August 17, 2017

17/08/2017: Industry leaders gather to shape future protein strategies: Bridge2Food

Global food industry leaders will gather in France at Bridge2Food 10th Protein Summit 2017 to shape and create new protein strategies for the future, the event runs from 26th – 28th September, 2017

This is the largest global protein platform which brings together industry and public policy leaders from the whole value chain to discuss, co-operate, build and shape future protein strategies.

Image credit: Bridge2Food

400+ experts from Food, Feed and Pet food; Protein ingredients, Technology & Research industries will join a unique 5-in-1 Summit featuring:

i) Protein 2030 Summit – Shaping a Protein Agenda for Europe
ii) Plant Based Foods Summit – Building a European Based Foods Network
iii) High Protein Food Summit – Future Growth of High Protein
iv) Protein Ingredients Summit – New Innovations for Future Protein Supply
v) Protein Processing Summit – Scaling up New Protein Technologies

Concern over future food and nutritional security related to protein supply & demand is rapidly rising on the global and European agenda of governments, industries, and agricultural value chains in view of stabilizing crop yields and a rapidly increasing population.

How can we meet the future protein needs of nine billion people in a sustainable, healthy & environmentally friendly way?

How can the food industry tap into growing consumer appetites new foods, tastes & plant-based foods?

What is the actual potential for alternative proteins to move into the mainstream & gain scale to make a larger commercial impact?

All this and more will be explored during the five Summits:

The Protein Challenge 2040 
Simon Billing, Principal Sustainability Advisor for Forum of The Future will present the benefits of cross value chain co-operation as part of the Protein 2030 Summit. Protein is an essential part of human and animal diets, but the ways we produce and consume it are unsustainable.

The Protein Challenge 2040
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The Protein Challenge 2040 is the first global coalition with key players from the animal, plant and novel protein industries, exploring how we can feed nine billion people enough protein in a way that is affordable, healthy and good for the planet.

By 2020, the Protein Challenge aims to have:
• Raised the profile of protein as an integral and important part of a sustainable food system;
• Changed the conversation around protein: from ‘good’ and ‘bad’ sources towards a better balance of sustainable protein;
• Catalysed action, influenced relevant policy and increased investment in sustainable solutions.

The Protein Challenge is currently focussed on three innovation areas for immediate action: scaling up sustainable animal feed innovation to meet demand for animal protein; increasing the proportion of plant-based protein consumption with consumers; closing the protein nutrient loop.

I) The Protein 2030 Summit 
Will be shaping a Future Protein Agenda for Europe. Is there is a need for a Protein Agenda in Europe? If so, what are the key elements and how can industry and government across the national borders work together?

Some key themes will be:
• Consumer Global Supply & Demand of Proteins & Protein Foods – Agritel, France
• European Soy: Bridging Sustainable Protein Demand with Supply - Donau Soja, Austria
• French Protein Ingredient Strategy – Protein France
• The Plant-Protein Growing & Greening Strategy in Germany, Federal Office for Agriculture & Food

II) Plant-Based Foods Summit 

Growing more plant protein in Europe is very important from a sustainability, climate and self-sufficiency point of view. The demand for plant protein ingredients is increasing and there are many economic opportunities. Governments and industry are working together to increase the shift from animal-based to plant-protein diets.

Some key themes will be:
• The European Market for Meat-Free and Dairy-Free Foods – Tivall Europe at Nestle
• The Global Context: Building the Meat-Free Category – Quorn Foods (UK)
• The US plant-based investment opportunity
• Plant-Based Foods as a category: Is there a future?

III) High Protein Foods Summit 
The ambition is to create new consumer insights, understanding the benefits and communicating them to the consumers and establish some key points where industry can work together to grow the overall market.

IV) Protein Ingredients Summit 

On New ingredients, raw materials and combinations targeting the food and petfood industry, as well as the ingredient and processing industries and create a platform for discussion on the role of new protein ingredients for a better and more sustainable food, pet food and feed world. New sources offer new opportunities, what are challenges and where can the value chain work more closely together? Led by Dr Stacy Pyett, Business Development Manager at Nizo and Dr. Anne Wagner, R&D Director, Tereos (France) will feature:

• Genesis of plant-protein specialities, from soy to new sources – EUVEPRO (Belgium)
• Strategies to tackle the protein challenge – ADM (France)
• The Future of Single Cell Proteins – Calysta, USA
• Mycoproteins: A new future? 3fbio
• Krill bio-mass innovations & challenges
• Round Table on Alfalfa – ARD (France)
• EU Horizon 2020 and research projects

Speakers from: ADM Chamtor, Euvepro, A-R-D, 3fBio, Valio, Calysta, Rembrandt Foods, Aker Biomarine, NIZO, VTT, Wageningen University

V) Protein Processing Summit 
On New technologies and processing methods. The ambition is to open up new opportunities for novel technologies, which can bridge a major gap in science and create a better understanding on the future challenges from a sustainability, zero-waste and water perspective as well as creating a better taste and texture. Speakers from: ProAsh, Wageningen University, Improve, Keygene, and many others

For more information visit the Bridge2Food website, HERE.

