Aflatoxins: Did you know that in high yielding dairy cows the carry-over rate into milk is greater?

Researchers from Cornell University studied the relationship between the carry-over rate of aflatoxins in milk in dairy cows and the level of milk production. Their findings suggest that the current regulations of 20 ppb total aflatoxin levels allowable in dairy cow feed are not protective to avoid violation of the 0.5 ppb AFM1 regulatory levels for milk in high-producing cows.

A factor, that is considered to be important for influencing regulatory limits of both total aflatoxin and AFM1 is the rate at which AFB1 is converted and excreted as AFM1 into the milk of dairy cows.

The problem is that most previous studies on the carry-over of aflatoxins from feed to milk were in what would be considered today as low-yielding dairy cows, where the carry-over of the ingested AFB1 is closer to 1 to 2%.

However, a study carried out by Churchill et al (2016) at Cornell University revealed that the carry-over rate into milk in high yielding dairy cows is closer to 6.5%.

When linear regression was used to calculate the relationship between ingested and excreted concentrations of aflatoxin and AFM1 in milk of high yielding dairy cows, the results suggested that an aflatoxin level of 15 ppb, was the maximum likely to produce milk with aflatoxin below the US regulatory limits (0.5 ppb AFM1 in milk). Currently the FDA guidelines for aflatoxin (AFB1) in feed for dairy cows is at 20ppb.

Find out more about the carry-over rate of aflatoxins into milk in dairy cows at the end of the video below


Asia: Why the demand for products like Anco FIT is increasing

In Asia, the livestock industry is the most crucial part of agricultural development and has been growing at an unprecedented pace in the last few decades. Livestock products contribute 40% of the total agricultural output in global sales and are growing faster than any other agricultural sub-sector.

Increasing demand for animal protein

Rapid population growth, urbanization, and improving lifestyles for the people of Asia have resulted in more diversified dietary patterns in the past few decades, which have driven growth of the livestock sector. The annual growth in consumption of eggs, meat, and milk in Asia is projected at 9.08, 7.99 and 11.85%, respectively, which is greater than the projected global rate (5.58, 5.41, and 3.43%). While forecasts vary, many believe the world’s consumption of poultry meat will have grown by 27 percent by 2023, and 40 per cent of this growth will be attributable to Asia.

With increasing annual livestock production, the demand for feedstuffs is also increasing. However, a drastic gap exists between feedstuff production and the rapid expansion of the livestock industry.

Efficiency in animal production becoming essential

Asia’s poultry producers will have to become more efficient, if they are to continue to supply Asia’s consumers with affordable chicken meat and respond to growing demand. Many Asian countries are relatively high cost when compared with the U.S. and Brazil, and this, to some extent, is due to comparatively low levels of integrated production in the poultry industry, which will need to change.

Food safety concerns

Public attention to food safety has grown over the years in Asia. Food-borne diseases impose a heavy social and economic burden on communities. In the context of international food trade, the imposition of bans in consideration of food safety has resulted in economic losses for exporting countries. For example, the estimated direct cost of the mycotoxin contamination of corn and peanut in Southeast Asia amounts to several hundred million US dollars annually. The prevalence of mycotoxins such as aflatoxin, DON and zearalenone in raw feed materials and finished feed were found to be the highest in Asia compared to other regions in the world.

Changes in animal husbandry practices, and the adoption of modern intensive agriculture, if not properly monitored and assessed, may have serious implications for food safety. For instance, the use of antibiotics in animal feed to increase growth rates has raised concern about the transfer of antibiotic resistance to human pathogens.

Demand for reduction in AGPs

The implementation of policies that restrict the use of antimicrobials of critical importance is particularly urgent. The use of antibiotic growth promotors (AGPs) has recently been the subject of much discussion in the region. In 2015 Thailand took a major step by banning the inclusion of AGPs. It is likely that other countries will follow suit, and the momentum is increased for implementing policies that restrict the use of certain antimicrobials in animal production in the region. It is expected that this will be facilitated, given the stated drive towards a single market and equitable economic development within the Southeast Asian region.

Southeast Asia is an area of great economic dynamism. In recent years, it has experienced a rapid rise in the levels of animal product production and consumption. The region is regarded as a hotspot for infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance.

Why Anco FIT?

The Anco FIT product range has been developed to empower animals to adapt to nutritional stress factors more efficiently. When added to diets it provides cost-effective support to the animal in the face of nutritional challenges and provides a natural alternative to help reduce the need for antibiotic growth promotors for efficient productivity and safe food production.

Presence of ANCO in Asia

Anco’ s presence in Asia is growing, with distributors for the Anco FIT product range already appointed in Vietnam, Malaysia, Taiwan and Bangladesh.

Feeding corn ddgs to dairy cows with confidence

Rapid expansion of fuel ethanol production capacity has resulted in 36% of Corn being used for ethanol and corn ddgs production in the US today.

