November 30, 2012

Superabsorbent Polymer (SAP) Gran-U-Lizer™

To meet the growing demand of Superabsorbent Polymers (SAP) worldwide, Modern Process Equipment Corporation (MPE) features their Model 1060 Gran-U-Lizer. The 1060 is a sophisticated unit that is specifically designed for grinding SAP with precise particle uniformity at the 20 x 100 US Mesh (850 x 150 μm) size range and 30 x 100 Mesh (600 x 150 μm) with minimal “fines” (dust or bi-products), thereby improving process efficiencies throughout the grinding process.

One unique feature is the BAVA (Balance and Vibration Analysis) system that senses when product moisture levels elevate beyond the tolerable range. When this occurs, the product becomes elastic and does not grind efficiently. BAVA senses the material elasticity change and immediately notifies plant personnel. Another benefit of the BAVA system is the ability to predict bearing failures before they occur, further increasing operating efficiencies.

The MPE Gran-U-Lizer


About MPE
Modern Process Equipment Corporation is the world’s leading manufacturer of precision particle reduction equipment. MPE has been supplying its customers with superior particle size reduction solutions for over fifty years, earning the reputation as the place to go to improve product yields and reduce the generation of unwanted fines. MPE aspires to design and manufacture the most modern, innovative and highest quality equipment with the most responsive, practical and timely service possible. For more information about MPE’s complete line of equipment, contact Modern Process Equipment Corporation at 3125 South Kolin Avenue, Chicago, IL 60623, call +1 773-254-3929 or visit www.mpechicago.com.

30/11/12: Stories on mapping the wheat genome; conferences and events; new staff at Anaprio

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  • An international team of scientists have successfully mapped the wheat genome for the first time. The break through could be used to increase yields and help develop varieties of wheat with enhanced nutritional value.  Read more...
  • The Agricultural Industries Confederation has announced that its annual conference for the supply industry – Agribusiness 2014 – will be held at the East of England Showground on Wednesday November 13, 2014. Details of the programme will be posted to the Confederation’s website.
  • Anpario welcomes two new staff members. Dr Fiona Short has joined as technical manager and will be the main technical contact for Vitrition, Anpario’s organic feeds business. Elizabeth Norton has joined as a nutritionist providing technical support across the company’s brands.Elizabeth is responsible for product formulations and labelling and providing core technical support to the production and sales teams as well as providing nutritional advice and diet formulations for customers.
  • The U.S. Grains Council’s 10th International Marketing Conference and 53rd Annual Membership Meeting is scheduled for February 11-13, 2013, in Charleston, South Carolina. This meeting is where Council Advisory Teams gather and sector meetings are held to review global strategies and set an operational course for the Council for the coming years. More information...
Location of Charleston in South Carolina
Location of Charleston in South Carolina (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Mysilo

Turkish company, Mysilo makes grain storage systems and grain handling equipment.  Click on the image to find more.

November 29, 2012

Pancosma participate in EuroTier 2012

Pancosma participated in EuroTier 2012 exhibition from November 23-26, 2012 in Hannover, Germany.  With a modern booth of 80m2,segmented into 4 different hubs,  the company put in light its leading ranges : the palatants range (incl. SUCRAM® and Tek), the minerals (B-TRAXIM®) and the plant extracts (XTRACT®).  The team also organised daily cocktails which were a real success especially with the venue of 30 Chinese customers and of its Taiwan distributors (ASPI) joined by 20 farmers-integrators of this country.

Mrs Sonia Soares (Marketing Director) and Mrs Jennifer Maurin (Communication Manager) had the opportunity to meet all their media partners. In this context, they met the team of Perendale Publishers represented at their booth by Mrs Tuti Tan and Mr Roger Gilbert. It was the opportunity to discuss the new outlooks especially for Aqua feed market.

To conclude Mrs S. Soares  states “Looking at the number and variety of persons who visited us and at all the interesting discussions that we had during this full week, this EuroTier exhibition has been a real success for our group and has to be renewed”.


More information...



