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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Argentina – MTS launches Anco FIT at Fericerdos

At the most recent Fericerdos (INTA – Marcos Juarez, Córdoba, Argentina), on August 22 to 23rd 2019, MTS Argentina launched Anco FIT for the pig market in Argentina. MTS Argentina is the exclusive distributor for the Anco FIT product line in Argentina.

Visitors to the tradeshow were able to find out more about the application of Anco FIT in pigs at the MTS Argentina booth. On top of that they had the chance to listen to presentations made by Dr. Ismael Dolso (Veterinarian, Professor of Rio Cuarto, Cordoba University and consultant) and Dr. Marco Aurelio Stefanoviciaus Nunes (Veterinarian, Technical Manager Anco Latin), about the impact of stressors in swine production and how Anco FIT in the feed can help to reduce the impact.

Dr. Marco Aurelio commented: “Pig producers in Argentina are looking for solutions to maintain consistent performance and efficiency in high producing pigs, despite increasing restrictions on the use of antibiotics in feed.” He presented data showing the positive impact of Anco FIT during critical stages of pig production such as gestation, lactation and post-weaning, where pigs are generally more sensitive to stress.

Nicolas Castro Olivera, owner of MTS Argentina highlighted:” The launch of Anco FIT at Fericerdos, is opening the doors to introduce a novel concept with clear benefits for modern competitive pig farming. This comes at a time, when the pig market in Argentina is seeing significant growth due to the increase in local consumption and exports to Europe and Asia.”

The adaption formula in Anco FIT (a complex formula based on phytogenic active compounds) is specifically designed to enhance the animal’s agility (adaptive capacity) for greater resilience to stressors.

Feedback from the audience at this event indicated that the gut agility concept of Anco FIT was very well received.

Fericerdos is the most important event of the Argentine pig production sector. 1200 producers, entrepreneurs and various professionals from all over the country attended this year’s event. Today Argentina stands out as an important pig producer in Latin America, with more than 350,000 sows in production. Growth expectations of the pig sector are high due the current economic climate and opportunities that pig production presents.

Bastos Egg Festival – feeding winning champions

60ª Bastos Egg Festival is one of the most important events for egg producers in Brazil and brings together all the major egg producers of Brazil.

Part of this annual event is a championship that rewards the best regional producers for egg quality. The scoring system is based on external and internal qualities of eggs. This year there was a producer who won both in the white egg category and in the brown egg category for the first time.

The winner of the Bastos Egg Festival Championship in the white and brown category was Mr. Higashi’s from Higashi Farm. What makes it even better news is that Anco FIT Poultry was part of the feed in both the brown and white hen winning champions.

Anco is delighted to be part of this success story, after all, what matters is what works!

We would like to congratulate the Higashi Farm and all the other winners at this event.

Benefits of Anco FIT Poultry in laying hens

Anco FIT Poultry is a gut agility activator designed to improve the adaptive capacity in birds to stressors for greater resilience. Feeding Anco FIT Poultry helps to reduce common stress reactions, such as oxidative stress, reduce feed intake and gut integrity in response to stressors in the feed and environment.

Benefits seen under commercial conditions are:

  • Improved laying persistency in the late laying period, which can help to increase the laying cycle
  • Higher laying rates in the early laying phase
  • Improved egg quality

Longer laying cycles can help to cut costs, so they are imperative in a tough economic climate. Plus, they can reduce the environmental impact of egg production.

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Polish poultry nutritionists learning the benefits of Anco FIT Poultry

In a seminar organized by Noack, Polish poultry nutritionists were invited for an update on the latest feed solutions available to add value to poultry feed.

One of the latest additions to the product portfolio of Noack Poland is Anco FIT Poultry. As a result, the seminar included an introduction to the application of Anco FIT Poultry in layer and broiler diets.

Anco FIT Poultry is a gut agility activator, designed to improve the adaptive capacity or agility of the bird by nutritional means for greater resilience to stressors. This helps to maintain more consistent high performance.

Scientific trials have shown that Anco FIT Poultry reduces common stress reactions on the cellular and gut level, such as oxidative stress and reduced gut integrity, as well as reduced feed intake in broilers. Some of these results were also mentioned in a scientific abstract, which was published in the proceedings of this year`s European Poultry Symposium of Nutrition in Gdansk, Poland.

Lukasz Stanczyk from Noack Poland highlighted: “Some early adopters in the Polish market already tried and tested Anco FIT Poultry in broiler feed with positive results under commercial conditions.”

