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.

More information

Video: Keep your cows agile

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Y.S.P. SAH joins as Anco FIT distributor in Malaysia

ANCO is expanding its business to Malaysia with the company Y.S.P.SAH as distributor for Anco FIT products.

Ananda Prakash, Division Senior Manager at Y.S.P. SAH, comments on the Anco FIT product line launch in Malaysia: “Malaysia had a fruitful launching for Anco FIT and Anco FIT poultry in November 2018. The event was held successfully in three states in Malaysia: Perak, Penang and Kuala Lumpur. This created much curiosity, interest and brand awareness in our potential customers.”

As the agricultural industry in Asia is rapidly developing, requirements for efficiency, feed safety and reduction in antibiotic growth promotors is growing. Anco is looking forward to work with Y.S.P.SAH as part of its growth strategy for Asia and contributing to more sustainable and safer competitive animal production in Malaysia.

About Y.S.P.SAH in Malaysia

Since its establishment Y.S.P.SAH has grown to become one of the innovative and leading pharmaceutical companies in Malaysia. The Group became more competent and hence, in 2004 it gained successful listing on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange and later transferred to the Main Board. Today the Group boasts a wide array of pharmaceutical, over-the-counter (OTC), veterinary and aquatic products, with regional offices as well as strategic alliances in Singapore, Vietnam, Philippine, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, Brunei, Laos , as well as Sri Lanka, Africa and countries in Middle East.

 

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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Resilience – economic value in animal production

Animal breeding is showing an increasing appetite for resilience to be included as a trait in breeding goals. Scientists working in animal genetics are pointing out the economic value of resilience on farms, where labour time is restricted.

Resilience genes in redheads

Researchers are discovering what makes some humans more resilient than others. For instance, the MC1R gene found in human redheads has been associated with certain characteristics that improve resilience. Redheads have the genetic advantage that they naturally produce their own vitamin D. Most other people need to make sure that they consume plenty of vitamin D, especially when modern lifestyles and weather prevent them from obtaining enough vitamin D from sunlight. Since vitamin D plays an important role in health and fertility, redheads are more resilient because they need less vitamin D than the rest of us.

Better characterisation of resilient phenotypes in farm animals should provide the opportunity to look for similar gene differences in these species.

Can we breed for resilience?

Current developments and future trends in the livestock industry are giving way to a new research focus in genetics for livestock production. This research is looking to develop selection tools for farmers to improve the resilience of animals in their production system.

So far  breeding goals have not included resilience. However, research groups from Australia and the Netherlands have recently demonstrated the potential for resilience in breeding goals and suggested ways of how we could genetically select for it in livestock animals.

Resilience definition in animal production

“The capacity of the animal to be minimally affected by disturbances/challenges or to rapidly return to the state pertained before exposure to a disturbance” (Berghof et al 2019).

Colditz and Hine (2016) describe resilience as a comparative measure of differences between animals in the impact of a challenge and the result of lower sensitivity or better adaptability to a challenge. The biological processes underlying resilience relate to adaptive responses that occur to minimize the impact of a stressor.

How to measure resilience in farm animals

From the definition of resilience as reduced sensitivity to potential disturbances, it follows that the desirable phenotype could be identified by measuring the rate of recovery to baseline and normality of behavioural, physiological, immune or production traits following the disturbance. Instead of measuring the magnitude of these variables while the animal attempts to cope with the stressor.

More recent scientific papers say resilience can be measured based on deviations of expected production and observed production over a period of time. One indicator for more resilient animals could be that they have a smaller variance in deviations of production traits over a period of time than the population average.

For example, there are favorable correlations between the residual variance of feed intake and feed duration with mortality and the number of health treatments in pigs in a challenge environment. This suggests that residual variance of feed intake and feed duration can be used to select for more resilient pigs.

Recent technological advances facilitate the increase in the number of observations that can be made on individual animals to more accurately estimate deviations and consequently genetic parameters. Routine data collection form automatic milking systems (AMS) and automatic feeding systems (AFS) for cattle and pigs are the most well-known and well-developed examples. Animal breeders expect more rapid progress with measurements from wearable sensors, which are already being used for monitoring animal behaviour, physiological changes and detecting health and disease status in animals.

Economic value of resilience

Researchers point out that when determining the economic value of traits, care needs to be taken to avoid double counting. They suggest that the economic value of resilience can be based on labour costs associated with observing animals that show signs of disease or other problems. These could be visual signs or alerts generated by sensors, automatic feeding systems or automatic milking systems.

Labour time is limited. Therefore, farmers have a requirement for healthy and easy-to-manage animals, especially when the number of animals per farm employee is increasing. A reduction in time spent on an animal with an alert will reduce costs associated with labour. Improved resilience results in easier to manage farm animals, which would reduce labour requirements and thus allow more animals per farm. Consequently, selecting for more resilient animals can increase farm profit.

Further reading: How you can support resilience in laying hens

Vimifos – Joins as Anco FIT distributor for Mexico

Vimifos is one of the newest partners joining our global Anco FIT distributor network in the animal feed industry. Anco FIT was launched in Mexico  late last year.