The Pancosma stand at EuroTier 2012

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29/11/12: Stories on Cargill's scholarship programme; UK feed company ditches palm oil

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  • Cargill, working with the Institute of International Education, has launched a new scholarship programme to help build future potential leaders. The Cargill Global Scholars programme will provide financial support, leadership development and enrichment opportunities to nearly 200 talented and high-performing undergraduate students in five countries. The selected individuals will be chosen based on their demonstrated high level of academic performance and leadership potential.“Cargill has long been committed to improving the communities in which we operate, and supporting higher education is part of this commitment,” says Pat Bowe, corporate vice president at Cargill. “The Cargill Global Scholars program will succeed when these students go on to become important leaders in their respective communities and industries and be part of a global network of program alumni.” Read more...
  • Feed supplements manufacturer, Ufac-UK has told Farming UK that it has removed palm oil from 90 percent of its products. All commercial organisations have signed an agreement to source 'credibly certified sustainable palm oil' by 2015. Some organisations, including Marks and Spencer, avoid using products containing palm oil  including those from livestock fed diets containing palm oil due to the negative impact of unsustainable palm oil production. Read more...
Oil palm plantation on the slopes of Mt. Cameroon
Oil palm plantation on the slopes of Mt. Cameroon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)





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Course: IAOM-KSU Introduction to Flour Milling

International Grains Program to hold annual flour milling course.

For the fifth time, the IAOM-KSU Introduction to Flour Milling course will be held at the International Grains Program Conference Center at Kansas State University from Jan. 14-18, 2013. Co-sponsored by the International Association of Operative Millers, IGP is excited to continue expanding the opportunities within the annual flour milling curriculum.

This course attracts a broad range of individuals to the program, says Mark Fowler, IGP associate director and milling specialist.

“This course was one of the more diverse in regard to their job responsibilities. We had shift millers, miller assistants, quality assurance managers, general managers, technical service managers,” says Fowler. “The common thread for most of these participants is that they are new to the industry. “

Course participants will hear presentations from industry professionals, experience hands-on workshops and a high level of interaction between other participants and the professionals. Fowler along with Dan Wells, milling engineer and adjunct faculty from Salina, Kan., will be teaching most of the course. John Coombs, a second shift miller with Wilkins-Rogers Mills from Martinsburg, W.V. and a graduate of the 2012 course, appreciated the professionalism and the up to date knowledge of the technology that these instructors brought to the table.

“I felt like I have a good handle on the basics, but to work alongside others helping each other is an experience that will help me improve at my own job,” Coombs says. “I work primarily with soft wheat in West Virginia, so it was really interesting to learn about hard wheat and to have that experience open up questions and ideas about what our standard for quality is.”
Kansas State University
Kansas State University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Coombs says he was impressed with the knowledge he obtained from attending the course and is already making plans to return for other IGP training opportunities.

“In this industry its competitive, so what you can do to sharpen your quality keeps you on top. A lot can change in an industry in a year’s time, so I plan on coming back for another course,” Coombs says.

For more information or to register for this course, go to the IGP website. This is just one example of the many partnership trainings offered through IGP. In addition to grain marketing and risk management, IGP offers trainings in the areas of flour milling and grain processing, and feed manufacturing and grain management.

More information...
Or contact Lisa Moser, IGP Marketing and Communications Coordinator, +1 785-532-5932,  lmoser@ksu.edu
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Muyang

Headquartered in China, the Muyang Group covers the design, development, fabrication and installation of the machinery and engineering for many industries including feed manufacturing, grain milling and bulk solids handling and storage.  Click on the image to learn more.

November 28, 2012

28/11/12: Stories on reducing poultry lameness; GEAPs training

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  • A report into reducing lameness in poultry through probiotics is available online. The report, by BIOMIN. According to report author, BIOMIN, modern production lines places great demands on the birds’ musculoskeletal system in terms of growth rates for broilers and egg production for laying hens. This can lead to musculoskeletal diseases, which are normally characterised and diagnosed by lameness. Read more...
  • GEAPs and Kansas State University are set to offer more training options in 2013 via their distance learning education programme. A total of 19 online courses will be offered in 2013, up from 14 this year and 12 in 2011. The schedule includes five new or updated courses, including 'Introduction to Grain Operations'. 'Grain Quality Management', 'Grain Elevator Equipment Maintenance', 'Grain Facilities Planning & Design' and 'Preventing Grain Dust Explosions'. More information...

