Archive Article: 2000/04/14

14 April 2000

&#8226 RESEARCH at Leeds University shows that feeding pigs the wrong diet in the first three weeks after weaning can significantly reduce future performance. The work, sponsored by Primary Diets, found there was a link between growth rates in the post-weaning period and performance in the finishing shed.

&#8226 THREE beef bulls from Cogent have been approved by farmers marketing co-op Quality Calves. The approval, based on the bulls EBV scores, means calves sired by these bulls will receive a premium when sold through the co-op.

&#8226 YORKSHIRE Country Feeds is aiming to supply all of its customers with growth promoter-free broiler rations. The move started a year ago, and the company now supplies 80% of rations free of growth promoters. It is also running on-farm trials for remaining broiler customers keen to monitor the effects on birds.

&#8226 NOVARTIS and Youngs have added blue dye to their sheep products Crovect and Vector, respectively. The dye will aid identification of treated sheep. &#42

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