Michael Eder, managing partner at Anco Animal Nutrition Competence comments: “Mexico will be an important market for us to grow our business in the Americas region in 2019. We look forward to setting another milestone in our global growth history together with Vimifos.”

During the launch in Mexico, Michael Eder presented the latest research behind Anco FIT products to customers in the Mexican pig, poultry and dairy industry. The products were received with great interest and Vimifos is expecting to make great strides in growing the Anco FIT business in Mexico this year.

About Vimifos

Vimifos is a leader in the Mexican agriculture industry. Vimifos reaches the market through direct sales and a network of over 50 distributors throughout the country. The company has developed strategic business relationships with leading global companies. With over 600 employees, 2 industrial complexes, and warehouses located in the main production areas in Mexico, Vimifos is a key player in the animal nutrition industry.
www.vimifos.com

IPPE 2019 – Visit the Anco booth and find out the latest news on Anco FIT Poultry

The Anco team will be present at the IPPE 2019 in Hall A booth 237. We look forward to welcoming you and share our latest experiences with Anco FIT Poultry with you.

Anco has grown significantly and so has our booth at IPPE. Anco FIT Poultry is now available in more than 30 countries across the globe. Countries include US, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Taiwan, Malaysia, Guatemala, Columbia, Egypt, Germany and Spain.

In today’s world layer and broiler producers need to be highly responsive to quickly changing market needs and at the same time continuously increase efficiency. Poultry producers are applying Anco FIT Poultry to feed to stay competitive when reducing the use of antibiotic growth promotors and increase consistency in high performing birds.

Anco FIT Poultry increases robustness and the ability to adapt to nutritional and environmental challenges in birds for reliable performance.

Recent commercial case studies:

Broiler operations – Brazil

Commercial trials in large broiler integrations in Brazil have shown significant increases in ADG (+5.5%), FCR and bodyweight (+5.9%) in response to 1kg of Anco FIT Poultry/t of feed.

Layer breeder operation – Europe

In a commercial trial in a Slovakian layer breeder operation Anco FIT Poultry increased laying persistence, when added to the late laying period. The ROI was such that the producer continued using Anco FIT Poultry in his operation.

Scientific abstracts

Phytogenic premix effects on gene expression of intestinal antioxidant enzymes and broiler meat antioxidant capacity

Effects of dietary inclusion level of a phytogenic premix on broiler growth performance, nutrient digestibility, total antioxidant capacity and gene expression of antioxidant enzymes

 

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Elanco Hellas – Anco FIT product launch in Greece

ANCO is expanding its business into Greece with Elanco Hellas as distributor for Anco FIT.

The Anco FIT launch took place in Ioannina, which is the capital of the Epirus region in north-western Greece. The city spreads out around the beautiful lake Pamvotida and has the Pindus mountains as a backdrop.

Ioannina is also based in the most important region for the poultry industry in Greece.

Elanco Hellas S.A.C.I. invited their sales team and customers to the Hotel Du Lac Congress center for the official launch of the Anco FIT product range in Greece.
Vassilis Giannakis, Vet Department Manager Animal Health commented: “We look forward to continue working with the Anco team and developing the Anco FIT business in Greece. The latest findings with Anco FIT Poultry in research carried out at the Agricultural University of Athens showed very promising results. Our job is to help poultry producers in Greece to see the same returns with Anco FIT Poultry under commercial conditions.”

Andreas Kern, managing director at ANCO, presented an overview of the Anco FIT product range and experience with it so far. The products are already being sold into the animal feed industry in more than 30 countries across the globe.

The audience was excited to hear about research results with Anco FIT Poultry in broilers, presented by Dr. Kostas Mountzouris from the Agricultural University of Athens.

About Elanco Hellas

ELANCO HELLAS meets the needs of Greek agricultural and livestock producers in the production process by introducing innovative products from major international companies such as DOW AgroSciences and Elanco International.

ELANCO HELLAS represents and distributes products of multinational companies of crop protection, veterinary medicines and seeds since 1984. Today, ELANCO HELLAS is composed of three administrations, the Directorate General, the Commercial Department and the Finance Department. The Commercial Division is organized in departments/ sections related to the product groups, the company distributes. The sales departments are Agrochemicals, Field Crop Seeds, Vegetable Seeds and Veterinary. The above segments are supported by the following departments: Research and Development, Marketing, Credit Control, Accounting, Imports, IT, Human Resources and Logistics.

MindXchange –How to launch, sell and test- Anco FIT distributors share their experience

This month Anco had its first MindXchange distributor seminar. Anco FIT distributors from 32 different countries came together in Vienna to exchange their experiences, explore Anco FIT research and work together to exceed expectations in customer experience.

Origin for MindXchange

ANCO expanded successfully on a global scale over the past 2.5 years. This would not have been possible without the efforts and dedication of our partners.
MindXchange came to life to build on our network across the globe.

As the name MindXchange suggests, participants at this distributor seminar benefitted from the exchange of experience with Anco FIT in different parts of the world and hearing about global ANCO activities and research.