Renata Breitsma presented commercial trial results with Anco FIT Poultry from other markets in the world: “In broilers trial results consistently showed improved feed intake and weight gains particularly, when the birds were exposed to stress factors including heat stress and mycotoxins. Commercial layer farms in Brazil and Slovakia reported increased laying persistence, when Anco FIT Poultry was added to the diet of laying hens post peak lay.”

Egg producers gearing up for quality pullets in Chile

Egg producers from Chile were invited to technical seminars organized by Anco’s distributor Nutringen in Santiago and Chillan.

The theme of the seminars was: “Topics of health and nutrition in pullets.” Talks and discussions focused on how to manage for quality pullets to support high levels of egg production during the production phase.

Nutringen took this as an opportunity to launch its services and tools directed at helping egg producers to achieve their goals during the egg production phase. The seminars attracted egg producers and professionals associated with the egg producing sector.

Chile has more than 14,000,000 layers and egg consumption will be 225 units per capita per year, representing an increase of 8% compared to last year. This figure places Chile in the fifth place in egg consumption in Latin America. The other top egg consuming countries in Latin America are: Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay and Colombia.

Marco Nunes, Technical Manager from Anco gave a presentation on: ”Importance of controlling weight and uniformity of pullets in the growing period to reach high levels of laying persistence during the egg production phase.” He demonstrated the relationship between achieving average weight and uniformity goals during the growth period of pullets and productive performance of laying hens during the egg production phase. He also pointed out why Anco FIT Poultry can be a strategic tool to help reach those objectives.

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Polish dairy farmers gearing up for summer heat

At the end of April about 50 Polish dairy farmers gathered at a dairy seminar for new insights on managing heat stress in dairy cows. The seminar was organized by Noack Poland, who is distributor for Anco FIT products.

Jędrzej Staniszkis, Ruminant Additives Manager at Noack says: ”Predicting and assessing heat stress in dairy cows has recently been reviewed by researchers at the University of Agriculture in Krakow. We wanted to encourage the exchange of experience between Polish dairy farmers and also highlight the tools we have available to support dairy farmers when it comes to managing heat stress in cows. Although we live in a moderate climate, temperatures can shoot up to 30-35 degrees Celsius in Poland, when warm currents arrive from the south-east. Heat stress can cause significant losses in milk production, particularly in high producing dairy cows. We hope dairy farmers attending our seminar gained some new insights and are now feeling prepared to successfully manage their cows during the summer.”

Herbut el al (2018) from the University of Agriculture in Krakow demonstrated that heat stress can already occur at an air temperature of 20°C in Holstein-Friesian cows bred in moderate climates. However, it does also depend on the length of exposure to the temperature. Their results showed that in June 100 hours with temperatures >20C interrupted by a maximum of 3-4 h of rest (temperatures <20C) may cause a decline in milk yield by around 1.5kg But, milk loss can go up to 5kg with 200 hours under the same conditions.

Dairy consultant Hilmar Gerhardt shared some practical tips on feeding dairy cows during the summer months to maintain milk production and quality, when the days get hotter. He also highlighted the benefits of adding Anco FIT to dairy rations to reduce the negative impact of heat stress on cows. Feeding Anco FIT can help to reduce oxidative stress, which is a common stress reaction in response to heat and has been associated with increased somatic cell counts. He comments: “Commercial trials carried out with Anco FIT during the summer months show the stabilizing effect it has on feed intake, milk production and milk quality.”

References

Herbut, P., Angrecka, S. and Walczak, J. (2018). Environmental parameters to assessing of heat stress in dairy cattle—a review. Int.J. Biometeorol 2018; 62(12): 2089–2097.

Herbut, P, Angrecka, S. and Godyń, D. (2018). Effect of the duration of high air temperature on cow’s milking performance in moderate climate conditions. Ann. Anim. Sci., 2018; Vol. 18, No. 1, 195–207

Hungarian dairy farmers learning how to keep cows agile

Anco presented a nutritional solution to support agility in cows to Hungarian dairy farmers at a customer seminar organized by Anco FIT distributor Noack in Hungary.

Takács Tamás, sales manager at Noack comments: ”We introduced Anco FIT to dairy farms in Hungary last year. Since then we have seen a good acceptance of the product and have customers that have been using it repeatedly for quite some time now for more stable performance. Dairy farmers with Somatic Cell Count problems related to nutritional stress factors saw an improvement in response to adding Anco FIT to their dairy rations.”