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August 16, 2017

17/08/2017: The benefits of use of Phytobiotic HygenPro® in poultry and swine diets

by Ing. Ewa Sujka, DVM Ignacio Lopez, DVM Sonia Tellez. Lípidos Toledo S.A.

In this article, we would like to review the efficacy of phytobiotics used in the different stages of poultry and swine production

We would like to present the mode of action and performance under conditions of intensive production. In the scope of this study will be considered the unique combination of essential oils and organic acids available on the market under the brand HygenPro®.

The usage of antibiotic growth promoters (AGP) in poultry and livestock production was very common along years, however nowadays presents many problems of legal, technical and sanitary nature. 

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From a technical point of view, the main disadvantage is that AGP are not selective over the intestine microbiota, so they affect both pathogen and saprophyte bacteria. Eventually, once the AGP has been excluded from the diet, a delay can be observed in a growing rate and increased incidence of enteric diseases.

It is due to the lack of adaptation of intestine immune system toward bacteria’s that are potential harmful and due to the elimination of beneficial microflora which may counteract this negative impact.

AGP is commonly used zinc oxide, especially in swine production for control of enteric bacteria, however the legal frame for its used become very strict recently, because of environmental contamination.

In the long run zinc oxide presents also technical inconvenience based on the detriment of lactic acid bacteria’s and consequently reduction of feed intake, negative impact on intestine structure and overall on farm performance of the animal.

A described scenario of legal and technical arguments makes the eubiotic feed additives, to gain in popularity and suppose an efficient alternative for antibiotics and zinc oxide used as growth promoters. In this group of ingredients prebiotics, organic acids, enzymes, probiotics and essential oils should be mentioned.

All ingredients are an important progress in pathogen control, however recent studies confirm that the combinations of essential oils with protected organic acids, are the most efficient remedy, to control the growth of intestine bacterial pathogen and significantly improves zootechnical performance.

Organic acids and essential oils are the group of feed additives most common and deeply studied as for use in monogastric species. In vitro trials confirm that essential oils have antibacterial, antioxidant and immunomodulation properties.

The combined action of organic acids together with essential oils shows synergy, in the control pathogen bacteria and the stimulation of growth of saprophyte microflora. Active components have a sparing effect, allowing organic acids to penetrate bacteria cell membranes more efficiently, increasing its permeability and allowing penetration in a non-dissociated form. 

Figure 1: Phytobiotic HygenPro® is protected by special matrix,
releasing its active components in controlled way along whole
digestive tract. 
Image credit: Liptosa
The bactericide and fungicide effects of certain combinations of essential oils is strengthened when acting in acid environment. In vitro studies confirm that essential oils inhibit formation of flagella in E. coli and stick together flagella of Salmonella spp. Essential oils apart from their bactericide effect, shows prebiotic properties, improving intestine integrity and modulating saprophyte microbiota.

That is why the use of combinations of organic acids together with essential oils confirms its efficacy especially in the control of intestinal dysbiosis, acting against both Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacterial pathogens.

The use of phytobiotics is specially justified in the diets for young animals, where immature stomachs and intestines do not reach the level of secretions high enough to digest in efficient way. Organic acids used in this phase allows to reduce the buffer capacity of the feed, its retention in stomach and intestine and increase feed intake together with reduction of the risk of diarrhoea.

The question mark about the use of phytobiotics is the correct choice of its active ingredients, dose and cost. Development of profitable solutions with a broad margin of safety can be achieved taking advantages of synergies exiting among different botanicals together with organic acids.

In the case of organic acids, the main doubt is about their efficacy in the distal parts of the intestine. Therefore, it is crucial to provide a product based on the technology of gradual and controlled release of active components, quickly for the stomach and small intestine and slowly for the components to be released in the distal parts of large intestine.

This goal may be achieved using special protection matrix, which acts independent of the presence of digestive juices, enzymes and pH levels (Figure 1.)

Read the full article, HERE.

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IDAH company profile

IDAH’s ultimate goal is to be world’s number one with customer satisfaction.
IDAH’s vision is to build on their solid traditional manufacturing roots and expand out to be a full-service solutions provider: offering value-added system designs and turnkey project consultation services.

Through this expansion, they hope to create an international platform where technology could be shared and integrated for the benefit of their customers.

By upholding the IDAH Spirit, the passionate team members of IDAH are committed to achieve this vision.

