November 30, 2015

30/11/2015: Feedmill of the future…here today-built for tomorrow!

The Kalmar Lantmän feedmill in Kalmar, Sweden
How we feed the world’s ever growing population is the big question for the milling industry. Milling and Grain magazine goes in search of answers, on a behind the scenes tour of the Van Aarsen-built, Kalmar Lantmän project - the most modern feedmill in the world - to find out how the technology in this new mill sets a standard for the future.  

by Darren Parris, Milling and Grain  

First published in Milling and Grain, August 2015  


1/3: The challenge
There is almost nothing more important in life than feeding the planet. A wise man once pointed out that we must feed nine billion people by 2050. However, as a humble writer, I have seen firsthand round the globe and on every continent, just how very difficult this task is going to be.

Having visited many mills throughout both the developed and developing world, I have become fascinated at the challenges facing the modern miller; when we consider probably upwards of 80 percent of everything we consume has somehow been touched by the milling process, be it the simple process of flours and grains for breads, biscuit’s, pastry, crisps etc or your rice’s, pasta and semolina’s or indeed your coffee or chocolates how we mill has become ever more important.

And, nowhere is this more important than the production of feeds for all the species that give us our milk, cheeses, meats and fish.

When we consider the Feed Conversion Ratio (FCR) for most species of edible animals, it is clear that we must get the feed right. As a quick recap, the FCR refers to how many pounds (lb) of feed it takes to produce a pound of gained meat for human consumption. Below are some typical examples of FCR for some of the most common eaten species:  
  • Beef cattle - 5.5 to 6.5lb of feed for each pound of gain 
  • Chickens - 2 to 3lb of feed for each pound of gain 
  • Pigs - 2.18 to 5.91lb of feed for each pound of gain  
  • Fish – 1.2 to1.8lb of feed for each pound of gain
You can see that these FCRs vary considerably depending upon the species, with fish and poultry being the most efficient and therefore considered the most sustainable.

Often some of the ingredients in feed pellets, etc contains food already suitable for human consumption. Therefore from a sustainable perspective it has become ever more important to make sure the final feed compound is containing all the right ingredients to allow it to be an effective feed that puts the right nutrients back into the food for human consumption.

It is at this point you realise just how much more complex the process is for milling feeds than it is for flour, chocolates, rice or coffee, etc. When we consider what we want from our meats, and that they should be nutritious for us, they must contain the correct levels of minerals, vitamins, amino acids, proteins and carbohydrates to mention just a few nutritional expectations.

Therefore, the art of farming good healthy and nutritious animals with a good FCR will often come down to a good feed supplies and as with many recipes in life, every farmer will have his own preferences about what goes into their feeds for their animals.

Read the full article in Milling and Grain HERE.      
 

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O&J HØJTRYK A/S company profile

http://www.oj-hojtryk.dk/

O&J HØJTRYK A/S endeavours to be a powerful, vigorous and energetic company. With our customers needs and the immediate environment as our point of departure, we want to be a trendsetter in our core area of business - Mechanical Engineering - Re-working of Dies and Rollers for the manufacture of Feedstuffs and Biopellets, as well as the sale and delivery of wearing parts in connection with Roller Re-working - as well as to remain open to new initiatives and business opportunities.

Visit the website HERE.
 

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30/11/2015: Yara brings new partner into Dallol project

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Liberty Metals & Mining Holdings, LLC, a subsidiary of Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance (LMM) has acquired 25 percent of the shares in Yara Dallol BV for US$51.25 million. Yara's share of the proceeds is US$35.4 million. 

Reference is made to the press release on 13 February 2015, confirming the feasibility of extracting potash in the Danakil depression in North-Eastern Ethiopia. Following this transaction Yara will hold 51.8 percent of the shares, LMM 25 percent and XLR Capital Limited 23.2 percent in Yara Dallol.

"The Dallol project will support Yara's strategy for further development of premium fertiliser for high-value crops, and this transaction underlines the attractiveness of the project. We are pleased to join forces with a dedicated investor like LMM, and look forward to develop the project further with our partners," said Svein Tore Holsether, President and CEO of Yara.

