July 26, 2017

26/07/2017: BIOMIN submits EU dossier for Digestarom® DC as zootechnical feed additive in piglets

Following the launch of the innovative phytogenic feed additive at VIV Asia in March, BIOMIN continues the global rollout by applying for zootechnical status in the EU

Following a successful start to a global launch, BIOMIN submitted a dossier for the EU authorisation of Digestarom® DC, a phytogenic feed additive (PFA), for zootechnical status based on its ability to improve the performance parameters of weaned piglets. 

Michael Noonan
Image credit: BIOMIN
Focus on piglets

For piglets, achieving high feed intake early on is crucial. “Phytogenics can be particularly relevant for young animals to reduce gut disorders, counter weaning stress, encourage milk and feed intake and boost immunity—all of which can help set them on the path to the most productive future possible,” explained Michael Noonan, Global Product Manager Phytogenics at BIOMIN.

Multiple trials
The EU dossier, submitted for evaluation in May, includes three efficacy trials and one tolerance trial with weaned piglets that were conducted to demonstrate the efficacy and the safety of Digestarom® DC. “The trials conducted with Digestarom® DC have shown better growth performance, greater weight gain and improved feed efficiency in piglets,” stated Mr Noonan. “Particularly in the context of profitability, competitiveness and as a tool in antibiotic reduction, PFAs have a clear role to play in supporting swine producers by promoting gut health and performance,” he added.

Innovative Biomin® Duplex Capsule
Digestarom® DC incorporates a unique encapsulation technology that ensures continuous delivery of active phytogenic compounds throughout the digestive process, demonstrates stability under common pelleting conditions and offers easier handling. The Biomin® Duplex Capsule also supports the triple action formulation of Digestarom® DC, which consists of three modules: 1) appetising and endogenous secretions, 2) gut microbiota modulation, and 3) gut protection. 

Image credit: BIOMIN
Market leadership
The submission of Digestarom® DC for zootechnical authorisation marks the latest milestone in ongoing activities around phytogenics at BIOMIN. “This fits neatly with our efforts to focus on phytogenics, deepen the industry and scientific understanding, commit further resources and deliver novel developments in a longstanding product line with a proven track record,” said Mr Noonan. In 2016, BIOMIN announced its ambition to become PFA market leader by 2020.

Next steps

The dossier for zootechnical registration has been submitted for scientific review by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). “We have worked diligently to fully comply with the necessary requirements, and look forward to the outcome,” commented Mr Noonan.

Visit the BIOMIN website, HERE.

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July 25, 2017

26/07/2017: Poeth announces the energy efficient and low maintenance, AirConveyor, for transporting powders and granulates

Poeth has designed its new AirConveyor specifically for companies that want to transport powders, pellets and granulates cost-effectively and efficiently
This innovative system offers companies 75 percent less maintenance costs after approx. three years operating time and consumes 40 percent less energy.
The air-supported conveying system from Poeth is suitable for damage-free transportation of bulk goods over short or extremely long distances. The AirConveyor generates low noise emissions and is dust-tight. As a result, the new conveying system from Poeth also has a minimum impact on the environment.
Image credit: Poeth Solids Processing

Powerful air cushion supports the conveyor belt without the need for rollers
Poeth has developed a new and efficient generation conveying systems where the conveyor belt floats on a cushion of air. Poeth's AirConveyor features a perforated channel and compact, specially designed fans.

By providing a constant supply of exactly the right quantity of air, Poeth has succeeded in creating a powerful air cushion directly under the conveyor belt in its new conveying system. This powerful air cushion makes it possible to raise the conveyor belt, along with the bulk goods it carries, and keep it airborne based on the same principle as that used by a hovercraft.

Only one conveyor roller, located in the drive, tensioning and belt return station, is needed to set the conveyor belt in motion. Poeth's new AirConveyor eliminates 95 percent of all moving parts in comparison to traditional belt conveyor systems. As a result, Poeth's AirConveyor generates far less friction.

This makes the air-supported conveying system 40 percent more energy-efficient and significantly reduces noise emissions (<80dbA). Fewer moving parts result in much less maintenance and negligible conveyor belt wear.

Fewer rotating parts also provide less heat and less risk of exposures. The AirConveyor is suitable for extreme circumstances and difficult to reach places. This also makes the new AirConveyor extremely reliable and cost-efficient.

Homogeneous, damage-free conveying over long distances
zThe new belt conveyor from Poeth is suitable for transporting raw materials in the feed, food, chemical and bulk industries. The AirConveyor is used to transport a wide variety of products such as salt, sugar, cereals, seeds, animal feed, biomass, coal, ore, sand and gravel. The advantage of belt conveyors is that they transport products without agitating them.

Consequently, the new AirConveyor from Poeth is ideally suitable for conveying fragile, explosive and sticky raw materials without risking separation. The new AirConveyor is capable of high-capacity transportation (3 m3/hour – 2000 m3/hour), both horizontally and vertically.

