December 20, 2013

20/12/13: Seasons greetings and a happy New year from all of the Global Miller team!

2013 has been a fantastic year for the Global Miller. Just last month we broke the 200,000 page view mark, reinforcing our aim of bringing you the most interesting, relevant and bizarre milling stories from around the world.

After a fun-filled year, it's time for the Global Miller to clock off for Christmas and prepare for 2014.

From all of us here at the Global Miller, we wish you a wonderful festive period and a fantastic new year! 

Roger Gilbert - managing director

International sales team
Darren Parris - international marketing manager
Lee Bastin - marketing communications manager
Tom Blacker - directories coordinator
Ivan Marquetti - sales executive, Latin America
Pablo Porcel de Peralta - social media manager, Latin America
Raj Kapoor - sales executive, India

International editorial team
Professor Simon Davies - editor, International Aquafeed
Richard Sillett - deputy editor
Dr Yu Yu - associate editor, International Aquafeed
Dr Mai - associate editor, International Aquafeed (Chinese language)

Production & distribution team
Tuti Tan - circulation & events manager
James Taylor - design manager
Marnie Snell - production assistant


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20/12/13: Event: LAMMA show

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 A Weidemann T 5625 CX80 telescopic handler at LAMMA Show 2009 (Lincolnshire Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers Association Show), England (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
LAMMA - the UK’s largest farm machinery, equipment and agricultural services show - will be celebrating its 33rd anniversary next year.

What started as a humble local show with 50 exhibitors and 2,500 visitors, LAMMA has quickly grown in to one of the UK's most reputable agricultural services shows.

In 2013 the show boasted nearly 800 exhibitors and attracted in excess of 40,000 visitors from the UK and overseas, reinforcing its reputation as the highlight in the agricultural machinery calendar. 

When/where is LAMMA?
The LAMMA 2014 show will take place from 22 - 23 January 2014 at the East of England showground, Peterborough, UK.

Opening times:
22 January - 7.30am – 5.30pm
23 January-  7.30am – 4.30pm

An early bird breakfast is available to visitors who  arrive before before 8am.

For more information visit the LAMMA show website here...
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20/12/13: Blumberg grain project in Nigeria; grain marketing webinars; appeal to end foie gras production

Food storage system firm Blumberg Grain has been awarded a project to expand food security and storage in Nigeria, the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has announced. 

The project will call for the turn-key installation of Blumberg Grain warehousing systems and technology for perishable and dry storage.
Full news available here...

The Ohio State University Extension, a branch of Ohio State University, USA is offering a series of webinars based on grain marketing. 

The courses - which are due to take place on 7 and 21 January, 4 and 18 February and 4 March - will offer participants the chance to experience simulations using options commonly used in grain marketing. 
Full news available here...

With the festive season now in full swing, foie gras is working its way up the christmas menu.

Animal rights campaigners however, are asking shoppers to boycott the controversial French delicacy. 

Marie Pierre Pe, a spokeswoman from the Interprofessional Committee of Foie Gras waterfowl (CIFOG), said producers were determined to be more open and transparent about the most controversial aspect of foie gras production - a process which involves inserting a tube down the bird's throat and pumping a grain mix into the stomach - reported British newspaper the Guardian.
Full news available here...

Barley is a major animal feed crop.
Barley (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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December 19, 2013

AB Vista

AB Vista is an international supplier of new generation micro-ingredients for the animal feed industry. Click on image to visit AB Vista's website.

19/12/13: Event: Sponsor supports nabim and European Flour Millers 2014 Congress in Scotland

Logo of the European Flour Millers
(Photo Credit: The European Flour Millers)
Between 150 and 200 people from over 20 countries are expected to attend the 2014 joint National Association of British and Irish Millers (nabim) and European Flour Millers (EFM) Congress. 

The event takes place over the weekend of May 29 - June 1 2014 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and will combine representatives of flour millers from UK and Ireland with those from over 12 other European countries.

This event is being sponsored by Safe Milling to show its commitment to the European milling industry and highlight services and products to milling industry leaders.