The feasibility study confirmed reserves and the technical viability for an annual production of 600,000 metric tonnes sulphate of potash (SOP) over a 23-year period. Yara Dallol has additional resources to either expand annual production or increase the life of the project, as new market segments for SOP are developed.

Yara Dallol aims to begin mining activities by the end of 2018. The independent feasibility study estimated the capital expenditure of the project at US$740 million and cash cost at US$167 per metric tonne delivered (fob) Djibouti, among the lowest in the industry.

Closing is expected before the end of 2015, and the final investment decision for the project is planned for mid-2016. 

Visit the Yara site HERE.
 

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30/11/2015: 'Building relationships': North Dakota ag group visits Cuba

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Sunset in sugarcane fields, Cuba (Image: David Gil)
 Cuba is a big potential market for North Dakota growers, Inforum says.  

Recent talks about lifting the trade embargo the United States imposed on Cuba in the 1960s prompted ag leaders from across the state to visit the country recently to make connections and learn about possible future trade opportunities.

Trade with Cuba could mean as much as US$40 million a year for North Dakota agriculture, said Mark Formo, a Litchville, N.D., farmer and North Dakota Grain Growers Association president.

"We want to build a relationship and open up pathways for trade," he said.

Mr Formo joined North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and about a dozen others to meet with Cuban policy officials and visit farms October 25-28.

"I'm encouraged by what we saw and learned," Mr Goehring said.

Read the full article HERE.
 

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30/11/2015: 6th Session of the Food Assistance Committee, London, 17 November 2015

The Food Assistance Committee (FAC) convened for its 6th formal Session on 17 November 2015 at the Secretariat of the International Grains Council (IGC) in London, under the Chairpersonship of Dr Florika Fink-Hooijer, Director, Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), representing the European Union.
    

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The meeting was attended by Parties of the Convention, namely, Australia, Canada, the European Union, Finland, Japan, Russian Federation, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and the United States of America. Additionally, representatives from Brazil, France, Greece, India, Kazakhstan, Portugal, South Africa, Turkey, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Trans-Atlantic Dialogue on Food Assistance (TAFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) were present as observers.

The FAC encourages the participation of observer states with a view to their becoming members in the future.

The Committee reviewed the global situation regarding hunger and malnutrition and current food emergencies against the backdrop of recent developments in world markets for grains, rice and oilseeds, including the impact of El Niño. Members also provided information on responses to food emergencies, planned operations and policy developments, with particular emphasis on activities in the Middle East, including the Syria regional crises, the alarming food security situation in Yemen and South Sudan as well as measures aimed at dealing with the impact of El Niño. Members also discussed future thematic and operational challenges and priorities. Concerning other agenda items, there were discussions on the planning for the 2015 Annual Report, while the Committee received an update on efforts to reach out to potential new members. Furthermore, Members were invited to confirm their minimum annual commitments by 15 December 2015. The new FAC public website was presented to Members by the Secretariat and launched.
       
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With regard to the appointment of officers for 2016, Mr Matthew Nims of the US has been appointed as Chair and Mr Mikhail Maslov of Russia has been appointed as Vice Chair of the FAC for 2016.

Ms Florika Fink-Hooijer, as outgoing Chairperson, expressed her full support for a smooth handover of this responsibility to her successors and, in closing her chairpersonship, she evoked some of the outcomes over the past year, including the finalisation and use of the revamped annual reporting templates, the redesign and launch of the website and the issuance of the joint Statement by the FAC for the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS). Despite good support from a number of Members, the joint field mission did not materialise this year. The incoming Chair has expressed interest in pursuing the possibility of a FAC field mission, possibly in 2016.

The formal Session was preceded on 16 November by a seminar entitled “World Humanitarian Summit,” which sought to underscore the key role of the FAC in emphasising the importance of the food assistance perspective in the WHS process leading to Istanbul through the issuing of a joint FAC Statement on the World Humanitarian Summit. The content of the Statement was discussed in more detail during the Seminar, informed by presentations from the following panellists: Mr Robert Smith, Head of Geneva Office, World Humanitarian Summit Secretariat; Mr Yoshinobu Nagamine, ICRC Head of Unit, External Resources Division in Geneva; and Ms Degan Ali, Executive Director, ADESO.
      
