May 26, 2017

26/05/2017: Feed: The potential of NIR to measure reactive lysine

Figure 2: Correlation between autoclaving time and total and reactive lysine content of a soybean meal sample.
 Lysine is an essential amino acid for poultry and swine, meaning it cannot be produced via transamination and must be supplied to the animal through dietary intake. Lysine is usually a limiting amino acid if not supplemented in synthetic form, and due to its high concentration in tissue deposition, formulation of diets for amino acid requirements often relies upon ratios between lysine and all other amino acids. The total lysine that has been measured in the raw material or finished feed is not a measure of the bioavailability to the animal; this only comes with measuring the performance response to lysine in animal trials.

 Apparent ileal digestibility gives a measurement of the apparent disappearance of lysine in the small intestine. Standardised ileal digestibility, which accounts for basal endogenous losses, is widely accepted as the most advanced method for quantification of the dietary-origin amino acids digested and absorbed in the small intestine. Synthetic lysine is often added to diets, based on price, to supply animal requirements.  

 The Maillard Reaction
 Reducing sugars are able to bind to free amino groups found on amino acids, especially the ε-amino group found on lysine. This is known as the Maillard reaction and results in the production of modified lysine, such as Amadori and Maillard products, including furosine and carboxymethyl-lysine (see Figure 1). The Maillard reaction is an irreversible reaction, which makes the lysine unavailable for digestion. Reactive lysine, the lysine that has not undergone the Maillard reaction and is metabolisable, can be described as unmodified lysine which possesses a free side chain amino group and can be either free or protein bound.

 In the past, reactive lysine has been called a number of names including chemically reactive lysine, chemically available lysine, available lysine and total available lysine. Measuring total lysine in feeds involves the acid hydrolysis of the proteins present; during hydrolysis some of the damaged lysine can be released and analysed as lysine. However, as discussed above, this lysine is not available to be metabolised by the animal. To identify the lysine that can be both digested and metabolised by the animal, ileal digestible reactive lysine must be determined.

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26/05/2017: Lambton company profile

Lambton solutions are built to last 

Their FEA testing systems and robotic manufacturing maintain then highest consistency for their renowned quality standards. 

 Family owned since 1965, Lambton is Canada's leading manufacturer of grain storage, handling and conditioning systems.

 Today, with international manufacturing facilities and a global network of field representatives, they continue to value their close, personal connections with customers and associates around the world. 

 For more information about their products, contact them at: 1.888.239.9713 (North America) or  

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25/05/2017: ILDEX Indonesia 2017

Photo supplied by ILDEX Indonesia Team
 Internationalising the livestock market in one of the fastest growing countries in Asia. 

 Indonesia is considered as the largest economy in Southeast Asia. The middle class are set to become a prominent force in the country. This is due not only to their huge demographic, but also to their strong income growth prospects. 

 Investors will find in Indonesia the ideal balance between booming demand for livestock products and an abundance of agricultural and natural resources. As Southeast Asia's largest country (and the world's fourth most populous at about 250 million people), Indonesia has witnessed a major boom in demand for livestock products such as red meat, milk, eggs and beef and cattle. Of which the Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture is more focused on strengthening at the moment. 

 The Indonesian Minister of Agriculture commented, "This effort is the government's commitment in pursuing self sufficiency of cattle production, targeted by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, to be reached in 2026. This effort is also to realise an independent country in terms of the fulfilment of livestock products, and at the same time, to improve the welfare of farmers." 

 The Minister of Trade also remarked that Indonesia should be self-sufficient on livestock and be able to export these products. He said, "The welfare of farmers is rising, and the poverty rate is decreasing. That is the governments target." 

 VNU Exhibitions Asia Pacific and Federasi Masyarakat Perunggasan Indonesia together announced investment platform entitled, 'ILDEX Indonesia 2017'. 

 It is the third edition of its kind, focusing on international livestock, dairy, meat processing and aquaculture exposition. It will take place at the Jakarta International Expo in Hall D1 and D2, Jakarta, Indonesia on October 18-20, 2017.

 More than 8,000 trade visitors are expected to participate and interact with 250 international brands. The show will feature three industry zones which will include; feed and animal health, feed milling and farm equipment and genetic, breeding and processing. 

 The exhibition will also present two country pavilions (China and South Korea) and a special pavilion for pet food. 

 Mrs Panadda Atthakowit, Head of Competence Center of Livestock of VNEAP explained that, "Indonesia represents 40 percent of ASEAN's total population and middle-income economies. It also represents a growing domestic and regional consumer base. With a professional industry partner, FMPI, we are strongly confident that we can offer the qualified market place that may create value and business opportunities for today's livestock market. At ILDEX Indonesia, visitors will be able to meet many top companies such as Big Dutchman, Charoen Pokphand Indonesia, Japfa, Famsum, Cheil Jedang Corporation, Elanco, Emtech and King Techina." 