Grain
Grain (Photo credit: Frapestaartje)

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Friedrich electronic: It’s all in the mix

The choice of suitable dosing machines for blending applications can be determining for the product quality as well as the smooth operation of the process. Friedrich electronic are facing this challenge with their Flow Controller FC3.

In many companies of the worldwide bulk processing industries the possibilities of flow regulation at the silo discharge often remain underestimated. There are still manual sliders in operation, set to optimum dosing performance via markings. This may be quite useful with some of these applications. In other places, older types of volumetric dosing units are still in operation. However, before exchanging manual or older units or designing new plants, one should be aware of the huge possibilities modern systems can offer. 

The operation of volumetric dosing units may in some cases cause malfunctions or inaccuracies. It demands interventions of skilled personnel in case the bulk density changes. The same problem occurs, if the blending ratio is to be changed; the operator has to estimate the performance and to adjust the machines accordingly afterwards.
By installing a Friedrich electronic FC3 Flow Controller, the blending efficiency of most plants can be improved.

Blocking or running dry of the silos remain partly realised with an immense time delay, or they demand extremely sensitive notification systems in order to avoid that. An effective process monitoring including visualised material flows, which is today’s state-of-the-art, is unfortunately impossible in those cases.

For all that, especially in the bulk processing industries the accurate mixture of components e. g. cereals or legumes is most important, as it is determining for the quality and at least for the success of the product.

Although some of these shortcomings do not occur using volumetric dosing units, which offer more exact dosing compared to manual sliders, it remains volumetric. Therefore, effective process control including blocking and running dry prevention is not reached. Parameter adjustments have to be made manually, while remote control and proper process monitoring are still impossible.

A further alternative is the usage of dosing screws. In that case, process manipulation by means of remote controlling is possible, and the performance can be adjusted via rotation speed. Nevertheless, even this method is volumetric and holds the danger of inaccuracies, rarely bearing a relation to the high investments as well as installation and maintenance efforts. The general problem with blocking and running dry can also not be solved using a dosing screw without any additional sensor technology.

Having to cope with these kinds of problems with the production of blendings was decisive for the development of Flow Controller FC3 at Friedrich electronic.

The result is a dosing system developed on the basis of many years of experience, allowing for intelligent, accurate blending of various products. Moreover, it offers the possibility of exact performance adjustment and quantity balancing. 

The system is designed with a pneumatic flat slide at the inlet and a specially embedded baffle sensor, regulating the flow capacity in t/h according to the desired value and weighing the product in kg. Meanwhile, the process is monitored and constantly checked for malfunctions. If blockings or bridgings occur above the unit, the flat slide automatically opens up more widely until the problem is solved or - if the problem remains - individually triggers an alarm. Therefore, once the process control is programmed the monitoring and malfunction detection is greatly facilitated. The electric slide control also provides automatic and zero-taring as well as checking of plausibility regarding slide position and weighing signal.
Thanks to its low housing, the FC3 Flow Controller can be retrofitted in many production processes.

If necessary, the operation personnel may intervene quickly and effectively in the process via interface to make adjustments or to analyse the collected data. With these features a very high level of integration is reached, providing both maximum process safety and product quality - and offering valuable data on the process itself.

Thanks to its very low housing, most of the production processes can even be retrofitted with Flow Controller FC3 in order to increase the plant efficiency. The only precondition for a successful installation is a product reservoir of a free-flowing product above the machine. That is why in most cases the controller is installed directly underneath the silo discharges.


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November 27, 2012

27/11/12: Poultry special

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We turn our attention to poultry today for a themed blog.
  • High feed prices continue to affect poultry margins reports Farming UK. Profitability swings are an ongoing problem for the industry, which saw similarly sharp increases in feed costs in 2008 and 2010. In developed countries in particular, the industry lacks adequate power to pass on feed cost increases. Read more...
  • This article published on Engormix is a very informative overview of the impact of the Fusarium Mycotoxin Deoxynivalenol on the health and performance of broiler chickens. We usually focus on the effects of mycotoxins in grains so it is interesting to see the impact of mycotoxins further down the food chain. Read more...

