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  • Happy 100th Birthday Vitamin E!

    20 June 2022

    Vitamin E celebrates its 100th birthday in 2022, thanks to research designed to find out why lab rats grew normally but couldn’t reproduce when consuming milk-based, high fat diets supplemented (at the time) with all known vitamins. A mysterious factor in wheat germ alleviated the “fetal resorption” syndrome, later isolated in 1935, named Vitamin E, and synthesized by Swiss scientists in 1938.

  • Premix Carriers

    20 June 2022

    Premix carriers are much more than just a filler ingredient. Commonly the largest single component of a premix, carriers act as the glue that holds your nutritive ingredients in homogenous suspension, while also significantly influencing bulk density and flowability. From the many available options, choice of carrier must suit the final application, be it grain free pet food, water soluble, or conventional livestock feed, while also providing sufficient carrying capacity for the range of particle sizes of each nutrient. Read this article to learn more about the direct impact carrier type and proportions can have on premix quality.

  • DSM Sustainability Update

    20 June 2022

    DSM has joined the US Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry & Eggs and the International Poultry Welfare Association. This industry association is an important forum that aligns with DSM’s strong focus on the sustainability of animal agriculture generally, and specifically North American poultry. This new membership adds to the associations in which DSM participates both in North America and globally. Read more to learn how your organization can partner with DSM on sustainability priorities and goals.

  • Part 2 - Feeding reproducing gilts and sows differently to improve performance outcomes

    20 June 2022

    In the first part of this series, we discussed why sow parity and litter size must be considered critical indicators in sow management, as they have a considerable impact on litter performance. Now, we bring a new element to this conversation: gilt and sow nutrition. As some studies have demonstrated, to optimize sow performance, the type and amount of nutrients must differ in a young sow compared to older females (Boyd et al., 2008). In addition, using different approaches to feeding sows based on their parity also has some economic benefits. With that perspective, this article highlights how feeding younger and older sows differently can improve progeny performance.

  • Heat Stress

    20 June 2022

    Summer months in many U.S. regions bring higher temperatures and increased risk of heat stress in dairy and beef animals. Heat stress becomes a risk when cattle generate and absorb more heat than they are able to dissipate. Dairy and beef cattle generate heat during digestion, therefore, high producing animals that eat more may be at greater risk during times when environmental conditions favor heat stress. In addition, cattle also absorb heat through solar radiation when outdoors and black hided cattle pose a greater risk of death loss during heat wave events compared to other hide colors. Heavy finished cattle with greater fat deposition have a harder time regulating heat effectively and can succumb to heat stress easier than light weight cattle. Compared to other species, cattle don’t effectively dissipate heat and rely primarily on respiration to cool themselves. When heat load accumulates throughout the day, cattle must rely on cooler temperatures in the evening hours to effectively cool their core body temperature to a safe range. During severe heat waves when temperatures remain high and animals generate accumulated heat load, other effective heat stress mitigation strategies should be implemented.

  • Microbiome Technology

    20 June 2022

    Metagenome sequencing- A new method allowing a deeper view into the complexity of the microbiome. We can now discover more about the gut microbiome, its metabolic pathways, metabolites, and the effects on the animal. Instead of identifying and quantifying the types of microorganisms present, we can measure the functions and metabolites the microorganism is producing.

  • DSM Premix Quality Lab

    16 May 2022

    Premix Quality involves much more than meeting nutrient targets - the characteristics of a premix and its components affect flowability, mixability, and homogeneity of a blend through premix manufacture, transport, and subsequent feed manufacture. But what are the properties of a good quality premix, and how are they determined? In the DSM Premix Quality Lab, novel ingredients, premix, and new sources of raw material are assessed for variables such as particle segregation, flowability, dust rating, particle size distribution and more! This article includes more information on how we assess ingredient and premix quality and use the information to improve blend traits.

  • Cartenoid Corner

    16 May 2022

    Carotenoids are a unique class of compounds which are highly pigmented (yellow, orange and red). In addition to providing color, several carotenoids are potent antioxidants. DSM manufacturers 4 carotenoids in the Carophyll® line (Beta-carotene, Red, Yellow, and Pink carotenoids), and several more for human use such as lutein and lycopene. Carophyll® product forms are superior for their uniform beadlet composition, processing stability, bioavailability, purity, and science-backed performance. This article further discusses these carotenoids.