Poeth offers its AirConveyor as an enclosed, dust-tight system for both indoor and outdoor application. The AirConveyor is also available according ATEX and Food Grade guidelines (FDA, EC 1935/2004 and 3.1B material certificates). 

Visit the Poeth Solids Processing website, HERE.

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26/07/2017: Measuring up the options for grain, flour and starch: Solids flow meter or mass flow feeder?

by Christopher D. Lewis, Eastern Instruments, USA

In every industry, including the milling and grain industry, there are locations where a process can benefit from some sort of control, an optimisation or fine-tuning that will adjust the function of the process just enough to make it more efficient, more cost effective and more reliable

The CentriFlow® Meter from Eastern Instruments is a gravimetric style meter which gives a true measurement of the mass flow of product when forced around the curved measurement pan.  
Image credit: Eastern Instruments USA

Often, this control can come in the form of a flow measurement or control system. Ideally, this flow measurement/control system would include a measurement of the input and output of each micro process in order to understand, for instance, the optimal input for a mill, the best ratio for mixing ingredients and ultimately, the best way of maximising output while minimising cost over the entire macro process.

When determining the correct flow measurement/control system for your process, it is prudent to keep in mind exactly what you are looking to accomplish because that will help determine whether you are really looking for a flow meter to measure the flow of your grains, flours or starches, or whether you are actually looking for a flow control device that will control the flow of your product. When, then, should you measure flow and when should you control it?

Solids flow measurement

Flow Measurement offers you a window into your process. A proper flow measurement, for example, will allow you to see how much ‘dirty’ grain you are receiving and how much flour or milled grain you are able to produce from it. You will be able to see how well optimised your dryer is working or how efficiently your mill is performing.

Often, flow measurement devices are used to measure incoming ‘dirty’ grains during ‘load-in’ as a way to verify the weight of product coming in from railcars or trucks. Product is typically just being unloaded at this point so control of the flow is not necessary.

In fact, a mass flow feeder may actually slow the process by limiting the flow at which the truck/railcar is being unloaded, thus making the process even more inefficient. In other locations, flow measurement devices can be used in order to verify the proper function of particular pieces of equipment.

In many instances, stoners, rolling mills or separators work most efficiently at a particular flow rate. Flow meters can be used at the intake of these devices to ensure the consistent flow rate of material into them. At the same time, flow meters are used at the discharge of these devices to verify the output of them.

This is particularly useful when talking about equipment such as dryers that will change the physical properties of the product that is run through them. As grains move through the drying process, moisture is removed and the result is a loss of mass.

A good way of ensuring that the dryer is working as efficiently and consistently as possible is to measure the product both entering and exiting the dryer to ensure that the moisture loss (and thus, the drying process) is consistent over time.

If the comparison of the intake flow versus the exit flow from the dryer is inconsistent, that may be a signal that the dryer is working incorrectly or that there is a problem with the process. Whether milling grains into flour, cleaning seeds, or making feed pellets from raw grains, measuring your finished product is just as important as measuring your incoming product at the beginning of the process.

Measuring your finished product allows you to know exactly how much product your system is producing which is important in its own right. By measuring the incoming product and the finished product in conjunction, however, you get the added benefit of being able to compare the two measurements so that you can gauge how efficiently your entire process is running. You can also watch for changes that may signal process concerns such as breakages in equipment or wear issues.

Read the full article, HERE.

Visit the Eastern Instruments website, HERE.

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Extru-Tech Inc company profile

Founded in 1985, Extru-Tech® has installed numerous extrusion systems worldwide designed for the production of human food, pet food, aquatic feed and animal feed products. 

Extru-Tech® also maintains the reputation of supplying the extrusion industry with superior quality replacement parts.

Extru-Tech® currently produces and markets one of the industry's most complete lines of extrusion processing systems.

In addition, they offer a full line of ancillary equipment and customised equipment solutions for specialised processes

Visit the website HERE.

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25/07/2017: FEFAC publishes annual report 2016/2017

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 FEFAC, representing the EU compound feed and premix industry, has published its Annual Report 2016-2017. 

 The 2016-2017 period marks the last year of the presidency Ruud Tijssens, who in the foreword describes his term as the point where the European feed industry manifested itself as part of the solution to take societal challenges with the publication of the 2030 Feed Industry Vision. 

 In a second foreword, newly elected FEFAC President Nick Major places a focus on ensuring viable farm incomes through the common Agricultural Policy as a precondition to deliver on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 

 The Annual Report 2016-2017 provides an overview of FEFAC action and positioning on the most pertinent topics relevant to the European feed industry in the last year. This includes the role of animal nutrition in the fight against antimicrobial resistance, the launch of a feed safety benchmarking project, the circular economy function of the feed industry to reduce food waste and the progress of the FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines to eliminate illegal deforestation from the soy supply chain. The middle section contains a comprehensive selection of 2016 statistics related to compound feed manufacturing. 

Visit the FEFAC website here. 

