December 11, 2019

Sponsorships opportunities available for the Aqua Feed Extrusion Conference at VIV MEA!

The Aqua Feed Extrusion Conference, co-organised by International Aquafeed, Dr Mian Riaz of Texas A&M University and VIV is once again taking place during VIV MEA in Abu Dhabi!
The conference will be held in Capital Suite 15, ADNEC, 09:00-16:00.
This rendition of the conference will specialise in extrusion for aquatic feeds, feed nutrition and processing. The full-day conference will feature a variety of industry expert speakers delivering innovative presentations on how users can make the best use of their extrusion machinery and aqua feed systems.

A variety of sponsorship opportunities for the conference are available now- get in touch for more information!

Keep updated on the conference via our offical events page!

Read more HERE.
 

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December 10, 2019

EU compound feed production drops in 2019, predicted to be stable in 2020

According to data provided by FEFAC, the industrial compound feed production for farmed animals in the EU-282 for 2019 is estimated at 161.7 mio. T, which is 0.9 percent lower than in 2018. The following is a brief summary of each feed in 2019 and an outlook for 2020 as provided by FEFAC.
 
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Cattle feed
The poor stocks of forages resulting from the 2018 drought and heat waves induced a significant increase in the compound feed demand for cattle on the first quarter 2019. For the rest of the year, the back to normal weather conditions together with increasing restrictions on phosphorous emissions in certain countries resulted in an annual fall of the demand for cattle feed by 2.3 percent for 2019 compare to 2018. The biggest decrease is reported in IE (-15%), followed by UK (-7%).

Poultry feed
Poultry feed production is estimated for this year to increase by just 0.1 percent, which is well below the expected rise in poultry meat production expected to reach +2.5 percent in 2019. This could be caused by sharp increase of poultry meat imports, especially from Brazil and thanks to feed efficiency gains. EU poultry feed production remains the leading segment of EU industrial compound feed production, well ahead of pig feed.

Pig feed
Pig feed production is expected to decrease by -0.9 % in 2019. Despite growing export opportunities (e.g. trade dispute between China and the US, prevalence of ASF in many Asian countries), EU pork production increased only moderately. The EU countries affected the most by ASFv outbreaks on commercial farms recorded dramatic production decrease, reaching - 15% in Romania and - 9% in Bulgaria.


 
Table credit: FEFAC


Outlook 2020
Next year, the demand for poultry feed will be mostly conditioned by the extent to which Brazil will recover its leading position on the global poultry meat market after a meat fraud scandal two years ago and resuming exports to the EU, thus weighing on the EU production.

The demand for poultry feed is expected to vary within a range of -0.5/+1.5 percent. The demand for pig feed is expected to remain stable in ASF-free countries, boosted by the increased market demand in Third Countries. On the other hand, it is unlikely that countries with ASF cases recorded in domestic pig farms will manage to reverse the trend. In addition, the pig sector is subject to strong pressure for reduction of its emissions in The Netherlands, which may result in a decapitalisation of herds. As a result, pig feed production is expected to remain stable in 2020 in the 'best case' scenario. Of course, should ASFv spread to leading pig producing countries (Spain, Germany, Denmark or The Netherlands), the outlook may be affected dramatically.

All in all, industrial compound feed production is likely to remain stable in 2020, with a +/- 2 percent uncertainty margin due to the many unpredictable parameters at stake.

For more information visit the FEFAC website, HERE.
 

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Rice milling in Japan and the overseas

by Hiromi Saita, Senior Staff, International Management Office, Satake Corporation, Japan

Post-harvest conditioning and processing of rice and milling
As one may already be aware, rice just after being harvested is referred to as paddy. Paddy consists of four parts: husk (the brown part as seen in Figure 1), bran (the yellow part), germ (the purple part), and endosperm (the blue part). Rice conditioning/milling is a series of processes to extract the endosperm (the blue part), that people normally eat, by removing the other components without damage. The process generally refers to the following five stages.
 


1. Drying is a stage necessary for the stable long-term storage of rice. Rice harvested in the field contains more than 20 percent moisture by weight. If left in high temperature and humid environments, it will deteriorate in less than 24 hours. To prevent this, the rice is quickly dried after harvesting and the moisture level is lowered to around 15 percent. Hot/warm air is used for drying with careful temperature control, since the rice will be cracked or burnt if hot air is applied for too long.

2. Husking is a stage of removing husk (the brown part in Figure 1) from the dried paddy. Husk is a hard shell that protects both the germ and endosperm of the paddy. It is rich in fibre and silica, therefore making it unsuitable for people to eat.

In order to carry out the subsequent milling of rice with regard to high quality and high yield, first we remove the outer husk. A pair of rubber rolls rotating at high speed is used for rice husking. The two rubber rolls are rotating inwardly at differing speeds so that the husk is removed as the paddy passes between them. If the rubber roll spacing is too small, the rice may crack or the bran may scrape off, adversely affecting the subsequent rice milling. Rice after husking is referred to as brown rice.

3. Milling is a stage of removing the bran and germ which cover the brown rice, leaving only the endosperm. Several types of milling machinery are used to remove the bran gently to avoid damaging and/or breaking the endosperm. On a side note, a rinse-free rice is considered as an extension of rice milling. It is a rice processed to remove nearly all the bran on the surface of the grain, utilising tapioca.


