October 14, 2019

FAMSUN commits to collaborating for a better feed future

The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) held their 2019 Annual Meeting at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy from 3-4th October, 2019.

The meeting was officially opened by Dr Berhe G. Tekola, Director of the FAO Animal Production & Health Division and Dr Daniel Bercovici, IFIF Chairman, who welcomed delegates and reiterated their commitment to this longstanding partnership and agreed to continue to strengthen their work together to tackle the challenges facing the feed and food chain.
 
Image credit: IFIF

Representatives from FAO, IFIF and IFIF members AFIA (America), AFMA (South Africa), ANAC (Canada), ANDI (Colombia), FeedLatina, FEFAC (Europe), IFIA (Iran), JFMA (Japan), SFMCA (Australia), SINDIRAÇÕES (Brazil), as well as intergovernmental organisations and private operators in the feed and food chain such as Cargill, Nutreco, Alltech, Agrifirm, etc. participated the meeting. Attendees discussed critical issues on regulatory and international standards for residues of approved veterinary drug to ensure feed safety; sustainability challenges; education, training and capacity development; and antimicrobial resistance.   
FAMSUN was the only feed mill equipment and processing solution supplier that participated in the meeting. As one of the thriving forces behind China's local feed industry as well as global feed and food supply chain, it has promoted feed production in over 140 countries.

According to Steven Shi, FAMSUN representative and the General Manager of FAMSUN Europe, the company has been in charge of setting 27 feed industrial standards in China, and it is dedicated to delivering latest international feed safety regulations and spreading good feed manufacturing practices to everywhere it doing business.

The two day meeting also allowed FAMSUN to learn the latest market data, well understand the demand of feed companies, and the urgency of feed and food supply chain to integrate resources to address challenges in the future.

'To feed a population of 10 billion in 2050 is a big challenge, we need to address together,' said Mr Shi. 'We all have a responsibility for adding resources and increasing collaboration.'

Visit the FAMSUN website, HERE.
 

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October 13, 2019

The Flour Mills of East Scotland - Part 5

by Mildred Cookson, The Mills Archive, UK

The final part of my series covering the mills involved in hosting the 1902 Edinburgh Convention is devoted to John F White’s Dundee Flour Mills. A report in Milling (May 31st, 1902) describes the mill as being “on the coast”.

The choice in 1876 for a new mill to be built in Dundee took into account the great advantages this would offer. The position chosen, at the east end of the city, was alongside two railway systems and the near modern docks on the River Tay suitable for large ocean-going steamers.
 

Between New York and Dundee, Dent and Company of Newcastle ran a regular line of steamers called the “Arrow Line”. The two-way shipping of grain and flour between these ports was about the same volume as that between Hull and New York, which made the reporter comment that it was extraordinary that Yorkshire millers should try to sell flour in this part of Scotland!


John White’s family had been in the milling trade for many generations, having for a long period worked a large millstone mill at Aberdeen known as Kettocks Mills as well as the Caledonia Mills at Montrose. Kettocks watermill had been driven by the waters of the Aberdeenshire River Don, famous as a salmon river. It eventually gave way to steam, and the flour it turned out was said to be second to none.

In 1876 the Dundee mills were erected as stylish and substantial buildings. They were first fitted out with a complete 14-pair stone plant, in conjunction with a number of well-made silk reels by Alexander Mather & Son of Edinburgh, the leading Scottish millwrights of the time.

The stones were fitted with Behren’s exhaust and other devices for high-class work. When the mills started work in 1877 they were considered as model mills in every respect. Mr White quickly recognised the value of high grinding and in 1878 introduced into the mill, alongside the millstones, Wegmann’s porcelain rolls with Fender and Cuthbertson’s purifiers.

Read more HERE.
 

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Ringneck ethanol plant a ‘showcase’ of Sukup equipment

by Sukup Manufacturing Co.