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July 24, 2017

25/07/2017: ILDEX Indonesia kick-off and gathering 2017

As an organiser of ILDEX Indonesia 2017, PT. Permata Kreasi Media along with VNU Exhibitions Asia Pacific, Co., Ltd. held an ILDEX Indonesia Kick-Off and Gathering 2017, as well as discussions with “Enhancing the Competitiveness of Animal Protein In the Hyper-Competition Era” as a main theme, at the Ibis Hotel, Jakarta on the 18th July

 The Kick-Off is carried out in order of ILDEX Indonesia 2017, which will be held in October 18th-20th, 2017 at Jakarta International Expo, Kemayoran, Jakarta. Participants of the Kick-Off are stakeholders in livestock, consisting of government, associations, business actors, and farmers.
Group photo of all delegates
Image credit: VNU Exhibitions Asia Pacific

Dr Ir. Arief Daryanto and Dr Erwidodo came as the speakers and moderated by Prof. Dr Ir. Muladno, MSA. Director of PT. Permata Kreasi Media, Fitri Nursanti Poernomo, said that ILDEX Indonesia 2017 is held by  various parties. The third exhibition of ILDEX Indonesia is expected to improve the quality of livestock industry in Indonesia. Meanwhile Nino Gruettke, Managing Director of VNU Exhibitions Asia Pacific, Co., Ltd. said that Asian countries that have rapid economic growth and monitored by global investors are Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and upon thosse countries there is Indonesia. “That’s why we put our focus specifically in this country,” he explained.

Nino said that in addition to more international (this exhibition is followed by 250 leading companies from 27 countries plus pavilion from China and South Korea.), it will also feature three industrial zones, covering feeding and animal health; feed milling and agricultural equipment; and genetic, breeding, and processing.

“The number of exhibitors has increased by 22 percent from the previous edition and now 80 percent of booths are sold out. At this moment of ILDEX, several companies increased their exhibition area by 50 percent, as well as many new companies. Our target is to have 8,000 visitors present at this exhibition,” Nino said.

 He explained that there are many benefits to be gained for the participants as well as visitors in this edition of ILDEX. This exhibition is not only offering the latest livestock innovations for the upstream to the downstream sector, but ILDEX Indonesia 2017 also is a very potential in terms of business. “Many international companies are joining, both new and those who have participated in the last edition,” he said.

Director General of Livestock and Animal Heatlh, I Ketut Diarmita, represented by Fadjar Sumping Tjatur Rasa, said in his welcome speech that he is glad to see ILDEX Indonesia 2017. Livestock sub-sectors still plays an important role for the development process in Indonesia, especially in rural areas. “Livestock contributes 1.62 percent to the national gross domestic product in 2016. In addition, the livestock sub-sector role in providing animal food consumption tends to increase,” he said.

Juan Permata Adoe, the Deputy Chairman of The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) Strategic Food Industry Sector, mentioned that increasing the productivity of farmers by 60 percent, will meet the domestic demand. Thus, it is very important to find solutions that can benefit all stakeholders.

“If domestic demand is met, Indonesia has a great potential to become a net exporter of agricultural products, supplying more than 130 million tons to global market. Therefore, the government needs to implement synergistic policies in order to generate sustainable growth and profitable income for all sectors, covering farmers, private sector, and government,” he explained.

Arief Daryanto, Economic Expert of the Livestock Industry from Business School of Bogor Agricultural University, there are six things that became the key to success in competing in the livestock sector. First, the existence of an appropriate climate that makes the cost of cage management becomes cheaper. Second, low labour cost. Third, the strong support of corn and local soybean production is abundant. Fourth, the existence of contract farming between core companies and plasma farmers (can use cooperative schemes). Fifth, the existence of large companies with good management, modern equipment, innovative and market driven (market driven), and sixth, the existence of a conducive investment climate.

Visit the VNU Exhibitions Asia Pacific website, HERE.

Visit the ILDEX Indonesia event website, HERE.

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25/07/2017: GEAPS/K-State HOT program registration now open

Program offers maintenance training on grain conveying equipment

Registration is now open for the all-new Hands-On Training (HOT) Program from the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and Kansas State University (K-State).

The innovative two-and-a-half day training program has participants working in small groups to repair common grain conveying equipment.

Registration is now available on HOT program website, HERE.

The program takes place at Kansas State University in the Hal Ross Flour Mill.

Participants will be required to complete three hour-long online sessions on safety, lubrication and preventative maintenance before starting the training on site.

After a safety orientation, participants are divided into six groups, working on modules involving the following equipment:

• Bucket elevator
• Distributors
• Screw conveyors
• Bin sweep
• Chain conveyors
• Belt conveyors

GEAPS International President Barb Kraft, Landus Cooperative, said the program will provide tremendous value to companies. “It is very expensive for any grain handling or processing facility to have downtime,” Ms Kraft said.

“The HOT program allows your employees to gain valuable experience working on common grain conveying equipment without sacrificing operations at your facility. The small group format will give everyone plenty of opportunities to work on the equipment and ask instructors questions.”