This lead to 7.6% of corn currently being displaced by corn distillers grains in livestock rations. The substantial increase in the availability of corn distillers grains has also increased the interest in using these feeds in dairy cattle rations.

Today corn DDGS is found in around 46% of US dairy cow rations. Corn distillers grains can be highly beneficial in formulating cost-efficient rations for high producing dairy cows.

However, with DDGS from 2016 corn greater care needs to be taken to ensure that dairy rations remain profitable. 2017 corn could also be problematic when used as corn distillers grains according to some of the early indicators from July 2017 crop reports.

Find out more in the video below.

2017 grain quality – Wet spring and draught conditions starting to affect US grain

Severe draught conditions and a wet spring in several states of the US are reflected in 2017 grain quality and condition reports.

Poor to very poor ratings in spring wheat are way above 2016 levels (37% vs 7% last year). There are reports from a number of states in the US with DON contamination in winter wheat.

Dry conditions have also increased the poor to very poor ratings in US corn to double the number compared to a year ago. So far 19% of corn has entered the silking stage.

For more information on current crop conditions in the US and how multiple mycotoxin contamination in grain affects animals compared to contamination with only one type of mycotoxin view the short video below.

Go here to learn more about how mycotoxins impact animal performance in a webinar.

Neogen Monday Crop Report, 17th July 2017

II Jornada Avicola El Cortijo: Anco presentation at the technical poultry event from El Cortijo

Jornada Avicola is an annual technical poultry event organized by El Cortijo in Honduras. In July ANCO was present at this event for the first time.

The event had participants from different areas of production at El Cortijo and was sponsored by DSM. Topics of discussion included:
• Management of fertile eggs and embryo diagnosis
• Handling of baby chicks
• Poultry management until slaughter

Marco Nunes, Technical Manager for the LATAM region at ANCO gave a technical presentation on Practical aspects of corn quality control: Managing gut agility.

About El Cortijo

El Cortijo was founded in 1960 and today is the third largest poultry producer in Honduras, processing more than 550,000 chicken per month. El Cortijo is an employer for more than 550 people and generates indirect employment for more than 200 families. The objective of the “Jornada Avicola” is living the commitment to continuous training, technical update and development of El Cortijo employees.

ANCO distributor in Honduras

ANCO is represented by Reyesa S de R.L in Honduras, who were recently appointed as a distributor for Anco FIT in Honduras. Read more about Reyesa S de R.L here.

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Nombas joins as Anco FIT distributor in Israel

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

Noah Miller and Adam Schatz, Associate Partners at Nombas comment: Henry Ford, once said: ”If I had asked what people wanted, they would have said a faster horse” and he came up with a new solution – the car – to get from A to B. We are looking forward to introducing a gut agility activator, which equally represents a new solution to safer and more efficient animal production, to the feed industry in Israel.”

Agriculture in Israel is a highly developed industry. Israel is a major exporter of fresh produce and a world-leader in agricultural technologies, despite the fact, that the geography of Israel is not naturally conducive to agriculture. Major produce includes vegetables, cotton, beef, poultry and dairy products, and citrus and other fruits. Citrus fruits are the country’s main export crops. The Israeli Ministry of Agriculture estimates the number of active farmers to be 9,000 to 10,000.

Since the 1950s, Israelis have not only been finding miraculous ways to green their own desert but have shared their discoveries far and wide. Read about 12 innovations that Israel contributed to feeding the world here.

Israel is still a very young country and has the highest concentration of start-ups in the world outside of Silicon Valley. This year it celebrates its 69th birthday. View a video with 68 facts about Israel you probably did not know about here.

About Nombas Consulting Ltd.

Nombas Consulting Ltd was established in 2013 by Adam Schatz, Oded Bar and Dr. Noah Miller, who were involved for many years in the feed industry in Israel, with a view to becoming a gateway for quality manufactured and globally sourced products for the animal production industry in Israel. The company represent multinational firms among others ADM, Anitox, CSM and VZR.

Agriculture in Israel

Anco Brazil: Anco is founding a subsidiary in Brazil

Sankt Poelten/Austria, Campinas – SP/Brazil- 07/6/2017 Anco Animal Nutrition Competence GmbH, an Austrian feed additive company, is expanding its global growth to the Brazil market. The company has chosen Sao Paulo as the location for the subsidiary Anco Brazil, which is currently in the process of being founded. The subsidiary will be operational in 2017 and headed by Marcelo Blumer.

At present the company has a feed additive product line for pigs, poultry and ruminants with a core competence in managing the animal’s response to nutritional stressors, including naturally occurring toxins, by nutritional means. The pillars and focus that support the company’s development are what matters most to customers and what works best in farm animals for competitive animal production.

Development of local animal nutrition competence

Entering the market in Brazil promises to be successful when the company has a permanent local representation. It ensures that the company’s competence adapts to the local needs quickly and builds bridges between cultural differences effectively.

