New article published in Feed Strategy: Improve broiler feed efficiency with antioxidative capacity

Reducing antibiotic growth promotors in animal feed calls for the development of new strategies to improve feed efficiency (FE) in poultry production systems. This represents unique opportunities to explore the biochemical and physiological sources of inter-animal variations associated with FE. Research has demonstrated a genetic link between higher feed efficiency and less mitochondrial ROS (reactive oxygen species) production at the cellular level in broilers.

More recent studies indicate a positive relationship between increased anti-oxidative capacity in broilers induced by certain plant extracts in feed and improved FE.

Read more in this link on page 28: Improve broiler feed efficiency with antioxidative capacity by Gwendolyn Jones, WATT Feed Strategy, April issue

Diets that keep your cows agile for high milk quality

Responsive and adaptive technologies are leading the development for increased agility in how we and machines are operating today. What if we could formulate diets for dairy cows that can help the cow to adapt to challenges in the diet and her environment? We could expect greater and more consistent performance in response to diet formulations.

Find out more in the latest article published in international dairy topics here on page 11 in the link to ”Diets that keep your cows agile for high milk quality”

If you want to watch the trailer video to the article click on the following link: Keep your cows agile

XVL Congress on Egg Production and Commercialization

On March 20 to 22, 2018, the XVL Congress on Egg Production and Commercialization, an important event of commercial egg production organized by the Paulista Poultry Association (APA) took place at the Convention Center of Ribeirão Preto – SP. This year, the event had approximately 700 participants with producers and professionals from the egg production and supply chain. The main technical event was held by the sector in Brazil, addressing important topics on the egg and grain market, regulatory issues, health, nutrition and management of laying hens.

Marco Aurelio S. Nunes, Technical Manager Anco Latin, gave a presentation with the topic: “Improving intestinal health of laying hens: Opportunities and Challenges” talking about possible impacts that changes in the production process of laying hens, mainly involving welfare and restriction of the use of antibiotic growth promoters, can bring to the gut health of laying hens. Furthermore, he discussed viable alternatives to face this challenge with a focus on a new concept – “Gut Agility “.

Anco congratulates to the efficient organization of the congress, which year after year, has been increasingly more successful in discussing problems and opportunities of the egg production industry.

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Noack introduces Anco FIT in Czech dairy seminars

21-22nd of February 2018, Noack held 2 dairy seminars in Partutovice and Kunice, Czeach Republic. The audience included dairy farmers and key opinion leaders from the Czech dairy industry.

Kylie Preisinger, Commercial Research Manager from ADM and Dr. Gwendolyn Jones Head of Product Management from ANCO were 2 of the invited guest speakers for the Noack dairy seminars.

Kylie walked dairy farmers through some of the key management strategies to optimize  dry matter intake in dairy cows. Kylie believes ” It really is all about providing the cows with what they need and more importantly when they want it to drive the simple formula: more feed equals more milk and profit.”

Gwendolyn introduced the concept of agility behind the Anco FIT product range and the application of this feed supplement to help dairy cows adapt more efficiently to nutritional stress factors in the feed. Find out more about Anco FIT in dairy cows.

In Partutovice the program concluded with a visit to a local dairy farm to stimulate the exchange of on farm practices amongst the dairy farmers in the audience. The program in Kunice, ended with a visit to the “Follow the goat” brewery tour of the Velkopopovický Kozel brewery. Velkopopovický Kozel is a Czech lager produced since 1874. The mascot of the brewery is a billy goat (Kozel means male goat in Czech).

We would like to thank the Czech team from Noack (Ondřej Schejbal,  Radek Balvín, Eva Šandová, Milan Douša and Ales Rusek) for their hospitality, translations and great organization of the events.

View some of the impressions from the Noack CZ dairy seminars in the short video below

 

Feedeal joins as Anco FIT distributor for France

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

Michael Eder, Managing Partner at ANCO, visited Feedéal in January to officially start the collaboration in France. Both companies are looking forward to working together and growing the Anco FIT business in France.

“Brittany is the number one region for livestock production in France. So, our business is ideally located to serve the largest pool of potential customers for Anco FIT in France “ says Hervé Bezille, Managing Director at Feedéal.

He is particularly excited about the positive results he has seen from trials with Anco FIT in dairy cows and comments: “France is the second largest dairy producer in Europe. I look forward to introducing a product that has already shown such consistent results for milk component yields on dairy farms in several other European countries and the US.”

About Feedéal

Based in Brittany in northwestern France, Feedéal selects and distributes innovative feed additives for the nutrition of all major farm species.
Company website: http://feedeal.fr/

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One additional incentive for proper silage management

There are many factors mentioned in textbooks, which you can control to maximize the quality of your corn silage with proper silage management. The timing and conditions at harvesting corn silage as well as minimizing the exposure of silage to oxygen during storage to avoid spoilage are crucial to for the nutritional value of the silage to the dairy cow.

What the textbooks don’t tell you is that a lot of those factors can also contribute to the formation of mycotoxins if not practiced properly. Mycotoxins are produced under favourable conditions by certain types of moulds. However, the hidden danger can be that mycotoxins are present without clear visual signs of mould in the silage.