Ringneck Energy’s shiny new 80- to 100-million-gallon/year ethanol plant was hailed at its grand opening June 25th as the most efficient in the United States and as a showcase of Sukup Manufacturing Co. material handling and grain storage equipment.

It is the largest single-site deployment of Sukup equipment both in number of pieces and in dollar value, said Steve Sukup, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Sukup Manufacturing and a member of the Ringneck Energy Board of Directors.
 


“As a company we’ve been expanding our commercial-scale material handling equipment offerings for the past several years,” he said. “This project really pulls it all together in a way that shows we can equip big commercial projects with the grain storage and handling equipment they need.”

Sukup equipment at Ringneck includes two 105’ diameter, 25-ring grain storage bins and a 21’ diameter, 17-ring hopper bin; several bucket elevators and conveyors; several catwalks and support towers, including an 18’ x 18’ x 160’ tower; two zero-entry bin sweeps, each with a 12” diameter auger; two buildings, including a 125’ x 250’ x 40’ warehouse for dried distillers grains and a 65’ x 100’ x 40’ unloading and loading building.

“We wanted to be a Sukup showplace, and hopefully we’ve accomplished that,” said Walt Wendland, Chief Executive Officer of Ringneck Energy.

Construction of the US $130 million Ringneck project began in 2017 and ended near the end of 2018. Production began in April. The plant was designed to produce 80 million-to-100 million gallons-per-year of ethanol. It can load a 96-car train of tanker cars in about one week.

“This plant is awesome. It can do really great things,” Danci Baker, Chief Financial Officer, told Ringneck shareholders at their first annual meeting prior to the grand opening of the plant.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and Lt Governor Larry Rhoden both attended the event and praised the project. “We’ve been following this for quite some time,” Noem said, adding that she personally is an investor in the facility and is pushing to expand the use of ethanol blends in state vehicles.

She and Rhoden said they would like to see South Dakota be a leader in the ethanol industry and encouraged the roughly 100 people attending the grand opening to encourage their friends and relatives to use ethanol products. As well, they should discourage federal officials from granting waivers to companies that do not want to blend their fuels with ethanol. Waivers have cost the ethanol industry billions of gallons, Noem said.

Ron Fagen, Chairman of Fagen Inc, general contractor for the Ringneck plant, has had a hand in construction of more than 100 of the roughly 250 ethanol plants in the United States. He said the Sukup equipment, company leaders and service personnel are wonderful to work with.


Read more HERE.
 

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Almex company profile



Almex specialises in single screw extrusion equipment, from the extrusion unit to complete installations. They are a family owned, independent company

Almex extruders and Contivar Expanders are in use worldwide at fishfeed, oil extraction, petfood, animal feed plants, the food industry and the processing and chemical industries.

Almex started early 1970’s with repair and installation of extruders. For use in Europe these units needed much modifications, so they decided to design and built in the Netherlands a complete range of extruders for 500 to 15.000 kg/hour capacity.

These extruders did find their way to clients worldwide. Today the largest extruder has a diameter of 400 mm, a barrel length of 4800 mm and a drive of 500 kW.

The same quality extruder parts are used to manufacture Contivar™ Expanders for the feed industry, as a popular machine to improve feed quality. The robust, basically simple design of the Almex equipment guarantees years of trouble free service.

Almex was the first company using DC drives on single screw extruders in order to select the extrusion shaft speed to match the product and selected die specifications.

Using DC drives the extruder becomes a tool that can be precisely tuned in order to assure quality of the product.

ALMEX Extruders and Contivar™ Expanders are used for:


• Extrusion-cooking
• Pre-extraction processes
• Densifying
• Conditioning prior to other processes
• Expanded feed production
• Forming
• Cooking-forming
• Semi-moist
• H.T-S.T. processes
• Co-extrusions

Visit the Almex website, HERE.
 

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October 10, 2019

François Fraudeau to retire as CEO of Novus International, CEO succession plan announced

Novus International, Inc., has announced that François Fraudeau plans to retire as President and Chief Executive Officer after 28 successful years with the company.

