May 12, 2021

The OcrimWebinar series continues with its second episode: Maintenance and Automation

The next OcrimWebinar will take place May 27th at 10.00am (UTC+2) as well as at 16.00pm (UTC+2), discussing news and benefits about the innovative BioStoneMill and related stone grinding. This cutting edge machine is able to mix the past with the present, combining the "know-how" of the tradition with the most modern technologies in the milling field.
The speakers will be Simone Montanari, Paglierani Srl mechanical engineer, and Simona Digiuni, Ocrim biotechnologist.

This event is aimed mainly at milling plants owners, investors, technicians and millers. However, participation is highly recommended to all operators who wish to keep up to date about the latest technological and mechanical innovations in the milling sector. 

From now on OcrimWebinars are also coming up in different languages. An interpreter will translate simultaneously the event in English, French and Spanish. 

For more information about Ocrim visit their website, HERE.

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May 11, 2021

Unibio join partnership with Protelux to grow commercial production of sustainable protein

Unibio, a sustainable protein company, has announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with Stafilies, the holding company of Protelux, to further deepen their collaboration in developing the industrial-scale production of its high-quality Uniprotein® at Protelux.
Protelux is the first industrial plant that has brought Unibio's patented U-Loop® continuous-flow fermentation process into industrial-scale production. Protelux is located in Ivangorod, Russia, close to the border with Estonia, an EU member state. This location has access to cost-effective natural gas, as well as proximity to the European Union and the Baltic Sea for shipping.

Protelux currently has an installed capacity of 6,000 tonnes of Uniprotein® per year, which can be scaled up to 20,000 tonnes. Under the agreement, Stafilies, the Protelux parent company, will buy a shareholding in Unibio in exchange for cash and intellectual property. The intellectual property includes all of the knowledge gained over the past five years of how to install and operate industrial-scale production of Uniprotein®. Unibio has also secured an option to acquire a stake in Protelux in the future.

Unibio has developed an innovative process that allows the cost-effective production of high-quality protein using microbial continuous-flow fermentation with natural gas or methane as the primary feedstock. Unibio's technology is highly resource efficient in respect of land and water usage and mimics microbial consumption of gas emitted by decaying plant material that happens every day in nature. Uniprotein® has been approved by the EU for animal and fish feed and is certified organic by Organic Farmers & Growers Ltd, the leading organic certification control body approved by the UK Government.

One of the key challenges for any protein technology is to upscale production from the laboratory to an industrial setting. Since 2016, Unibio and Stafilies have worked closely together developing solutions and operational guidelines that will benefit future projects and plants all over the world. With the commencement of industrial scale production at Protelux, Unibio will benefit from being able to showcase the proven technology and processes to potential partners and customers. It will also use the facility to accelerate further product and production improvements and the global roll-out of its technology.

'Global population growth has made protein scarcity a critical issue, and unsustainable soy production and uncontrolled extraction of wild fish for fishmeal are causing major environmental degradation. After many years under development, Uniprotein® is now in full industrial scale production and is ready to help address the world's rapidly growing protein demand. The collaboration with Protelux is consistent with our strategy of building a presence where natural gas is in abundance and may be revalued,' says Jan Boeg Hansen, Chairman of the Board at Unibio.

'We are proud of all the technological innovation and hard work that we have put into scaling up production of Uniprotein® at our Protelux facility. The complex challenge of taking these groundbreaking processes and successfully commissioning them at scale should not be underestimated and has been the key hurdle where many other technologies have failed. We have always had faith in the importance of Uniprotein® as a critical input for the meat and fish farming industries. We are delighted to become a shareholder in Unibio and build further on their success,' says Mikhail Serdtsev, Founding shareholder at Protelux.

For more information about Unibio visit their website, HERE.

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Kice Industries announces a new baghouse filter to join their product line

Kice Industries has announced a new baghouse filter to join its product line, the Kice GR Filter.

Kice GR Filter
Image credit: Kice Industries
'We are excited for this new and improved design which will result in lower energy consumption and extended filter bag life,' says Drew Kice, President and CEO, Kice Industries.

'It will provide a more reliable cleaning mechanism for filtering. The cleaning mechanism will solve some long-standing challenges in this market.'

The new filter contains a patented method for controlling and activating the reverse air cleaning system. It has a standard temp rating of 150 degrees F with a max temp option up to 300 degrees F. The filter also has low energy requirements with a 7.5hp reverse air-cleaning blower.

'We've been testing for two to three years and think our customers will appreciate the user-friendliness of the design,' says Mr Kice.

For more information about Kice Industries visit their website, HERE.


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DLG’s Exhibitions Department has appointed Tobias Eichberg as new managing director

As of May 1, 2021, Tobias Eichberg has taken over as Managing Director of the Exhibitions Department of the DLG (German Agricultural Society) and DLG Service GmbH, headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany. Mr Eichberg succeeds Peter Grothues, who will be retiring on 31 July.