The IDAH Spirit
"Creativity, Honesty & Quality "

Creativity is what gave birth to IDAH in 1974 and consequently the birth of the feeds manufacturing industry in Asia.

Innovation through creativity is what has enabled them to be the industry driver from their inception until now. IDAH is committed and well positioned to lead the industry of tomorrow.

According to their website, "If creativity is the engine that has rapidly pushed IDAH forward; Honesty is what keeps us moving in the right direction."

"IDAH has been firmly grounded on the virtues of quality, honour, and accountability. Our main business is to safeguard the trust that customers have given us and be a dedicated upholder of the highest quality standard."

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August 15, 2017

16/08/2017: Preserving the value of your feed – with MoldCid

One of the most critical factors in global feed and food production is the prevention of post-harvest losses

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 harvesting conditions, immediate post-harvest losses are common.  
 Prevention is the recommended method to avoid nutrient losses and mycotoxin contamination due to mouldy feeds. This means minimising the microbial spoilage from the time of harvest to the time when the material is finally used.

Using MoldCid for this purpose protects the animals and increases the efficiency of feed production, thereby also reducing feed costs. As a result, the profitability of animal production increases.

Highly effective against moulds
Due to its lipophilic character, the propionic acid-based MoldCid is especially effective against moulds, making it the product of choice for feed preservation. MoldCid is also active at a neutral pH, which more closely matches the native pH value in grain and feed. 

A valuable tool to show the efficacy of MoldCid is the carbon dioxide test. This test measures the volume of CO2 formed by microorganisms in grain. 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 MoldCid considerably decreases the CO2 production in grain, giving a clear indication that MoldCid reduces microbial activity and improves feed hygiene.

Health and cost-effectiveness: valid reasons to use MoldCid
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 be as high as 10 percent. Especially the crude fat content of grains is affected by mould growth during storage, even more so than proteins and carbohydrates. 

Figure credit: Dr Eckel
 Losses in metabolisable energy from maize may even reach 25 percent, necessitating the use of additional costly sources of energy, for instance fat and oil, in the formulation. Preventing spoilage by the application of MoldCid will therefore save money and resources.

Apart from 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 depends on animal category, age, health status and also duration and level of exposure. Aflatoxins can be transferred into animal tissues and therefore pose a serious risk for the consumer (carry-through-effect). Preventing the build-up of Aflatoxins during storage by preserving the feeds with MoldCid will help to keep these dangers under control.

Protecting workers and equipment – without losing efficacy 
The protection of staff and equipment is an important criterion when evaluating mould inhibitors. Companies often face the decision of investing in acid-resistant equipment or having to replace corroded parts regularly. 

Figure credit: Dr Eckel
 Choosing the non-corrosive MoldCid, a unique blend of buffered propionic acid on a special carrier and propionic acid salts, solves this problem without losing efficacy. MoldCid has the added effect of avoiding chemical reactions between the acid and other ingredients in the feed.It guarantees a reliable and powerful preservation of grain and other raw materials - during harvest, in the feed mill and on the farm (Fig 2).

Application tips 
The preservation success depends on a variety of factors. The dosage rate has to be adapted to the type of raw material, moisture content and storage time. MoldCid should be applied before the grain is milled. If the preserved grain is stored outside, it has to be covered, but not before at least three days have elapsed to avoid the formation of condensed water.

Regular sensory control is advisable to detect any spoilage in time. Often, not enough attention is given to the condition of the storerooms. One reason is the poor accessibility of the silos where the feed is stored. The hatch is usually at the top of the silo and routine hygiene inspections and manual cleaning procedures are difficult to perform. Cleaning hatches are also often not available.

Condensation can form on the walls inside of silos and lead to the formation of isolated nests of moulds that may spread through the complete feedstock. For optimal feed hygiene, it is therefore essential to address raw material preservation and silo hygiene at the same time.

The non-corrosive MoldCid is the ideal product to use for these purposes. No technical investments are necessary for application.

Grain preservation with MoldCid can make an important contribution to the improvement of feed hygiene, thereby furthering the production of healthy food. The reduction of mould-induced losses and the prevention of mycotoxin build-up helps to save raw materials, minimise costs, and increase the efficiency of food production.

Read more, HERE.

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16/08/2017: Productivity in the face of a changing global context

by Alfredo J. Escribano, DVM, PhD

The global increase in demand towards animal protein, calls for higher productivity, which must come along with higher efficiency in order to both preserve resources and dairy farms’ profitability

This context is leading to important changes in dairy cows’ nutrition. This will be even more severe as more productive animals are being selected also in search of higher environmental sustainability.
Thus, covering dairy cows’ energy requirements remains being a challenge. Intake (DMI) is one of the main factors hindering that cows are able to take from diet all energy they need. 

