New year’s resolutions- 2017

Happy New Year and welcome back to the ANCO homepage.

2016 was an eventful year, but we expect 2017 to be even more exciting. Our team is growing and everything is moving faster. Lots of things to do, many places to go and grow.

Of course, we will be keeping you up to date on important news, developments, technical information and events.

So, if you have not signed up to our newsletter yet, one of your new year’s resolutions should definitely be signing up for the ANCO newsletter. Sign up through the link below.

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Don’t forget to have a plan for mycotoxin risk management in 2017. Find tips in the link below to prepare an effective plan.
Prepare a mycotoxin risk management plan

If you don’t want to stop there and are looking for further inspiration and tips on new year’s resolutions in 2017, here are two links that should keep you going and make sure you stick to them.

Tips for sticking to your new year’s resolutions

78 classic new year’s resolutions

“Approach the New Year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day” – Michael Josephson

Good luck and all the best for 2017!!

Visit us at IPPE in Atlanta USA

Go for a warm welcome at the ANCO booth B8281 at the IPPE in Atlanta Jan to 2nd of February.

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.

ANCO will be showcasing Anco FIT Poultry for the first time at this show.

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.

We look forward to engage with you and learn what matters to you.

ANCO Animal Nutrition Competence GmbH is a feed additive business acting globally to support competitive animal production with cost-effective feed solutions, including solutions for antibiotic-free feeding.

How to prepare a plan for mycotoxin risk management

Several meta-analysis studies have proven the negative impact of mycotoxins in feed on animal performance. In the USA, the economic cost due to some of the most common mycotoxins is estimated to be USD 900 million per year.

Having a plan for mycotoxin risk management and putting appropriate tools into action can therefore make a difference to the bottom line of farm operations and return on investment of animal feed.

Take the 6 steps below to minimize the impact of mycotoxins to your operation.

1. Research which mycotoxins are most likely going to cause a risk in your region

There are several sources that can provide you with information on the prevalence of different types of mycotoxins. Some feed companies providing mycotoxin solutions publish the results of mycotoxin surveys carried out world- wide. More independent sources for information include surveys carried out by mycotoxin analysis labs or surveys published in the scientific literature.


Neogen Monday mycotoxin report

Pinotti. et al (2016) Mycotoxin Contamination in the EU Feed Supply
Chain: A Focus on Cereal Byproducts. Toxins — Open Access Toxinology Journal, MDPI, 2016, 8, 45

2. Find out which ingredients are at risk for mycotoxin contamination

Some feed ingredients are more at risk for mycotoxin contamination than others. For example in comparison with corn, soybean meal appears to be less susceptible to mycotoxin contamination. Mycotoxin contamination in DDGS samples is generally greater than in corn. This makes it important to monitor the mycotoxin content of DDGS prior to its inclusion in animal diets.

The risk for mycotoxins will also depend where you are sourcing your ingredients from. Mycotoxin prevalence differ by regions and countries, mainly due to differences in climate.
Again mycotoxin surveys will give you an indication of which areas are at risk.

Mycotoxin prevalence will also differ between harvests. Therefore, it makes sense to look at the most up to date surveys available.

3. Set up a time schedule to analyze feed or feed ingredients for mycotoxins regularly

Mycotoxin analysis should become part of the routine evaluation of feed and feed ingredients. Regular sampling and testing of feed allows picking up any variations in mycotoxin contamination. From a farming perspective, the most critical point is the sampling procedure of feed.

Sampling corn for mycotoxins
The distribution of mycotoxins in a corn lot is usually highly variable, and it can be extremely variable for aflatoxins. For sampling harvested grain, a recommended sampling approach is to collect at least ten probefuls from a number of locations throughout the lot, or at least ten collections from a moving stream of grain. Do not collect a sample from a single location in the lot, as it is highly unlikely that it will be representative of the lot. A ten-pound sample is commonly recommended.

Sampling silage for mycotoxins
To know the quality of the silage that is fed to animals, samples must be collected from the front of the silo, and the procedure should be repeated at different times. For instance, 12-15 sub-samples need to be collected from the front of the silage to form a pool of 500-1000 g as the final sample. It must be underlined that each sample only represents the portion of silage from which it was taken as mycotoxin distribution may change .

More information on sampling feed for mycotoxin analysis.

4. Find a reliable lab that can carry out mycotoxin analysis for you

There are many test labs available to provide a service for mycotoxin testing. There are also universities and research institutions that provide a mycotoxin analysis service.

5. Check your animals for symptoms of a mycotoxin challenge

There are several symptoms in pigs, poultry and ruminants to look out for that can indicate a mycotoxin challenge is present in your feed. Depending on the types of mycotoxins present, symptoms seen in the animal will differ.

The following slide show provides you with an overview of the different symptoms seen in response to mycotoxins by species.

6. Support your animals to become more resistant to possible mycotoxin challenges

There are several solutions available to apply to animal feed that bind or counteract mycotoxins in the animal to reduce the impact of mycotoxins on animal performance.

New solutions available on the market include formulas to apply to feed that help the animal adapt to nutritional stressors such as mycotoxins and reduce the stress reactions caused by mycotoxins in the animal. This empowers the animal to be more efficient and robust in the face of mycotoxin challenges and other nutritional stressors. It is also effective against a broader range of mycotoxins and against DON in particular, where binders have been known to fail.