Read more HERE.
 

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Silos Cordoba company profile




Silos Cordoba is a leading manufacturer of metal silos for grain storage (grain storage bins). In addition to a large selection of grain storage solutions, including flat silos, hopper silos, truck load silos and farm silos; they also manufacture a full line of handling equipment; livestock equipment, including ventilation systems, feeding and watering systems; metal structures and cladding.

The State-of-the-art manufacturing plant, equipped with the most advanced machinery and equipment, enables Silos Cordoba to meet the requirements of our most demanding clients worldwide.

Founded in 1975 by Juan López Lietor, the company is located in Córdoba, a historical city in Andalucia, southern Spain, where the most traditional arts and crafts such as pottery, jewellery, handmade leather goods and guitars coexist with the most advanced and cutting-edge technologies.

The scent of the orange blossom, the golden stone of the Mosque, the stern arches of the Roman bridge, the silver-shadowed streets of the Judería and the rich cultural heritage of its people make it possible.

According to their website: “We are committed to customer satisfaction. We look at the specific needs of each client to develop a personalised solution. We have a multidisciplinary team of qualified engineers that are experts on project development. We have a team of technicians and operators that are experts on facility assembly. We control the materials and monitor all the stages of the development and assembly processes to assure quality up to delivery”.

Through the use of the most up-to-date technologies, the support of an experienced team and the quality of our materials and processes, the goal of Silos Cordoba is to provide their clients with customised, high quality and cost-efficient solutions, innovate in product development, and meet their clients demands on time.

“We have developed a global network that guarantees an excellent service wherever you need it”.

Visit the website HERE.
 

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December 09, 2019

Women in Agribusiness Europe 2020 to be hosted in Paris, France

US based Women in Agribusiness (WIA) will head to Paris, France, to host its 10th event, Women in Agribusiness Summit Europe on March 9-10th, 2020 at Les Salons Hoche.

This premiere day-and-a-half conference is the perfect complement to International Women's Day on March 8th and will feature industry knowledge for executive women in the agri-food sector, providing in-depth examination and comprehensive discussions on the outlook and shifting indicators in the industry.
 


Topics, presented by expert speakers, will include:
• Reducing Food Waste for European Producers
• Farming 4.0 - Ushering in the Age of Digital Agriculture
• Innovations in Agriculture
• Gene Editing in the EU
• Executive Roundtable: A Spotlight on Senior-Level Women in Ag

'What makes us different is that the Women in Agribusiness team supports women in the ag and food industry 365 days a year. While we do host a large annual event that is known for exceptional content and networking, we also support women-owned businesses, publish a quarterly magazine, post job opportunities, give scholarships to young women, host local networking Meet Ups in over 15 cities, provide leadership training and more,' said Joy O'Shaughnessy, event director and chief operating officer of HighQuest Group, the parent company of Women in Agribusiness. 'Our events are tailored to the needs that are voiced by our women in agribusiness community, as well as the companies that want to support them.'

The annual Women in Agribusiness Summit in the US, which started in 2012, is renowned for annually convening close to 1,000 of the country's female agribusiness decision-makers, with 30 percent at the CEO/executive level and another 25 percent at department management level. The latest Women in Agribusiness Summit US event, held in Minneapolis, Minn., in September 2019, welcomed attendees from eight countries and 43 US states, with representatives from 267 companies.

Women in Agribusiness Summit Europe debuted in Barcelona, Spain, in February 2015, which was an intimate gathering praised by an executive from a food and beverage multinational company in attendance for being 'a solutions-oriented event that also brought up current trends in the market' and 'a uniquely-focused agricultural event for women'.

Register for the event with a 10 percent discount using promo code: PARIS20.

For more information visit the Women in Agribusiness Summit Europe website, HERE.
 

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DMAIC: Analysis

by Gustavo Sosa

The Six Sigma methodologies are strong because they are based in evidence and data, and not in hunches. Instead of relying on luck, or just strength of will, you take decisions based in tangible information.

What is causing the problem? The Analysis Phase is often not given much attention, as the team assumes having already discovered the essential patterns and relationships during the previous phases and doesn’t take the time to examine those impressions.
 

This behaviour leads to implementing solutions that don’t solve anything. Even more, it causes wasted time, wasted resources, more variation and new problems.

The statistical analysis faces the practical problem that was defined earlier, looking at the families of variation to find which are the causes, which simple correlations, and which are effects. The analysis begins with a hypothesis and follows through the information trying to “fail to reject” or “reject” the hypothesis.

The ideal is for teams to brainstorm potential causes (not solutions), develop hypotheses about how problems develop, and then try to prove or disprove them.

The first tool to use is the Root Cause Analysis, that we have already seen in a previous article, but we will see it again.

Steps in an RCA


After doing a data analysis and a process analysis, we follow with:
1) Making a list of all the possible causes of variation
2) Taking apart the cause within the causes of variation (using the five ‘why’s)
3) Making a short list of the most important causes of variation
4) Ascertaining and measuring the causes of variation.

Tools used in an RCA:
1) Cause and effect diagram, also known as Ishikawa diagram
2) Process map analysis, which is a great visualisation tool, helping see the workflow and the process steps taken
3) Regression analysis, which helps estimate the impact of specific variables on the final product.

Read more, HERE.

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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.



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