DMI is reduced during late pregnancy and early lactation, meaning the cows are not able to eat as much as they need. Consequently, cows usually enter Negative Energy Balance (NEB), which has a tremendous effects on cows’ health and farms’ profitability, since it compromises the triangle composed by metabolic health, fertility (open days) and milk production.

In order to cover dairy cows’ energy requirements we need to increase the energy density of the ration, which is carried out by increasing the carbohydrates and/or lipids level of inclusion. Lipids allow reducing the rumen health-related problems caused by high inclusions of carbohydrates (ruminal acidosis).

It is also fair to say that the inclusion of lipids can also have negative externalities if guidelines of administration are not followed. However, after years of improved scientific knowledge, the drawbacks related to feeding ruminants with fats have been overcome, and there is no doubt of the benefits that the use of lipids have led to the industry, either in terms of animal performance or fertility (Rodney et al., 2015), which redounds on global food security (access to food at affordable prices).

Nowadays, academy (and little by little also the industry does so) is going further, looking for details, precision and efficiency. In this sense, the understanding and modulation of animal’s metabolism is becoming an interesting field of action and product development.

Particularly, glucose levels in the transition period are a really important one. NUTRION has a leadership position in the applied research and product development in these areas.

Dairy cows’ nutrition
Dairy cows’ nutrition practice must be efficient while keeping an eye on food security, milk quality and human health. As a consequence of all these improvements, milk production per cow has increased a lot during the last decades, which has been in part due to the increase in cows’ feed intake.

This, however, has led to reductions in diet digestibility (particularly, in lower apparent digestive efficiency), as Potts et al. (2017) demonstrated in their recent study after analysing data from 1970 of the US dairy industry. However, due to dairy cows' greater production efficiency (more milk / unit of feed consumed and digested), production efficiency has increased (Potts et al., 2017); being this last the key parameter to evaluate overall technical efficiency.

It is important also from the food security point of view as a higher technical efficiency reduces the competition for feed/food resources between animal and humans. Moreover, in many countries the dairy industry is not rewarding higher milk yields at the prices farmers need (the typical example is the European dairy industry –and particularly the Spanish one- after the quota system). Currently, higher milk prices come from milk quality parameters (mainly fat %), and this requires specific formulation based on strong scientific/technical knowledge.

Visit the Nutrion website, HERE.

Read the full article, HERE.

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Next Instruments company profile

Next Instruments has brought together a range of innovative analytical and process instruments suitable for use in the Food, Agricutlure and Nutrition markets.

Next Instruments has procured and licensed a number of instruments developed in Australia and is marketing them through its worldwide network of dealers and distributors.

These instruments have been developed by the CSIRO, various universities and local companies. These products offer innovative solutions to the analysis of food, grains, dairy products, meat products, beverages, feeds and meals.

Next Instruments now has a range of 20+ products with excellent software packages, sampling accessories and data processing tools, which have achieved a significant level of sales both domestically and internationally.

Next Instruments has established a worldwide network of dealers covering:

North and South America
USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, Columbia, Chile.

France, UK, Italy, Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Eastern Europe

China, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, India.

South Pacific
Australia, New Guinea, Fiji, Solomons, New Zealand.

Middle East and Southern Africa
Lebanon, Iran, Turkey, Republic of South Africa

Visit the Next Instruments website, HERE.

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August 14, 2017

15/08/2017: Sukup Manufacturing Company announces Ames office, USA

Sukup Manufacturing Co. announced today that it will open an office location in the Iowa State University Research Park in Ames, Iowa. The office will be open after September 1, 2017

Sukup Manufacturing has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, which has created the ideal time to grow in locations. We view opening this new office in Ames as an opportunity to capitalise on the engineering and technical expertise of both students at Iowa State University and professionals at the Iowa State University Research Park. Proximity to these exceptional institutions will only allow Sukup Manufacturing to leverage additional talent and realise further growth and success,” said Charles Sukup, company president. 

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Steve Sukup, Company CFO and former Iowa State University Research Foundation President, added, “Sukup Manufacturing and Iowa State University already have a rich history of collaboration. Most recently, we dedicated Sukup Hall as part of the Biorenewables Complex in 2014 and the Sukup Endzone at Jack Trice Stadium in 2015. Taking this next step to create a home for the company at the Iowa State University Research Park further demonstrates Sukup’s commitment to the University and the Ames community.”

“Precision agriculture is the future of the industry,” said Emily Schmitt, general counsel for Sukup Manufacturing.

“Innovation and technology are key to our company’s future. What better place than the Iowa State University Research Park to access the skills, knowledge, and resources to bring technology to farmers and help them be more productive than ever before?” Steve Carter, President of the Iowa State University Research Park, offered his support of the announcement.

