February 21, 2018

22/02/2018: Cefetra Ltd acquire Chilton Grain store

On the 21 February Agriculture specialist Cefetra Ltd announced that it will take over the management of Chilton Grain’s store in Chilton Airfield, near Sudbury, Suffolk

The new agreement will take effect from 1 July 2018 and see Cefetra manage the day-to-day running of the store, which has a 45k tonnes capacity and is ideally located in one of the major grain growing areas in the UK.
 

Image credit: Cefetra Ltd

As part of the plans Cefetra will also establish a grain origination team to work out of the same location by May 2018, and all existing Chilton Grain staff will transfer to Cefetra.

Andrew Mackay, managing director at Cefetra, said, “Having worked with Chilton Grain for a number of years we are very pleased to have reached this agreement, and grateful for their support and trust in taking the business forward.

“The store and Sudbury team will enhance the services we can offer to both our farmer suppliers and customers in the area. Simon Weir of Chilton Grain also brings with him a great wealth of experience and local insight as he joins our team.”

“We are confident in the future of the British agricultural sector and believe we can play a leading part in its success. Our recent purchase of Premium Crops and the book of Dalmark Grain Limited - previous operators of the Chilton Grain store - follow on from the acquisition of Wessex Grain in 2015, and are important steps in establishing Cefetra as a strong grain origination company with a nationwide capability.”


Visit the Cefetra Ltd website, HERE.
 

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22/02/2018: Research shows organic acids as viable feed hygiene alternative for formaldehyde

Towards the end of 2017, the European Union denied the authorisation of formaldehyde as a preservative and hygiene condition enhancer

Foreseeing this decision, Swedish organic acid producer and feed additives manufacturer Perstorp has been researching the mode of action and effectiveness of organic acids against Salmonella for years.
 
Salmonella continues to be one of the biggest threats for animal production professionals. Blends of propionic and formic acid with specifically selected essential oils prove to be a potent solution to combat this pathogen.
Image credit: Shutterstock, via Perstorp

New data brought to light that propionic acid reduces the motility of Salmonella, and that specifically selected essential oils have a synergetic effect with organic acids. A new range of ProPhorce™ SA products puts these new insights to optimal use.

Formic acid is well known for its antibacterial properties and has been used to combat pathogens for years. In a new development, research at the faculty of veterinary medicine at the Utrecht University in the Netherlands (Burt et.al. 2016) shows that propionic acid also has an antibacterial effect that works synergistically to that of formic acid.

Where earlier trials have shown that some essential oils can allow formic acid to pass the cell wall and neutralise Salmonella, researchers now found that propionic acid effects on the motility of bacteria by stripping them of their flagella. This takes away the mobility of the pathogen and as such renders it harmless.

The trials executed at the University of Utrecht also show a clear synergy between all of these components where the efficacy of the combination is much higher than the sum of its parts or of other organic acid solutions that were tested.

“After the announcement of the EU about formaldehyde, we saw an immediate uptake in requests for alternatives from all corners of Europe” states Marc Kinjet, Portfolio Director Preservation for Perstorp Feed & Food. “Feed compounders absolutely need to actively eliminate Salmonella in their factories as it can lead to the closure of a plant when found. These combinations of formic and propionic acid with essential oils have the highest efficacy of any alternative to formaldehyde that we have seen”, he continues.

The tested products are marketed by Perstorp as the ProPhorce™ SA product range. All products are labelled non-ADR.

ProPhorce ™ is the property of the Perstorp Group.

For more information on this research including a downloadable copy of the peer-reviewed article (Burt et.al. 2016) visit the Perstorp Group website, HERE.

 

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22/02/2018: A strong show for 2018 IPPE

The 2018 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) had 30,678 poultry, meat and feed industry leaders from all over the world in attendance. A total of 1,218 exhibitors showcased the latest technology on more than 521,000 square feet of exhibit space.
  


 The Expo is the world's largest annual feed, meat and poultry industry event of its kind and is one of the 30 largest trade shows in the United States. IPPE is sponsored by the US Poultry & Egg Association, American Feed Industry Association and North American Meat Institute.

There were 7,093 international visitors from 124 countries at the Expo. Canada represented the largest group from a single country outside the US with 1,132 visitors. Latin America represented the largest region with 2,759 visitors.
 

Image credit: IPPE

“The turnout for the 2018 IPPE was excellent. With three halls and more networking opportunities, we expect the 2019 IPPE to provide economic value for attendees and exhibitors alike,” the three organisations said.

A week-long schedule of education programs helped drive attendance and updated industry professionals on the latest issues, as well as complemented the exhibit floor. This year’s educational line-up featured 140-plus hours of sessions, ranging from a conference on preventing and responding to foreign material contamination incidents, to a program on feed production education, to a program on biosecurity for poultry and egg producers and live operations.

Next year’s International Production & Processing Expo will be held February 12-14, 2019, at the Georgia World Congress Centre in Atlanta, Ga.

Show updates and attendee and exhibitor information will be available on the IPPE website, HERE
 

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22/02/2018: Financial Times – Future of Agriculture

by Tom Blacker, Milling and Grain

On Tuesday October 10, 2017, in Grosvenor Square, central London, the inaugural Financial Times – Future of Agriculture conference to engage the high-level and strategic high-level executives in the agriculture industry

The international array of attendees was drawn from all areas of agriculture and food industries, market trading, organisations and industry services such as legal and insurance firms. 

 
The conference programme’s welcome letter given by James Gunnell, Managing Director of The Financial Times. Gunnell highlighted advances in technology in the ‘Agricultural Internet of Things’ and ‘Precision Farming’. Despite being buzzwords of the day, these turned into themes discussed at length throughout the day with divergent opinions on solutions and predictions made by many of the speakers.