Bolan Poultry Farm
Bolan Poultry Farm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Event: Alltech Poultry Seminar

With high feed costs, increased government regulations and consumer demands intensifying, the future of the poultry industry is difficult to predict. This was the focus of Alltech’s 10th Poultry Solutions Seminar, held in Hannover, Germany on November 12, 2012, where a number of distinguished poultry industry experts gave presentations on their cutting edge research and on the issues that they believe will be of most importance.

Antibiotic resistance is getting more and more publicity and governments are starting  to take notice. Dr. Marcel Boereboom, of the Royal Dutch Society for Veterinary Medicine, discussed the impact this is having on the Dutch industry, following a study by the Dutch Health Council. He described how the government of the Netherlands have, to date, banned certain antibiotics and implemented a targeted reduction of 50 percent (of 2009 levels) of the total amount of antibiotics used in food producing animals by 2013. This has had a huge impact on how poultry is produced.

Focussing on how to deal with this issue was Professor Stephen Collett from the University of Georgia. He recommended a shift in emphasis in gut health management, from working against pathogens, to working with the intestinal microbial community. This involves improving performance by accelerating the evolution and maintaining the stability of favourable intestinal microbiota. The three most important areas of an effective intestinal health management programme include: “seeding” the gut with favourable organisms, “feeding” the favourable organisms and “weeding” out the unfavourable organisms.

Professor Roselina Angel, of the University of Maryland, described to attendees at the Poultry Solutions Seminar research on how neonatal conditioning, resulting in epigenetic changes shows great promise in terms of improving phosphorus (P) utilisation. “By applying a moderate P deficiency in young chicks, the bird is conditioned to utilise P more efficiently throughout its life. The timing of the conditioning is critical and requires a clear understanding of skeletal growth, the main driver of calcium (Ca) and P requirements,” she explained.

Controlling campylobacter, a bacteria that poses no danger to poultry, but is the leading cause of human bacterial gastroenteritis, was the topic of Professor Frank Pasmans’ presentation, researched at Ghent University. When a single bird is infected, the infection spreads quickly through the flock, resulting in the majority of birds being colonised within only a few days after Campylobacter entry. 

He explained how, overall, the outlook is bleak if the flock has been infected but results of recent studies, using oral administration of bovine or chicken immunoglobulins of hyper-immunised animals and the use of bacteriocins to limit caecal colonisation, look promising. “We are still quite a way from commercialised products but the future does seem to be positive,” he explained.

To deal with unpredictable feed costs and an inconsistent supply, Professor David Roland of Auburn University,  recommends his “econometric approach to the feeding of layers. “Feeding correctly is challenging because nutrient requirements and dietary levels needed for optimal returns are continually changing” said Prof. Roland as he opened his talk.

He presented his calculation tool called Econometrics to attendees, demonstrating how optimal econometric feeding can improve performance, returns and help regulate feed and egg prices at the same time.

Visit the Alltech blog for a more detailed account of Solutions Seminars
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November 26, 2012

Mondi

Mondi is an international packaging and paper Group, with production operations across 29 countries and about 26,000 employees.Its key operations and interests are in central Europe, Russia and South Africa and emerging markets.Click on the image to visit the Mondi website.

26/11/12: Spain cuts grain imports; Indian Farming Association; antibiotic research

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  • Spain cut imports of the grain by 38 percent in September from a year earlier, while increasing corn purchases, reports Bloomberg. The country imported 695,429 metric tons of wheat in the month, compared with 1.12 million tons in September 2011. Read more...
  • The Consortium of Indian Farmers Association (CIFA) has demanded removal of all trading controls on exports of rice, wheat and cotton. The association wants the Government to allow them to export whenever international markets offered them good prices. Read more...
  • A unique two-year research project is being undertaken by Diamond V and the National Animal Disease Center (NADC) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to examine the impact of antibiotics, dietary supplements, and stress on the microbial communities and host mucosal tissues of the swine intestinal ecosystem. The goal is to identify alternatives to traditional antibiotics for use in reducing the antibiotic resistance gene reservoir and food borne pathogens in farm animals. Read more...
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A bag of wheat, often used as an adjunct
A bag of wheat, often used as an adjunct (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