“Sukup Manufacturing has long been one of Iowa State University’s biggest supporters and partners. Their work extends through many colleges at Iowa State and their addition to the Research Park community is a natural extension of that. We are thrilled to have them, and look forward to working with them to grow their presence here. They are a world-class company and we hope to continue to build upon the great Sukup legacy at Iowa State with their presence here.”

Sukup Manufacturing has hired Rachel Geilenfeld as its Public Relations Manager who will work out of the Ames office. Rachel graduated from Iowa State University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and from the University of Iowa in 2011 with a Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration.

She most recently served in the Division of Medicaid Services at the State of Wisconsin and worked as Public Policy Counsel for the Iowa Association of Business and Industry.

Sukup Manufacturing Co. is the world’s largest family-owned and operated grain storage, drying and handling equipment manufacturer headquartered in Sheffield, Iowa, and covers 1,000,000 sq. ft. of office, manufacturing and warehouse space.

The company employs over 600 people, making it one of the largest employers in North Central Iowa. Three generations of the family are now active in the business. Sukup’s product line includes on-farm and commercial grain bins, portable and tower dryers, centrifugal and axial fans and heaters, stirring machines, bin unloading equipment and bin floors and supports.

Sukup also manufactures a line of material handling equipment that includes bucket elevators, drag conveyors and chain loop conveyors, as well as a line of steel buildings. Sukup has six distribution centers located throughout the Midwest. Sukup products are sold throughout the US and Canada, as well as in over 80 foreign countries.

Visit the Sukup Manufacturing Co. website, HERE.

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15/08/2017: Risk management training held for grain marketing industry

Professionals in the grain marketing industry gain train on how to manage potential risks in marketing grain

Efficiently managing potential challenges in the marketplace is a valued asset for the grain marketing industry. Individuals with a strong interest in learning techniques in managing market risks attended the IGP–KSU Risk Management course held August 7–11, 2017 at the IGP Institute Conference Centre.
Alan Brugler, CEO of Brugler Marketing LLC., discusses marketing signals and technical analysis during the IGP–KSU Risk Management course
Image credit: IGP KSU

The course hosted seven participants from five countries including Bulgaria, Japan, Costa Rica, Venezuela and the US.

The training consisted of two separate entities: basic and advanced. The beginning of the week focused on essential elements of price risk management and hedging through the use of grain futures, and also emphasised basis trading and its impact on those who purchase and sell grains and oilseeds.

“The interaction we’ve had with the instructor and his willingness to help us with any questions has been great in this course,” says Sergio Monge, industrial engineer at Trio Tech in Costa Rica.

“He doesn’t tell us exactly what to do in the scenarios, but he gives examples to help us understand all of the concepts better that we should think about when making market decisions.”

The other portion of the course emphasised the use of futures options and over-the-counter (OTC) markets when dealing with risk management. Participants gained knowledge of several topics that are centred on why the economy has futures markets.

These topics involved areas such as the relationship between cash and futures markets, fundamental and technical analysis, futures spread and principles of hedging, principles of risk management and basis trading, principles of futures and option trading, OTC trading, futures put and call strategies for heding, spreads and butterflies, and a simulation of futures trading.

“I know the participants had a great time, as well as learned valuable tools that they can use when they go back home to their jobs,” says Jay O’Neil course coordinator and IGP Institute senior agricultural economist.

In addition to grain marketing and risk management, the IGP Institute also offers courses in feed manufacturing and grain quality management, and grain processing and flour milling.

For more information about other upcoming courses, visit the IGP Institute website, HERE

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15/08/2017: On CRISPR, and saving the planet with ag – at Women in Agribusiness Summit

If the world is to feed its estimated 10 billion inhabitants by 2050, agriculture needs to pick up its game, yet growing food is one of the most labour intensive, resource-depleting tasks

But can agriculture save the planet before it destroys it?

Hear the reasoning of how science and technology may hold the key to addressing the problems related to hunger, sustainability and climate change as Jack Bobo, senior vice president and chief communications officer at Intrexon, presents at the 6th annual Women in Agribusiness Summit, this September 26-28, at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency.

Mr Bobo describes that in this hot, flat, hyper-connected world, public perception of risk may determine if agriculture saves the planet by 2050 or destroys it, though he says if media experience with pink slime and GMOs are any indication, it may be a bumpy ride.

In this presentation, attendees will learn more about global trends in food and agriculture, the interplay between food safety and public perception of risk, and how organisations build trust to navigate these trends.

Following along with technology that may change the trajectory of agriculture production is CRISPR, which will be discussed by Shannon Hauf, global cotton, wheat and specialty crops lead at Monsanto.