Novus's Board of Directors has decided to hire a former Novus Executive, Dan Meagher, to be the next President and CEO, effective April 1st, 2020. To ensure a smooth transition, Dan will join the company on October 14, 2019, as Executive Vice President and General Manager prior to assuming the role of President and CEO in April. Dan Meagher previously held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer with Agrivida, Inc.
 

Mr Fraudeau made the following statement, 'After 28 years with Novus and almost eight years at the helm of the company, I've shared with our Board of Directors my intent to retire at the end of this fiscal year, March 31st, 2020. We have largely diversified the company through product development, innovations and acquisitions, while implementing our vision to Help Feed the World and holding to our core values. I know Novus's strong leadership team and our great employees will continue to enhance the company's legacy under Dan's leadership. Dan and I worked together many years prior to Dan joining Agrivida. He is a proven leader with extensive experience in the feed additive and animal nutrition industry and I am happy to see him return. I know he will build upon Novus's strong foundations to enhance opportunities for our customers, employees and shareholders. Throughout this fiscal year, I will continue to lead the company toward achieving our objectives, while working closely with Dan to ensure a smooth transition of my duties to him.'

Tetsu Watanabe, Novus Chairman of the Board of Directors and Senior Vice President of Mitsui & Co. (U.S.A.), Inc., commented, 'Novus's Board of Directors is grateful for the vision, leadership and guidance provided by François over his many years with Novus. Novus has succeeded in achieving diversification under his direction and the company is now ready to move to the next phase of sustainable growth. We are further pleased to announce that we have identified the next leader for the organization, and we welcome Dan Meagher in his new role. Animal nutrition and health is one of the focus areas of Mitsui, and we are excited to work with Dan, together with our partner Nippon Soda, to further enhance the Novus business by leveraging the strengths of each company.'

During his career in Animal Nutrition, Meagher held various successful positions with Purina Mills, MBA Poultry, Moark, Novus, and lately, Agrivida. He has extensive experience in the industry and with customers in the U.S.A. and abroad. Dan's achievements will bring tremendous value as Novus desires to become a more global leader in developing sustainable products and solutions for animal production.
'Novus has a unique and truly global footprint in the animal nutrition sector. I am happy to re-join Novus and the people who deliver value to our customers. I am honoured to be chosen to succeed François and to lead the company forward,' noted Mr Meagher. 'I envision a great future pursuing the many opportunities in front of us in the animal nutrition space, as well as animal health, as we deliver on the next chapter in Novus's continuing legacy of Helping Feed the World.'

For more information visit the Novus International website, HERE.
 

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Alltech and Alimetrics collaborate on in vitro tool for estimating ruminal protein degradability

Meeting the protein requirements and improving nitrogen efficiency in cows under different physiological conditions can become more precise with the use of this additional tool for diet formulation.

An innovative laboratory fermentation method for assessing the ruminal breakdown of dietary protein ingredients has been created by Alltech and Alimetrics Research. The novel technique was developed to evaluate feed protein sources and involves measuring the proportion of certain amino acids that is converted to specific end products over 24 hours.
 
Scientists from Alltech and Alimetrics have collaborated on a study which compares the rumen degradability and effects on rumen fermentation of three protein sources: whey protein, soybean meal and yeast-derived microbial protein
Image credit: Alltech

Scientists from Alltech and Alimetrics collaborated on the study, which has been published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science and compares the rumen degradability and effects on rumen fermentation of three protein sources: whey protein, soybean meal and yeast-derived microbial protein.

The assessment of protein degradation in the rumen of live animals has historically proven difficult, and although analysis of overall protein can be done, tracking the origin of protein from a specific feed component cannot be done with great certainty. In addition, ruminants have a low overall efficiency of nitrogen utilisation, with between 70– 95 percent of the nitrogen in diets excreted in dung and urine, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations. The use of this novel in vitro technique can help to overcome such challenges as it allows protein sources to be ranked according to their degradability by rumen bacteria.


