What are feed alternatives for producers? Corn is very expensive so alternatives are starting to include wheat middlings and dried distiller's grain. It is important to understand the impacts of using alternative feeds and put in place planning, including transportation costs and nutritional analysis.
Dr. Joel DeRouchey, K-State Professor/Extension Specialist, provides in depth information to consider and possible directions to take when looking at the feed alternatives. Dr. Joel DeRouchey is an Environmental Management and Livestock Nutrition Specialist with a 40% Extension, 40% Research, and 20% Teaching appointment at K-State.
The recent Multi-State Poultry Feeding and Nutrition Conference looked at two major industry issues; feeding for environmental efficiency and issues with feed source mycotoxins. Dr. Todd Applegate discusses his presentation on Dietary Impacts on Air Emissions from Poultry.
Survey information just released shows new home sales at an ‘all-time’ low. With the slow down in both consumer and commercial building markets, the availability of our preferred pine shavings continues to tighten. Research on river-sand as an alternative where the product is available has yielded positive results in turkey poults. It seems once the birds reach a weight where heat loss is less of a problem, they’re able to thrive for a multitude of reasons.
A conversation at the International Poultry Scientific Forum looks at the use of glycerol and heat to lower feed mill energy use as we consider research presented by Kansas State Graduate Student and Research Assistant Erin Mader
Danisco's Janet Remus discusses a project which identifies Phosphorus content variations in grain sources by location, updating information decades old which is even more important with today's DDGs diets.