Weekly Wrap-Up: March 19

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We want to help you keep up, so we’re sharing relevant news with you as we find it. Each week we’ll compile industry news and events to share in one post on Friday. We’re calling this new series Weekly Wrap-Up.

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Coming Up

How Feed Formulation Analytics Can Reduce Animal Protein Footprint

Watt Poultry and Feed Strategy are hosting a webinar to discuss the potential of feed formulation on the challenge of environmental impacts of livestock. 

Date: Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Time: 10–11 a.m. EDT
Registration: Register for the Watt Poultry and Feed Strategy webinar online via GoToWebinar

What you’ll learn:

  1. Understand livestock/animal protein value chain sustainability pressures and opportunities.
  2. Discover how changes in feed formulation affect the environmental impact and what you can do to reduce your footprint.
  3. Explore how a new digital tool integrated with feed formulation software reduces complexity and cost of footprinting without compromising profitability.

Animal Feed Webinar From Feed Strategy

Feed Strategy and WATT Global Media are hosting a webinar on “How to choose the right plant protein for young animal feed”.

This webinar will discuss using plant proteins in swine feed, focusing on the use of soybean meal and how anti-nutritional factors can play a role in the growth and development of swine and poultry.

Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021
Time: 10 a.m. EDT
Registration: Register for the Feed Strategy webinar online via GoToWebinar

What you’ll learn:

  1. The values of processed soybean meals, such as SPC and FSBM for swine feed formulation.
  2. Technologies available for feed formulation for swine and poultry.
  3. How to choose the right plant protein for young animal feed.

Ensuring FSMA/FDA Compliance During a Pandemic

Regulatory compliance is constantly evolving, especially with regard to food safety. As we become aware of new and emerging food safety challenges, our regulatory framework must change to meet these needs. Pet Food Industry published an article on ensuring FSMA/FDA compliance during a pandemic, discussing how the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the regulatory system and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) response with innovative ways for conducting inspections.

For more information about what to expect during an inspection, read our inspection factsheet.

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How Animal Food Facilities Can Prepare for Regulatory Inspections

Though they can be a source of worry, the fact of the matter is that many animal food facilities often think about preparing for inspections as the inspectors walk through …

Four Reasons Mycotoxins Should Be Top of Mind This Year

Kemin recently published an article about the Four Reasons Mycotoxins Should Be Top of Mind This Year. Mycotoxins, even at low levels, can have big impacts on animal health and production.

Stay up to date with new trends in mycotoxins and be sure to have a robust testing program in place.

For more information on how to mitigate the risk of mycotoxins in your facility, and at home, check out our latest factsheet!

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Aflatoxins and Animal Food Safety

This factsheet covers the guidelines and mitigation for aflatoxins in animal food in North Carolina.

Raw Pet Food Safety Risks Rise With Owner Cognitive Bias

Raw pet food is becoming more popular among consumers, but can also present risks to both humans and pets. A recent study in the United Kingdom found that consumers tend to underestimate the health risks associated with improper handling of raw products.

Pet Food Industry published an article about how raw pet food safety risks rise with owner cognitive bias. The article urges consumers to follow these practices:

  1. Thaw raw meat-based pet food in a separate sealed container in the refrigerator.
  2. Do not wash raw meat.
  3. Remove and dispose of any raw meat-based food not consumed by pets and clean the feeding area. 
  4. Ensure surfaces, utensils and bowls used for raw pet food are segregated from other kitchen equipment and are washed thoroughly after each use.
  5. After handling raw pet food or feeding bowls, wash hands for 20 seconds using soap and rubbing all parts of the hands and fingers before rinsing and drying thoroughly.

New Research on Essential Fatty Acids for Sows

National Hog Farmer partnered with NC State Department of Animal Science’s Eric van Heugten and R. Dean Boyd to present an article on applying essential fatty acid research to improve reproduction in sows.

In this article, you’ll learn how linoleic acid can be targeted to sows for maintenance of pregnancy.

Targeting Excellence 2021 Scholarships

The 2021 Targeting Excellence Scholarship cycle has opened for submission. This scholarship opportunity is available for undergraduate and graduate students in colleges of agriculture enrolled in classes by September 1, 2021. 

The application package includes a written or video response to one of the following essay questions:

  1. What is one positive change you see in Food Animal Production as a result of the challenges faced by producers during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  2. In your opinion what is one issue due to the COVID-19 pandemic that food animal production is struggling to address? What is your solution to this issue?

Applicants must also submit a personal statement of 500 words or less on their personal career goals, two references, and a digital copy of their transcript.

Applicants have the option to submit their resume and one additional supporting document (in addition to the essays).

Applications are due Friday, April 2, 2021 and awards will be announced Thursday, April 29, 2021.


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