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The FAC plays a key international role in improving the coordination of the global response to emergencies and the provision of humanitarian assistance through cooperation and information exchange on ongoing activities. To this end agreement was reached on a joint statement to be submitted to the World Humanitarian Summit.

Visit the IGC site HERE
 

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November 27, 2015

27/11/2015: Pioneering UK wheat trials

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First published in Milling and Grain, August 2015

In June, it was a great time to visit and report on two wheat farms in six days: BASF East Midlands Agronomy and Sustainability Farm at The Grange, Mears Ashby and BASF Yorkshire Agronomy and Sustainability Farm at Tophouse Farm, Rawcliffe Bridge. In the UK, wheat is a vital commodity that traditionally faired well in these arable regions for centuries. Innovative work and research is now undertaken to farm wheat in new ways. It shows how effective land, resources and nature can be created in harmony with each other to provide sustainable environment and wheat for food.
     
Top House farm joined in partnership with BASF in 1996. This farm was a trailblazer, ahead of its time for agronomy trials. Biodiversity monitoring was introduced in 2002-2003 as part of the Voluntary Initiative (The Voluntary Initiative is a UK-based programme sponsored by the crop and farming industry which works with the UK government to promote responsible pesticide use). With co-operation and support from the Hinchliffe family, owners and farmers of Top House farm, a remarkable story has been developing. There have been successes such as increasing farmland bird numbers through simple measures alongside informative agronomy work this has delivered excellent informative data for farmers.

The Grange joined with BASF in 2008 with biodiversity monitoring, in the words of Andrew Pitts, “to provide for my children’s future.” With fantastic guides at both sites such as Graham Hartwell, environmental stewardship manager, BASF plc and Paul Goddard, stewardship value manager, BASF plc, on both days, there was a lot of exciting and important subject matter to see, touch and understand.                 

Read the full article in Milling and Grain HERE.
 

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Bastak company profile

http://en.bastak.com.tr/

Bastak was established in 1999 by the current Director, Mr Zeki Demirtasoglu as  Bastak Gida Makine Medikal Paz.Ith.Ihr.San.Tic.Ltd.Sti..
 
The company produces flour additives and quality control apparatus. Their aim is to be the market leader in the sector and to keep up with the latest innovations. The fundamental principle of the company is client satisfaction. For this purpose, no expense is spared in the quest for new technologies.

Bastak takes part in domestic and foreign fairs as both exhibitor and visitor in order to follow the most recent global developments and to introduce its own innovations.

The company expanded its horizons in 2003 by establishing its Foreign Trade Department and began to export. Bastak is aware that the only way to be able to exist in a dynamic global market is to produce consistently high quality products. For this reason, the company gives great importance to work studies and research.


Visit the website HERE.
 

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27/11/2015: Scoular completes acquisition of Legumex Walker Inc’s Special Crops Division

Scoular, a leading US-based agricultural marketing company, is expanding its reach into new geographies and products with the completion of its acquisition of Legumex Walker Inc’s (LWI) Special Crops Division, a global merchandiser and processor of special crops, pulses, and associated healthy, specialty food ingredients.

In September, Scoular entered into an agreement with LWI to acquire substantially all of the assets of LWI’s Special Crops Division for CA$94 million plus the amount of net working capital at closing. The transaction was finalized today after meeting all regulatory requirements.  Scoular now owns the Legumex Walker name and its affiliated special crops business, while the seller of the business has changed its name to LWP Capital Inc.

The new-to-Scoular special crops business is engaged in primary and value-added processing of special crops at 14 operating facilities in Canada, the US, and China.  It boasts a diverse product offering, ranging from various grades of pulses, including lentils, whole and split peas, edible beans, and chickpeas, to other special crops such as canaryseed, flaxseed, and sunflower seed.  Nearly all 300+ employees of the former LWI special crops business, including its management team, joined Scoular’s ranks effective today and will continue to operate the business at the existing locations.
      
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“We’ve been looking to enter the special crops market for some time, and we’re thrilled to finalise the purchase of a business that brings a wealth of special crops experience and expertise to our growing company,” said Chuck Elsea, Scoular’s Chief Executive Officer.


