April 09, 2013

09/04/2013: Colin Tutt to assume new role in CBH; food losses and waste in the context of sustainable food systems; oregano against hyperacidity

The CBH Group announced today that general manager operations Colin Tutt will be taking on a newly established role within the business from July this year, marking a transition to retirement.
Mr Tutt will be commencing as the inaugural general manager Global Supply Chain from 1 July with the charter to investigate new ideas from around the globe for grain handling and storage as well as overall supply chain management. 
"I have been with CBH for almost 40 years and loved every minute of it. I have described my time heading up operations as the best job in WA, and it is, but it is time for change. The grains industry is changing so rapidly and I am not getting any younger. This job needs some new energy and new perspective," he said.
"This new role allows me to transition from the day-to-day functionality of our supply chain to a more strategic consultative role but remain in the business providing support to the team for the medium term."
Mr Tutt will continue to provide support to the operations team in addressing below rail issues and will assist marketing and trading to identify ways to get grain to global markets by focusing on supply chain innovation beyond Western Australia. 
"Colin's wealth of experience and his breadth of knowledge of this business are undisputedly enormous, so ensuring we can transition slowly and provide the right amount of support to the new general manager of operations is very important," Andy Crane, CBH group chief executive officer said.  
The CBH Group will commence recruitment for Mr Tutt's successor in the general manager operations role in due course.
The UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS) in its thirty-ninth session requested the High Level Panel of Experts for Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE), to undertake a study on ‘Food losses and waste in the context of sustainable food systems’ to be presented to the Plenary in 2014. This report has to be policy oriented, practical and operational.
Until 30 April 2013, the HLPE is running an open e-consultation on the scope of this report, and the pertinence of main questions. References of global and national studies and data on the subject, especially on food waste, are also welcome.
The HLPE also wishes to inform that a public call for candidatures to the Project Team for this report is currently open until 30th April 2013.
Phytogenic feed supplements with oregano have proven to be effective for preventing and treating hyperacidity in the rumen of dairy cows caused by concentrated feed (acidosis).
Companies such as Dostofarm offer herbal preparations in powder form to be added to the feed. The added flavour causes the animals to produce more saliva and thus sodium bicarbonate: A substance that increases the pH-value in the rumen, neutralising excess gastric acid. Hyperacidity in the rumen is a common problem when high milk yields and weight gain are required.
The symptoms of affected rumen mucosa are often not directly perceptible. Typical signs are a lack of appetite and abnormal faeces, flatulence, sores and decreased fertility. There are no known problems with resistance to phyto-supplements, and they do not affect the flavour of the animal products. A welcome side effect: When added to the total mix ration (TMR), the preparations reduce heating and improper fermentation of the feed. Thus, the oregano supplement is a simple but effective measure to reduce costs.

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