The opening speech was from the conference’s Co-Chair Andrew Jack, Head of Curated Content, Financial Times who was happy to see a good amount of people and looked forward to the day’s agenda, whilst introducing the Keynote speaker.

The Keynote address was made by Daniel J. Gustafson, Deputy-Director General of the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organisation. He opened with detailing the goals of Agenda 2030 to meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), which in brief are:

1) To reduce poverty worldwide.
2) To reduce hunger and create sustainable food production.

Gustafson also added that the equally important goal of 50 percent more food production is set as a target by the UNFAO 2050 on top of these two goals.

Even though Gustafson stressed these large challenges, he was optimistic and gave an account of his experience and interesting examples from around the world. Gustafson highlighted how unreported stories of success in agricultural production are not being made well known.

For example, between 1960-2015, the agricultural production doubled worldwide. Another example is how between 1997 to 2014 in Brazil, there was a 280 percent yield increase and a 320 percent production increase of all food and India doubled its yield and production of agriculture.

Gustafson went on to analyse the role of macro-economic factors affecting the progress of agriculture. It is apparent that in the majority of the world today, the income growth is at an average of five percent. He added that this rate is changing especially due to population growth rates slowing and the rise of ‘middle-income’ countries. Expanding on these points in detail, he noted, demographic data shows that it is possible the global population growth has past ‘peak-child’ birth rates and a slower rate is likely to be followed by a plateauing out.


Read the full article, HERE.
 

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Behlen Grain Systems company profile




Behlen Mfg. Co. is a leading international manufacturer of grain storage systems. These structures are used worldwide in a multitude of locations storing a wide variety of grain.

Behlen bins range in size from a few thousand bushels to over 1,500,00 bushels.

The Behlen grain storage buildings can be custom designed for many applications.

The entire line of Behlen equipment can be manufactured to handle high winds, seismic conditions, as well as high filling and unloading rates.

Visit the website
 HERE.
 

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February 20, 2018

21/02/2018: User-friendly moisture testing according to the drying chamber method

With particular high precision, the Brabender Moisture Tester MT-CA provides an individual and serial determination of the water and solvent content of different kinds of sample material, such as flour, grain, starch, bread, noodles/pasta, cocoa, chocolate, tobacco, coffee, spices, herbs etc. 

Why is this important?
- Moisture is an indicator of storability of different materials, such as grain and flour. High moisture content attracts mould, bacteria, and insects. Wheat or flour with low moisture content is more stable during storage
- Determining moisture content is an essential first step in quality analysis (e.g. of grain and flour), since this data is used for other tests
- Flour millers adjust the moisture in wheat to a standard level before milling
Brabender Moisture Tester MT-CA
Image credit: Brabender

How is the test performed?
- The pan with the sample material is weighed and put onto the positioning wheel
- By using the principle of the drying chamber with moving air, the sample is dried and re-weighed at the end of the test
- The instrument determines the moisture content by the loss in weight of the sample material which results from drying. It can be displayed as a percentage or in a drying curve. 
- Additional samples can be put into the drying chamber at any time, even if there are other samples still drying

  
What are the benefits?

- Measuring principle based on the internationally recognised drying chamber method
- High accuracy of 0.1 percent (values between 99 percent can be recorded)
- Efficiency: Measure up to 10 samples at a time
- New browser-based software MetaBridge for tracking measurements from any end device and location, at any time and by several users simultaneously
- Large touch screen (external screen can be connected alternatively)

For more information visit the Brabender website, HERE.
 

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21/02/2018: FEFAC welcomes commission initiative to launch European protein plan

FEFAC welcomes the announcement by European Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development Phil Hogan to launch a market report and the stakeholder survey linked to the European Protein Plan, first announced at the XXVIII FEFAC Congress in Cordoba in June 2017

The European compound feed industry represents the largest user of plant proteins grown in Europe and imported from third countries. FEFAC members look forward to providing their animal nutrition expertise and economic impact assessment throughout the survey period and during the planned thematic DGAGRI workshops. 


 
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FEFAC members will highlight the need for consistency across different EU policies which directly and indirectly affect the EU protein supply, including the CAP “post 2020” framework, the current review of the EU policy on renewable energies (REDII), the Circular Economy package& EU Resource Efficiency agenda 2030.

FEFAC stresses the need to focus on the competitiveness of home grown plant protein sources in the market study, noting the importance of EU cereal and oilseeds production as the key source of vegetable proteins in EU feed use as highlighted in the new EU protein balance sheet. The nutritional expertise provided by the feed industry allows to make the most resource efficient use of available protein sources responding to the physiological requirements of the EU farm animal population, minimising nutrient losses.

This has led to a decrease of crude protein levels on monogastric feed by app.3 percent over the past two decades (to an average of 15.5 percent in pig finisher diets), by improving the digestibility and quality of plant protein sources.

FEFAC considers additional research efforts are needed to raise both yields and protein quality of EU plant protein sources (amino-acid profile and anti-nutritional factors), including oilseeds. European research programmes are crucial to increase the efficiency of protein production and consumption by farm animals (digestibility).

At the same time, FEFAC reminds all stakeholders on the need to set realistic targets for EU plant protein production as the EU will not become self-sufficient for its needs in protein-rich feed materials on the short or medium-term.

In the interest of the sustainable development of European livestock farming, a comprehensive responsible protein supply chain framework needs to be developed to ensure that both imported protein-rich feed materials (mainly soybean meal) and home grown protein sources are produced responsibly, meeting GAP, environmental and social standards.

The FEFAC soy sourcing guidelines launched in 2015 in partnership with ITC, provide an independent benchmark system for famer-owned and other supply chain partner programmes for the production and distribution of responsibly produced soy products.


Visit the FEFAC website, HERE.
 

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