July 29, 2011

Appointments: CPM appoints Tometich

Patty Tometich
CPM Roskamp Champion a major company involved in the supply of process equipment and technologies for animal feeds. Patty Tometich takes up the post as test center manager, she will be responsible for all application testing.

Tometich has 16 years experience in testing material and providing application solutions for customers. Tometich holds a bachelor’s degree in food science and technology from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in food science from University of Illinois. Read more ...

This blog is written by Martin Little, The Global Miller, published and supported by the GFMT Magazine and the International Milling Directory from Perendale Publishers
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Hungary imposes further controls on GMO cropping

Hungary has imposed more controls over GMO crops, planting and distribution of genetically modified (GMO) seeds could receive a fine of up to HUF 2 Billion (€7.5 million). Hungary insists on maintaining its GMO-free status and will take strict measures to keep it that way, Kardeván added. Read more ...

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Australian organic Farmer sue neighbours over GM crops

After the agriculture authority stripped him of his organic status, an organic farmer in Australia has started legal action against his neighbour because he claims that GM cranola was blown onto his farm from his neighbour. This is believed to be the first case of it kind in Australia concerning GM crops and organic farmers.

Steve Marsh lawsuit against Micheal Baxter is demanding compensation over the loss of his status which was lucrative and had taken him 10 years to build up his organic food business and this was devastated by the loss of his certificate, with about 70 percent of his land now unusable for organic farming. Read more ...

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Thermostable keratinase improves feather meal

A North Carolina agricultural biotechnology company BioResource International has presented its latest results on improving the value of feather meal at the 2011 meeting of the Poultry Science Association, held July 16-19 in Saint Louis, Missouri. The company’s enzyme technology improves the utilisation of protein in animal feed, which in turn decreases the amount of corn and soy necessary to grow poultry to market size.

“We attend this meeting every year to present our latest developments and to learn about trends in the future of animal agriculture," said Giles Shih, BRI chairnman and CEO. “We also use this meeting to find opportunities for further advancement. BRI is on the forefront of feed enzyme technology and our collaboration with other industry leaders has played an important role in our success.” Read more ...

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Product Showcase: UWT (UK) Ltd. UNIVERSAL VOLTAGE

UWT UK Ltd rotating paddle switches Rotonivo RN3000, RN6000 and RN4000 are now available with universal voltage electronics.

These level switches can now be used throughout in the world regardless of the country’s input voltage system, without the need for manual alteration to the switch.  The instrument detects the input voltage and makes the necessary adjustments automatically.  Manufacturers and suppliers can now order one switch, under one part number, for all applications in all countries.


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July 28, 2011

Kazakhstan gets new feed ensiling technology

Kazakhstan for a long time has held back on the development of agriculture due to the lack of stable feed. However this problem maybe soon solved due to a new technology for feed ensiling which will preserve the fodder better and gives the animal higher quality feed.

The scientist in Kazakhstan created a special bacteria starter "Kazbiosil" for three types of silage: hard to ensile plants (legumes), easy to ensile plants (corn, sunflower) and almost non ensilagable plants. The introduction of this technology will help improve feed quality and increase production. Read more ...

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Environmental challenges tackled by animal nutrition experts

Experts and scientist from around the world met at the University of New England this week for the University’s biennial Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition Australia conference. Coming from about a dozen countries, including Egypt, Iran, Philippines, and Malaysia, India, China, Fiji, the Netherlands, Singapore and the US, to discuss ways of improving the nutritional efficiency of animal production while reducing its impact on the environment.

“In the past, feed conversion efficiency has been pursued mainly because of the related cost benefits,” Organising committee chair Dr Cronjé said.  “Now, however, the emphasis is shifting to its environmental benefits in reducing emissions and effluent. Read more ...