This game-changing genetic engineering tool has big implications for food, farmers, consumers and nature, as well as offering an opportunity for more nuanced GMO governance. Hauf will address this transformative technology and its impact on agriculture and new regulations and laws, as well as her forecast for this innovative tool.

Additional topics at the Summit will showcase up-to-the-minute issues like crop insurance trends; the changing ag landscape due to mergers; keys to risk management; sustainability; how to address logistics and transportation challenges; and more.

Over 600 women, with whom to share best practices and strategies, will convene at the Women in Agribusiness Summit for three days of industry content presented by top experts, 10 hours of networking with trailblazers and up-and-comers, and unprecedented knowledge-sharing.

About Women in Agribusiness
Women in Agribusiness (WIA) is a business unit of HighQuest Group, a global agribusiness consulting, events, and media firm. The Women in Agribusiness initiative took root in 2012, with the first conference held in Minneapolis. WIA initiatives have grown to include the WIA Membership, WIA Demeter Award of Excellence, Scholarships, and the WIA Quarterly Journal. 

Visit the Women In Agribusiness website, HERE.

Follow them @Womeninagri, like them on Facebook, join their Linkedin Group. 

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15/08/2017: Supplemented diets

by Manathaya Taelibhong, Glenmer B. Tactacan, Kabir Chowdhury, Supornchai Sri-Nhonghang, and Yuwares Ruangpanit Jefo I&D; Jefo Thai; and Kasetsart University

Significant cost savings obtained when broiler chickens are fed protease-supplemented corn-soy based and low digestible protein diets

The fluctuating cost and quality of major protein sources used in poultry feed are forcing feed manufacturers and integrators worldwide to use cheaper but poorly digestible raw materials such as meat and bone meal, rapeseed meal, sunflower, and others

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These alternative raw materials are usually poorly characterised, possess an imbalanced amino acid profile, and may contain some anti-nutrients limiting their use in animal feed. Due to their lower nutritional value (lower digestibility, higher anti-nutritional content), diets formulated with these alternative raw materials often lead to poor performance of the animals.

Currently, various dietary strategies are being used to improve the quality of feed ingredients and alleviate their adverse effects on animal performance. These strategies include but not limited to phytogenic compounds, probiotics, organic acids, and enzymes.

Enzymes are one of the most frequently used feed based solutions available today. Among the enzyme groups, phytase, carbohydrases, and proteases are used to improve mineral, energy, and protein digestibility of the feed.

Among the commercial protease enzymes, most are genetically modified mono-component proteases that may or may not be protected to prevent degradation during the manufacturing process.

Some of them are also in liquid form for post-pelleting applications. Some multi-enzymes containing proteases are also available and being widely used by the industry. In this study, effects of a multi-component protease (a protease complex – Jefo Nutrition Inc., Canada) derived from a non-GMO bacterial fermentation was assessed in broiler chicken in two different diets.

One is a regular corn-soy based diet and the other is corn-soy-rapeseed meal-meat and bone meal based diet. The protease complex was used on both diets modified using the nutrient uplift associated with Jefo protease.

A total of 1200 day-old male birds (Ross 308) were randomly assigned to receive one of the four treatment diets (Table 1 and 2) for 35 days (10 replicates and 30 birds per replicate).

The positive control (adequate) group was formulated based on corn and soybean meal while the negative control (adequate) group was formulated based on corn and soybean meal with a portion of soybean meal partially replaced by a combination of rapeseed meal and meat and bone meal.

Both control groups were formulated to meet the nutrient recommendation of Ross 308. Using the Jefo protease nutrient uplift, two other reduced diets (positive and negative control reduced) were formulated and supplemented with the protease complex at 125 g/MT.

The cost per unit metric tonne of feed was calculated based on the existing prices of feed ingredients in Thailand at the time of the study. The parameters tested were bodyweight gain (BWG), feed intake (FI), feed conversion ratio (FCR) at 0-7, 0-17, and 0-35 d, and feed cost per unit bodyweight.

At the end of the trial, fecal material from all four treatments were collected to assess apparent total tract digestibility (ATTD) of crude protein.

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Novus company profile

Novus' scientific roots and history originate in the 1950s when St Louis, Missouri-based Monsanto Company began conducting livestock and poultry feed metabolism studies. 

In 1959, one of its products received FDA approval as an animal feed additive, which helped launch the Monsanto division that would become Novus.

In an effort to focus on its core businesses - seed, herbicide and biotechnology - Monsanto sold its Feed Ingredients division to Mitsui & Co Ltd and Nippon Soda Co, Ltd. in 1991, setting Novus on its path of Health through Nutrition based on science.

With two products for the poultry industry and the vision of helping to feed the world affordable, wholesome food, Novus International was born.