Participants will spend approximately two and a half hours on each module before moving on to the next piece of equipment. The first day will include safety orientation and two modules, the second day will include two additional modules, before completing the final module on the last day.

Participants are required to bring work attire and steel toe boots. Common safety equipment including hardhats will be provided by the university. The program costs $1,375 for GEAPS members and $1,725 for non-members. It can accommodate a maximum of 30 participants.

Once the limit has been reached, prospective participants can join a waitlist. Upon completion, participants will earn at least two continuing education units (CEUs) from GEAPS and Kansas State University and a certificate of completion. Marcus Neal, Lansing Trade Group, GEAPS International board chair, said the program will benefit a wide range of grain operations workers.

“There is a lot to learn for frontline maintenance workers, grain facility managers, and supervisors with equipment repair or maintenance roles,” Mr Neal said.

“Looking back at my own career, this program would have been a tremendous asset for me when I was beginning to learn these skill sets.”

The HOT Program has been in development since August, 2013.

For more information on the program, visit the following pages on the GEAPS website:

Online Registration
About the Training
Course Instructors
Frequently Asked Questions
Program Donors

Program Donors
The HOT Program was made possible through several companies generously donating over $350,000 worth of equipment. GSI Group LLC and Sukup each pledged over $100,000 in machinery, making them the programs first 5 Star Donors.

The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) is an international professional association that supports its members and the industry by serving as The Knowledge Resource for the world of grain handling and processing industry operations.

GEAPS addresses the industry’s critical grain handling, storage and processing operations needs by providing the finest networking, professional development programs, and access to a global marketplace of equipment, services and technology solutions providers.

GEAPS global network of industry professionals includes more than 2,800 individual members from about 1,150 companies.

About IGP Institute at Kansas State University
The IGP Institute offers continued education for industry professionals to help enhance the market preference, consumption and utilisation of US cereal grains, oilseeds and their value-added products for global grain industry.

That education and technical training happens through both on-site and distance offerings. From January of 2016 to date, the team at IGP has trained 439 professionals through 20 courses for both international and domestic audiences focusing on the sorghum commodity.

Visit the GEAPS website, HERE.

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25/07/2017: TMR Audit® new EU trademark for feed mixing protocol

Diamond V® announces the European Union trademark registration of TMR Audit®, which now is a protected trademark in all 28 member states of the EU

"The 'total mixed ration', or TMR, is a critical part of modern dairy and beef production," says Chris Van Anne, director of Diamond V's Europe Business Unit. 

Peter Zieger
Image credit: Diamond V
"The dairy producer wants the TMR to supply every cow's nutritional needs in a consistent manner, day after day. However, as every dairy producer knows, this is not an easy task."

The TMR Audit is Diamond V's proven system to monitor and improve the cattle feeding process as well as the consistency and homogeneity of the ration consumed by each animal.

“The TMR Audit addresses feedstuffs storage, ingredient preparation and proportioning, TMR mixing, ration presentation, and utilisation,” adds Mr Van Anne.

“Parts of the system also can be applied to supplemental feeding in grazing operations in order to support optimal rumen health, feed utilisation, and performance.” Diamond V dairy technical specialist Dr Tom Oelberg developed the TMR Audit in 2008.

Dr Oelberg and Diamond V colleague Dr Bill Stone subsequently published peer-review articles and other scientific and technical materials to advise researchers, practicing nutritionists, and veterinarians worldwide on TMR guidelines, processes, and protocols.

Chris Van Anne
Image credit: Diamond V
"TMR Audits," Mr Van Anne says, "currently benefit the performance and profitability of thousands of dairy operations in North America and Europe as well as other regions around the world."

The TMR Audit gained registered trademark status in the USA in 2014. To date, Diamond V experts have conducted nearly 5,000 TMR Audits on dairy farms around the world, while training thousands of producers and their advisors to improve feeding operations.

"The Diamond V TMR Audit identifies and helps eliminate possible sources of error and inefficiency in the feeding operation," says Peter Zieger, DVM, technical sales and support manager with Diamond V in Germany, Hungary, Austria, and Switzerland.

"This process reveals opportunities for the producer to improve dairy performance. On average, a TMR Audit results in a production increase of more than 1 litre of milk per cow per day and 0.1-0.2 percent higher milk fat content. Incorporating a Diamond V product in the TMR further increases milk production in addition to improving feed efficiency and helping to maintain optimal animal health."

The new EU trademark status for the TMR Audit supports Diamond V consulting work with nutritionists, veterinarians, and leading producers throughout Europe. The TMR Audit works in concert with the Diamond V Life Stage Solutions™ program, including NutriTek®, SmartCare®, and Original Line products like XPC™LS, to promote immune function and digestive health while improving dairy performance and overall profitability.

Visit the Diamond V website, HERE.

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25/07/2017: Gut sensing physiology: A sweet discovery

by Keith Klanderman, President and CEO for Nutriad, Inc. since 2000

Sweetness is one of four to six basic taste perceptions when eating foods or drinking beverages high in sugars

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The earliest example of human existence chronicled the eating of sweet fruits and plants, which were noted in paintings on cave walls in various parts of the world. Usually the tasting of sweet substances is associated with enjoyment and pleasure.