Safe Milling, which provides software solutions for the milling industry, is a flexible, real-time enterprise-wide business system delivering efficiency from wheat to flour with no data re-entry required. The company says more than a dozen of the largest UK flour mills, owned by three of the four largest flour producers, already use its solutions to run their businesses. Safe Milling is also fully integrated to milling operational systems from suppliers, such as B├╝hler and Satake.

Safe has been trading since 1975 and has over 20 years of experience in delivering new ideas to some of the UK's leading flour milling companies. Such needs include dealing with highly variable raw material availability and costs, whilst encompassing the strict and stringent audit and regulatory requirements.


To find out more about the Congress contact:
Allan Gleeson
or visit nabim's website here...

Logo of nabim
(Photo credit: National Association of British and Irish Millers)

19/12/13: Animal nutrition firm appoints new distributor; cyanide in sorghum; food-processing corp moves to the windy city

Spanish feed additive and ingredients firm NOREL Animal Nutrition recently announced the recent appointment of chemical distribution company Brenntag as a new distributor for its New Zealand market. 

Brenntag is a leading distributor of specialty chemicals in Australia and New Zealand, boasting strong connections with major feed producers and premix companies.
Full news available here...

Researchers from Purdue University, Indiana, USA have confirmed that sorghum, a species of grass, deters insects from feeding on its leaves by releasing hydrogen cyanide.

Livestock producers are aware that feeding sorghum leaves harvested at certain growth stages, and particularly under stress conditions such as drought, can result in cyanide poisoning of livestock.
Full news available here...

Food-processing and commodity-trading corporation Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) announced today that it has selected Chicago, USA as the new location for its global headquarters and customer center. 

“While we considered other global hubs, Chicago emerged as the best location to provide efficient access to global markets while maintaining our close connections with U.S. farmers, customers and operations,” said Patricia Woertz, ADM chairman and CEO.  
Full news available here...

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Irrigating grain sorghum near Gainesville, Florida, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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December 18, 2013

18/12/13: Cargill's ethanol expansion; half equals whole says the USDA; strategic grain stocking in India

Cargill has announced that it will invest 60 million Euros in building a new ethanol facility in Barby, Saxony Anhalt, Germany. The plant will produce premium ethanol destined for the German and European beverage, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries.

The plant will produce ethanol through state of the art innovative technology by using feedstock from the adjacent wheat facility, using primarily locally grown wheat. 
Full news available here... 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends that you make at least half of your grains whole grains.

To put whole grain on the label, the grains in the product must be at least 50 percent whole grain. It is best to eat 100 percent whole grain products.
To ward off any grain shortage once all states start implementing the ambitious food security law, the central government plans to increase the buffer stocking and strategic reserve limits of Food Corporation of India (FCI) for both wheat and rice.
The move could push up the requirement by at least 50 per cent from the current norm. 
Full news available here...

18/12/13: Growers show interest in HGCA Monitor Farms

Richard Laverick
HGCA business development manager
News courtesy of HGCA, the cereals and oilseeds division of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

HGCA’s recent call for new Monitor Farms has prompted an enthusiastic response from cereals and oilseeds growers.

In November, HGCA began a search for a further eight Monitor Farms, to complement the six currently running in Scotland and Yorkshire. Over the following month HGCA Regional Managers received expressions of interest from more than 130 growers who were keen to participate in the programme.

“The interest been phenomenal,” said Richard Laverick, who leads the HGCA Monitor Farm programme. “I am confident that we will be able to announce the eight new HGCA Monitor Farms early in 2014, and we will also be able to pencil in some of the next wave of Monitor Farms, to start later in 2014/2015.

“The programme is not just about making individual Monitor Farms more profitable, but also sharing best practice with local growers and further afield. This has also been a great opportunity for HGCA Regional Managers to make contact with growers, and to explain how HGCA’s work could benefit their businesses.

“The essence of an HGCA Monitor Farm is that it is farmer-led, dealing with real time on-farm issues to drive improvements in technical performance, bottom-line profitability and long-term sustainability. Through open days, specialist talks and updates on the HGCA website, the Monitor Farms reach out to growers in the local community and beyond, helping to build sector resilience.”

