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January 22, 2016
FEATURED NEWS: Feed Structure
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New year, new innovations for livestock feed

Feed innovations are set to tackle the sustainability file in 2016, as a changed regulatory landscape and broad swath of fresh advancements take hold for pigs, poultry and ruminants. The innovations cover efficiency, profitability, environmental footprint, animal health and welfare, and more. >> Read full article

Cobb-Vantress, Inc. to construct $22 million feed mill in South Carolina

Cobb-Vantress, Inc. will begin construction on a new feed mill in Laurens County, S.C., early in 2016, with completion planned towards the middle of 2017. The state-of-the-art mill will supply feed to Cobb’s grandparent breeder farms in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, as well as a great-grandparent farm in Georgia. >> Read full article

Nine additional cases of H7N8 identified in Indiana; 8 identified as LPAI

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the pathogenicity of eight of the nine H7N8 avian influenza detections announced on Jan. 16. The turkey flocks have been confirmed as low pathogenic avian influenza, with additional testing ongoing for the ninth flock. >> Read full article

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Midwest Poultry Federation Convention 2016

Please mark your calendar for the 45th annual Midwest Poultry Federation Convention, March 15-17, 2016. The MPF Convention is the largest regional convention in the U.S. that focuses 100% on poultry. The event features education for the turkey, egg layer, broiler and specialty/organic poultry industries and – NEW in 2016 – a total of three exhibit halls and several networking opportunities. Pre-Show events include the North Central Avian Disease Conference, the Organic Egg Farmers of America Symposium, the Pre-Show Nutrition Symposium, and MPF's popular Welcome Reception. Come experience our reputation for excellence for yourself! >> Learn More

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Feature News

Feed Structure

Feed structure is characterized by feed particle size, particle size-distribution and feed form (i.e. mash or crumbled pellet). Historically, reduction of particle size has been a typical goal of feed milling for all feed forms. During feed manufacturing finely ground feed particles help to improve uniformity of mixing, pelleting efficiency and pellet quality. During transportation and handling, there is less separation of ingredients with finely ground feed particles. In the barn, the natural tendency of poultry to selectively feed is limited by finely ground feed particles. Furthermore, the traditional nutritional perspective is that the increased surface area of smaller feed particles results in improved efficiency of digestive enzymes and increased nutrient digestibility. The only limitations to feeding small feed particles seems to be the cost of fine grinding and the flowability problems of finely ground mash feed. >> Learn More…

 Event Calendar 

International Production and Processing Expo

January 26-28, 2016
Location: Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta >> More Info

Pacific Agriculture Show

January 28-30, 2016
Location: Tradex Exhibition Centre (Abbotsford Airport) >> More Info

PIC Producer Update

February 10, 2016
Location: Peach King Centre, Grimsby, Ont. >> More Info

PIC Producer Update

February 17, 2016
Location: Mount Forest Community Centre, Mount Forest, Ont. >> More Info