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Marubeni engages in MoU with Dong Nai feed

Japanese Marubeni Corporation and Dong Nai Food (Vietnam), signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly operate its feed milling sections. Also to develop together an integrated food production and supply system. With the growth of grain demand, Marubeni has focused on securing a stable supple of grain and at the same time moving towards expanding its sales channels across the world. Read more ...

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Brazilian farmers to grow more corn and soybean

Brazilian farmers are intending to grow more corn and soybean this year, a survey recently conducted showed that the 2011/12 soybean planting at 68.88 million acres was  up from last year by 1.8 percent. Corn would also increase  in acreage by as much as 20 percent, with the domestic prices of corn up 90 percent higher than last years crop.

During the last three years farmers moved away from corn due to the low prices it was fetching, but now the prices have risen the farmer return to the crop, in Parana farmers will plant 2.23 million acres to corn that an increase from last years 1.86 million acres. Read more ...

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July 27, 2011

The Rashied Al Balllaa in Saudi Arabia is a successful Muyang overseas turnkey project






The project includes a multi-purpose feed mill complex that comprises two 1,000t steel silos for bulk raw material storage, two steel structure warehouses for storing bagged materials and finished products, and a steel structure workhouse for accommodating a 2.5t/h@2mm floating fish feed extrusion line. Read more ...



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Nestle new plant in Western Hungary begins production

The Swiss based food giants Nestle, began trail production at the new plant in Western Hungary the company's second HUF 10 billion (€37.3m). Nestle plans to hire 250 people to work the 10,000 square meter plant in the village of Bük. The plant, which will serve as the regional production base for Nestlé's United States-based pet-food division Nestlé Purina PetCare, will export most of its production to other countries in the Central and East European region. Read more ...

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Chinese court sentences the five involved in the clenbuterol problem

Five people from a feed premix company in Fujian province were sentenced by the Intermediate People's Court of Jiaozuo, in Henan province. All were found guilty and the sentences were wide ranging from a death sentence deferred for two years, a life sentence, 15 years , 14 years and a nine year sentence. They were found guilty of "endangering public security by using dangerous means".

The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture banned the use of Phenylethanolamine A, in feed or animal drinking water at the end of last year. It also announced in April that it will cooperate with eight ministries and commissions to launch a one-year crackdown on toxic additives. Read more ...

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Greenpeace gets a visit from the Police

After the recent attack on the GM crops by Greenpeace in Canberra, the police made a visit to their offices in Ultimo and locked the office down. Greenpeace claim that their motives for the destruction of the GM crops were concerns for health and environmental reasons.

A police spokesman said they were in the process of executing a search warrant on Greenpeace's headquarters over and alleged trespass and property damage incident at CSIRO in Canberra. The crop that they damaged had no connection to Monsanto. CropLife, a body which represents the science plant industry, last week condemned Greenpeace's attack, saying it delayed valuable scientific research. Read more ...

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Output concerns triggers price increase

With the worry of declining crops levels and ratings that will lead to smaller than expected harvests. Traders are watching closely at the weather because farmers need favourable conditions to grow larger crops to replenish low inventories.

The good-excellent rating for corn is down 10 percentage points from last year, but the USDA's yield estimate of 158.7 bushels an acre is up almost six bushels an acre from last year. That leads market participants to "believe the yield numbers have nowhere to go but down," said Tim Hannagan, analyst for PFG Best, a brokerage in Chicago. Read more ...

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July 26, 2011

Nebraska field crops gets visitor the Japanese Beetle

For the last 20 years the Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) has been found in many urban regions in the US. This is the first time one has been found near crops, Randy Pryor who visited a field in response to a grower found the Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica) adults feeding on the soybean plants.

They are a common pest of corn and soybean in the eastern corn belt, but we have not received previous reports of injury in Nebraska corn or soybeans. Read more ...

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Farmers condemn attack on GM crop

Recently a group of Greenpeace protesters destroyed a crop of GM wheat at the CSIRO farm in Canberra. This destruction which has caused CAN$300,000 (€219,936.395) and a years worth of research. The New South Wales farmers Association condemned the action.