Although the number of HGCA Monitor Farms is limited, HGCA is keen to stress that there are opportunities for growers to benefit from other initiatives such as Arable Business Groups, where local growers share business information to better manage their production costs and to improve their crop pricing and sales strategies.

December 17, 2013

Zheng Chang

To date, Zheng Chang has successfully constructed more than 2,000 turnkey projects world around the world, covering fields of poultry and livestock feed, aquatic feed, pet feed, premix feed, sawdust pellet, fertilizer, silo storage, pasture, electrical control and garbage treatment. Click on image to visit Zheng Chang's website.

17/12/13: Feed and enzyme firms respond to public consultation on European bacteria guidance

Bacillus anthracis
Bacillus anthracis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
News courtesy of the EU Association of Specialty Feed Ingredients (FEFANA)

FEFANA and the Association of Manufacturers and Formulators of Enzyme Products (AMFEP) have recently responded to the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) public consultation on the updated safety guidance on the assessment of the toxigenic potential of Bacillus 
(a type of bacteria that produces toxins) species used in animal nutrition.

The Bacillus species have been widely used for decades as microbial feed additives (probiotics and silage inoculant) and as production organisms for enzymes and other fermentation products for feed and food use.

The feed additive and enzyme industry welcome EFSA's wish to secure safety and harmonise the safety assessment criteria, based on scientific sound methods. 

However FEFANA and AMFEP have strong concerns about the approach used by EFSA in their new draft Bacillus guidance document. EFSA questions the safety of Bacillus strains with an established, long history of safe use, based on their potential to produce lipopeptides. Recent literature shows that the traditional Japanese food and health product natto contains strong lipopeptide-producing Bacillus spp.

Natto has been consumed without any adverse effects upon daily intake for centuries in Asia. It is also known from the scientific literature cited by EFSA that toxic effects seen in in vitro cell tests is not related to an in vivo toxicity. Therefore EFSA's concern about lipopeptides is most likely unfounded.

As there is no international recognised in vitro assay developed for measurement of lipopeptides, EFSA suggests using assays developed for other purposes. We believe that these assays may lead to wrong conclusions on the potential risk of Bacillus strains and the present test may leave some uncertainties on how they should be performed and interpreted.

This could impact the already authorised additives with known effect as well as limiting the development of new products based on Bacillus strains.

View EFSA's guidance document here...

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17/12/13: Feline grain protectors; Turkey celebrates exhibition anniversary; Russia's grain harvest

Chinese farmers may have domesticated cats more than 5,000 years ago in order to protect their grain stores from pests, a study suggests.
Scientists traced evidence of a close relationship between human and cat in the ancient village of Quanhucin, Shaanxi province, where millet cultivation was widespread.

 Remains of an ancient rodent burrow into a grain storage pit were also discovered, and indication that rats and mice posed a serious problem for Chinese farmers.
Full news available here...

The Turkish Flour Industrialists’ Federation (TFIF) is marking the 10th anniversary of its Wheat, Flour and Bread: Past, Present and Future' - an International Congress and Exhibition due to take place next year.

Organisers have suggested that the congress will strengthen trade relationships and build new ties.
Visit the TFIF website here...

The Russian government has announced it is to purchase 5-6 million metric tons of grain from farmers in order to prevent excess supply from this year's harvest.

According to the country's agriculture ministry, this year's grain harvest is estimated to rise to 88-90 million tons, up from 71.7 million tons in 2012.
Full news available here... 

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Eyes of a tabby cat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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17/12/13: Event: VIV International Nigeria Summit

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Flag of Nigeria (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
With the majority of its ruminants - cattle, sheep and goats - supplied with fodder feeds harvested from rangelands and grazing reserves, Nigeria's livestock and poultry production industries are under constant development.

In light of this, VIV and local partner Nate Farms Int. will present the International Nigeria Summit 2014 - a one-day programme that will focus on the country's animal protein production. Animal protein plays an important role in food security, mainly due to its excellent nutritional value. 

What will the International Nigeria Summit include?
The summit will feature a range of technical practices seminar sessions presented by international experts. 