“This is an ideal time to enter the Brazilian market” explains Marcelo Blumer, Executive Director Anco Brazil. “The business environment for producers was challenging last year and producers are therefore looking for solutions that can help them increase operational agility to stay competitive and at the same time fulfil increasing demands for a reduction in the use of antibiotic growth promotors. Our product line Anco FIT can meet those needs. Anco FIT was specifically developed to boost gut agility in farm animals and empower them to adapt to nutritional stressors efficiently. This is a great support for producers, when it comes to managing the cost-effectiveness of diets and stay competitive in the face of nutritional challenges otherwise difficult to control” Blumer continues.

Read more in an interview with Marcelo Blumer by Feed Navigator here.

Outlook in Brazil

Brazil enjoys a large domestic market and welcomes international trade. The Brazilian agribusiness movement is increasing animal protein production and Brazil now ranks as one of the nations, best positioned to feed the world (reported in feed&food, 2017). Brazil is the second largest producer of broilers globally. Analysts predict that Brazil’s future is promising as is the immediate outlook for 2017 in the agribusiness sector. However, the main market growth for animal protein will continue to be international markets. Preliminary estimates project that in 2017 total animal feed sales in Brazil should reach 70 million ton. Poultry, swine and ruminant feed are expected to grow by 3.1, 4.0 and 6.0% respectively (Zani 2017).

About Anco Animal Nutrition Competence

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.

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Honduras – First experiences with Anco FIT Poultry in Honduras

The Anco FIT product line was recently officially launched in Honduras by Reyesa S de R.L. , acting as distributor for Anco.

Anco FIT Poultry had already been trialed on a broiler farm in Honduras.  The results showed consistent increase in feed intake under heat stress conditions with direct impact on weight gain in response to the gut agility activator.

Find out more about the benefits of Anco FIT Poultry in poultry production

Jose de los Santos Reyes Urbina, owner of Reyesa comments: „We are excited to work with Anco FIT in our product portfolio. The feedback from farmers who tried Anco FIT so far has been positive. It helps knowing that we can make a difference to the profitability of farmers”

Honduras is a republic in Central America with a population of around 8 million people. Its northern portions are part of the Western Caribbean Zone. Despite its declining importance to the economy, agriculture still accounts for 13 per cent of GDP and employs one-third of the population. Due to the importance of agriculture to Honduras, this country relies on The Panamerican Agriculture University, Zamorano, a very important school of agriculture not only for Honduras but also for all of Latin America.

Noack team joins as Anco FIT distributor for Eastern European markets

Noack & Co GmbH has been appointed as distributor for the Anco FIT product line in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia; Herzegovina, Macedonia, Croatia, Slovenia, and the Russian Federation.

In April and May, the Noack sales and technical team received training for the Anco FIT product line and introduced Anco FIT to some key customers in Poland and Romania. Noack customers were intrigued by some of the unique properties of the Anco FIT product line and the new approach it offers to support the animal in the face of nutritional stress factors for more consistent and efficient performance.

Dariusz Kucharski, Sales Director Feed Additives at Noack Polen comments: “I think with this new concept we can really add value to our customers, who have high performance standards and are continuously on the lookout to improve their competitive advantage.”

About Noack

Noack & Co GmbH is a privately owned technical marketing and sales company with 120 employees. The company headquarters is based in Austria and covers the central European markets through local subsidiaries.

Noack on the one hand supplies cost-effective feed supplements and feed additives to the animal producing industry. On the other hand, Noack offers rapid tests and tools for the quality control of food and feed products. Their offer includes a large portfolio of Veterinary Diagnostic Kits based on ELISA or PCR techniques to the national control authorities, private laboratories and farms, as well Analytical Instruments based on NIR and MID – Infrared technology for the feed and food producing industry.

Mycologic Feed Manager launched by ANCO FIT distributor ADM Animal Nutrition

ADM Animal NutritionTM, cooperation partner of Anco and US distributor for Anco FIT, recently launched an ADM exclusive digital sales tool called MycoLogic Feed Manager. This is an iPad app designed to effectively evaluate the nutritional needs of livestock through a quick and thorough digital assessment on farm.

The assessment begins with a brief in-app questionnaire which sales reps can walk through one-on-one with customers. The multi-question audit uses a decision tree algorithm to analyze the individual nutritional needs of each farm, deduce which, if any, naturally occurring toxins may be present in the region, and generate a recommendation specific to the environment, location, and on-farm challenges of that customer.

In addition, the MycoLogic Feed Manager app provides ADM representatives with easy access to a library of research, product brochures, and presentations to educate customers on ADM’s portfolio of nutritional offerings.

“ADM Animal Nutrition is committed to customer service and is always looking for ways to personalize products and services for our customers,” says Ruben Beltran, product manager for ADM Animal Nutrition. “With the help of the MycoLogic Feed Manager app, we can assess customer needs on an individual basis and recommend tailored solutions that make an impact on their day-to-day operations and ultimately their bottom line.”

More information on the MycoLogicTM Feed Manager app

ADM Animal Nutrition is distributor for the Anco FIT product line in North America.