During the presentation, Gwendolyn Jones from Anco Animal Nutrition Competence highlighted the benefit of more resilient cows with the gut agility activator Anco FIT, as animals that are easier to manage, which again helps to save labour costs. More resilient cows can therefore support higher milk profits, at a time where good labour is becoming scarce on farms, and at the same time there is a need for reducing the use of antibiotics and farms are keeping a greater number of animals.

Application of Anco FIT to dairy cow rations, helps to reduce stress reactions, like oxidative stress, inflammation and reduction in feed intake normally seen in response to stressors like, energy deficiency in the transition period, heat and mycotoxins. The adaptive capacity of the animal and hence its resilience is thereby improved, meaning the negative impact of stressors is much smaller on milk performance and quality. The cow returns more rapidly to her previous state and performance is much more stable even in the face of challenges.

Several other markets, like the USA, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Slovakia reported positive responses to Anco FIT in dairy cows in milk component yield and quality.

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Born Global Champion Award for ANCO – 4Gamechangers Festival

The Austria’s Born Global Champion prize recognizes ANCO’s success in rapid global expansion and incorporating globalisation into their business strategies from the very beginning. ANCO collected the prize from the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber at the 4Gamechangers festival that took place in Vienna, Austria.

Margarete Schramböck, Austrian Minister of Economic Affairs and Digitization and Harald Mahrer, President of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, who presented the award said during the ceremony: “We commend the Austrian startups, who have such courage to take on the risk not only to create a new business, but to also carry it out into the world at such an early stage. This contribution from the get-go to our export trade deserves a special thank you and support from us.”

ANCO launched in 2016 and was first to market in the animal feed industry with their gut agility concept. Since then the company gained access to markets of 36 countries through local distribution partners across the globe.

Andreas Kern, managing partner at ANCO responsible for product development explains: ”The novel concept of the ANCO feed supplement range increases resilience to stress factors in pigs, poultry and ruminants by natural means with an agile approach. The gut agility activator products Anco FIT and Anco FIT Poultry, convinced a rapidly growing number of customers including some of the world’s top 10 animal producers to add value to their feed and agility to their production system for safe food.”

Michael Eder, managing partner responsible for business development at ANCO comments: “We are very honoured to receive the prestigious Born Global Champion award and would like to thank all our distribution partners who contributed to our international success. We are expecting further growth to our international platform this year and look forward to continue contributing to sustainable agriculture globally on a larger scale”

About ANCO

ANCO is an Austrian feed additive business acting globally to support competitive animal production in a sustainable way with an agile approach. The company develops and markets cost-effective feed solutions for safe feed and strategies to reduce the use of antibiotic growth promotors. The company concentrates on what matters most to their customers and what works best for animals. This approach drives their business decisions and accounts for their international success.

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Betagro joins as Anco FIT distributor in Thailand

ANCO is expanding its business to Thailand with the company Betagro as distributor for Anco FIT products.

Chayanon Kittayachaweng, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Betagro comments: “To our company high standards in quality and safety are important to meet different needs of consumers under the concept of “Quality for Life”. We look forward to working with Anco FIT and feel that it meets our requirements and growing demands from consumers for quality and safety in animal production.”

Read more about why the demand for products like Anco FIT is expanding in South East Asia here.

About Betagro
Betagro Group was founded in 1967 under the name of Betagro Company Limited to produce and distribute animal feed. Today, apart from being positioned as a country leader in the fully integrated agro-industrial and food business sector, The Group is widely recognized for its quality and safety standards. With a nationwide network of feed production facilities, the Group’s comprehensive animal feed business meets the different needs of farmers and its subsidiaries.

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Anco FIT on the roll in Asia

At this year’s VIV Asia in Bangkok, you could see that Anco already has a lot more presence in Asia compared to last year. All 8 distributors were actively promoting Anco FIT and Anco FIT Poultry to their contacts at VIV.

The Anco team had new data to share in broilers, layers and pigs. Visitors took note that Anco FIT Poultry repeatedly showed improved laying persistency in layers and layer breeders under commercial conditions.

New scientific data in broilers provided more information on the mode of action Anco FIT Poultry and how it reduces stress reactions that would otherwise have a negative impact on performance and efficiency.

Michael Eder, managing partner at Anco comments: “Asia is a very important market for us and moving forward we believe we will see a lot more activity with Anco FIT products in the months following VIV Asia. We had very interesting discussions and useful feedback, which we will use to optimize our offering. It was great to see so much interest in our gut agility concept.”

Please also visit the Anco Facebook page for more impressions of our visitors and distributors at VIV.

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