The main objectives of the summit include: 

Modernization of the Nigerian Animal Protein Industries
Listed as one of the world’s 5 most rapidly growing countries for poultry meat and egg production by Rabobank, Nigeria shows a tremendous potential and will face many challenges. The Nigerian population will grow significantly, resulting in a sharp rise in demand for food.

Protein and Nutrition 
According to VIV, Nigerian Feed millers are showing a great interest in other protein sources in order to meet the demand of farmers and tackle the country's protein deficiency in animal production.

Farm Management

Sustainable farm management is one of the biggest challenges facing agriculture in Nigeria, yet it is one of the most important if farms are to meet the federal government's agenda on food security and sustainability.

The summit will look at farming techniques including:
 - improving animal production and quality

 - investigating novel products from livestock

 - identifying methods of improving animal health and welfare

Youth & Women empowerment
More and more women and young people are beginning to explore the potential of employment in the country's agricultural sector with an increased interest in the poultry, fish farming, dairy, livestock and cropping sectors.

VIV has voiced its commitment to atrract young people and women to the International Nigeria Summit 2014 as a platform for education and innovation.

Who is the International Nigeria Summit for? 
The summit will offer excellent opportunities to establish valuable relationships with Nigerian professionals. It is set to attract both private and public parties producers, processors, marketers, traders and exporters. 

When/where is the International Nigeria Summit? 
The Summit is scheduled to take place on 15 January 2014 at the Sheraton Hotel Abuja, Nigeria.

For more information and to register, visit VIV's website here...

December 16, 2013

16/12/13: Event: Livestock Myanmar 2014 Expo - Highlighting opportunities for Asia's next rising star

The Livestock Myanmar Expo is the
state's first official feed. livestock & meat industry show.
Myanmar has been described by the International Monetary Fund as “Asia’s next rising star”.

It is strategically located for export markets, straddling the border between South Asia, Southeast Asia and China – 
home to more than 3.6 billion consumers.  

Furthermore, it is endowed with abundant natural resources including ample untapped arable land, oil and gas reserves, water, and corn – the major ingredient for livestock feed. To help all interested stakeholders to better understand the potential opportunities in Myanmar, particularly with the coming ASEAN Economic Community in 2015, Livestock Myanmar 2014 Expo - Myanmar's first official feed, livestock & meat industry show will take place next year. 

What will Livestock Myanmar include? 
The expo is hosted by the Myanmar Livestock Federation and organised by global marketing and communications service UBM. According to Mr. M. Gandhi, managing director, UBM ASEAN Business, "the Expo will address changes and opportunities in the animal protein sectors, major issues and future trends, including regulations, sustainability, health and productivity.

Products, solutions and know-how from leading ASEAN agribusiness companies will be showcased.  We sincerely thank the Myanmar Livestock Federation and Ministry of Agriculture for their support and are confident that the Expo will foster valuable partnerships between Myanmar companies and international enterprises. A comprehensive series of free and informative seminars and conferences, featuring renowned local and international speakers will be a highlight of the show.” 

The expo will also feature the Myanmar Livestock Federation's 14th Annual Meeting. “We are expecting more than 500 members to attend” commented Dr. Mya Han, chairman Myanmar Livestock Federation. “As Myanmar’s peak livestock organisation we have more than 13,000 members representing all states and divisions. The Federation covers the entire livestock industry with stakeholders including farmers, breeders, hatcheries, feed millers, domestic distributors of feed, animal health and feed additives and equipment, and traders involved in the export and import of animals and animal products.  Our 14th Annual Meeting will include presentations from the seven states on the challenges of livestock production in their region.”

Myanmar has a wealth of natural resources that could support products from farm to fork and create business opportunities to share knowledge and technology and create partnerships to fastrack the development of the local feed, livestock and meat industries, and contribute to Myanmar’s economic growth and prosperity.

Livestock Myanmar is being jointly held with FPP-Myanmar - a one-stop event for food from 
farm to fork. The shows will take place under one roof, offering  gateway to the quality, efficiency and sustainability of the food value chain.

Because food production starts on the farm, livestock management is a huge factor in food quality and safety. It is hoped this partnership will add to the practical appeal of both shows.