“We will invest additional resources to expand the business and pursue opportunities that result in more value for growers and a high-quality, reliable supply of specialty products for customers around the globe.”

Bob Ludington, Chief Operating Officer for Scoular, says entering the special crops business is a natural and strategic extension of the company’s portfolio. 


“Our role in the market, whether dealing in high volume commodities or niche specialty products, is to connect local supply to global demand. We have a very long history—nearly 125 years—of working with producers to seek to the best markets for their production.  We accomplish this by developing strong relationships with growers and consumptive customers to understand and meet their unique requirements. We also work closely with transportation and logistics providers to ship products by truck, rail, barge, or container.”

Anthony Kulbacki will continue in his role as the executive responsible for the special crops business, now reporting to Mr Ludington.  


“This is terrific news for all stakeholders in our special crops business – employees, suppliers, producers and customers. We are eager to start leveraging Scoular’s resources to solidify and expand our unique food and feed ingredient business. The addition of Scoular’s expertise in wheat, canola and other commodities will enable us to create more opportunities for the producers and customers we serve.”

Mr Kulbacki emphasised the importance of Scoular’s solid foundation and long-term commitment to agriculture, stating that “this provides confidence for producers and enables us to invest in infrastructure that creates competitive advantage in serving these globally expanding markets.”

About Scoular
Scoular is a privately-held, 123-year-old US agricultural marketing company with affiliates in Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, China, and Singapore.  Following its acquisition of the LWI special crops business, the company now has more than 120 offices and facilities with more than 1200 employees engaged in the business of sourcing, processing, and distributing traditional grains and oilseeds as well as specialty food and feed ingredients. 

More information about Scoular HERE.
 

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27/11/2015: ADM helps feed those in need with nearly US$360,000 in contributions to local food banks

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In 2015, Archer Daniels Midland Company contributed nearly US$360,000 to provide food to those in need, including US$318,000 in donations to food banks in 14 different states and more than US$40,000 in matching contributions to food banks from ADM colleagues.

“It’s important to reach out to those in need during the holiday season, and we provide grants to numerous organisations that provide special food assistance programs this time of year. Our colleagues also get involved in many different ways, such as volunteering for and donating to food drives and food packing events and serving meals at missions and soup kitchens,” said Jennifer Ballinger, director, ADM Cares.
    
“But it’s also important to remember that these organisations need support throughout the year, and as one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, ADM is committed to providing help year-round to those that need assistance most in the communities where we live and work.”

The contributions were given through ADM Cares. ADM Cares is a social investment program that directs funds to initiatives and organisations that drive meaningful social, economic and environmental progress worldwide. The program comprises three distinct focus areas: supporting the responsible development of agriculture, improving the quality of life in ADM communities and fostering employee giving and volunteer activities.

To view photos of ADM volunteers in action, visit www.facebook.com/ADMCares.

Visit the ADM site HERE.
 

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27/11/2015: Latest Industrial Auctions

https://www.industrial-auctions.com/auctions/146-online-auction-machinery-and-inventory-conrath-heiter-wurtz-und-fleischwaren-gmbh-in-wiesbaden-de
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3rd of December: Online auction machinery and inventory Conrad Heiter Wurst- und Fleischwaren GmbH in Wiesbaden (DE)

Viewing days
30th of November from 13:00 till 18:00h
1st of December from 9:00 till 15:00h
Address:
Mainzer Strasse 158, Wiesbaden

Closing 3rd of December from 14:00h

    

https://www.industrial-auctions.com/auctions/148-online-auction-food-processing-machinery-bakery-and-catering-equipment-in-oirschot-nl?set_language=en&cl=en

26th of January 2016: Online auction food processing machinery, bakery and catering equipment in Oirschot (NL)

    
Viewing day
25th of January 2016 from 9:00 till 17:00h
Address:
De Stad 10
5688 NX Oirschot (NL)
 

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November 26, 2015

26/11/2015: Preventing bread waste - A national success story from Turkey

by Professor M Hikmet Boyacioglu, Chairman of the Department of Food Engineering at Okan University, Istanbul, Turkey

First published in Milling and Grain, August 2015

    
One-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted globally, which amounts to about 1.3 billion tons per year. Food is lost or wasted throughout the supply chain, from initial agricultural production down to final household consumption. Food losses represent a waste of resources used in production such as land, water, energy and inputs, increasing the green gas emissions in vain.
      