Sweet, sour, salty, bitter, umami and spice are usually the perceptions that are clustered to span the range of taste sensations. Sweetness typically gets the most attention in human and animal application and this will be the focus and thrust of the article that follows.

A brief history
Many by-products are used in the feed industries that are produced during food processing activities. Some of these ingredients have high levels of sugars that can be effectively used in feeds for energy provision as well as improving palatability. Molasses from sugar cane or sugar beet processing was one of the first bulk applications of sweeteners for improving energy density in diets and providing enhanced palatability for livestock feeds.

This was used for many years and continues today, but was briefly diverted during World War II to fuel the war effort by using it as a raw material to drive its fermentation to ethanol. Since farmers have grown accustomed to the use of molasses in their fields, they now needed a flavour and sugar replacement. It was at that time that the modern-day animal flavour and sweetener industry was established.

Comparing sweetness

Fructose is sweeter than glucose and sucrose. This has made possible the production of sugar syrups with the sweetness and certain other properties of sucrose starting from starch. In addition to sugars like sucrose, which typically serves as a benchmark, many other chemical compounds are sweet, including aldehydes, ketones and sugar alcohols.

Even glycine and amino acids have sweet characteristics. Some are sweet at very low concentrations, allowing their application to be economically practical substitutions. Such non-sugar sweeteners include saccharin and NHDC, along with others. Aspartame is another such sweetener but it is not perceived as sweet by food producing animals.

Even super high intensity sweeteners like thaumatin will elicit no sweet response unless it is bundled with other high intensity and bulk sweeteners, and then it is a species-specific response. Some components like miraculin may change perception of sweetness itself.

Response to sweetness

The electrophysiological measurements that are used to quantify sweetness along with the chemosensory basis for detecting sweetness, which varies between both individuals and species has only begun to be understood since the late 20th century. Most theoretical models of sweetness involve a three-dimensional multipoint attachment theory (much like an enzyme architecture), which involves multiple binding sites between a sweetness receptor and a sweet substance.

Some of our experiences with taste physiology in the mid-1990s will be referenced later in the article. Studies indicate that responsiveness to sugars and sweetness has very ancient beginnings, being manifested as chemotaxis even in motile bacteria such as E. coli. Newborn human infants and baby pigs demonstrate preferences for high sugar concentrations and prefer solutions that are sweeter than lactose, the sugar found in breast and sows milk. Sweetness appears to have the highest taste recognition threshold, being detectable at around one part in 200 of sucrose in solution.

By comparison, bitterness appears to have the lowest detection threshold, at about one part in two million for quinine in solution. In natural settings for animals and humans, sweetness intensity should indicate energy density, while bitterness tends to indicate toxicity.

The high sweetness detection threshold and low bitterness detection threshold would have predisposed animals to seek out sweet-tasting (and energy-dense) foods and avoid bitter-tasting foods. The “sweet tooth” thus has early animal consumption behavior characteristics and while feed manufacturing has changed consumption patterns and strategies, animal physiology remains largely unchanged.

Over the last fifty years, animal feed additive companies like Nutriad have used “art and science” to design effective palatability products to address producer concerns related to unpalatable feed ingredients and ingredient variability. Bulk and high intensity sweeteners have played a prominent role in that mission. Products like Hy-Sugr-Ade, Arti-Sweet and AgriSweet became sweetener/sweetener-flavour combinations, which were, used around the world “where taste is an ingredient”. The sweetener ingredients used in combination created more potential to replace bulk sweeteners and worked synergistically with each other to deliver sweetness value economically.

The complete sweetness profile could stand-alone or be combined with effective flavour ingredient combinations. The combination of sweetness with standard flavour products led to a proliferation of new and more efficacious products in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Products like Pig-Krave Extra and Super Pig-Krave Extra began showing up in feed mills and on hog farms around the world.

A burgeoning sweetener-flour product development effort continued for 15 years, which laid the foundation for many products we use today. Customised sweetener-flavor products were trialed and tested across the USA and Europe as hog and dairy producers were using new ingredients, new genetics and new feeding systems that challenged feed intake and production efficiencies. Sweeteners played a critical role in supporting the paradigm shifts in nutritional management that provided productivity gains in the 80s and 90s.

Read the full article, HERE.

Visit the Nutriad website, HERE.

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Zhengchang company profile

Zhengchang, established in 1918, has made constant innovations in feed machinery industry and accumulated a wealth of experience in tackling the various challenges facing feed companies and, more importantly, is able to offer a range of comprehensive solutions.
Zhengchang has now evolved into China’s largest manufacture of feed machinery and has 16 branches in China with over 1300 staff and more than thirty offices all over the world. 

Zhengchang to date has successfully constructed more than 2000 turnkey projects world around the world, covering fields of poultry and livestock feed, aquatic feed, pet feed, premix feed, sawdust pellet, fertiliser, silo storage, pasture, electrical control and garbage treatment, etc.