  • The Future of Animal Health and Well-Being

    16 May 2022

    As demands for better livestock performance, health and well-being have increased over the years our need to be proactive has become critical. It’s not enough to wait for a health or performance problem to arise to then try to apply a solution. By doing that, we incur economic and welfare related losses before we can correct the issue. Today’s modern livestock production needs proactive and innovative solutions and tools to stay ahead of these concerns. This article discusses innovation in this space.

  • Cogranulation: The Latest in Enzyme Innovation

    16 May 2022

    Precision, convenience, and quality are important values customers look for in feed additives. DSM’s cogranulation technology is a novel and unique formulation that brings all of these values to the customer. Ease of handling and application allow for better convenience. Precise levels of selected and purified enzymatic activity, improved consistency with cost savings, pelleting stability, reduced dust, better distribution and homogeneity bring precision and quality to the customer. Cogranulation is the way to go!

  • Piglet Health Starts In-Utero: How to Develop Immune Competency in Piglets Before and After Birth

    16 May 2022

    Swine production faces evolving challenges to produce pigs more sustainably, achieve higher welfare standards to meet animals needs and consumer demands as well as being cost-effective. Also, advances in genetics have led to a trend of hyper prolificacy in sows, which poses additional challenges. Higher numbers of piglets born per sow per year has resulted in larger variation in piglet birthweight more metabolic challenges on the sow which, in turn, impacts the onset of colostrum and milk production, thus increasing the risk of less robust piglets at weaning and performance losses later in life.

  • Optimizing Fertility and Performance of Dairy and Beef Cows

    16 May 2022

    Carotenoids are naturally occurring pigments found in plants that play a key role in optimizing cattle health and reproduction. Beta carotene is the most common type of carotene in plants and considered a provitamin A or a substance that the animal needs to produce vitamin A. It also serves as a powerful antioxidant to reduce the effects of oxidative stress that can negatively affect fertility and performance of dairy and beef cows. This article further discusses how beta-carotene can optimize fertility and performance of dairy and beef cows.

  • Part 1 - The relationship of sow parity and litter-size with progeny performance outcomes

    18 April 2022

    Getting strong and viable piglets at weaning starts with looking back to where they came from: the sow. Throughout the last few decades, the swine industry has done an outstanding job in terms of management of sows and optimizing numbers of farrowing units. As Lavery et al. (2019) highlights, we currently have hyper-prolific sows that can wean up to 31.3 piglets per year. Although pigs weaned per sow per year has been one of the primary metrics used to evaluate sow farm performance, there are other indicators that are valuable for swine producers, such as sow parity, litter size and the number of pigs successfully marketed per sow (per year). With that in mind, this article discusses the importance of assessing sow productivity on a lifetime basis and how it’s related to progeny performance.

  • Challenges Related to Testing for Mycotoxin Biomarkers

    18 April 2022

    Mycotoxins are recognized for their effects on animal health and productivity, but diagnosis of mycotoxin-induced disorders is tricky as they often present with non-specific signs. Feed analysis is the widely accepted approach to monitor mycotoxin exposure. An alternative tactic is the application of mycotoxin biomarkers – assessing mycotoxin exposure directly in the animal by analyzing blood or other biological samples (urine, feces, etc.). Despite its potential, application of mycotoxin biomarker testing has major limitations. This article discusses some of key challenges to on-farm implementation of mycotoxin biomarkers analysis.

  • Preparing Premixes for Summer

    18 April 2022

    April showers bring May flowers… and potential caking issues. Your Nutritional Services team is busy preparing our premixes to mitigate any potential issues for the upcoming hot, humid North American May to August climate. Through our experience, we are aware of certain products which can contribute to caking. Hygroscopic ingredients (tend to absorb and retain moisture from the air) are the worst offenders. The table in this article features three popular premix ingredients to watch out for along with their characteristics and known issues.

  • Coming Soon: Poultry Vitamin Survey 2022

    18 April 2022

    In the North American region, we are re-surveying vitamin supplementation trends in several poultry production segments, including broilers, breeders, layers, and turkeys. These surveys, led by Dr. Nelson Ward and Dr. Doug Teitge, will be presented at the Arkansas Nutrition Conference in September 2022 and in print publications as well. This article discusses conclusions of a similar survey conducted in 2014 in US broilers representing >90% of the industry along with new factors that may affects the results in the upcoming 2022 survey.

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