Read the full article on the Milling and Grain website, HERE.
 

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October 09, 2019

Nutreco launches global prize to recognise outstanding young researchers committed to feeding the future

Nutreco, an international leader in animal nutrition and aquafeed, today announces the launch of its Young Researchers Prize. The Prize will be awarded to the most promising research by PhD and post-doctorate students working globally across animal, aquaculture and veterinary sciences. Any research relevant to this field, such as economics or big data, is also eligible. 

The prize marks the 25th anniversary of Nutreco and recognises outstanding research efforts to address the increasingly important challenge of generating enough food for the world's growing population. The solutions to this challenge will have to be systemic and sustainable, encompassing the various different farming systems on our planet.
 
Image credit: Rubén Moreno Montolíu on Flickr
(CC BY-SA 2.0)
 'Nutreco was founded 25 years ago to help develop solutions to meet the growing demand for high quality protein,' said Nutreco CEO Rob Koremans. 'We want to mark that milestone by recognising the efforts of talented researchers who share our vision in unearthing new solutions for Feeding the Future, which has been our company mission for many years. We hope this prize will stimulate promising young researchers to keep working towards this goal.'

Prize details
The Nutreco Young Researchers Prize consists of:
• First place, with a cash prize of €12,000
• Second place, with a cash prize of €8,000
• Third place, with a cash prize of €5,000

The award applications need to be submitted in one of the following categories:

Precision Farming
Precision – or smart – farming means that plants or animals are grown in optimal conditions, determined with great accuracy by harnessing digital tools and big data. A range of technology is used to this end, including GPS, sensor technology, ICT and robotics. Technology can assist in strategic decision-making at farm level as well as with operational actions at plant level. This allows production to be optimised and we can thus work on more sustainable farming systems.

Precision nutrition is a method that proposes the customisation of nutrition, with nutritional decisions, practices, or products tailored to individual or small groups of animals with similar requirements.

Young Animal Nutrition
Nutrition of the mother pre-birth or hatch and of the offspring in early life impacts their lifetime health and performance. It is therefore essential to optimise the neonatal phase (first days or weeks of life). Young animals not only need proper nutrition for the growth and development of bones, muscles, and organs, but also for proper development of, for example, the gastrointestinal defence system. 

Animal Health and Welfare
Animals are especially sensitive during critical transition phases such as weaning, reproductive periods and relocation to other environments. Dietary strategies can contribute to disease resistance and resilience in animals, and thereby reduce the need for antibiotics and other treatments. Nutrition affects the gastrointestinal functioning of the gut in many aspects and has a significant impact on the intestinal microbiome, the intestinal barrier function and the development of immune competence. In addition, assuring overall well-being and an absence of stress will have a positive influence on disease resistance. Adopting new strategies in animal health are expected to contribute to reducing the need for non-sustainable solutions such as antimicrobials.

Submission process
To be considered, young researchers must be nominated by a professor or supervisor at their place of study through a letter of support. 

Entrants should also send a CV together with either an article about their chosen study, a submission to a conference or a summary of their thesis. The document, which should be no longer than three A4s, should include the following information:
• Which category the submission is in
• What the proposal is
• How the proposal will work
• How the proposal supports our mission of Feeding the Future
• Any other relevant information for the judging panel

Selection criteria will be based on:
• Quality PhD or post-doctorate research
• Innovativeness
• Sustainability of the proposal
• High quality and value for agri- and aquaculture industries

Deadline: The final submission date for researchers is December 9, 2019.

The judging panel consists of leading experts in the field of sustainable nutritional solutions including Nutreco's heads of Research & Development, Leo den Hartog, Alex Obach, and Coen Smits, in addition to Viggo Halseth, Chief Innovation Officer Nutreco and José Villalón, Corporate Sustainability Director Nutreco.

The prizes will be awarded in person in Europe in early 2020. There will be a traveling budget for the nominees to attend the award ceremony.

For more information visit the Nutreco website, HERE.
 

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