Quality of 2017 corn silage

Read about what you should know about 2017 corn silage here.

Symptoms for a mycotoxin challenge

Typical symptoms of a mycotoxin challenge in a dairy herd are:
• decreased feed intake,
• reduced milk and milk component yields,
• increase in somatic cell counts
• reduced reproductive performance, including decreased conception rates, increase in irregular heats and ovarian cysts.
• increased incidences of metabolic disorders such as ketosis, retained placentas, displaced abomasum

Providing those symptoms cannot be explained by other nutritional or management short-comings on the farm, the cause are most likely mycotoxins in the feed ration.

Economic impact

Subclinical mycotoxicoses decrease profitability by lowering milk production and quality while increasing expenses from inappropriate veterinary therapies.

So, the risk of mycotoxins is one more incentive for best practice at harvesting and storing corn silage.

Mycotoxins produced in corn silage

Mycotoxins can already accumulate in the crop prior to silage making during growth of the corn on the field and often will not be visible. This level of toxin can then continue to increase during poor harvest conditions and on into storage. The primary toxin producing fungi on corn in the field includes Fusarium.

Several mycotoxins of concern are produced by Fusarium and include:

deoxynivalenol (DON),

zearalenone

and T-2 toxin.

Zearalenone is a mycotoxin, which can cause fertility problems after its ingestion due to its structure being very similar to the hormone oestrogen. DON can have a negative impact on rumen efficiency and hence on milk solid yields. Read more about DON in dairy cows in the following link  How cows can adapt to DON

Frost increases risk of mycotoxins in silage

Corn silage harvested after frost is at even greater risk of toxin contamination. When the corn is chopped and placed in a silo, the frosted and now drier silage is difficult to pack properly. The oxygen level in the silo takes longer to deplete during tilling and the fungus can continue to grow and produce toxin for several days.

Mycotoxins in grass silage

Mycotoxins, such as zearalenone, have also been found in grass silage, however the levels are generally much lower than on corn silage (Driehus et al 2009)

 

Managing the risk of mycotoxins in silage

Pre-harvest events

While silage-making practices impact fungi and mycotoxin levels, environmental conditions likely have the largest impact Environmental conditions, such as excessive moisture, temperature extremes, drought conditions, insect damage, crop systems and some agronomic practices, can cause stress and predispose plants in the field to mould and determine the severity of mycotoxin contamination.

Despite progress made in prevention through breeding of resistant varieties and improvement in agronomic practices hazardous concentrations of mycotoxins may occur as a result of annual weather fluctuations.

Post-harvest management

Excellent silage management can reduce the incidence of mycotoxins. Prevention of mycotoxins in silage includes following accepted silage making practices aimed at preventing deterioration, primarily by quickly reducing pH and the elimination of oxygen (Figure 1 below). This decreases the growth of moulds and mycotoxin contamination.

Figure 1 The 3 major events that make good silage and factors that can affect silage fermentation
(Kung 2000, Tangni et al 2013)

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DM content

DM content of the forage can have major effects on the ensiling process via a number of different mechanisms.
1) Drier silages do not pack well and thus it is difficult to exclude all of the oxygen from the forage mass during the confection of the silo.

2) As the DM content increases, growth of lactic acid bacteria is inhibited and the rate and extent of fermentation is reduced.

3) If the forage is too moist and pH decline is not sufficient, clostridia, which ferment lactic to butyric acid and amino acids to ammonia, might become active. This process results in increases in pH and losses of silage DM content.

Rapid feed-out

When the silo is opened for feeding, oxygen becomes available to the front of the mass and the activity of the yeasts and molds, as a result of survival of fungal spores or a re-colonization of these microorganisms, could reduce aerobic stability of ensiled mass, thus favoring potentially toxigenic fungi development. Silo size should be matched to herd size to ensure daily removal of silage at a rate faster than deterioration. In warm weather, it is best to remove a foot of silage daily from the feeding face. The feeding face of silos should be cleanly cut and disturbed as little as possible to prevent aeration into the silage mass. Silage (or other wet feeds) should be fed immediately after removal from storage. Spoilage should not be fed and feed bunks should be cleaned regularly.

Silage Inoculants

As part of the best ensiling practices the use of an appropriate silage inoculant, depending on various conditions, should be considered.

Regular monitoring
Monitoring the forage quality during the preservation process is the only real way to assess the given situation.

 

References

Cheli et al 2013. Fungal populations and mycotoxins in silages: From occurrence to analysis 

Driehuis et al 2009. Occurrence of mycotoxins in maize, grass and wheat silage for dairy cattle in the 

Gallo et al 2015. Review on Mycotoxin Issues in Ruminants: Occurrence in Forages, Effects of Mycotoxin Ingestion on Health Status and Animal Performance and Practical Strategies to Counteract Their Negative Effects

Tangni E. K., Pussemier L. and Van Hove F. 2013, Mycotoxin Contaminating Maize and Grass Silages for Dairy Cattle Feeding: Current State and Challenges, J Anim Sci Adv 2013, 3(10): 492-511

 

Get more milk solids per day and start boosting your 2018 profits now

Milk solid levels, such as protein and fat, are important factors in dairy herd management. Studies have indicated that many herds are producing milk solids below average for their market and their breed, which presents an opportunity to improve milk component production and income from milk sales.