At the time, this vision statement was considered a bold goal and some questioned how Novus could realistically make a contribution. Although Novus was a small, business-to-business company, we understood that our core knowledge of health and nutrition related to poultry could be beneficial to other species.

Since 1991, Novus has brought numerous products to the market, including more than 100 over the past decade, and developed product families including Methionine solutions, Trace Mineral solutions, Enzyme solutions, Eubiotics solutions and Feed Quality solutions.

Novus’s comprehensive portfolio provides a holistic approach to solutions, service and sustainability for poultry, swine, aquaculture and cattle.

MINTREX is a chelated trace mineral that optimises key production parameters above levels obtained by other chelated mineral sources, directly increasing customer profitability.

Only MINTREX can improve your bottom line by increasing salable meat, decreasing mortality, improving feed efficiency and improving immune response.

MINTREX chelated trace minerals combine ALIMET® feed supplement with an essential trace mineral in a two-to-one chelated molecule.

This protects the mineral from antagonists, allowing it to be more efficiently absorbed once reaching the small intestine. The result is greater bioavailability, digestive tract stability and a residual methionine effect that can reduce the required level of supplemental methionine per ton of feed.

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14/08/2017: BIOMIN mycotoxin survey indicates higher mycotoxin risks in corn and feed in 2017

Mycotoxin-related threats to livestock production have remained elevated in most regions of the world over the first six months of 2017

This conclusion emerged from more than 33000 analyses conducted on 8452 finished feed and raw commodity samples sourced from 63 countries from January to June 2017 as part of the BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey.

Main trends
• Worldwide, deoxynivalenol (DON) and fumonisins (FUM) continue to top the list of most prevalent mycotoxins, found in 81 percent and 71 percent of samples, respectively.
• Countries analyssed throughout the Western hemisphere all registered high risk in terms of mycotoxin-related threats to animals.
• Most countries in Asia have shown an increased risk of mycotoxin contamination in the second quarter, compared to the first quarter of 2017.
Tracking corn (maize)
The most common mycotoxins found in corn (maize) samples analysed from January to June 2017 were fumonisins (90%), followed by deoxynivalenol (84%) and zearalenone (49%).

“Trends in finished feed risk tend to match corn risk over time due to the prominence of corn, or maize, in animal feed,” explained Dr Timothy Jenkins, Mycotoxin Risk Management Product Manager at BIOMIN.

He commented that, “the corn risk varies by region with fumonisins issues more common in warmer conditions whereas deoxynivalenol was more common in cooler regions.”

Tracking soya

Deoxynivalenol was the most prevalent mycotoxin in soybean samples worldwide with an incidence of 79 percent, followed by zearalenone (73%). T-2 toxin, aflatoxins and fumonisins were detected in 39 percent, 38 percent and 26 percent of samples, respectively.

“In the last year and a half, we’ve seen a marked increase in the mycotoxin contamination of South American soy and soy by-products,” stated Dr Jenkins.

Multiple mycotoxin presence
Consistent with results noted in the first quarter of 2017, more than three-quarters of samples analysed contained two or more mycotoxins—presenting additional risks. Certain combinations of mycotoxins are known to have synergistic effects that aggravate the negative consequences for animals.

“Subclinical symptoms often related to the main Fusarium mycotoxins –deoxynivalenol, zearalenone and fumonisins— can be difficult to detect, but have a greater economic impact for the industry,” observed Dr Jenkins.

 “Poorer feed efficiency and low growth rates are associated with the presence of low level multiple mycotoxin contamination,” he added.

Industry solutions
Dr Jenkins offered some advice on mitigating the risk associated with mycotoxins. “Avoid contaminated feed when possible, and pay attention to feed storage conditions,” he suggested. Given the widespread occurrence of mycotoxins globally, further steps may be warranted.  

“Despite the most strenuous efforts to prevent mycotoxins from occurring, mycotoxin contamination of feedstuffs still occurs. Proven state-of-the-art strategies that adsorb or deactivate toxins in the intestinal tract of animals offer the most reliable, safe and effective solution,” he advised.

About the survey

The annual BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey constitutes the longest running and most comprehensive survey of its kind. The survey results provide insights on the incidence of the six major mycotoxins in the agricultural commodities used for livestock feed in order to identify the potential risk posed to livestock animal production. The full report can be found here.

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August 13, 2017

14/08/2017: Combating food and feed waste: Feed preservation with organic acids reduces recontamination and nutrient loss

by Christian Lückstädt, Technical Director of Feed, ADDCON GmbH

Feeding the world’s population is an ever-increasing challenge

Since the earth’s seventh billionth citizen was born in 2011, supplying the population with sufficient food is a more pressing issue today than it has ever been, increasing the pressure on livestock producers to produce sufficient, safe protein sources for human consumption efficiently and sustainably.