Zhengchang projects are designed to deliver to the client higher feed quality, higher overall capacity and more profits. 
Zhengchang have conquered challenges one after another for the customers and accumulated rich experience over the past 90 years.

They are now making great endeavors to apply their latest achievements to feed, pasture, environment protection, fertilizer, sawdust shaping industries.

Zhengchang is more than a professional partner who can provide advanced machinery, technology and management ideas.

It is also a true problem solver who knows you well during your development. Zhengchang is with you every step of the way.

Visit the website HERE.

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24/07/2017: Zinpro Corporation names Dr Mihai Sun as aquaculture nutritionist

Zinpro Corporation announces that Mihai Sun, Ph.D., has joined the company as aquaculture nutritionist

Mihai Sun, Ph.D.
Image credit: Zinpro
In this position, he provides technical support and research expertise for the company’s aquaculture customers across the globe. In addition, he develops and implements research protocols, as part of the Zinpro Corporation Research and Nutritional Services (RNS) team, to identify current and future needs for trace mineral nutrition in aquaculture production and provides solutions for customers.

“Mihai brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to provide our global aquaculture customers with research and technical support specific to this industry,” says Terry Ward, Ph.D., RNS global director, Zinpro Corporation.

“We are excited to have Mihai on our team to further help our customers to improve performance and wellness of their aquaculture species and to answer their questions about optimal nutrition for aquaculture production.”

Dr Sun has authored or co-authored a variety of peer-reviewed research articles related to aquaculture nutrition and is currently an animal nutrition reviewer for the North American Journal of Aquaculture.

He earned his doctorate in animal nutrition from the University of Missouri-Columbia, his master’s degree in fish nutrition from Pukyong National University in Busan, South Korea, and his bachelor’s degree in aquaculture from Dalian Ocean University in Dalian, China.

In addition to his research and academic pursuits, Dr Sun has spent more than a decade working in the aquaculture industry, most recently serving as an aquaculture nutritionist for a North American feed manufacturer with a focus on specialty and aquatic feeds. He has also worked as an aquafeed technical manager for a feed company in Shanghai, China.

As an industry leader in trace mineral nutrition for livestock and poultry, Zinpro is committed to delivering the technical expertise, products and educational tools needed to help customers improve the performance and profitability of their operations.

Visit the Zipro website, HERE.

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24/07/2017: Rodehutscord receives poultry nutrition research award

Markus Rodehutscord, Ph.D., a professor of animal nutrition at the University of Hohenheim, Germany, was presented with the Poultry Nutrition Research Award at the Poultry Science Association's (PSA) Annual Meeting July 20 in Orlando, Florida

Markus Rodehutscord, Ph.D
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The award is sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association, in partnership with PSA, as part of its ongoing awards program, which dates back to 1948. Phillip Smith of Tyson presented the award to Rodehutschord on behalf of AFIA.

"Markus has made great strides in poultry nutrition research," said Preston Buff, Ph.D., AFIA director of regulatory affairs.

"AFIA is proud to present him with this award." Rodehutscord's research focuses on minimising the excretion of nitrogen and phosphorous and improving the efficiency of amino acid and phosphorous utilisation by poultry.

He coordinated the 2.1 Mio Euro GrainUp project. Rodehutscord has published more than 86 peer-reviewed articles on poultry nutrition, served as the Metabolism and Nutrition section editor for Poultry Science and serves on multiple committees and working groups dealing with poultry science. Rodehutscord earned his degrees from the University of Bonn, Germany.

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24/07/2017: Preserving feed by getting a grip on moulds

by Dr Eckel Animal Nutrition GmbH & Co. KG

One of the most critical factors in global feed and food production remains to be the prevention of post-harvest losses
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The post-harvest system encompasses the delivery of a crop from the time and place of harvest to the time and place of consumption, ideally with minimum loss and maximum efficiency. Even under optimal growing and harvest conditions, losses immediately post-harvest are common.

According to estimates by the FAO, up to 3.5 percent in central Europe and 30 percent in tropical areas are lost due to spoilage and pests. Efficient preservation methods for crops and feeds with organic acids are therefore of special interest for all parties involved in food and feed production.

There are multiple factors leading to spoilage in feed and food, including moisture content, temperature, storage conditions and the naturally occurring microbial contamination (Table 1).

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Nutrient losses
Moulds in feed are a serious economic problem because they consume the main nutrients and affect the palatability of the feed. Losses of nutrients caused by moulds can occur in magnitudes of up to 10 percent.

The crude fat content of grains is especially affected by mould growth during storage, even more so than proteins and carbohydrates. Losses in metabolisable energy from maize may even reach 25 percent necessitating the use of additional costly sources of energy in the formulation, for instance fat and oil. Spoilt raw materials therefore reduce the efficiency of animal production.

The danger of mycotoxins
Apart from these nutrient losses, moulds also produce mycotoxins, threatening animal and human health. Many studies in the literature show the detrimental effects of mycotoxins on animal health and performance.

