El Ovum 2019 – Anco LATAM Team in Action

The el Ovum 2019 Latin American Poultry Congress took place in Lima, Peru and the ANCO LATAM team was present for the first time.

ANCO has been increasing market share with Anco FIT Poultry in the Latin American market this year. This is the result of egg producers and broiler producers seeing economic advantages with Anco FIT Poultry in their feed.

Just to name a few of the achievements: We had an egg producer winning prizes at a prestigious event and others seeing improvements in laying persistency in their flock. Broiler producers having feed intake problems due to heat stress saw great recoveries in their birds with Anco FIT Poultry in the feed.

El Ovum is one of the main references for the poultry industry in Latin America. It was a great opportunity for the ANCO LATAM team to reconnect with partners and customers from Peru, Chile, Columbia, Brazil, Guatemala, Honduras, Argentina, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Panama and Bolivia.

We thank everybody, who came to our booth and for their support and hope to see you again at the ANCO booth at the IPPE in Atlanta 2020.

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Webinar: Poultry Health and Nutrition

Last week ANCO sponsored a poultry health and nutrition webinar, hosted by Poultry World. The webinar focused on keeping birds productive and healthy via multiple nutritional interventions. You can view the webinar via the “on demand” link at the bottom of this article.

Dr. Kostas Mountzouris, Associate Professor at the Agricultural University of Athens, focused on modulating gene expression of key pathway components in the gut to increase the bird’s adaptive capacity for greater resilience in response to stressors by nutritional means. He presented a case study evaluating the gut agility activator Anco FIT Poultry in feed for broilers and its impact on relevant gene expression of the Keap1 – NRf2 signaling pathway and other biomarkers indicating anti-oxidative capacity in the bird. This study showed that improved antioxidative capacity in the birds was linked to improved feed conversion.

His talk “Activating poultry cellular fitness to counteract stressors” was at the beginning of the webinar and can be viewed in the link provided below.

A better understanding of these pathways and the development of ways to track and measure changes in their key indicators is paving the way to support them by nutritional means for greater resilience in birds. Certain bioactive components derived from plants are promising candidates for nutritional solutions, because they also play key roles in similar pathways in plants to enhance the plant’s ability to cope with stressors threatening its survival.

This research alongside previous research also demonstrates the importance of testing and optimizing inclusion levels of active substances and plant material derived from herbs and spices, for them to be part of commercially viable solutions in cost-effective diets.

Link to on demand webinar poultry health and nutrition

If you would like to learn more about this exciting research, please register at the link below to watch the webinar whenever it is convenient for you.

Webinar Link

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Behind every healthy animal is a strong farmer

Every day a farmer works hard to produce the food we eat. Nevertheless, many take healthy food for granted and are completely out of touch with what it takes to produce it, yet alone show appreciation for the work of famers.

Like, Dwight D. Eisenhower, former president of the United States, once said in the 1950s: ”Farming looks easy when your plow is a pencil and you are a thousand miles from a corn field.”

Fast forward to today and the people that are complaining about farming the loudest and demanding the most are often the ones furthest away from the reality of the fields.

Thankfully the cities do not only produce moaners, when it comes to farming. There are also brave “city people” trading in their city lives for farming as first generation farmers, even becoming big advocates for farming. Such as the female farmers known as Red Shepherdess, Yorkshire Shepherdess and Farm Babe to name a few. They have some amazing stories to share about farming and do a great job of letting people in on their stories on social media.

Some even create a whole film on it, such as Molly and John Chester in California with “The biggest little farm”, which was released in cinemas this year. Jeremy Clarkson, townie and famous for his car series, bought a farm with no knowledge in agriculture and is about to launch a series on his experience of running a farm on Amazon Prime Video.

However, there are also many multi generation farmers that have grown up on a farm, who are involved in bridging the gap between towns and countryside on social media. Some also winning awards for their initiatives, such as Simone Kaine and Ben Hood from South Australia. Their educational project “George the Farmer” aims to give both rural and city-based children a better understanding and connection to where their food comes from.

None of them beats around the bush, while they agree that farming can be a very rewarding and meaningful way of life, they also admit it is anything but easy. As Jeremy Clarkson discovers: “Of course to be a farmer you have to be an agronomist, a businessman, a politician, an accountant and a mechanic.”

To be a successful farmer you need to be smart: It is therefore not surprising that according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest Census of Agriculture. Sixty-nine percent of the surveyed young farmers had college degrees — significantly higher than the general population.

Livestock farming today is expected to produce more food than ever before, at high welfare standards, from fewer resources and with the smallest possible impact on our environment. Healthy animals not only produce healthy food, they are also more efficient, reducing both cost of production and environmental impact. So, it is safe to say that behind every healthy animal is a strong farmer dedicated to produce healthy food. They deserve our support and admiration, after all they are the cornerstone to our food security and biggest contributors to our landscape.

And let us not forget, sustainable agriculture not only means the responsible use of the world’s finite resources and social acceptability, it also encompasses economic viability for the continuation of a thriving farming industry.

Today is national farmers day. Thank a farmer today and every day for healthy food on the table.

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