Monthly Archives: September 2018

  • @ SAPPO 2018

    The South African Pork Producers Organisation (SAPPO) hosted its annual conference at the Champagne Sports Resort, Central Drakensberg, this year. The theme of the conference was “Pork Shifters 2020: Every corner counts, make every connection matter”.   The purpose is of...
  • …about magnesium and Marine MgO

    Magnesium plays a key role in the nutrition and physiology of ruminants. Therefore it is important to make sure that a magnesium source is used in ruminant diets that is highly soluble and absorbable in the rumen as the majority of...
  • …about Molasweet, a trusted feed palatant

    Cane molasses can act as a natural palatant, binder and energy source for ruminants. However, decreased availability and high prices can have a negative effect on the viability to use it in diets. Molasweet can be used to partially replace cane...
  • …about calcium and magnesium in pigs

    Calcium is most commonly recognized as a critical mineral for bone development and skeletal strength. Magnesium also forms part of the bone matrix and contributes towards skeletal development and strength. But what about the other biological functions of calcium and magnesium?...
  • …about inflammation in poultry

    Poultry are constantly being bombarded by pathogens, resulting in being in a constant inflammatory state. This energy consuming process can have a detrimental effect on health and production, not to mention additional stressors caused by several factors. So, what happens inside...
  • …about embryo mortalities and the effect Salmate c

    1.  Approximately 30% of all embryos and fetuses will not survive to birth.  About 80% of this loss occurs before day 17, 10-15% between day 17 and 42 and 5% after day 42 (O’Connor, 2006). 2.  Heat stress several days before...
  • …about heat stress in pigs

    Pigs are much more sensitive to heat than other animals because they lack the ability to sweat. Therefore, high temperatures can lead to heat stress which causes poor performance. Heat stress affects both breeding herds and grower-finisher pigs. Pigs raised in...
  • …about ruminants experiencing heat stress

    This year the summer (and heat stress) arrived suddenly. It’s therefore important to familiarize yourself with the possible effects of heat stress on ruminants. Here are 12 interesting facts about ruminants experiencing heat stress: Both high temperature and high humidity can...
  • …about heatstress in poultry

    Poultry are particularly sensitive to temperature-associated environmental challenges, especially heat stress. With the hot summer months approaching fast, it is good to refresh your memories as to what heat stress causes and the detrimental effect it can have if not managed...
  • …about Acid Buf and its practical application

    Most of us are familiar with Acid Buf, a calcified marine algae harvested on the coast of Iceland. Acid Buf is mainly used as a rumen buffer to assist in increasing and stabilizing the rumen pH. Acid Buf is a long...