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Recent Posts by Karen Botha

About: Karen Botha

  • With Dr Thomas Schonewille and Mathilde Ramillien

    Allied Nutrition hosted a ruminant road trip on 8-12 October 2018. Allied Nutrition had the privilege to welcome Dr Thomas Schonewille from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University, and Mathilde Ramillien from Pancosma, to South Africa. Dr Thomas Schonewille...
  • @ WPSA Scientific Day 2018

    Allied Nutrition attended the WPSA 36th Scientific Day on 31 October 2018. This scientific day focused on the latest developments in layer and breeder production. Peter Arts frim Hendrix Genetics shared with us the latest genetic advances made in layer and...
  • @ AFMA Symposium 2018

    Allied Nutrition attended the AFMA symposium on 30 October 2018. The theme for the symposium was “Local is Lekker” with the intention of showcasing the expertise of our fellow South African nutritionists. We had the privilege of being challenged by Rick...
  • @ 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...