| ||The 2013 Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition conference (Tomorrow's Nutrition Today) was designed to cover current topics from the meat and companion animal industry that will shape nutrition research and feed ingredient demand in the foreseeable future.
Consumer demand for meat is projected to double in the next 35 years driven by a more affluent and growing population. This challenge will require game changing innovations in efficiency while meeting the needs of the consumer, demanding safe and traceable meat produced under the most humane conditions possible. Free range poultry production, group housing of sows, hormone free animal products, recognition of the carbon footprint of animal production, and animal feeds without meat meal, GMO ingredients or antibiotics are today's realities. Many of these trends challenge the industry's notion of efficient meat production; however, they must be considered and embraced when developing research projects and products moving forward.
In this Special Issue of Animal Production Science rapid feed ingredient analysis, feed processing to enhance digestibility, alternative formulation systems for poultry, estimating pasture intake and improving phosphorus and amino acid utilisation in ruminants are topics that are aimed at improving efficiency in various animal species while keeping consumer trends in mind. This cutting edge research will be invaluable in furthering our knowledge about animal nutrition.
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