Dr. Khin Zaw, Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department deputy general director said the government was pleased to strongly support Livestock Myanmar 2014 Expo and thanked UBM and all participants for contributing to the ongoing development of Myanmar’s livestock and allied industries. “Being a comprehensive and international trade show that covers the entire value chain from farm to fork, it is the ideal platform to stimulate interest in business opportunities and technology transfer in Myanmar.  We encourage cooperation and investment to contribute to accelerating our economic and social development.  Myanmar has the potential to become a regional force in agriculture – the best is yet to come” he said. 

When/where is Livestock Myanmar? 
The joint expo will take place from 23 - 25 January 2014 at the Tatmadaw Exhibition Hall, Yangon, Myanmar. 

For more information and to register, visit the Livestock Myanmar Expo website here... 

FPP-Myanmar will be jointly held
with the Livestock Myanmar Expo.


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16/12/13: Feed representative receives largest ever donation; basmati rice exports jolted; FDA presents antibiotic voluntary plan

The American Feed industry Association (AFIA) recently announced that the Institute for Feed Education and Research, a US representative of the food and feed production industries, received more than US$80,000 in donations during the American Feed Industry Association’s Equipment Manufacturers Conference in November in Florida, USA.
Full news available here...

Indian basmati rice exporters have suffered a jolt as a result of suspended cereal exports, reported the Times of India, an Indian English-language daily newspaper. 

The paper added that the republic is now weighing its options following the withdrawal of sanctions by the US as well as five other nations.
Full news available here...

In response to the controversial issue of antibiotic use in animal feed, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced its new voluntary plan with the aim of phasing out the use of certain antibiotics for enhanced food production.

The  document offers advice and  explanations on how animal pharmaceutical companies can work with the agency to voluntarily  remove growth enhancements in drug products.
View a pdf version of the document here...

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Brown basmati rice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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December 13, 2013


Tapco stocks the largest inventory of elevator buckets and bolts in North America, some 900,000 buckets in 64 sizes, and 15 million bolts. Click on image to visit Tapco's website 

13/12/13: Event: Cassava World Africa

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Cross section of Cassava root
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Cassava is steadily taking the agriculture world by storm as a result of a deficit in global carbohydrate commodities and an ever-increasing population. 

Although the second most consumed source of carbohydrate in sub-Saharan Africa, Cassava's industrial potential has been largely unexploited.

Organised by the Centre for Management Technology (CMT), Cassava World Africa will focus on the production and processing of this heavily sought after commodity.

Organised by the Centre for Management Technology (CMT), the 3rd Starch World conference will address the issues surrounding the starch industry and the role it plays in an increasing bio-economy. - See more at:
What will Cassava World Africa include?
The event will feature a range of talks and activities linked to the global outlook and potential of the crop including:

 - global starch market outlook & feedstock economics
 - cassava projects update in East, West and South Africa
 - cassava agronomy/best practices and pest management
 - value addition & market prospects
 - mechanizing production and processing technology
 - infrastructure plans to support cassava value chain development
 - case studies in South America and Asia
 - cassava commercialization financing scheme

Who is the event for?
Cassava World Africa is an excellent platform to promote your organization to influential players and investors in the industry. 

The event is set to attract companies involved in:
 - plantation – sugar and starch based feedstock
 -  agriculture/agro industrial crops
 - fermentation
 - enzyme suppliers
 - companies that uses starch & starch derivatives – food, brewery, paper, textile, pharma, livestock feed
 - manufacturers and suppliers of tapioca starch
 - trading companies
 - venture capitalists
 - financiers
 - ethanol producers
 - agrochemicals producers
 - fertilizer
 - farm equipment & technology suppliers
 - research institutes 
 - agriculture ministries

When/where is the event?
Cassava World Africa will take place in Lusaka, South Africa from 20 - 21 March 2014.

For more information and to register, visit the CMT website here...

13/12/13: Protease brings profit

Mr. Didier Arnaud, managing director,
Jefo Nutrition Inc. speaking at the meeting
News courtsey of Jefo Nutrition Inc.

Canadian feed additive company Jefo Nutrition Inc. and its Vietnamese partner Nutrispices Inc. jointly organized a seminar titled 'Protease for profit: Introducing Jefo protease to Vietnamese aquafeed' alongside the World Aquaculture Asia Pacific meeting in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on December 12, 2013. 