The sensitivity for these effects is dependent on animal category, age, health status and also duration and level of exposure. Antonissen et al. (2014) described how the mycotoxin Deoxynivalenol might act as a predisposing factor for necrotic enteritis in chickens. Aflatoxins can be transferred into animal tissues and therefore pose a serious risk for the consumer (carry-through-effect).

Feed preservation is key
Prevention is the recommended method to avoid the problems arising from nutrient losses and mycotoxin contamination due to mouldy feeds. This means minimising the microbial spoilage from time of harvest to the final use of the material.

Several methods are possible to preserve raw materials and feed in practice. These methods include drying, oxygen deprivation, cooling and the application of chemical preservatives. The use of organic acids to prevent feed and food spoilage is widespread. To get the highest preservation success the right choice for preservative and the correct application are imperative.

Choose the right preservative
Due to its lipophilic character, propionic acid and its salts are especially effective against moulds making it the organic acid of choice when contemplating feed preservation. As a result of its pKa value of 4.8, propionic acid is also active at a more neutral pH, which closely matches the native pH value in grain and feed.

Organic acids cause inhibition of microorganisms by rapid diffusion of the undissociated molecule into the cell. Dissociation (release of the H+ Ion) of these molecules in the cell of the bacteria causes acidification of the cytoplasm thereby preventing growth (Lambert & Stratford, 1999).

This is typically more effective at a low pH when – depending on the respective pKa - a higher proportion of the acid is undissociated. Furthermore, propionates have been shown to prevent the formation of Ochratoxin A by Aspergillus sulphureus and Penicillium viridicatum (Tong & Draughton, 1985). Shekar et al. (2009) described a reduction of Aflatoxin in post-harvest maize by propionic acid and sodium propionate.

The efficacy of different preservatives may easily be tested with the so-called CO2 test. In this test, the volume of carbon dioxide formed by microorganisms is measured in vitro. As moulds grow, they consume oxygen from the air and produce CO2.

The higher the amount of CO2, the higher the contamination with moulds in the substrate. As shown in figure 1, the application of a propionic acid based preservative (MoldCid) decreases the CO2 production in grain, giving a clear indication that the microbial activity was reduced.

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Golfetto Sangati company profile

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, specialised 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 recognised 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.

July 20, 2017

21/07/2017: China International Food & Feed Processing Industry Exhibition (CICFO)

The China International Food & Feed Processing Industry Exhibition (CICFO) takes an international perspective of food and feed processing, aiming to provide comprehensive solutions
Since its establishment in 2013, the scale of the show, and the scope of its display has grown rapidly alongside a myriad of professional visitors. This year it will present a wide range of food and feed manufacturing equipment, and facilitate technical exchanges and trade development.

CICFO 2017 will be held at the Beijing International Exhibition Centre from September 11th to 13th, 2017.

The exhibition area will exceed 30,000 square meters, of which 27,000 square meters will be displayed in the exhibition area. This enormous area will be populated by more than 450 exhibitors, of which the almost one third are of international background, and more than 28,000 attendees.


At CICFO 2017, Build My Flour mill 2017 will be presented for the first time alongside the second iteration of its sister event, Build My Feed Mill. Each conference will use a programme that arranges speakers into a coherent order following the flowchart progress of a flour or feed mill. In this way, these unique conferences allow for a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of food and feed milling machinery, as well as the industries themselves.

With a packed speaker list for the first ever Build My Flour Mill conference, corporate partners have flocked to this one day conference with enthusiasm. Our partners include high profile companies each producing more than 3,000 tonnes of flour per day.
They include:

• Wudeli Group;
• Yihaikerry Group;
• Lamsoon Group;
• Hengfeng Group;
• Bei Da Huang Group;
• Luwang Group;
• Fengzheng; and,
• Zhongyu.

Here are also some highlights of the high profile speakers featured at our event:

- Innovations in Grain Preparation for Milling
Roger Cook, Senior Technical Specialist
PETKUS Technology GmbH

- Use of Advanced Enzyme Technology in Optimisation of Flour Milling Extraction
Marco Choi, Factory Director
Lam Soon Group

- Grain Dust Explosion and Dust Explosion Suppression
Prof Zhou Nairu
Henan University of Technology

- Thinking about the transformation of flour milling technology in the new situation
Professor Wen Jiping
Henan University of Technology 河南工业大学 

- Trends in the Development of China 's Flour Industry and How to Encourage New Strategies
Dan Zhimin, Chairman of the Board
Wudeli Group

After great success of the first Build My Feed Mill conference this year in Bangkok, it has been extended to include a full day of speakers. Join us for an event sponsored by a myriad of companies, including:
• Cargill – 33 feed mills in China; Puruina - 17 feed mills in China; Tongwei - 130 feed mills in Asia; Puai Group - 6 feed mills in China; DBN - 53 feed mills in Asia.
• Contifeed - 40 feed mills in China; CP Group; ADM; Haid Group - 60 feed mills in China; Twins Group - 60 feed mills in China; New hope agri - 50 feed mills in China.
• Evergreen Conglomerate; Well hope Group - 19 feed mills in China; Trs Group - 40 feed mills in China; Zhengbang Group - 20 feed mills in China; TQLS Group - 51 feed mills in China.