November 23, 2012

Event: Myanmar Private Sector Investment Summit

Myanmar Private Sector Investment Summit on January 28-30, 2013, Yangon is organised by Advantique Group Pte Ltd with official local Host, UMFCCI. UMFCCI is Myanmar’s most influential business federation who represent: 10,854 Myanmar companies, 1,656 enterprises, 770 foreign companies, 185 co-operatives & 2,898 individuals in Myanmar

The summit with a personalised business matching session highlights essential information about investing, setting up and succeeding in Myanmar. 

The first 50 who sign up before 7 December enjoy a promotion rate of USD1290 net (Usual: USD1590 with business matching fee at additional USD100). 

To register, email with promotion code “GFMT” to  info@advantiquegroup.com or contact selina@advantiquegroup.com. For more information, go to www.advantiquegroup.com/mpsis or call 65 62433 778.
English: State seal of Myanmar adopted in 2008.
English: State seal of Myanmar adopted in 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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Event: Animal Farming Ukraine review

Animal Farming Ukraine 2012,  31 October - 2 November 2012, at the International Exhibition Centre (IEC) in Kiev, Ukraine.

Animal Farming Ukraine is the only exhibition of its kind in Ukraine that focuses only on animal farming, this in combination with the strong support and involvement of many leading companies make Animal Farming Ukraine the one and only platform for the livestock industry in Ukraine.

Animal Farming Ukraine 2012 hosted some 150 companies exhibiting from 24 countries around the world, occupying approx. 5,500 square meters of indoor exhibition space. The exhibition welcomed more than 5,000 trade visitors within three days. With an exhibitor satisfaction of 84 percent we can truly say that Animal Farming Ukraine once again a great success!”
More facts and figures will follow soon.

Key industry players were attracted by the extensive conference and- seminar program that was being organised during the exhibition. The topics of the seminars included: The 3rd International Seminar “efficient pig farming”  organised by Agroexpert Magazine and “International expertise for feed safety and responsibility on the Ukrainian market.”  Organised by GMP+ from the Netherlands.

Animal Farming Ukraine 2013 will once again present the entire range of products in the field of animal farming and directly related businesses. Animal Farming Ukraine 2013 is scheduled for 29 – 31 October 2013.



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Mogensen

Mogensen is a leading manufacturer of vibratory materials handling and processing equipment. The company draws on over 50 years of experience in the field and has earned an enviable reputation for quality, reliability and after-sales service. Click on the image to visit the Mogensen website.

Video: Mite identification and control in winter wheat

The Friday video this week is on mite identification and control in winter wheat.

Romer Labs launches MycoSpin - a new clean up for LC-MS/MS mycotoxin analysis

Romer Labs, a leading global food-safety diagnostic company, proudly announces the launch of the MycoSpinTM 400 Multitoxin column - a new product for an effective clean-up prior to multi-mycotoxin analysis, enhancing the performance of LC-MS/MS methods.

The MycoSpinTM 400 Multitoxin cleanup columns, in conjunction with BiopureTM 13C labeled internal standards, achieve new performance levels in LC-MS/MS analysis. Using this approach means straightforward sample preparation and no limitations by molecular mass of the analyte. Furthermore, BiopureTM 13C isotope-labeled internal standards overcome the ionization effect by stabilizing the system to the effects of signal suppression and signal enhancement.

Romer Labs has developed a series of method applications using this new approach of a MycoSpinTM cleanup with BiopureTM internal standards. These methods are validated for the simultaneous detection of multiple mycotoxins in cereal grains, mixed feeds, and corn, including corn by-products.

Romer Labs is the leading company in LC-MS/MS applications for multi-mycotoxin analysis. Its broad range of innovative products include the largest portfolio of reference materials worldwide, as well as a series of cleanup-columns for extract purification ranging from the well-known MycoSep® columns to specific antibody-based immunoaffinity StarLineTM columns. More information...