Mark Hoskinson, says "not only is it illegal, but it has destroyed valuable research which has been paid for by levies on Australian grain growers".  “Greenpeace has shown how completely irresponsible it is and has shown contempt for the biosecurity protocols that have been put in place in a controlled environment by the trained and professional CSIRO staff,” he says.  Read more ...

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Influence of feed flavour on pre-weaning pig performance

Feed flavours are commonly used in in swine nursery diets to improve diet palatability and stimulate intake. Recent creep feed studies, using colour markers in the feed, have shown that only a certain proportion of piglets actually consume creep feed. These “eaters” as a result have better initial post weaning feed intake and growth performance than those in the litter that do not consume creep

The lack of response to the feed flavour may be due to the limited time of creep feeding. In this study the researchers chose a period of three days to reflect the current practice of US pig producers to provide creep feed for two to seven days before weaning. They felt that for the addition of flavour to be warranted that any effect must be visible in a short duration. Read more ...

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AB Vista get awarded a product license for Finase EC

AB Vista was awarded a product license for the new product of Finase EC for use in diets for swos in Europe. It is a second generation 6-phytase from E.coli which makes phytate-bound phosphate available to the animal from raw materials of plant origin.

As a result, the product gives improved phosphate availability and further phytate-bound nutrients for sows as well as reducing the environmental impact from phosphate excreted by swine. Read more ...

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Saudi Arabia's King orders feed prices to be regulated

The king of Saudi Arabia Abdullah has ordered that the price of cattle feed be controlled with an increase in subsidy of 50 percent. This was done to avoid extreme price hikes on the cattle feed, he also ordered that related departments must keep an eye on the price of cattle feed markets.

He also ordered that should any trader attempt to hike fodder prices, that they be handed the maximum punishment available. The punishment includes shuttering shops, defamation of the trader in three mass-circulation local newspapers at the expense of the violator, and depriving their right to government subsidy besides heavy fine. Read more ...

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July 25, 2011

New independent voice for European dairy sector

A new body within the European dairy sector is being created to consider modern dairy cattle management and nutrition challenges. This new body will be know as the European board of Bovine Experts (EBBE) will advise on dairy health, welfare and nutrition. They will offer guidance and advice to all participants based on current scientific knowledge.

This body has been created by a number of independent leading companies and institutes in Europe, EBBE has already held its first meeting in Copenhagen where fertility in dairy cows was one of the key topics. Read more ...

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High dioxin content in copper sulphate

The new rapid alert system for feed and food indicated that feed grade copper sulphate from Romania had to high a content of dioxins. The warning is that companies that purchased feed grade copper sulphate in Romania or received it via another route like Belgium are advised to check if the copper sulphate is complying with EU rules for unwanted substances.

The maximum level for unwanted substances can be found in the recently updated Directive on Undesirable Substances in Animal Feed (2002/32/EU). The value of dioxin can be found in Section V of Commission Regulation no. 574/2011. Read more ...

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Alltech successfully defends mycotoxin binding technology

The patent on Alltech technology on mycotoxin inactivation has been protected for another eight years. The US Patent and Trademark Office confirmed the validity of the US patent No. 6,045,834 C1. The technology on this Patent is proven and has been a scientific backbone that has included eight patents, 17 PhDs, 19 masters and 52 peer reviewed papers, through 14 years of research on the technology.

The company has also created a new website called KnowMycotoxins.com, its redesigned website is there to help time strapped industry professionals. the site is available in six languages with up to date information on mycotoxin regulations and provides an opportunity to interact directly with global mycotoxin specialists. Read more ...

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The reintroduction of animal protein in to feeds has been rejected by French farmers

French farmers are opposed to the reintroduction of animal protein in to animal feeds. The not so long ago BSE crises that affected farms resulting in millions of animal being slaughtered through out the European Union has had a lasting effect.