The meeting was held at the Capital Tower in Thang Phu district and attended by nutritionists, formulators and managers of leading local aquafeed manufacturers.

Mr. Didier Arnaud, managing director of Jefo Nutrition Inc. and Mr. Philippe Serene, president of Nutrispices jointly inaugurated the meeting. Mr. Lesley Nernberg, Asian sales and technical support manager of Jefo conducted the technical session where Dr. Kabir Chowdhury, product manager – Aquaculture presented a paper on development of the protease for aquaculture. 

He discussed 25 years of research and development work with the uniquely heat-stable protease before introducing it to the global aquafeed market. Mr. Herve-Lucien Brun, an international aquaculture expert, presented a paper on practical use and benefits of protease enzyme in aquaculture feeding program where he discussed some of the trials conducted in important aquaculture species and introduced two new protease matrices for shrimp-tilapia and pangasius feeds, respectively.

The well-attended meeting and live Q&A afterwards highlighted the growing interests of using protease enzyme in aquafeed to minimize the effects of volatility in quality and price of costly protein feedstuffs.

Visit Jefo Nutrition's website here...

13/12/13: Cargill buys stake in Russian grain terminal; expired rice imports in Nigeria; NAMA president joins apple association

US agribusiness giant Cargill recently announced it has purchased a stake in a grain terminal in Russia's port of Novorossiisk in order to bolster its access to export facilities in the Black Sea.

According to the company, it has purchased 25 percent plus one share of indirect interest in the grain terminal Kombinat Stroykomplekt (KSK) from privately held Russian firm Deloports Limited.
Full news available here...

Dr Akinwumi Adesina, minister of agriculture and rural development has issued a report into rice imports in Nigeria, Africa.

In an exclusive interview with Nigerian newspaper Leadership,  Dr Adesina said that rice imported from India and Thailand is often expired and therefore unfit for human consumption.

He added that the nation was spending too much money importing rice from Thailand and India despite producing enough rice for consumption.
Full news available here...

Jim Bair, vice president has accepted the position of president and CEO of the U.S. Apple Association (USApple), the North American Millers’ Association (NAMA) announced.

USApple represents all segments of the apple industry value chain, including growers, marketers and processors.
Full news available here...

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Rice Diversity. Part of the image collection of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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December 12, 2013


Symaga offer a comprehensive service through their four divisions:
-Livestock equipment offers solutions "turnkey" for livestock projects.
-Silos, specializing in the design, manufacture and marketing of metal silos for storage.
-Agricultural equipment designs, manufactures and markets metal tanks for water and vineyard equipment.
-Steel works dedicated to steel work and plastic injection. Click on image to visit Symaga's website.

12/12/13: Event: IAOM's Fundamentals of Milling courses

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Ears of wheat Close up shot of the soon to be
 harvested crop of wheat,this will be used for
new seed or milling for flour.
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The International Association of Operative millers (IAOM) is proud to announce that it will once again be holding its Fundamentals of Milling courses in Italy next year.

The first course - Fundamentals of Milling I - is a technical training course intended for employees, supervisors and managers closely associated with flour milling plant operations.

What will Fundamentals of Milling I
The first of IAOM milling course will include:
 - general flour milling plant operations
 - grain cleaning
 - conditioning
 - milling equipment and its role in the milling process
 - system flow sheets
 - wheat quality characteristics
 - flour quality specifications
 - quality measurements.

When/where is the Fundamentals of Milling I?
The course will take place at Ocrim's International School of Milling Technology, Cremona, Italy from 17 - 21 March 2014

The second course - Fundamentals of Milling II - is also intended for employees, supervisors and managers directly associated with flour milling plant operations.

What will Fundamentals of Milling II involve?
The second of IAOM's milling courses will include:
 - technical and economic analytical tools for milling process evaluation including product granulation, cumulative ash, step chart development, and flow sheet equipment allocation analysis
- economic tools including yield management, divide milling and the impact of moisture on profitability
 - wheat quality characteristics
 -  cleaning
 - conditioning on mill operations
 - selected roller mill grinding
 - sifting
 - purification variables
 - mill balance and troubleshooting

When/where is the Fundamentals of Milling II?
The course will take place at Ocrim's International School of Milling Technology, Cremona, Italy from 24 - 28 March 2014.

