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Ohio Pork Council Cheryl Day has been named executive VP of the Ohio Pork Council begin- ning 23 March. In that role, Day will work with the board of directors to exe- cute goals based on pro- ducer priorities, coordinate checkoff programmes, maintain relationships with stake- holders and allied industry reps and execute legislative strategies.


Ajinomoto Vincent Couture joined Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition Europe as the customer success manager in February 2020. Prior to Ajinomoto, he was working for Lallemand Animal Nutrition.


Anpario Anpario appointed Nico Stein to be the commercial di- rector of a new business unit in Europe. He joined Anpario from Biomin.


Hamlet Protein Danish-based Hamlet Pro- tein, producer of soy pro- tein specialties for young animals, hired Le Minh Quang. He will be area sales manager, responsible for the markets in Vietnam and Cambodia.


ForFarmers


Netherlands-based animal nutrition company ForFarmers stated that Annemieke den Otter has been nominated to join as member of the board of ForFarmers. The nomina- tion will be submitted to the shareholders’ annual general meeting.


Trouw Nutrition Trouw Nutrition USA has appointed three new col- leagues. The company wel- comed Melissa Mueller as formulation coordinator. Trouw also appointed Michael Meyer (pictured) as new second shift quality control coordinator. The company also hired Lewis Mekbel who joined in a recently created key account manager role.


24 ▶PIG PROGRESS | Volume 36, No. 3, 2020 How Covid-19 affects the pig industry


Covid-19 has impacted the global pig industry in many ways. Various inter- national pig events have been can- celled due to the spread of Covid-19. • An event staged for late March 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand, Victam and An- imal Health and Nutrition Asia 2020, has been postponed to 9–11 July. The event’s side symposiums for Pig Progress and All About Feed will also be postponed.


• The annual European Symposium of Pig Health Management (ESPHM), planned to be held from 29 April un- til 1 May, in Bern, Switzerland, is now planned for 14–16 April 2021.


• The congress of the International Pig Veterinary Society (IPVS) in Rio de Ja- neiro, Brazil, was pushed back to 3–6 November 2020. This event was


supposed to take place in early June.


• In the UK, the biannual Pig and Poul- try Fair, originally to be held 12–13 May 2020 in Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, was cancelled. A new date is not known yet.


The US and EU feed industries have called on state officials to maintain ac- cess to feed providing businesses. The associations plead for the feed indus- try to be included in the list of ‘essen- tial businesses’. In the meantime, many suppliers to the pig business have been communicating advice about how to get through this Cov- id-19 situation. For example, Topigs Norsvin has reminded its customers not to shake hands, to wash hands regularly and what to do to avoid contamination.


Gut health benefits from citrus extract


A Chinese study has evaluated the ef- ficacy of citrus extract as a substitute for antibiotics in piglet diets. The re- sults indicate that citrus extract in- creased the concentrations of plasma essential amino acids and improved intestinal morphology and digestive enzymes activity. These results were shared in the peer-reviewed publica- tion Animals. The researchers were all attached to the Guangdong Academy of Agricul-


tural Sciences in Guangzhou. Citrus flavonoids are reported to be extreme- ly biologically active compounds. The researchers concluded that citrus ex- tract increased the absorption and uti- lisation of nitrogen nutrients and im- proved intestinal morphology and digestive enzymes activity, but had no effect on faecal nitrogen and phos- phorus emissions. In these aspects, they said, citrus extract and antibiotics have similar effects.


PHOTO: TROUW NUTRITION


PHOTO: HAMLET PROTEIN


PHOTO: OHIO PORK COUNCIL


ILLUSTRATION: SHUTTERSTOCK


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