Lyons spoke about the very recent Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) cases in the US and Canada. After another recent outbreak of the virus, many industry members are now reassessing their feed ingredient sources and tightening the reins on the traceability of their overall management and nutrition programs.
“While it is unrealistic to believe that a simple nutritional change will result in the elimination of the virus from a herd of pigs,” Lyons said. “Alltech’s distinct set of technologies can help in maintaining healthy pig populations, which is the first step in dealing with a herd crisis.”
It will also soon be critical that Chinese companies use alternative raw material sources. Lyons predicts that systems such as Solid State Fermentation (SSF) will soon allow the production of customised enzyme cocktails for improving digestion, animal performance and health. Algae has already began to play an increasing role in animal production as a source of sustainable vegetable protein or oils (DHA).
As part of Alltech’s China Now strategy Dr. Mark Lyons, Vice President corporate affairs commented that “Alltech has committed to investing $2.5 million by 2016 in research alliance programs with leading Chinese universities and our partnership with Ocean University of China in Qingdao will contribute to a sustainable future for the Chinese aquaculture industry.”
“Alltech today is a $ 1 billion company. We were one of the very first companies who came to China twenty years ago. China has become one of the top three key markets for Alltech over the years and will be a strong contributor to our global goal of $4 billion in sales in the near future. We have never been as excited as we are today about the opportunities in China and we look forward to closely supporting the industry in the next 20 years as well,” Lyons concluded.
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