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According to Euromonitor International, globally 141 million tons of baked goods are sold each year and bread represents by far the most significant proportion of total baked goods sales, at over 85 percent, with retail volume sales of 120 million tons in 2013 which results in inevitable waste. Since there is no clear definition of food waste, it is difficult to estimate global bread waste although there is the need to minimise bread waste at all points along the chain.

Food loss, food waste and food wastage
Food loss refers to a decrease in mass (dry matter) or nutritional value (quality) of food that was originally intended for human consumption. These losses are mainly caused by inefficiencies in the food supply chains, such as poor infrastructure and logistics, lack of technology, insufficient skills, knowledge and management capacity of supply chain actors, and lack of access to markets.

In addition, natural disasters play a role. Food waste refers to food appropriate for human consumption being discarded, whether or not after it is kept beyond its expiry date or left to spoil. Often this is because food has spoiled but it can be for other reasons such as oversupply due to markets, or individual consumer shopping/eating habits. Food wastage refers to any food lost by deterioration or waste. Thus, the term “wastage” encompasses both food loss and food waste.
    
Read the full article in Milling and Grain HERE.  
 

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Golfetto Sangatti company profile

http://www.golfettosangati.com/

Over the last century, the Group’s history has followed the interweaving stories of its three consituent companies. These disparate paths have led to the current Golfetto Sangati, a company that represents the culmination of a long journey that started in the Twenties.

Golfetto, originally founded in Padua, specialized in the engineering of cereal manufacturing plants. Its foundation is the starting point from which all future events took place. It was followed by Sangati’s foundation, in 1929, a company that in just a few years became a renowned name in the milling industry.


In 1952, Berga S.p.A. was set up. At first the company specialized in milling machines and silos. It then widened its business to animal feed production. During the seventies it became a recognized leader in the engineering and building of mills, animal feed plants, cereal storage and handling for harbour terminals. The company expanded even further with the opening of new branches in Europe and Northern Africa.
 

Visit the website HERE.


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26/11/2015: Western Canadian Wheat 2015 new crop seminars

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The Canadian International Grains Institute, Canadian Grain Commission, Cereals Canada, exporters, and producers are pleased to provide information and technical support to assist customers in optimising the value and performance of Canadian wheat.
  
Click HERE for links to the 2015 presentations given at Canadian new crop seminars in Asia, Canada, European Union, Latin America, Middle East/North Africa and West Africa. The presentations cover a range of topics including the quality attributes of the crop, Canadian supply and demand, wheat farming in Canada, grading factors, quality assurance, and wheat class changes. In addition, there is a link to quality data prepared by Cigi for CWRS, CWAD, CWRW and CPSR.
 

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26/11/2015: More from the Oilseed & Grain newsroom

Syngenta rejects US$42 billion takeover offer from China’s ChemChina
The world’s largest agrichemical company has rejected a US$42 billion takeover bid offered by China’s state-owned China National Chemical Co. due to regulatory concerns, reports Bloomberg.
 
United Cooperative acquires four Wisconsin ADM sites
Wisconsin-based United Cooperative has acquired four grain and agronomy sites from ADM for an undisclosed amount. 
     
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As harvest wraps up, USDA raises soybean and corn crop results
As the US harvests come to a close, the USDA has raised its soybean and corn crop expectations in its latest update issued November 10.

Saudi Arabia the largest new wheat buyer in global market
Saudi Arabia once exported 4.1 million tons of wheat to neighbouring countries, but 2016 will be the first year that it will entirely depend on imports as its aquifers run dry.

Syngenta and DSM Partner to address microbial-based Ag solution
Syngenta and DSM to jointly develop and commercialise biological solutions for agriculture – may be one of many upcoming partnerships in the crop protection sector.