Here are also some highlights of the high profile speakers featured at our event: 

Analysis of Maize Deep Processing Industry
Wei Xuming, Secretary General
China Starch Industry Association

The role of silver in the precise management of feed production
Sunny Shang, FSQR Lead

Visit the event website, HERE.

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21/07/2017: AFIA thanks its outgoing committee members

The American Feed Industry Association depends heavily on the dedication and involvement of hundreds of members who volunteer annually to serve on committees that further the success of the association's mission, objectives and programs

AFIA thanks these volunteer members and the companies they represent for their service, as many long-term projects have been tackled because of their extra efforts.

Committee terms run from May 1-April 30 each year, and volunteers serve a term of three years. Each of AFIA's 19 committees represent the interests of specific disciplines and segments throughout the feed industry and work together on supporting activities and programs critical to AFIA's legislative and regulatory efforts and various member services.

"It takes more than just AFIA staff to provide the leadership driving this association," said AFIA President and CEO Joel G. Newman.

"With their expertise and unique perspective, committee members come together to help achieve our goal of representing members by providing one solidified voice for the feed industry."

AFIA thanks the following 2017 outgoing committee members.

Aquaculture Committee
• Matthew Zeigler, Zeigler Bros, Inc.
• Curtis Harms, Diamond V
• Iva Gaglione, Star Milling Company
• Neil Sims, The Ocean Stewards Institute

Equine Committee

• Moss Boone, The F. L. Emmert Company
• Steve Elliot, Alltech, Inc.
• Danny Migliorisi, Trouw Nutrition USA LLC
• James Rhea, Dehy Alfalfa Mills, Inc.

Equipment Manufacturers Committee
• Andrew Ellsworth, EBM Manufacturing

Ingredient Approval and Definition Committee
• Adam Ancelet, Phibro Animal Health Corp.
• Gavin Bowman, Novus International, Inc.
• Betty McPhee, Anchor Ingredients Company LLC
• Kevin Ragland, Mars Petcare U.S.
• Daniela Solomon, Lallemand Animal Nutrition

International Trade Committee
• Judith Bruce, AFB International

Liquid Feed Committee
• Timothy Evans, Novus International, Inc.
• Michael Hudspith, Ridley USA, Inc.
• Randy Lessman, Midwest Ag Supplements LLC
• Greg McLean, PerforMix Nutrition Systems LLC
• Ivan Pedigo, Gold River Feed Products
• Mac Weber, Provitas     

Marketing Committee

• Elizabeth Barber, The F. L. Emmert Company
• Robert Jensen, Tronox
• Angel May, Mars Petcare U.S.

Nutrition Committee
• Richard Bonander, Nutriad, Inc.
• Phillip Smith, Tyson Foods, Inc.
• Craig Wyatt, AB Vista, Inc.

Pet Food Committee
• John Dickerson, Cargill Animal Nutrition
• Ryan Frank, Mars Petcare U.S. 
• Lars Reimann, Eurofins Scientific, Inc.
• Rand Schaefer, Lortscher Animal Nutrition

Production Compliance Committee

• Mark Daniel, Evonik Corp.
• Robert Petruzzi, LignoTech
• James Moore, Southern States Cooperative, Inc.
• Ralph Staiert, Huvepharma, Inc.
• Andy Wagner, Kreamer Feed, Inc.

Purchasing & Ingredient Suppliers Committee
• Rosanne Crockett, Sustainable Sourcing LLC
• Rebecca Cruse, Texas Farm LLC
• Stacey Homen Henthorn, AB Vista, Inc.
• Justin Stadden, The Scoular Company
• Steve Wilson, Zinpro Corp 

Quality and Animal Food Safety Committee

• Gaofeng He, Hi-Pro Feeds
• Jiri Kratochvil, Westway Feed Products LLC
• Mary Williams, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC

Visit the AFIA website, HERE.

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21/07/2017: US and China sign historic agreement to provide market access for US rice exports

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the US Department of Agriculture has reached agreement with Chinese officials on final details of a protocol to allow the United States to begin exporting rice to China for the first time ever

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“This is another great day for US agriculture and, in particular, for our rice growers and millers, who can now look forward to gaining access to the Chinese market. This market represents an exceptional opportunity today, with enormous potential for growth in the future,” said Mr Perdue.

“The agreement with China has been in the works for more than a decade and I’m pleased to see it finally come to fruition, especially knowing how greatly it will benefit our growers and industry."

China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of rice. Since 2013, it has also been the largest importer, with imports reaching nearly 5 million tons last year.

When the new rice protocol is fully implemented, the US rice industry will have access to this critical market, significantly expanding export opportunities.

US rice exports can begin following the completion of an audit of US rice facilities by China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

Visit the USDA website, HERE.

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