Tobias Eichberg
Image credit: DLG
Mr Eichberg has accumulated more than 25 years' experience in both the international agricultural machinery industry and the global exhibition sector.

After graduating from the University of Hohenheim, where he studied agricultural sciences, Mr Eichberg worked in various management positions in the agricultural machinery and commercial vehicle industry.

From 2004 to 2008, Mr Eichberg was project manager for Agritechnica, the world's largest trade fair for agricultural machinery, and later worked as a strategic consultant for international exhibitions.

Latterly, Mr Eichberg was responsible for international marketing at a leading global manufacturer of tractors and construction machinery.

"We are delighted that in Tobias Eichberg, we have acquired not only an experienced professional in the international trade fair business, but also an expert in the professional topics in the agricultural and food industry as well as agricultural machinery," says Dr. Reinhard Grandke, Chief Executive Officer, DLG.

For more information about DLG visit their website, HERE.

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Novus International research discusses potential solution for wooden breast

A concern for poultry producers globally, wooden breast is a degenerative condition affecting chicken breasts that ultimately impacts meat quality and can cost the industry millions each year.

Image credit: Karen Jackson on Flickr
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New research from Novus International, Inc. recently published in Frontiers in Physiology explains how combinations of feed additives can impact this financially damaging myopathy. Strategies to reduce wooden breast do exist; these are broadly growth-rate-related and antioxidant-based approaches.

The results from these methods vary and sometimes can impact performance such as growth rate, slaughter weight, and breast yield. However, an ideal solution is one that offers repeatable success in reducing incidence of wooden breast without sacrificing performance in broiler birds.

The study, led by Novus Research Scientist Dr. Vivek Kuttappan, evaluated the effect of various dietary interventions on the incidence of wooden breast, particularly when birds are exposed to oxidative stress. 'Although the exact reason is unclear, it's well known that incidence of wooden breast is associated with oxidative stress in broiler birds,' Dr Kuttappan says. 'So, we wanted to see if combinations of feed additives such as highly bioavailable sources of trace minerals and dietary antioxidants that address tissue oxidative stress could make an impact.'

Poor quality fat or heat stress can instigate oxidative stress in animals, potentially leading to conditions such as wooden breast. Knowing that, Novus researchers took birds experiencing oxidative stress associated with feeding oxidised fat and heat stress and evaluated how Novus's MINTREX® trace minerals (zinc, copper and manganese), which are marketed for their bioavailability, along with or without a dietary antioxidant and organic selenium impacted the meat quality.

In the study, birds fed a diet with oxidised fat, a combination of MINTREX® Zn, MINTREX® Cu, and MINTREX® Mn, along with a dietary antioxidant showed reduced oxidative stress in muscle tissue and significantly increased normal/wooden-breast-free fillets by 22 percent (33 percent vs 11 percent when compared to control birds). Where heat stress was concerned, adding MINTREX® trace minerals alone to the diet showed significant increases (13 percent) in the incidence of normal fillets (21 percent vs 8 percent when compared to control birds), and reduced other poultry carcass quality defects such as tibial head lesions, skin scratches, and breast blisters. Researchers observed a higher magnitude of increase in normal fillets (38 percent vs. 8 percent compared to control birds) when MINTREX® was combined with the antioxidant and organic selenium.

'The combination of MINTREX® trace minerals, organic selenium, and dietary antioxidants resulted in the effective reduction of wooden breast severity, plausibly through the reduction of oxidative stress in tissue,' Dr Kuttappan said. 'This may be due to the activation of various endogenous antioxidant enzymes and reducing dietary sources of oxidative stress.'

For more information about the Novus study visit the original research article, HERE.
For information about Novus International visit their website, HERE.

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May 10, 2021

AFIA shows recognition for their exemplary staff

The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) has announced promotions for six of their staff that have gone above and beyond in serving AFIA's members and making the association's programmes and processes more efficient and impactful.

'For more than 100 years, the AFIA has taken great pride in being the 'trusted resource' for the total animal food industry, thanks in large part to our on-demand staff expertise,' says AFIA President and CEO Constance Cullman. 'While our industry has grown over the years, so too have our staff's responsibilities, and we are delighted to take this opportunity at the beginning of our fiscal year to recognise them for all the ways they are representing and engaging our members.'

Effective May 1, the following individuals have new titles:

  • Kori Chung, formerly AFIA's legislative and regulatory assistant, is now AFIA's public policy and certification specialist;
  • Shakera Daley, formerly AFIA's accounting and administrative coordinator, is now AFIA's accounting and administrative specialist;
  • Lacie Dotterweich, formerly AFIA's communications coordinator, is now AFIA's manager of communications and social media;
  • Mallory Gaines, formerly AFIA's manager of market access and trade policy, is now AFIA's director of market access and trade policy;
  • Daisy Rodriguez, formerly AFIA's coordinator of meetings and events, is now AFIA's registration and events specialist; and
  • Gina Tumbarello, formerly AFIA's director of international policy and trade, is now AFIA's senior director of international policy and trade.

For more information visit the AFIA staff directory, HERE.


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