Maize cobs colonized by fungus
Maize cobs colonized by fungus (Photo credit: IITA Image Library)
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23/11/12: Stories on Myanmar's rice prospects, Japan's rice high and MPE's conveyor

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  • Modern Process Equipment Corporation (MPE, Chicago, IL) features its Chain-Vey tubular drag conveyor exclusively designed for the transport of pet food products. From raw ingredients to finished, ready-to-package goods, the MPE Chain-Vey offers the most gentle and efficient transportation for all phases of your production process. Its flexible design and compact footprint is sure to fit virtually any configuration. With a dust-tight enclosed design, you can be sure your pet food is protected from the surrounding environment. The MPE Chain-Vey also features clean-in-place capabilities with automated wash cycles for sanitary conveying needs. Better pet food requires a better conveying solution. Better pet food requires the MPE Chain-Vey. More information...
  • Rice in Japan has hit a six-year high with the best crop since 2008, boosting demand for cheaper overseas supply and raising questions about a government policy that protects producers. The average price of domestic food-rice sold by shippers to wholesalers jumped 10 percent from a year ago to the highest level since 2006, Takashi Amou, director of the agriculture ministry’s policy planning division told Bloomberg. Read more...

  • As Myanmar comes out of isolation with recent political reforms, the international community is closing ranks to help the country recover – with a focus on helping rice farmers reach the country's production potential. A collaboration between Myanmar, the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), and the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) seeks to realise in an undertaking that addresses the risks farmers face in these rice-growing areas. "Interventions to reduce the vulnerability of Myanmar's farmers to extreme weather being caused by climate change mean promoting the use of rice varieties that can tolerate floods, salinity, and drought, as well as management approaches that support optimum performance of these improved rice varieties," says IRRI's Dr. David Johnson, coordinator for the Consortium for Unfavorable Rice Environments (CURE). Read more...
Rice Diversity. Part of the image collection o...
Rice Diversity. Part of the image collection of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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November 22, 2012

22/11/12: Stories on arsenic in rice, enzymes for pasta and the demise of Twinkies

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  • It is understandable that when the words 'arsenic' and 'food' are used in the same sentence, consumers start to panic. However, in the US there is no standard for inorganic arsenic levels in food. The substance naturally occurs in crops such as rice. This family case study, published in the New York Times, highlights the challenges farmers face when explaining the inorganic arsenic conundrum to consumers. Read more...
  • Flour standardisation specialist Muhlenchemie has launched a new enzyme product which it believes will optimise pasta production. Pastazym Plus is a all-round flour improving enzyme compound which delivers perfect pasta, irrespective of wheat quality, says the company. The multifunctional enzyme compound also has the advantage of making the surface of the dried pasta look better and giving it greater mechanical stability.  If permitted in the country of destination, colourants and vitamins can be added to the compounds. They can be added safely to the dough in one single, easy operation to produce, for example, a rich yellow shade. Read more...
  • Millers are preparing for the impact of the liquidation of the US company Hostess Brand Inc. The company, which is best-known for producing Twinkies, announced the news of its closure earlier in November. Millers may not receive all of the money owed to them when the company winds up.
    English: Hostess Twinkies. Yellow snack cake w...
    English: Hostess Twinkies. Yellow snack cake with cream filling. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)






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Hydronix

Hydronix is the world's leading manufacturer of digital microwave sensors for moisture measurement in process control industries. Established in 1982 and with over 50,000 systems installed worldwide, Hydronix is the preferred choice for manufacturers in the Concrete, Aggregate and Asphalt industries. Click on the image to find out more.

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Event: Livestock Asia Pre-Event & Panel Discussion

On October 30, 2012, over a hundred livestock and feed industry professionals were at the Impiana Hotel for the Livestock Asia Pre-Event & Panel Discussion. The theme was 'Impact of Feed Costs on Poultry Production - Future Outlook', and the event was organised by United Business Media (UBM).

