The classification of US distiller's dried grains with solubles (DDGS) as a non-hazardous cargo became final and mandatory under the code of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on January 1, 2013. This was the culmination of a process initiated by the US Grains Council (USGC) in 2010 in coordination with DDGS producers and shippers and the US Coast Guard, which is the official US representative to the IMO.
Erick Erickson, USGC director of global strategies said, "Previously, DDGS had not been classified by the IMO. But as DDGS trade grew, several insurance organisations communicated their opinion that DDGS was a hazardous cargo, raising the prospect that DDGS cargoes would be required to be shipped on vessels equipped with special fire suppression equipment – thus raising the cost of DDGS shipments."
BASF has launched Novasil™ Plus, a feed additive for achieving better and safer animal nutrition. The product has been well-established in the feed market for years but is now directly available from BASF. Novasil Plus can be used in two ways, depending on its registration status in each country: as an anti-caking agent for enhancing the flow properties of feed or feed ingredients, or for binding aflatoxins.
“BASF is striving to optimise animal nutrition,” said Dr Alexandra Brand, who heads BASF’s global Animal Nutrition business unit. “Novasil Plus helps feed producers to improve the technical properties of feed while enhancing animals’ health by relieving them of the negative effects of poisonous aflatoxins. This delivers major benefits for both farmers and consumers.”
The poultry industry in Andhra Pradesh, India is in crisis according to the Hindu Times. The newspapers pinpoints high feed prices and declining demand for birds and eggs as the reasons behind the problem.
The increase in raw feed materials such as maize and soybean means producing a bird costs Rs. 60 a kg. However, the animals only fetch around Rs. 50 a kg at market.
|Calves and distillers grain (Photo credit: MUExtension417)|