How much will the courses cost?
The registration fee (which includes tuition, laboratory fees, books, special instruction, materials, transportation, and lunch on class days) is:
1 course - IAOM Members €1,950

1 course - Non-Members €2,050

Both courses - Members €3,700
Non-members €3,900

Ocrim has reserved a block of rooms at the Hotel Continental for a special rate of €69/night including breakfast. 

Participants will be responsible for their hotel, meals outside of the course, incidentals, and travel to/from Cremona.

For more information and to register, visit IAOM's website here...
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12/12/13: Novus takes new website to next level; Brazil opposes global GM suspension; new appointment at feed additive firm

Animal nutrition solution company Novus has announced it is taking the design of its website to a new level with the launch of a tailored version, catering to the needs of customers in local markets.

The company originally launched its global corporate website back in May this year, incorporating features and content specifically intended to enhance usability and provide more value.
Full news available here...

According to reports by British national newspaper the Guardian today, Brazil is set to go against a global moratorium on genetically-modified "terminator" seeds.

The seeds, often branded 'suicide seeds, are produced using genetic restriction, a technology that results in crop death after one harvest without producing offspring.
As one of the world's biggest agricultural producers, environmentalists worry that the move could result in a ripple effect that may lead to a worldwide adoption of the controversial technology.
Full news available here...

Animal feed manufacturer Optivite recently expanded its marketing team.

Jason Nightingale joins the company as an international marketing manager, responsible for developing the brands global marketing strategy and driving growth across the company’s product portfolio. 

A key part of Nightingale's new role will be to develop a stronger relationship with Optivite’s global network of distributors in order to better support their sales activity and develop long term customer relationships.
Visit Optivite's website here...

Jason Nightingale is the new international marketing manager at Optivite

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December 11, 2013

11/12/13: Event: VIV Europe

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Entrance of the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, the Netherlands
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
VIV is the global brand of trade shows, conferences and events that covers a wide range of feed sectors including poultry, pig, cattle & calves and aquaculture.

April 2014 will see the return of VIV India, the professional one-stop platform for India's meat, egg, dairy, pig and fish industries.

Organised by VNU Exhibitions Europe, VIV India is one of the largest livestock and dairy sector trade shows in India. Regularly attracting over 10000 visitors, the event is a great networking platform.

What will VIV India involve?
Welcoming more than 150 professional exhibitors, the 2014 event will showcase a vast array of egg production units, processing systems, poultry breeding facilities, feed management services, animal health products and fish farming equipment.

When/where is VIV India? 
The event will take place from 23-25 April at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC), Bangalore, India

For more information visit the VIV website here... - See more at:
VIV is the global brand of trade shows, conferences and events that covers a wide range of feed sectors including poultry, pig, cattle & calves and aquaculture.

May 2014 will see the return of VIV Europe, an international platform for animal husbandry and processing.

What will VIV Europe involve?
20,000 trade professionals from both established and emerging markets are expected to gather at the show. With top level management and other decision makers from 130 countries travel to Utrecht, VIV Europe is a great platform to meet with the leading suppliers of the international animal husbandry & processing industry.

The event will feature a wealth of conferences and a packed seminar programme with topics ranging from animal feed production to food packaging.

A series of field visits are also available that offer the opportunity to visit various Dutch poultry, pig and cattle farms, feed plants and processing plants. 

Who is VIV Europe for?
Reinforcing its reputation as the best place to reveal world class innovations and discuss the industry’s role in food security, the global poultry industry has selected VIV Europe 2014 its platform to get together.

The event attracts industry professionals and global suppliers involved in:
- breeding
- hatchery
- farm equipment
- processing
- feed milling
- animal health
- farm equipment
- feed ingredients and additives

When/where is VIV Europe?
VIV Europe will take place at the Jaarbeurs Exhibition and Convention Centre, Utrecht, the Netherlands from 20 - 22 May 2014

For more information and to register, visit the event website here...
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