Consult your vet and feed advisor to decide what works best for your operations.

Stress reactions to mycotoxins in animals

Many trials have proven the significant negative impact of mycotoxins on performance in pigs and poultry. Looking at the effects of mycotoxins at a cellular level, it is becoming obvious that many stress reactions seen to mycotoxins in animals are those commonly seen in response to other stressors.

One reaction to stressors is an increase in Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS). ROS are produced endogenously by normal metabolic processes, but amounts may be increased markedly by certain stressors, including mycotoxins. Deficiencies of natural protective substances or excess exposure to stimulators of ROS production may result in oxidative stress, which occurs when ROS exceed the capacity of antioxidants. Oxidative stress is a major factor related to the development of inflammatory diseases.

Consumption of DON-contaminated feed in pigs, not only increases oxidative stress, it has also shown to impact the gastrointestinal tract, causing epithelial injuries of the stomach and the intestine, leading to intestinal inflammatory response.

In vitro and in vivo studies have also demonstrated that DON compromises the intestinal barrier function and increases gut permeability. Furthermore, it has been shown that mycotoxins modify the intestinal microbiota in pigs and in poultry. However, not all mycotoxins show this effect. For example, feeding pigs with fumonisin was not reported to induce any modification of the intestinal microbiota, whereas DON did.

In the chicken a high dose of ochratoxin exhibited significant numbers of Salmonella typhimurium in the digestive tract when compared to non-administered birds. However, feeding birds with high levels of aflatoxin or T-2 toxin had no effect on incidence or severity of S. typhimurium colonization.

Taken all together these type of responses at the cellular level will predispose the animal to intestinal and systemic infections and impair efficient digestion and absorption of nutrients, with the associated effect on animal productivity and efficiency.

Anco : GMP + certified supplier

ANCO is registered as GMP + B3 supplier since November 2016

The GMP + certification is important to a number of our animal feed customers, as it ensures that our products meet their requirements for feed safety and sustainability. It is also an international scheme, applicable worldwide.

Modern competitive animal production calls for a contribution to safe and responsible food of animal origin. GMP + is a quality mark that guarantees participating companies from the international food chain reliability, quality, sustainability and safety.

In recent years public concern about the safety of foods of animal origin has increased. This has prompted a scrutiny of food safety and quality problems that can arise in foods of animal origin as a result of animal feed, forage and associated feeding systems.

The GMP+ Feed Safety Assurance scheme is a scheme for assuring feed safety in all the links in the feed chain. The GMP+ standard does not only define conditions relating to production facilities of feed, but also for storage, transport, staff, procedures and documentation.


ANCO knowledge: What matters to quality pork producers

Pork producers certified by AMA (Agrarmarkt Austria Marketing) produce pork of the highest quality standard in Austria (see more info below). What really matters to them in pig production is high performance, quality and flexibility in production, whilst feeding antibiotic-free diets and meeting the top demands on animal production from consumers in Austria.

3 most wanted characteristics in farmers by the public

1. 85% treat animals responsibly
2. 82% treat the environment responsibly
3. 77% produce food of high quality
(survey of 1000 people, Bauernbund 2015)

What does the AMA seal approval stand for?


Food products that carry the AMA (Agrarmarkt Austria Marketing) seal of approval
• Meet the highest quality standards.
• Transparency: It guarantees that foodstuffs can be traced to their source.
• Farmers, processing plants and retailers certified by AMA conform to standards, which are stricter than required by law and are monitored by independent testing centers.
• Animals raised and slaughtered in Austria.
• Antibiotics are only allowed for treatment and only with prescription from vets. If animals are treated with antibiotics withdrawal times are twice as long as what is required by law.
• The majority of feed comes from home grown cereals. Any feed supplements need to be bought from AMA certified feed manufacturers.

Number of AMA certified pig producers

Currently there are 1800 pig producers in Austria, that are producing according to AMA standards. The total number of pig producers in Austria is around 30 000.

Agriculture and pig production in Austria

The agricultural sector in Austria is shaped by small family farms.

The average farm in Austria has:
• 71 pigs
• an average utilized agricultural area (UAA) in ha per farm of 19.3 ha
• 14% have more than 50 ha.
• 34% of arable land is producing feed grain
(Federal Institute of Agricultural Economics 2011).

Out of around 132653 farms in Austria:
• 56% are part-time farmers
• 17% are organic farmers
• 80% are livestock farmers
• 23% are pig farmers

The current economic value of pig production in Austria is 860 Mio Euro (Bauernbund 2015).

ANCO presents competence in dealing with nutritional stressors

Anco Animal Nutrition Competence develops cost-effective feed solutions for pigs, poultry and ruminants to live up to their performance potential efficiently. One important competence we rely on at ANCO is the knowledge required to support animals successfully in coping with nutritional stressors in feed by nutritional means.

Many animals don’t reach their performance potential, despite carefully formulated diets. This can be due to management and/or environmental factors. But there are also nutritional factors, that we have less control over and which can lead to a whole host of stress reactions in the animal.

Nutritional stressors, e.g. mycotoxins, in the feed will lead to stress reactions such as oxidative stress, inflammation, reduced gut integrity and shifts in the gut microbiota in the animal. This again will make the animal more susceptible to disease and performance efficiency of the animal will be sub-optimal.