Ukraine to harvest largest winter wheat crop in 25 years
Ukraine is set to harvest its largest winter wheat crop in 25 years for the 2015/16 marketing season, but the next wheat crop might not fare so well.
     
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Wheat growers take action to revive wheat industry
Compared to other crops, wheat is seeing decreasing profitability, more intense global competition, an absence of productivity advances, and backlash from consumers who are eliminating wheat-based foods from their diets.

Wilmar International reports 39 percent jump in oilseed and grains profits
Wilmar International Limited reported on November 11 that its Oilseeds and Grains business saw a year on year jump in third quarter pretax profits of 39 percent, reaching US$243.6 million.

Events and courses

The 5th Global Feed & Food Congress (GFFC) will bring together the global feed and food chain in Antalya, Turkey, on 18—20 April 2016.
     
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Oilseed Congress promises unique sector insight, networking
The only industry event that addresses the key challenges and opportunities facing the oilseed trade in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
February 9-10, 2016, Barcelona

Visit the Oilseed Congress site HERE.  
 
 

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26/11/2015: Mycotoxin UK & Ireland wheat survey 2015

Mycotoxins are highly toxic secondary metabolic products of moulds. Mycotoxin producing moulds damage crops and can cause great economic losses at all levels of food and feed production. Moreover, many of the mycotoxins impair health, cause diseases and may even result in death in humans and animals when contaminated food or feed products are consumed.

The 2015 Nutriad Mycotoxin Survey covers 66 samples from all over Great Britain and Ireland. More than 460 analyses were conducted to test for the occurrence of the seven mycotoxins most frequently found in agricultural commodities intended for animal production. The survey provides an insight into the incidences of aflatoxins (Afla), zearalenone (ZEN), deoxynivalenol (DON), T-2 toxin, HT-2 toxin, fumonisin B1 (FB1) and ochratoxin A (OTA) across all regions of the UK and Ireland. All analysed samples were wheat.
    
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Fusarium head blight in 2015 UK wheat harvest
Typically levels of DON and zearalenone tend to be lower in northern England and Scotland, moderate in western England, Wales and Ireland and highest in southern and south-eastern England. All samples (66) were collected almost immediately after the harvest and the probability that some storage mycotoxins will have developed (OTA) was low. Wheat samples were sampled directly from farms or animal feed production sites.

Sample providers were advised to follow the principles of good sampling (Richard, 2000). However, analytical personnel and/or laboratory staff were not involved in sampling and, therefore, did not influence any part of this procedure. All seven mycotoxins were analysed by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC MS/MS). For the purpose of data analysis, non-detection levels were based on the limits of quantification (LOQ) of the test method for each mycotoxin: AfB1 < 0.5 μg/kg; ZEN < 10 μg/kg; DON < 75 μg/kg; FB1 < 125 μg/kg; OTA < 1 μg/kg; T-2 toxin < 4 μg/kg and HT-2 toxin < 4 μg/kg.

The results show that only 4.5 percent of wheat samples were contaminated with DON and none of the samples contained AfB1. Only 3.03 percent of samples contained T-2 toxin and ZEN. The average concentrations of all recovered mycotoxins were low while the highest concentration of DON found reached only 107.14 μg/kg.

Although 12.12 percent of the samples contained HT-2 toxin, a mycotoxin extremely toxic for poultry, its maximum concentration reached only 24.7 μg/kg and this level is negligible. None of the samples were contaminated with OTA or FB1 but this result was expected as it is well known that OTA is a typical storage mycotoxin and FB1 is preferably produced on maize.
   
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Table 1 – Mycotoxin contamination of wheat in UK & Ireland

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Table 2 – Percentage of positive samples (>LOQ)
The 2015 Nutriad wheat mycotoxin survey concludes that this year’s harvest of wheat in the UK and Ireland is of very good quality in terms of mycotoxin contamination. Based on the results of this survey conducted immediately post-harvest we believe that this year’s wheat crop may be considered safe for inclusion into finished feed rations for all animal species.
   
