Pet Food Ingredients

New Zealand eel exported to US for novel petfood protein

Researchers say long fin eel species is declining, push for ban on exports
Researchers in New Zealand are calling for petfood companies to stop exporting eel to the United States to be used as a novel protein source in petfoods. One local petfood company, Addiction Foods, exports a range of gourmet petfoods to the US and other markets, marketing them as hypoallergenic or "earth-friendly."
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Get 'green' with the ingredients in the petfood bag

Novel protein sources and plant-based ingredients that are eco-friendly and renewable appeal to today's pet parents
As petfood manufacturers and marketers, our industry is constantly asking the question, "What are consumers looking for in the bag?" And the answer to that question is relatively simple: pet parents want to be able to scrutinize your product's ingredients and they want to know several key things about them.
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Petfood Forum China 2012 online registration now open

Register by August 20 to save more than 15 percent on admission to China's first petfood conference
Online registration is now open for China's first petfood conference, Petfood Forum China 2012, which will be held October 12 in Shanghai, co-located with Pet Fair Asia. Taking place at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center, Petfood Forum China offers pet industry professionals with the latest on pet nutrition, petfood ingredients, processing and packaging technologies, and new product development processes from leading petfood consultants, manufacturers, suppliers and academicians.
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AFIA to host Liquid Feed Symposium in September

Event features speakers, achievement recognition of those in the agricultural liquid supplement industry.
The American Feed Industry Association’s Liquid Feed Committee will host the 42nd annual Liquid Feed Symposium, September 12-14, at the Grand Hyatt Denver in Colorado, USA. The program educates and promotes the agricultural liquid supplement industry, with speaker presentations, research funding, achievement recognition and the Liquid Feed Symposium Trade Show.
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Effects of omega-3 fatty acids in cockatiels

Modification of psittacine diets with long chain omega-3 fatty acid from fish oil appears safe and may be beneficial to these long-lived companion birds
Although dietary omega-3 (n-3) fatty acids have been extensively studied in poultry, they have not yet been prospectively investigated in psittacines despite potential benefits for preventing and treating atherosclerosis, osteoarthritis and other chronic disease processes. This study investigated the incorporation of dietary n-3 fatty acids into red blood cells (RBC) and determined the effects of supplementation of psittacine diets with fish or flax oil on plasma lipids and lipoproteins in the cockatiel.
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How beta-mannanase affects digestibility of canine diets

Values for apparent total tract digestibility in diets containing soybean meal are not different no matter which method of calculation
This experiment evaluated the effects of including the enzyme β-mannanase in dog diets based on poultry by-product meal (PBM) or soybean meal (SBM). The second objective was to evaluate three methods for determining energy and nutrient digestibility values in diets fed to dogs: total fecal collection (TFC), use of acid-insoluble ash (AIA) or crude fiber (CF) as a marker.
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American Feed Industry Association holds spring meeting

Board members visited Congress to discuss proposed legislation impacting the feed, feed ingredient industry
Nearly 60 members of the American Feed Industry Association’s board of directors met to discuss issues of mutual concern and make their concerns known to legislators during the annual spring meeting near Washington, D.C., USA. On May 16, board members visited Capitol Hill and members of Congress to publicize the association's positions on proposed legislation that would impact the feed and feed ingredient industry.
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Betaine: natural ingredient for next generation of petfoods

In petfoods, betaine can provide a partial choline supply from beet juice
Betaine has become more common in pet diets in the last decade as natural and unique ingredients have become the driving force behind new petfoods. Betaine is a nearly pure chemical nutrient that hails from natural origins, and it certainly isn’t mainstream.
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Four snapshots of prebiotic sources in pet food

Advances in functional petfood ingredients

Prebiotics, probiotics and their combinations—synbiotics—promise health benefits for pets
Since the term “functional food” was first used in Japan in the 1980s, food science and nutrition knowledge have progressed from identifying and correcting nutritional deficiencies—improving life expectancy—to designing foods that promote optimal health and reduce risk of disease—improving wellness and the quality of life, said K.B. Kore, PhD, assistant professor with the College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry at Navsari Agricultural University in India.
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US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack visits Kemin Industries

Vilsack told high school students manufacturing jobs, like those at Kemin, are returning to the Midwest.
US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently visited a high school in rural Des Moines, Iowa, USA, telling students that manufacturing jobs are returning to the Midwest, such as those at local manufacturer Kemin Industries, which he also visited. Vilsack told the students that the high-tech manufacturing jobs of today require math and engineering skills while working to research and develop plant molecules used in the company's production of petfood ingredients and products for animal nutrition. 
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