China combats new avian flu strain: The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) issued an alert April 5 after receiving information from China about the H7N9 low-pathogenic strain of avian flu infecting a pigeon. Authorities in China have killed more than 20,000 birds from a live-poultry trading zone in Shanghai, China, after an unusual strain of avian influenza was found in pigeons, state-run media Xinhua reported. OIE noted that, to date, there is no evidence that the pigeon case is connected to several cases of H7N9 that have infected people in China. Further investigations are ongoing. H7N9 has killed six people. It had not previously been found in people until 14 cases were reported in China last week, all in a coastal area of eastern China. No cases of human-to-human transmission have been confirmed so far.
Jefo expands microencapsulation facility" Jefo announced that its Jefagro Technologies Inc. joint venture has completed a major manufacturing capacity expansion at its microencapsulation facility in Canada. According to the announcement, the increasing demand for microencapsulated non-medicated feed additives warranted the 4,000 sq. m expansion of the facility. Primary products produced at the facility include microencapsulated organic acids, essential oils and vitamins for poultry, swine and ruminants. Jefo, with a head office in St-Hyacinthe, Que., markets a full range of species-specific microencapsulated products.
Alltech partners with university in India: Alltech and Karnataka Veterinary, Animal & Fisheries Sciences University (KVAFSU) in Bidar, India, announced that they have launched the KVAFSU-Alltech Nutrition Research Alliance program. The partnership will focus on finding strategies that can increase the efficiency of milk production to meet the demands of India's growing population. Matthew Smith, director of Alltech Asia-Pacific, noted that KVAFSU is a "well-established university with a vision that is very similar to what Alltech has about the future of dairy health and nutrition. India is one of our top markets globally, and the research alliance with KVAFSU demonstrates Alltech's commitment to the industry in India and, furthermore, in the Asia-Pacific region." Some of the programs under the research alliance include: a new laboratory technique that will allow rapid screening of various specialized feed additives/ingredients while studying their effects on improving the health, fertility and milk yield of dairy cows and buffaloes; supporting student research projects and assisting in developing future dairy industry leaders in India, and a ruminant lab that will educate and assist Indian dairy farming communities. KVAFSU conducts programs on animal and fish production, domestic and wild animal health and milk, meat and fish processing and marketing.
John F. Smith: John F. Smith, 51, of Oro Valley, Ariz., died March 29 at his home after a battle with cancer. Smith was born in 1962 in Nevada, Iowa, and grew up in Jefferson, Iowa. He completed his bachelor's and master's degrees at Northwest Missouri State University and his doctoral degree at the University of Missouri. During his career, he worked at New Mexico State University, Kansas State University and the University of Arizona. Smith worked throughout the U.S. and internationally assisting dairy producers with the development of efficient dairy operations. A scholarship for animal science majors at Northwest Missouri State University has been established in his memory.
Tim Hortons pork: Tim Hortons, a chain of more than 4,000 coffee and sandwich shops specializing in pork sandwiches across Canada and the U.S., announced last week plans to source pork, by 2022, from only pork producers who do not use gestation stalls.
Rumen enhancer: Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition announced that, as of April 1, its FERMENTEN Rumen Fermentation Enhancer is fully available again through its distributor partners. Established pricing remains unchanged. More information is available at www.AHDairy.com.
AEB chair: Roger Deffner, vice president at National Food Corp. in Everett, Wash., has been elected chair of the American Egg Board (AEB) for 2013-14. Also elected officers were Greg Herbruck with Herbruck Poultry Ranch in Saranac, Mich., as vice chair; Blair Van Zetten with Oskaloosa Food Products in Oskaloosa, Iowa, as secretary, and Paul Sauder with R.W. Sauder Inc. in Lititz, Pa., as treasurer. The elections were conducted during AEB's meeting in March.
Feed additive: BASF has launched its Novasil Plus feed additive. This product became directly available from BASF in January 2013. Novasil Plus can be used in two ways, depending on its registration status in each country: as an anticaking agent for enhancing the flow properties of feed or feed ingredients, or for specifically binding aflatoxins. Aflatoxins can occur in all grains, posing huge risks to animal health. Novasil Plus consists of naturally occurring, high-purity calcium bentonite clay, BASF said, noting that it has been available in the market since the early 1990s. BASF acquired the U.S. production site when it bought Engelhard in 2006.
Dairy performance: Agri-King has launched its new Ru-Mend as part of an improved Key Dairy Program. The newly formulated Ru-Mend helps break down fiber and starch, releasing more energy and nutrients. According to the announcement, the product's technology assists in making nutrients more available to the rumen and the cow, which can help improve feed digestibility and feed efficiency. Ru-Mend is available for conventional operations and also is approved for organic use under the name Ru-Mend Special.
Granular formula: Phibro Animal Health Corp. announced that its Terramycin 200 (oxytetracycline) antibiotic is now available as a granular formulation. Terramycin 200 Granular offers a high-potency granular tetracycline that delivers broad-spectrum treatment of diseases, such as bacterial pneumonia and bacterial enteritis, as well as treatment and control of leptospirosis, Phibro said.
Calf stress: AgriLabs announced the introduction of StressMate, a unique product developed from colostrum that provides a source of small proteins commonly referred to as bioactives, which help calves cope with stress. Producers now have an option to treat stressed calves and to help calves exposed to stressful conditions such as birth, commingling, transport or adverse weather. StressMate is packaged in 250 mL bottles and can be fed orally by itself or in milk, milk replacer or electrolyte solution.