A recent survey conducted in the middle of July, showed that 65.1 percent of farmers are opposed to the reintroduction of animal protein in to feeds for pigs or poultry, 26.5 percent were in favour. Agricultural unions fear that with the reintroduction of animal protein in to feeds it could be another source for trade distortion among other European competitors. Read more ...

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Ukrainian poultry poisoned by toxic feed

In the Donetsk region of the Ukraine about 25,000 turkeys died on a number of poultry farms. The preliminary examination showed that the turkeys had died to to toxic feed, specialists from the Ministry of Agriculture have found that the toxic feed has been used on several farms.

"Feed can be affected by the toxic fungi; also containers of feed on the farm can be poorly cleaned etc. To prevent the accumulation of the toxins, the birds must be given an absorbent along with the feed. Therefore before drawing any conclusions it is necessary to check compliance with all necessary sanitary requirements on farms themselves," experts say. Read more ...

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Severe stress in store for crops in US

Many of the crops growers in the US are facing a hard time as the heat-wave continues Southern and eastern parts of the Midwest were again very hot yesterday with highs above 95 (and places like Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Kansas City reaching or exceeding the 100 degree mark) while it was in the 80s for highs in the western Corn Belt for areas north of Interstate 80.

In Nebraska, Iowa and northwestern Illinois and southwestern Wisconsin all had rain and relief from the soaring heat all this rain and dry spells combined with heat-wave will cause severe stress to the crops. Read more ...

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July 22, 2011

French feed additive specialist Adisseo: Rovabio Max

French feed additive specialist Adisseo has invested more than €1 (US$1.44) million in more than 20 trails across species to understand the synergistic value of its enzyme product Rovabio Max a carbohydrase (Rovabio Excel) and phytase. “Rovabio Max is the most effective phytase product because combined with the carbohydrases from Rovabio Excel we remove the "cage" effect and decrease viscosity and thus allow better access to feed phytate. In total, it is 20 enzyme activities in one,” Adisseo says. Read more ...

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Algae product promising for dairy cattle feed

PetroAlgae a Melbourne (Florida, USA) a renewable energy company said that a third party study has showed that its micro crop meals performs as well as alfalfa in dairy cattle diets. Their micro crop technology uses indigenous aquatic micro organisms, a high-value protein co-product, and a new micro-crop meal for animal feed (which was the subject of the study), while absorbing carbon dioxide from greenhouse gas emissions.

"We are encouraged to see this product perform so well against one of the more universally understood products in dairy nutrition,” said Dr. Noah Litherland, who performed the study at the University of Minnesota. Read more ...

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July 21, 2011

Alltech builds Optigen production plant in New Mexico

Alltech the global animal health and nutrition company has started to build a new Optigen production plant in Mexico it is its 32nd production facility the company has built globally. The new site is the fifth of its kind to produce Alltech emerging technologies, Optigen a non-protein nitrogen source originally developed by Cornell University.

The new plant is part of Alltech overall growth plan and reinforces its commitment to the southwest US animal feed industry, The construction should be completed by the end of July and full production will start soon after. Read more ...

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Scientist at two agencies report on Antimicrobial resistance of zoonotic bacteria

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Combined their expertise to study and analysis member states data on the antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic bacteria affecting humans, animals and food.

The two agencies worked together to compile the first joint report on this subject. The report shows that the resistance to antimicrobials was observed in zoonotic bacteria, such as Salmonella and Campylobacter, that can cause diseases transmissible between animals and humans and can also be found in foods. Read more ...

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July 20, 2011

A Review: Prioritizing Agricultural Research for Development

Prioritizing Agricultural Research for Development: Experiences and Lessons (2009) was edited by David A Raitzer from the Center for International Forestry Research and George W Norton from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

This book looks at the need to guide limited public resources to the area of research in agriculture that has the greatest potential to benefit the poor along with the environment. It is a compilation of valuable experiences that intend to return the focus back to how decisions are made regarding the use of research resources. The intention is to offer a unique menu of options and lessons for future research planning efforts by NARS institutes and their international partners.