Guests were welcomed by Dr. Ahmad Mustaffa Babjee, Chairman of UBM Malaysia and the keynote address was given by Yang Berusaha Dato' Dr Quaza Nizamuddin bin Hassan Nizam, Director of Livestock Technology Development Division, Department of Veterinary Services Malaysia.

This interactive panel included the following dignitaries : Mr. Adel Yusupov, Regional Director for the Southeast Asia US Grains Council, Dr. Khaw Eng Sun, Poultry Intergration Planner, Mr. Max Purser, S.E.A General Manager of Alltech Malaysia, Dr. Wong Hee Kum, Deputy Director / Senior Principal Research Officer, Animal Nutrition Program, Strategic Livestock Research Centre, MARDI Headquarter, Dr. Goh Cheng Teik, Advisor to the Malaysian Feedmillers Association (MFA) and Mr. Don P.Utoyo, President of the Federation of the Indonesian Poultry Society (FMPI).

View presentation slides and information presented by the panellists.

"We found that this panel discussion was very useful and offered a productive conversation between the government sector and the Malaysian livestock industry and I believe this sharing will somehow enlighten and improve the livestock industry. Congrats to UBM for its good organization and we look forward to the panel discussion during the Livestock Asia 2013 Expo!"
Ms. Sopaphan Pruekvimolphan, Group Nutritionist, Gold Coin Group

"The panel brought together experts from various backgrounds. Views and opinions were offered on topics such as policy, markets, trade and research and development. The program provided insights into the future of world feed prices, global poultry industry trends, and policy research updates. It was a very insightful event"

Mr. Adel Yusupov, Regional Director for the Southeast Asia US Grains Council

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A hen chicken (Gallus gallus)
A hen chicken (Gallus gallus) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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November 21, 2012

21/11/12: Stories on Russian wheat, FAO's rice forecast and training courses

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  • The Russian domestic wheat price began to accelerate last week as sales from government intervention stocks failed to cool down a drought-hit market, SovEcon agriculture analysts have reported. "Expectations of price declines due to (grain) interventions are not immediately taking shape, while many buyers have to think about building stocks for late December and early January," SovEcon said. Read more...
  • Rice production is outstripping demand according to the FAO's Rice Market Monitor report. The UN department has raised its estimation for global paddy production for 2012 by 4.2 million tonnes to 729 million tonnes.  This figure equates to 486 million tones once milled. 2012 is predicted to be the eighth consecutive year of rice stock accumulation, with an estimated 170 million tonnes of carryover stock. As a result, the world rice stock-to-use ratio is forecast to rise from 33.6 percent in 2012 to 35.5 percent in 2013. Read the FAO report...
  • Thirty participants from across the United States travelled to the International Grains Program to gain knowledge of the HACCP program. In order for individuals involved in the feed industry to develop an effective HACCP program, IGP held a HACCP Feed Manufacturing course in conjunction with the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA). The course was held November 5-8, 2012, at the IGP Conference Center. Feed mill managers, quality assurance personnel and ingredient suppliers in the feed industry were in attendance. “The course provided the basic tools for feed millers to learn, and how to implement all the principles of HACCP step-by-step,” says Carlos Campabadal, IGP feed manufacturing program specialist and the course manager. “Participants left with the right knowledge to develop a HACCP plan at their facility.”


Long grain rice from the United States
Long grain rice from the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




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November 20, 2012

Dick Ziggers: The feed industry loses an outstanding journalist

The feed industry is just learning of the passing of Dick Ziggers, editor of All About Feed published by Reed out of The Netherlands. Dick died on Sunday, November 18, 2012 just days before his 55th birthday and shortly after returning from a week at EuroTier in Hanover, Germany.

The All About Feed website carries an obituary to Dick and is receiving notices of condolences. Dick was a highly-respected and globally-acknowledged journalist in the feed world, who went about his job with quiet determination and professionalism. The industry has lost an outstanding journalist and a fine individual.

All of us at The Global Miller and Grain and Feed Milling Technology pass on our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.


