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Q4 Pork Newsletter

Celebrating 25 Years: Helping Feed Tomorrow  


Navigating the Differences in Antibiotic Free Programs  

Antibiotic free production (ABF) is taking the pork market by storm with retailer and food service demand driving this shift as a result of consumer pressure. Meeting the demand for more meat raised with fewer antibiotics challenges producers to manage production differently. A big issue plaguing the industry during this change is the lack of consistency among the standards set by retailers, food service, or regulatory agencies, including the USDA and FDA, for defining what ABF means. Each group has their own self-defined standards. While a premium is available for animals produced in an ABF system, each company or production system has to evaluate if the premium is sufficient to cover increased expense involved in compliance with varying standards.  

ABF programs are defined differently in most production systems. For some it may mean no antibiotics ever; for others it means no antibiotics after a defined stage of production. There are differences even between countries. For example, in European Union countries, ionophores and coccidiostats may be used in poultry production systems even though they are considered ABF. In US poultry production, neither are permitted in many ABF guidelines. Neither products are used in pork production, nor have they been.

Verification of compliance with ABF programs presents a whole new level of challenges. Each company or production system has its own standards and operating procedures when dealing with sick pigs. Verifying those standards and procedures is often at the direction of the retail customer for their particular ABF standards. In the pork industry, the Common Swine Audit has paved the way with retail customers, or packers, adding specific audit points to satisfy their ABF program requirements.

For veterinarians and producers, animal welfare concerns need to be addressed before beginning ABF production, so producers have a standard operating procedure (SOP) in place when it comes to dealing with a sick animal. Having the right protocols in place will alleviate the amount of time the animal suffers and possibly eliminate having to treat the entire barn. That kind of treatment would negatively impact the grower’s financial return because of being classified as normal production and no longer qualifying for an ABF premium.

Companies who have used ABF in the past have found different ingredients and practices helped their operations make the transition. Each uses their field experiences, research findings and grower feedback to continually improve their production. Evaluating these areas will involve several facets of their systems.  

Recordkeeping poses another challenge as retail and food service customers along with verifying entities may have different protocols or requirements. Looking at these is another task for companies or production systems.

Finding the right fit for ABF production will most likely be an ongoing task for many producers. Bringing all stakeholders to the table to best define the guidelines and SOP’s to meet retailer, food service and consumer requirements without compromising animal welfare standards is key.

Novus has a team in place prepared to help producers navigate the challenges they do and will face through a reduction in antibiotic use. From production management experts to leading nutritionists, Novus is happy to join you at the table to share their findings and offer their services to help navigate this change.

Look for more on Novus’s expert team at World Pork Expo and in the next edition of Novus News.


MINTREX® Cu for Nursery Piglets  

MINTREX® chelated trace minerals from Novus provide a highly bioavailable source of organic trace minerals to the piglet. Better mineral bioavailability optimizes animal health, performance and development. Research conducted throughout the U.S. and Europe has consistently shown MINTREX can improve piglet feed conversion and gain better than inorganic trace minerals (ITMs).

MINTREX Cu provides less reactive copper (Cu) in the diet reducing the risk of oxidation of fats, leaving more energy for the piglet. Additionally, delivering more Cu to absorption sites in the intestine allowing for more uptake, a lower excretion and environmental impact and provides improved nursery performance at lower Cu inclusion rates compared to ITMs.