This publication is split into four parts; it presents both experiences and innovations with priority assessment methods in Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and its partners at various levels. Each chapter presents and appraises one or more methods that have been used in priority assessments and shares the strength and weaknesses that each method encountered. Read more ...

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Feed additive marks poultry meat contamination

Aberystwyth University scientist are developing a system to detect minuscule traces of fecal contamination on chicken carcasses in abattoirs. The Improved Food Safety initiative - a Collaborative Industrial Research Project undertaken by the University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS).

The additive, a soluble water based chlorophyll marker approved by the Food Standards Agency, would be fed to poultry during the last few days of finishing. When screened in abattoirs using fluorescence imaging, the markers would show up and identify any contamination. Read more ...

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AniTox announces new appointments in Asia

Anitox an international corporation, offering pathogen elimination, mold control and milling efficiency programs for the feed milling and primary meat, egg and fish production industries, has announced a of new appointments as its on-going expansion program in Asia.

Dr C K Lim, DVM, joins Anitox as Regional Technical Manager - Asia Pacific, Eric Chew, who is based in Penang, Malaysia, joins as as Feed Milling Technologist - Asia Pacific. Michael Song takes on a new role with Anitox, that of National Sales Manager China. Mark Zhang, leads Anitox’s Technical Support function in the China as Technical Services Specialist. Read more ...

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FOSS announces new few analyser

NIRS DS2500
The new NIRS DS2500 feed analyser from FOSS, this new machine is the next logical step in high performance infrared analysis. It can give an accurate analysis in under a minute for a range of parameters. This new machine empowers the feed miller in handling intake and product quality.


It is also compatible with other NIR analysis solutions, it is robust and easy to use in the laboratory or feed mill. It’s easy to get started using the NIRS DS2500 as every instrument that leaves the factory is hardware standardised. Light intensity, bandwidth and wavelength precision are thoroughly controlled in production to ensure complete consistency between instruments. Read more ...

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Declining crops ratings likely to continue

The recent heat-wave in the Midwest has cause a decline in the corn and soybean crop ratings for the week ending July 17. The national crop ratings were down by three percent to take the rating to 66 percent. Like the corn crop, this year's national soybean rating is below the rating given to the crop the last two years as of mid-July.

But the rating is better than the ratings given to the crop in the middle of July from 2005 through 2008. The chances are high that this decline will continue, even if we get rainfall by the end of the week due to the type of heat that we are experiencing now. Read more ...

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July 19, 2011

US$30 billion cut from agriculture

The President and the Lawmakers are looking to cut some US30 (€21.151 ) billion or more in agricultural spending as part of a deficit reduction deal. The farmers know it has to be done, but they fear too many cuts could cause a sharp decrease in crop prices, sending them back to the days of the 1980's farm crisis.

Negotiators will be looking at three main targets in their budget negotiations, the direct payments which pay farmers regardless of crops they grow. Crop insurance and Conservation money. Read more ...

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Perfect Companion expands to meet growing demand

Perfect Companion the pet food manufacture based in Thailand is in the process of company expansion. A new production plant is being built to meet growing demand, SCE supplied the silos for storage of  ingredients. The company Pet Companion continuos expansion and development of their production facility knowing that it will meet the changing of quality demands and it will also keep the facility in line with international standards.

They have selected SCE silo systems for their Tower in Bangkok, and are working with US engineering company Ibberson Belgium based silo construction and engineering company SCE supplied a silo unit with 41 smooth wall cell and chutes which an integral part of the production tower. Read more ...

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4B appoints new sales manager

4B Components Ltd, a global manufacture of electronic parts for bucket elevators and conveyors have announced a new appointment of sales manager for material handling products Carl Swisher. 
Carl Swisher

“Carl will help to strengthen our position as a global leader and manufacturer of material handling products. He comes with a strong knowledge of the elevator bucket business and will be a great asset to the 4B team” said Johnny Wheat, Senior Vice President and Director of 4B Components. Read more ...


