait any longer after almost 5 years of discussion on the impact of the EU 0-tolerance policy on traces of GMOs not yet approved in the EU in feed materials imported from third countries. “The EU livestock sector, in particular

the pig farmers, is currently facing the most severe crisis for decades. At a time when livestock farmers are struggling with high feed costs due to record world price levels for cereals, we risk losing market access to the South American spring soybean crop with dramatic consequences for the supply of protein-rich feedstuffs due to the present EU zero-tolerance policy. “No one can deny that the economic

and social risk for the EU livestock chain and the EU consumer is real and will further increase as the number of GM events authorised worldwide but not yet authorised in the UE increases every month. It’s time for the EU to catch up with the reality of global expansion of GM crop acreage to ensure feed and food security of EU livestock farmers and consumers by adopting the “technical solution” as a first step in the right direction”.


THAN TWO OTHER PROBIOTICS The use of probiotics in broiler nutrition is becoming more and more popular, as comprehensive data shows they can bring as many benefits as the classical antibiotics growth promoters, without the undesirable resistances. Of course, as it is a growing market, we see more and more probiotics being promoted and it is necessary to evaluate their performance and compare them. This was the purpose of a trial recently run in an experimental farm in Switzerland, where three different probiotics commonly used in broiler nutrition were evaluated. This trial used a total of 2080 broiler chickens, spread in 4 treatments (16 replicates of 130 birds): Control, Control + Ecobiol®, Control + P. acidilactici probiotic and Control + B. subtilis probiotic. The trial lasted 38 days during which the animals followed a commercial feeding program (control). The results show how the use of probiotic improves the mortality (2.12% in the control, 2.31% in the P. acidilactici, 0.96% in the B. subtilis and 0.77% in the Ecobiol® group) and the EPEF (where Ecobiol® improved the Control EPEF by 3.4%, 2% more than the other two probiotics). The animals that received the Ecobiol® probiotic in the diet lost less weight during the transport to the slaughterhouse and had a higher percentage of carcasses classified as 1st

class. The

improvement in the EPEF, the lower losses in transport and the better income received by those carcasses resulted in a contribution margin 5% higher than that of the control (and 4% higher than the other two probiotics). This trial demonstrates the beneficial effects that the use of probiotics brings and how the B. amyloliquefaciens strain used in Ecobiol® fits very well the broiler needs, being the most effective of the three.

Contact: Juan Jose Mallo,


JOHN DEERE AGRI SERVICES, INC. Constellation Software Inc. has announced the acquisition of the AGRIS and EXTENDAg software lines from John Deere Agri Services, Inc., a division of Deere & Company, in January 2011. The business has been incorporated as AGRIS, Inc., with two divisions serving the US agri-business industry – AGRIS for grain and oilseed, based in Alpharetta, Georgia and EXTENDAg for the fruit and vegetable market in Lathrop, California. AGRIS will continue to offer its AGRIS™

V9 grain accounting software; oneWeighscale automation software and binSight bin management software systems to the grain and feed industry. “This acquisi t ion bui lds upon

Constellation’s agri-business platform providing new opportunities to expand our market footprint and offering in North America,” says Jim Baker, President, agri- food division of Constellation. Other agri-businesses under the

Constellation umbrella include United Kingdom-based organisat ions BMS Computer Solutions, Cal Software, and Kinross Software. Constellation Software, based in

Toronto, Canada, is an international provider of market leading software and services to a number of industries across both the public and private sectors. The company acquires, manages and builds vertical market software businesses that provide mission-critical software solutions to address the specific needs of its customers in those industries.


NSP ENZYME Weight and backfat losses, during lactation, are reduced when lactating sows receive a feed containing Rovabio® Excel, a NSP enzyme developed by Adisseo. Six trials throughout the world, concerning more than 500 sows, with different

genetics, different feed compositions, various ages at weaning, prove that an average weight loss can be reduced during lactation by more than 3 kg, and backfat thickness by 24% from farrowing to weaning. The effect of Rovabio® Excel is even greater in sows losing more than 10 kg during

lactation (the reduced weight loss appears to be more than 4kg). Such an efficiency has been demonstrated in high NSP (wheat/barley) as well as in low NSP (maize) based diets. These results can partly be explained by a greater feed intake during lactation,

especially on sows parities 1 and 2, and a better nutrient utilisation with diets containing Rovabio® Excel. The advantage is thus a decreased tissue mobilisation. A meta-analysis performed on all experiments combined, which gives a higher

statistical power to detect an effect in such trials, proves that these differences observed – weight and backfat losses, feed intake – had a real statistical significance. Rovabio® Excel is a unique combination of 19 fully compatible enzyme activities

(xylanases, beta glucanases, cellulases etc). This versatile mulit-species feed enzyme has already delivered in vivo beneficial results in piglets and fattening pigs. Now, with proven effects on lactating sows, it can also bring benefits to the complete swine industry.


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