Dick Ziggers - Editor, All About Feed

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Event: First Global Milling Conference to be hosted in India

There's a new conference on the horizon for millers and the milling industry! It's the 1st Global Milling Conference for milling that covers both food and feed topics. It will be held in Chennai (formerly Madras), India, from February 7-9, 2013.

The organisers are Assocom-India, the publishers of Wheat Update that circulates throughout the sub-continent, and Perendale Publishers, the publishers of Grain and Feed Milling Technology magazine which serves millers and those associated with the milling industry around the world. The programme outline for the three-day event can be found at: http://assocom-india.com/gmc/index.php

"We are in the process of confirming our speaker line-up and our sponsors," says Mr Raj Kapoor of Assocom. "We are still open to receiving applications for both speakers and sponsors and would welcome all companies and millers with a global interest in our industry coming to this important event. India is a growing market both for our national suppliers and for international companies supplying both equipment and ingredients."


The two organisations are coming together with the aim of creating a meeting place in a major developing country which has easy access from South East Asia, Africa and Europe and is a cost-effective venue. Beginning with a day of registration and a reception, the meeting proper will focus on food and feed milling issues and will offer a comprehensive range of topics from:

Day Two (Friday, February 8, 2013)
• Reviewing India's grain production, global supply and demand for feed and for food followed by a key note address by Professor K.V. Thomas, the Minister of State for the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
• Food security
• Feed Safety and Supply
• Food Safety
• Feed Milling Developments

Day Three (Saturday, February 9, 2013) 
• Storage and Transportation

• New Technologies
• Feed and Food Extrusion
• Colour Sorting and Process Developments
• Closing Keynote Address

"India is a unique and diverse country. The common factor is that the milling industry across this country is developing rapidly despite a challenged economy," says Mr Roger Gilbert of Perendale Publishers. 

"India is proving to be a foil for China and offers companies an opportunity the explore a production system that supplies a 1.22 billion people with their food needs - that's 16 percent of the world's population," he adds.

India is the fourth largest economy in the world with a GDP of eight percent and while there is a growing middle class, the overall per capita income is still just US$1000. Analysts expect it to rise to the third largest economy by 2035, growing to 60 percent of the size of the American economy by that time.

In addition, India is the world's second largest producer of wheat and rice and exports some two million tonnes to Africa, neighbouring countries such as Nepal and Bangladesh and then further afield to Africa and others. Per ha output of cereals and oilseeds in India continues to climb, yet still ranks between 30-60 percent of the best yields achieved in developing countries.

International visitors and speakers from the USA can expect to pay approximately US$1200 return via Mumbai and should allow a week to make the return journey leaving on February 5 and returning on February 10, 2013. Kayak.com is a good source of flight information - while two or three percent more expensive than the cheapest, they have proven reliable in our experience. The conference hotel is the five star Vivanta by Taj - Connemara Chennai and costs Rs.5300/single room (US$94) and Rs.5800/double room (US$106). These rates include breakfast and taxes.

Conference details for your diary - February 8-9, 2013, 1st Global Milling ConferenceVivanta by Taj - Connemara
Binny Road
Chennai - 600 002
India

Contact: Mr Raj Kapoor
Assocom-India Pvt Ltd

Flat No. 601, DDA Building
District Center Plot No.4
Laxmi Nagar
Delhi, 110 092 India
Tel: +91-11-47675216 (50 Lines), +91-11-47675218
Email: rajkapoor@assocom-india.com


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20/11/12: News on GMO soy, the USDA and Hovis job cuts

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  • We may think this summer's drought has been bad but it's nothing compared to the USA in the 1930s. Destructive farming techniques and persistent drought caused 100 million acres of Great Plains topsoil to blow away causing what is commonly known as the Dust Bowl. This blog post from the USDA documents how Congress responded to the events and the eventual formation of the USDA. There are also some great photos from the 1930s on the site. More information...
  • The owner of British baker, Hovis is to cut nearly 1000 jobs and close two bakeries. The bulk of the jobs will go in Birmingham when Hovis owner, Premier Foods will close its midland factory and distribution centre with a loss of 511 jobs. Premier Foods has seen its Hovis division hit by intense competition in the bread market and a surge in wheat price inflation caused by poor weather. Read more...


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