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Feed and raw material sector of Europe expects supply disruptions

Coceral, Fediol and Fefac the European raw material and feed manufacturers united acknowledge entry into force of “technical solution” for minutes traces of GMOs not yet authorised in the European Union (EU) as a first step. More comprehensive action needed to avoid supply disruptions. It is thought that the technical solution will help reduce the risk of disruption in the feed supplies by boosting legal certainty for animal feed imports into the EU.

Coceral, Fediol and Fefac are also calling for additional actions towards more options in order to prevent the imminent feed and food supply and trade issues. The key companies involved in exports are not willing to wait for full EU approval of GM crops before allowing them to be cultivated. Read more ...

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Scottish ABN mill destroyed by blaze

A fire at a major animal feed mill in Fife (Scotland) is being investigated to find out what caused it. Resident of the Town of Cupar were put on high alert, last Friday evening as the massive blaze took hold at the ABN mill. The Fire was brought under control by Saturday as firefighters continued to damp the areas of building and by Saturday afternoon the fire and rescue service crews had finished.

Nobody was injured in the fire and all the staff who work at the mill have been account for. Resident were ask to remain indoors and keep their windows closed as there was still large smoke plumes. Investigators are looking into how the blaze started and how it spread so quickly, this investigation is likely to continue for some days. Read more ...

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July 18, 2011

Grain crops used faster that farmers can produce

Grain crops are being used faster then the farmers can grow them according to Chris Hurt, a Purdue University agricultural economist. He goes on to say that there have been two major demand surges in the last five years, this includes the use of grain in ethanol production. But also the greater demand on grain crops, since the increase in wages in China this has lead to buying more food.

"These greater levels of usage have placed a strain on the agricultural production system, resulting in low inventories that leave little room for any production shortfalls," Hurt says. "Producers certainly have responded to try to meet those demands, but what we've seen is that demand has really outpaced the ability of the world to supply." Read more ...

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EU patent Office sides with DuPont

Dupont and Novozymes the worlds two largest enzymes makers, have been fighting it out over patents and recently Dupont come out as the winner in their European case. The European Patent Office (EPO) has revoked Novozymes patent which covers the technology used to coat an enzyme used for animal feed. Danisco claimed that the patent was invalid and that their product did not infringe. Soonhee Jang, Danisco’s chief intellectual property counsel, said. “We are gratified and very pleased with this decision.”

Novozymes has appealed against the office’s decision and the patent will stand as granted until the EPO’s board decides on the challenge, said Annegrethe Jakobsen, a spokeswoman for the Bagsvaerd, Denmark-based company. “We still have a strong confidence in the validity of the patent,” Jakobsen said. The two companies are also locked in a US patent court case on an enzyme used in biofuel production. Read more ...

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Belchem's new and improved AminoShure-L

Belchem Corporation has launched their new AminoShure-L fro the animal nutrition industry. It has 37 percent more bioavailible lysine, AminoShure-L provides a true cost effective alternative to blood meal and other lysine sources. “Our growing expertise in encapsulation has led to this significant advancement in our manufacturing process and the ability to substantially increase the lysine concentration in AminoShure-L,” stated Dr. Dana Putnam, Vice President and General Manager at Balchem Animal Nutrition and Health. Read more ...

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Excentials in Egypt get new distributor

Excentials a sub division of Orffa from the Netherlands has agreed that Ront Vita Co will be its distributor of its speciality feed additives lines in Egypt. At the Agrena animal feed exhibition for the industry in the Middle East market the cooperation was announced for the first time. Ront Vita was exhibiting with a large booth which, for the first time, was also displaying Excentials’ product line.

Ront Vita is a family run business that produces concentrated feed concepts, they are also involved in the distribution of several feed additives in the Egyptian market and has its own warehouse facilities and production. Read more ...

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