What we learned from each other:

• How to position Anco FIT
• How to sell Anco FIT
• How to test Anco FIT
• What works in different markets
• What matters to customers in different markets

What united us during the MindXchange event:
Working together towards building excellence in customer experience.

Science update

Dr. Kostas Mountzouris from the Agricultural University of Athens presented the latest findings with Anco FIT Poultry on the gene expression profile of the antioxidant defense system in broilers and explained how this can be linked to positive effects seen on performance and product quality indices.

Dr. Mountzouris commented: “Gut agility is an exciting new concept and the results we have seen with Anco FIT Poultry having the ability to up-lift the host intestinal antioxidant and cyto-protective shield are very promising and in line with the core functions of the gut agility activator. It would also be worth pursuing the responses on product (e.g. meat) quality further”

The research session concluded with a visit to the Department of Physiological Chemistry at the University of Vienna. This was an opportunity for a more hands-on experience with some of the labs that are currently carrying out more research on the mode of action of Anco FIT.

Case studies

Case studies on results and success with Anco FIT in different regions across the globe encouraged the exchange of further experiences and discussion with the gut agility activator:

Brazil: Underlining the positive university trial results with Anco FIT Poultry, Marcelo Ziani from Evance and Marcelo Blumer from Anco Brazil presented the positive impact of Anco FIT Poultry seen under commercial conditions in large broiler production systems in Brazil.

Slovakia: Noack in Slovakia also had very positive results to share on Anco FIT Poultry in layer breeders in a commercial situation. Jan Mendel, from Noack Slovakia commented: “Our customer started using Anco FIT Poultry because they saw an improvement in laying percentage in the later laying stages that was big enough to give a significant economic return.”

Taiwan: Vick Chung from Vetnostrum shared how their launching strategy enabled a successful market entry for Anco FIT particularly in the pig sector of Taiwan.

Czech Republic: Arne Huvar from Noack highlighted an overall positive effect on milk component yields seen with Anco FIT in Czech dairy farms.

Canada: Canada also reported better milk component yields and some effects on reproductive parameters in response to Anco AC in dairy cows. Maxime Tarte, from ADM Animal Nutrition in Canada shared how his team gained confidence in the product, because of the return on investment seen with it.

Thanks for coming and contributing

Thank you to all participants for their valuable contributions, feedback and willingness to share throughout the event. MindXchange was great fun thanks to you and we are growing stronger together because of it.

Laying hens – Anco FIT Poultry maintains laying persistency in the late laying period

In a commercial trial with a parent flock of ISA Brown laying hens, Anco FIT Poultry showed higher laying persistency than the control group.

Materials and methods:

The trial was carried out on a farm of an ISA brown parent flock in Slovakia and started when the birds had reached an age of 47 weeks. The birds were housed in 4 halls of 17,000 birds each, of which 2 halls were fed Anco FIT Poultry at 1kg/t from week 47 to 62.

The young flocks had been sourced from two different farms (source A and B). Data was analyzed by source due to historical differences in performance between the two sources.

Results and discussion

Figure 1 above shows that the drop in egg production was slower in birds of both sources fed Anco FIT Poultry at 1kg/t in the feed compared to the control in the late laying period. As a result, birds fed Anco FIT Poultry produced on average 2% more eggs in the week 47 to 62 compared to the control.

Recent scientific trials have shown that Anco FIT Poultry improves the antioxidative capacity of broilers in the liver and the gut. The liver plays an important role in egg production and maintaining high liver health can help to sustain high laying persistency for longer laying periods. Therefore the positive impact seen with Anco FIT Poultry on laying persistence may partly be due to its antioxidative effects in the liver.

However, ovarian aging, which is understood as a gradual decrease in both the quantity and quality of the oocytes residing in the follicle as age passes, has also been associated with a reduced antioxidative capacity in the bird and oxidative stress. Researchers have demonstrated that in laying hens of different ages (90, 150, 280 and 580 days) that the antioxidative capacity in the ovaries of birds reduced with age.

The antioxidative capacity in birds is determined by mechanisms involving enzymes such as Superoxidodismutase (SOD), Catalase (CAT), Glutathione Peroxidase (GSH-PX), Glutathione S-transferase (GSH-ST) and biological antioxidants such as Glutathione, vitamins C and E and certain trace minerals.

Further research is required to determine whether Anco FIT Poultry not only has positive effect on the antioxidative capacity of birds in the liver and gut, but also in ovaries.

Conclusion

Anco FIT Poultry in the feed helped to increase laying persistency in the late laying period, which is an important factor for achieving longer laying cycles to produce 500 eggs in 100 weeks. This may partly be due to the proven antioxidative effect of Anco FIT Poultry in the liver of chicken.

Scientific abstracts

Mountzouris et al 2018. Phytogenic premix effects on gene expression of intestinal antioxidant enzymes and broiler meat antioxidant capacity, Proceedings of the EPC 20118

Mountzouris et al 2018. Effects of dietary inclusion level of a phytogenic premix on broiler growth performance, nutrient digestibility, total antioxidant capacity and gene expression of antioxidant enzymes, Proceedings of the IPPE Scientific Poultry Congress 2018