There are many factors that can affect milk fat and protein, which can be manipulated for higher levels of milk components. Management of nutrition and feeding practices are most likely to quickly and dramatically alter production of milk fat and protein.

Nutritional strategies for high milk solid levels

Nutrition and feeding management are considered the best solutions to a milk fat or protein problem other than genetics. Milk fat depression can be alleviated within 7 to 21 days by changing the diet. Milk protein changes take at least 3 weeks or longer.

Any diet or management factors that affect rumen fermentation can change milk fat and protein levels. Reduction in rumen microbial protein production from nutrition or feeding management imbalances will reduce milk protein by way of less microbial protein for the cow to digest and depress fat by limiting volatile fatty acid (VFA) production in the rumen.

Benefits of feeding Anco FIT to dairy cows

Supplementing dairy rations with Anco FIT has been proven in research and field trials to increase milk protein and milk fat yields in dairy cows and thus increase profitability including the cost of the product in the dairy ration.

Figure 1 below shows the average improvement in milk fat and protein yields in 8 different dairy trials in 4 different countries (Austria, Germany, USA and Czech Republic). Breeds in the studied herds included Holstein, Simmental, Montbeliarde and Brown Swiss.

Increase in milk solid levels

average improvement in milk solid levels (%) with Anco FIT across 8 trials was

milk fat level (%): +4.55% increase
milk protein level (%): +2.43% increase

Increase in milk solid yields (Figure 1)

average improvement in milk solid yields with Anco FIT across 8 trials was
daily milk fat yield (kg): + 6.61 % increase with Anco FIT
daily milk protein yield (kg): +4.18% increase with Anco FIT

Economic benefit – $0.60/cow/day

With current prices (status USDA, 4th January 2018) for milk fat (2.49 $/lb) and milk protein (2.04 $/lb) for US dairy production this improvement in milk components when feeding Anco FIT would mean an increase of $0.60/cow/day in income from milk solids using average performance data of the dairy herds in the 8 trials featured below.

About Anco FIT

Anco FIT is a gut agility activator designed to empower dairy cows to cope with nutritional stress factors in a more efficient way and improve rumen fermentation, resulting in better milk quality and milk component yields

Find out more about Anco FIT in the following link: What is Anco FIT? 

More points to consider for 2018 profits on dairy farms

Milk Components: Understanding milk fat and protein variation in your dairy herd    learn more

Simple spreadsheet to calculate gross milk price for various milk solid levels   calculate milk prices

One additional incentive to proper silage management  learn more

3 things you should know about 2017 Corn silage learn more

 

Figure 1 Improvement in milk solid yields in response to Anco FIT in dairy cows

anco fit - dairy trials- milk solid yield

 

 

 

 

Visit ANCO at the IPPE 2018 in Atlanta, USA

After a successful year, we are back at the IPPE 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA and look forward to welcome you at our booth

  • Talk to our team from Latin America and learn about their experiences with Anco FIT Poultry in broilers and layers
  • Meet our special guest Dr. Kostas Mountzouris, Associate Professor of Animal Nutritional Biotechnology Agricultural University of Athens in Greece and get up to date about the latest research results with Anco FIT Poultry in broilers.
  • Find out how Anco FIT Poultry can benefit profitable and safe poultry production. Take the next step towards a more agile operation to maintain a competitive edge.

Anco booth

We are in Hall C, booth C3305

Dates

30. Jan-1. Feb. 2018

Find us on the IPPE floor plan

Link to interactive floor plan

More information about the IPPE 2018

The International Production, Processing Expo (IPPE) is the world’s largest annual poultry, meat and feed industry event of its kind. A wide range of international decision-makers attend this annual event to network and become informed on the latest technological developments and issues facing the industry.

http://ippexpo.com/

Season’s Greetings

During the holiday season, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have made our success possible. It is in this spirit that we say thank you and best wishes for the holidays and New Year.

Your Anco Team

Anco AC – ADM launches a new product from ANCO in Canada

Sankt Pölten 4th December 2017 – Anco AC, a new specialty feed ingredient specifically developed for the Canadian market by Anco Animal Nutrition Competence GmbH, is being introduced by the team from ADM Animal Nutrition in Canada.

“The pressure for efficient animal production continues to motivate our team to find the best nutritional solutions for our customers,” said Maurice Champagne, regional business manager for ADM Animal Nutrition in Canada. “Anco AC is one such solution, providing a cost-effective way for producers to enhance the overall well-being of their animals and maintain consistent and profitable production.”

For more information go to
ADM Launches New Specialty Feed Additive Anco® AC for Canadian Producers

About Anco
Anco Animal Nutrition Competence GmbH with headquarters in Sankt Poelten Austria is a feed additive business acting globally to support competitive animal production with cost-effective feed solutions, including solutions for antibiotic-free feeding. Products are designed for pigs, poultry and ruminants to be more robust and efficient in the face of nutritional stressors.