At the same time, reducing the current level of food and feed waste, which represents up to 50 percent of the four billion tonnes of food production every year, according to the IMECHE-report (2013), may be one way to help us rise to the challenge.

Preservation - part of the solution
Feed or raw material wastage during storage happens worldwide, but differs in its nature and development due to climate conditions. While in a developed country such as Australia, wastage of up to 0.75 percent in grain is the maximum loss, which may still be tolerated, whereas in Ghana up to 50 percent may be experienced.

India and Pakistan on the other hand will lose annually 21 and 3.2 million tonnes of feed raw materials, respectively. In order to avoid such microbial losses, feed hygiene assurance is a fundamental issue.

However, microorganisms are ubiquitous and total sterility cannot be achieved. The application of organic acids in livestock nutrition and feed preservation has been known for decades and is documented by many scientific studies. Acidifiers make a fundamental contribution to feed hygiene, since they suppress the growth of mould and thus restrict the potential production and detrimental effects of mycotoxins as well as preventing contamination and nutrient losses by bacterial and mould growth in the feed. 


Furthermore, bacterial degradation of the feed is inhibited. Consequently, the feed’s safety and animal health are guaranteed by adding organic acids, and can secure animal performance and safeguard overall economic animal production. Organic acids are well known for inhibiting a broad spectrum of moulds, bacteria and yeasts. The efficacy of different organic acids for inhibiting microbial growth can be compared using their minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC, Table 1).

Table credit: ADDCON
Propionic acid has a broad efficacy and is the most efficacious of the organic acids against fungi. On the other hand, formic acid is more efficacious against bacteria, while benzoic acid is highly effective against yeast. In feed legislation, these organic acids are registered as preservatives, but at higher inclusion levels in feed, their positive effects on animal health and performance are also well documented.

Even in a hygienic environment, feed can be infected to a certain degree with fungi, bacteria or yeast, with a typical recontamination pattern during the journey from the feed plant after pelleting to the farm silo (Figure 1), especially when no chemical stabiliser, such as an organic acid, is added.

Preservation in action – liquid application
Successful preservative products need to guarantee the preservation and stabilisation of feed, while offering easy, user-friendly handling to the customer. This need formed the impetus behind the development of a non-corrosive premixture of propionic acid and its salt with benzoic acid (Kofa® Feed).

A series of preservation trials were carried out under standardised conditions at the LWK in Lower-Saxony, Germany. A number of commercially available compound feeds, obtained from pig and poultry farms, were used for the trials. The feed samples were blended with 10 percent cereal waste, to mimic natural microbial infection.

The moisture content of the feed was kept at 15 percent. Prepared feed was treated with different concentrations (1, 3, 5 and 10 kg/t) of Kofa® Feed (premixture of propionic acid, sodium propionate, benzoic acid) and stored for 28 days under aerobic conditions in an incubator at ambient temperature (25°C), representative of the typical maximum length of storage of compound feed.

Relative humidity was kept stable at 80 percent. Results under challenge conditions (constantly high relative humidity, high moisture content of feed) as well as a high initial microbial contamination revealed that Kofa® Feed (NC preservative) is able to inhibit the growth of spoilage indicating bacteria and moulds highly significantly (P7 log reduction (or a reduction by 100%) of yeast in the layer feed.

Visit the ADDCON website, HERE.

Read the full article, HERE.

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Profile: Norwood and Company

With almost 100 years of collective experience in the family business, Norwood and Company has provided multiple services to our customers that have been used to help launch their projects and keep them under budget and on time.

According to their website "We know the mechanical workings of the grain, feed, and milling industries like no one else, and our knowledge can make the difference between a successful project and a costly one."

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August 10, 2017

11/08/2017: 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 is a highlight on one of our International speakers

Eren Gunhan Ulusoy, TFIF Chairman
Eren Gunhan Ulusoy
Graduated from Bogazici University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Business Administration in 2003 and completed his Master’s Degree in 2014 at 19 Mayıs University, Department of Agricultural Economics.

In July 2003, he started working for export department of Ulusoy Flour Company. In July 2004, he was appointed as the General Manager in October 2010 as Chief Executive Officer in March 2015 as the Chairman of the Board of Ulusoy.

Besides several memberships of many social and professional societies,he is the Chairman of the board of Turkish Flour Industrialists’ Federation, Vice Chairman of Black Sea Cereal, Pulse and Oil Seeds Exporters Union and Vice Chairman of Samsun Commodity Exchange.

Günhan Ulusoy is attending at several national and international conferences and meeting and in most of them participating as speaker of the conferences. Some of them are Global Grain Geneva, Global Grain Singapore and meeting of EU Flour Millers’ Association, International Grain Council and International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM).

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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