Effect of Feeding Protease at Two Soybean Meal Inclusion Rates for Nursery Pigs  

Nursery piglets are faced with a multitude of challenges. From a new environment and pen mates to a different diet and diseases, being able to reduce the risk of challenge is key to setting them up for success in the finisher. It is well known that as the level of soybean meal (SBM) increases in diets, there is an increase in anti-nutritive factors (ANF) affecting gut health of the piglet. Research has shown that using CIBENZA® DP100 can reduce the presence of ANF in the hindgut, improving gut health and performance.  At the Midwest ASAS meetings in Des Moines, Iowa, last week, an abstract was presented on research conducted in conjunction with Carthage Innovative Swine Solutions, LLC and Professional Swine Management, LLC on the effects of CIBENZA DP100 in nursery diets with different levels of SBM. Overall, performance was improved in piglets on the low SBM diets with little performance effect in piglets on the high SBM diets. The biggest advantage came when evaluating mortality. There was a reduction in mortality of 27.65 percent across both groups for piglets being supplemented with DP100 versus no enzyme. When considering the cost of DP100 at $0.05/pig, the mortality advantages alone equate to a 10:1 ROI. For more information on this trial and to view the full abstract click here.


With You When It Matters 

Midwest ASAS, Des Moines, Iowa

This year at the Midwest Section Meeting of the American Society of Animal Science, Novus presented three abstracts focusing on their key products in minerals and enzymes. In addition to that, Novus’s Ferdinando Almedia co-chaired a session on Non-ruminant Nutrition Grow/Finish. The abstracts presented at the meeting included one on trace minerals and their interaction with phytase titled “Effects of copper source and level on growth performance and bone mineralization in pigs fed phytase-supplemented diets,” an abstract that reviewed the use of phytase in growing piglets and worked to identify the mode of action and pathway for function titled “Effects of a novel phytase on growth performance and metacarpal bone ash in weanling pigs.” Finally, Carthage Innovative Swine Solutions presented an abstract on research done in conjunction with Novus titled, “Effect of feeding protease at two soybean meal inclusion rates for nursery pigs.” This abstract looked at nursery diets with differing levels of soybean meal and worked to identify which diets CIBENZA® DP100 had the greatest effect on.

In total, the show was a large success for the Novus team and offered the opportunity to see some of the most cutting edge research being done throughout the industry as well as connect with fellow scientists and customers to share our findings.


Getting to Know Jared Hux  

What is your official title at Novus?
Senior Manager – North America Marketing

How long have you been with Novus?
10 years

In your role what is the most interesting thing you do?
The world area marketing role in Novus is an extremely cross-functional role that requires collaboration with several departments for the development and implementation of the sales and marketing strategies for Novus’s methionine and specialty businesses in North America.  In my role, I am able to interact with my counterparts from the other world areas allowing me to bring new ideas and product/solution concepts from other regions to North America.

What is your favorite Novus product?
ALIMET® is my favorite Novus product.  I started my career with Novus 10 years ago working on the ALIMET business and have been fortunate to be involved with the ALIMET business ever since.

What accomplishment or moment in your career are you most proud of?
In 2012, I was given the opportunity to take an expatriate three year assignment in Brazil.  It was an excellent opportunity that allowed me to have an active role in managing Novus’s methionine business and marketing organization in Latin America.  In addition, I had tremendous personal benefit in learning a new language and being fully immersed in the Brazilian culture with my family. It gave us the opportunity to travel to places we probably would have never visited in our lifetime.

What is the oddest or hardest question a customer has ever asked you?
I was once asked by a customer if I had a good chocolate cake recipe for a family reunion she was attending. I shared the recipe with her and a few days later she called me with a few questions just to check to make sure she was following the recipe correctly.

How do you work with customers to address their needs and overcome challenges they face?
In my role, I work daily with the sales and technical teams in North America and meet with customers on a regular basis.  Being able to hear first-hand the challenges that our customers face and contribute to potential solutions to address these challenges is very rewarding.

When you are not promoting Novus products what do you like to do?
I enjoy golfing, spending time with my family and almost any activity that involves being outdoors.

If you had to choose only one book for your library, what would it be? 
Webster’s Dictionary – I truly enjoy learning. 

What is your favorite beef/dairy/pork/poultry product to eat? 
Hmmm…this is a hard one.  I like steak, but I eat a lot of chicken.  However, each year at World Pork Expo I look forward to having the world famous bacon covered donuts!!