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Radka Borutova, Business Development Manager Nutriad
Vigilance is always advisable however, as cereals in animal feeds originate from many sources and some continental European cereals harvested in 2015 have been shown to be contaminated with medium concentrations of mycotoxins. The last possible line of defence is the detoxification of mycotoxins in vivo. The addition of proven mycotoxin deactivators to animal feeds is a very common method to prevent mycotoxicosis and is an effective strategy to keep mycotoxin risk low under any and all conditions.
    
Nutriad International delivers products and serviced to over 80 countries through a network of own sales offices and distributors supported by 4 application laboratories and 5 manufacturing facilities in 3 continents. Find out more HERE.
 

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November 25, 2015

25/11/2015: Mycotoxins and mycotoxicosis in livestock production

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by Francisco J Martínez and Fernando Aguado, Export Department, Nufoer SL, Madrid, Spain

First published in Milling and Grain, August 2015


Cereal and cereal by-products, corn grains and corn silage are thought to be the most exposed ingredients to mould and mycotoxin contamination. This article by Francisco Martinex and Fernando Aguado at Nufoer SL in Spain looks at the major mycotoxins and why it is important to test for an array and not for a single one in order to analyse feed quality and risks

Mycotoxicosis refers to the different diseases caused by exposure to different mycotoxins, and it has a high occurrence in livestock production. Mycotoxins are fungal secondary metabolites, toxic to humans and animals, produced by certain species of fungus.

The growth capacity of these fungi depends on several environmental factors such as moisture, temperature and availability of energy and nitrogen sources. Likewise, the production of mycotoxins depends on specific environmental factors, and the presence of mycotoxigenic fungi does not imply a presence of mycotoxins and vice versa, since mycotoxins present great stability and can be present in feedstuffs even after the deterioration of the producing fungus.

Cereal and cereal by-products, corn grains and corn silage are thought to be the most exposed ingredients to mould and mycotoxin contamination, depending on various factors such as grain handling, processing and storage conditions.

Read the full article in Milling and Grain HERE.
 

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Consergra company profile

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CONSERGRA SL is a Spanish company established in 1969. Since then, our main activity has been the construction of special refrigeration and air conditioning units mainly for the preservation of grains, oilseeds and perishable granulated products. Other refrigerating and air conditioning units for different purposes are also produced according to customer needs.

Over the years we have gained long experience in grain conservation by chilling, even under the harshest conditions in the desert or the tropics.

Our units combine modern design, optimum energy efficiency, reliability and ease of use. They are designed for heavy duty operation.

Our wide know-how, together with continued cooperation with and feedback from our customers, allows us to constantly develop new solutions and better machines.

We also supply other equipment related to the grain industry, such as high quality grain moisture meters, portable low cost moisture meters, on-floor chilling ducts and under-floor chilling ducts.

Another of our specialities is the installation of a variety of process instruments and machines. Since 1995 we have supplied instruments which use microwaves. This patented system allows instant analysis of product moisture and density. These instruments are very well suited for many kinds of food, feed, pet-food, chemical and pharmaceutical products. We have versions for laboratory and field use, which allow automatic control in real time of many processes such as drying, toasting, grinding, compacting and conditioning.

Our aim is to satisfy our customers with the best possible equipment, within the required delivery time and at a competitive price. We not only supply the machines and different solutions but also support our customers in the customised application of machinery and the necessary after-sales service. 

Read more HERE.

 

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25/11/2015: IPPE ranks in TSNN’s top 25 fastest growing trade shows, based on net square feet

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The 2014 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) was recently recognised by Trade Show News Network as being in their Top 25 Fastest Growing Trade Shows, based on net square feet. The 2015 TSNN Awards ceremony was held November 6-8, in Atlanta, Georgia, and awards were given onstage at the AmericasMart during a gala celebration.

“IPPE’s recognition by ‘Trade Show News Network’ is terrific news and reflects the continued synergies of our integrated trade shows - International Poultry Expo, International Meat Expo and International Feed Expo,” remarked IPPE show organisers.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016: 9 am – 5 pm
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IPPE is expected to attract more than 28,000 attendees and is a collaboration of three trade shows—International Feed Expo, International Poultry Expo and International Meat Expo—representing the entire chain of protein production and processing. The event is sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association, North American Meat Institute and US Poultry & Egg Association.

More information about IPPE, including registration details, lodging and education offerings, is available HERE
 

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25/11/2015: Study shows US farmers get US$45-to-US$1 return from wheat export promotion funds

US wheat producers invested an average of US$4.9 million in checkoff funds per year to promote their milling wheat overseas between 2010 and 2014, and for every one of those dollars they received up to US$45 back in increased net revenue. That is a principal conclusion of a new economic analysis of wheat export promotion released today by US Wheat Associates (USW).

USW commissioned the study with funding from the USDA/Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) Market Access Program. Dr Harry M Kaiser, the Gellert Family Professor of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell and director of the Cornell Commodity Promotion Research Program (CCPRP), designed and conducted the research using established methods from his 30 years of research experience.

“The study showed that investing in US wheat export promotion had a large and beneficial impact for producers and the economy that far exceeded its cost,” Dr Kaiser said.

“The econometric models we used showed that between 2010 and 2014 the total investment in wheat export promotion by farmers and the government increased total annual gross revenue by US$2.0 billion to US$3.0 billion. So for every US$1 farmers and the government invested, the estimated return in gross revenue to the US economy was between US$112 and US$179.”
        
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Dr Kaiser added that the most likely annual gross revenue return is about US$149 for each dollar spent based on USDA supply elasticity studies.
       
Dr Kaiser quantified the impact of wheat export promotion through models that account for several factors affecting commodity export demand such as prices and exchange rates. The study determined that cutting promotion by 50 percent between 2010 and 2014 would have significantly reduced wheat exports by about 15 percent. That represents a total potential export loss equal to nearly 161.5 million bushels per year. The value of that loss was determined, then compared to total wheat export promotion cost to calculate a series of benefit-to-cost ratios (BCR).

The BCR from the total promotion cost averaged 14.9 to 1. Because producers contributed about one-third of the total producer and FAS investment through state checkoff program, the BCR for their investment averaged about three times the total, or about 45 to 1. Assuming farmers get ten percent of the total revenue, Dr Kaiser said the study shows wheat export promotion increased net revenue for farmers by more than US$247 million per year. The impact of in-kind contributions from state commissions was not considered in this study.

“Our organisation is accountable to wheat farmers and other taxpayers who fund the market development work we do,” USW President Alan Tracy said.

“Dr Kaiser’s research methods are well respected and the conclusions echo previous studies in 2004 and 2009, so we can very confidently say that the money farmers provide for export promotion is well worth the investment. In fact, the study predicts that increasing the promotion investment has the potential for even greater returns to wheat farmers, the wheat supply chain and the US economy.” 

USW will use additional results from the study to help plan and manage its future activities. The organisation has posted full study results on its website HERE.  

US Wheat Associates is the industry’s market development organisation working in more than 100 countries on behalf of America's wheat producers. The activities of USW are made possible by producer checkoff dollars managed by 18 state wheat commissions, in-kind support, and cost-share funding provided by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service.

To qualify for federal funds, USW is required to prepare and submit an annual, comprehensive Unified Export Strategy that details specific market development plans for every country and region. 



Read the economic analysis HERE.

Visit the USW site HERE.
 

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25/11/2015: More Oilseed and Grain News

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APM Terminals enters grain handling with China JV 
APM Terminals is expanding beyond containerised cargo handling into grain handling in China with a joint venture in the Qingdao Port Dongjiakou Multi-Purpose Terminal on the Yellow Sea.
Drought to cause China corn crop to fall most in fifteen years
China’s corn output this season is expected to fall by 5.8 percent - the most in 15 years, due to drought throughout the country’s top corn growing regions.

FGV completes sale of Quebec oilseed processing plant to Viterra for US$132M
Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd has completed the sale of Twin Rivers Technologies Enterprises De Transformation De Graines Oleagineuses Du Quebec Inc (TRT) - its oilseed processing plant located in Quebec - to Viterra Inc. for RM567.1 million (US$132 million).

Ontario ban on neonicotinoids not expected to move west
Farmers in Manitoba do not expect the recently imposed ban on neonicotinoid pesticides in Ontario to be adopted in the Western provinces of the country.


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