 ILDEX Indonesia 2017 will feature a long list of supporters from the Indonesian government and local associations including the Department of Husbandry), Department of Marine Agriculture and Food Security, Faculty of Animal Science, Bogor Agriculture University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Federation of Indonesia Poultry Society, Indonesia Layer Farmer Association, Indonesia Poultry Farmer Association, Indonesia Poultry Veterinarian Association, Indonesian Association of Veterinary Public Health, Indonesia Feedmills Association, more from the Ministry of Agriculture and the Republic of Indonesia. 

 Deddy Kusmanagandi, Chairman of Indonesian Poultry Industry Association expounded that, "ILDEX Indonesia is the event that the Indonesian people are waiting for. We told our members and farmers in our association to come to this event because it is the right platform where we will meet top quality exhibitors and buyers." 

 In the previous editions of ILDEX Indonesia, 94 percent of visitors gave positive feedback and recommended this show to their friends and colleagues. More than 88 percent were satisfied with the qualities of the trade visitors and they intend to visit the expo again. 

 Edy Purwoko, country manager of PT Ceva Animal Health Indonesia commented that, "The quality of the visitors is very good. It exceeded my expectation and Indonesia is one of the largest countries we will continue to invest in during the next edition. Next year I think the number of participants will grow significantly and be even better. So, I'd like to invite everyone to come to ILDEX Indonesia 2017." 

 Visitors can find out more information by clicking here. 

We encourage companies related to livestock, dairy meat processing and the aquaculture industry to be a part of this event, and introduce your brand worldwide. It will help you become recognised in Asia. 

You can contact the exhibitions sales department via; +662 670 0900 or email; (international sales support)

For an international public partnership, please contact Mrs Saengtip Techapatiphandee at or +662 670 0900 ext 122.

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May 25, 2017

25/05/2017: SonicAire company profile

 SonicAire fans are the world's only solution that proactively eliminates overhead combustible fibre and dust. 

 SonicAire engineers developed this line of clean fans with one simple goal: Eliminate all the problems and risks that stem from overhead buildup of fibre and dust. 

 They've been able to do just that across a wide range of industries throughout the world. 

 They want to keep plants safe from lint fires and dust explosions and want to keep plants from suffering stiff fines for government noncompliance. 

 So consider them your resource for any question you have on controlling the risks of fugitive dust. They work hard to stay current with government regulations to help their clients avoid stiff fines for noncompliance. 

 But the bottom line is safety. They want to help keep you and your employees free from the dangers of combustible dust. 

 Quote from their website, "We're here to help. We look forward to working with you."

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25/05/2017: Dinnissen is developing by a mix of innovations

Dinnissen has broadened the deployability of its mixers, thanks to a mix of innovations

The mixers have been further improved in several areas, and, moreover, they explicitly consider the role of the mixer in the overall operation. That is why the validation of mixing processes have now been added to their service. 

The improved D-Topline mixer is easy to clean
Dinnissen Process Technology is actively engaged in the development and manufacture of process equipment such as grinding mills, mixers, bulk bag filling systems and turnkey projects for the food industry,animal feed industry, pharmaceuticals and chemicals. The company is a specialist in prudent, hygienic and rapid mixing of powders, pellets and granules.

They never shirk challenges such as achieving higher capacities, improving homogeneous mixing of micro-components, mixing poor flowing materials or processing high percentages of liquid. On the contrary; Dinnissen are constantly looking for applications that are a trigger for the development of even better mixers.

Improved D-Topline
This desire for constant innovation has recently led to the introduction of the 'Improved D-Topline', a model based on the familiar Pegasus double-axle paddle mixer. The geometry of the installation is modified in such a way that the upper sides of the mixing chamber lean in towards each other, resulting in a drop shape.

The negative angle of inclination in the upper side of the mixing chamber reduces the risk of product adhesion. In addition, the 'Improved D-Topline "can be equipped with an additional hatch ('front hedge') on the front.

This feature makes it much easier to inspect or clean the mixer. In some cases, thanks to this hatch, a version can be offered where the paddle axle assembly can be driven entirely from the mixing chamber. Furthermore, the ‘Improved D-Topline’ is provided with a divisible shaft seal, allowing the installation to be CIP-cleanable.

High-shear mixer
Dinnissen is at an advanced stage of optimising high-shear applications in the mixing process, which are also based on the Pegasus mixing principle. There are applications in which powders require a greater frictional force in order to obtain a homogeneous product. A change in the paddle configuration ensures that the new high shear process applies the necessary energy to the product, but without sacrificing the typical advantages of the Pegasus mixer.

Explosion-proof mixer
Yet another development is the introduction of an explosion-proof mixer (Atex-zone 20 internal), suitable for processing materials in which the Kst- and LEL-values are within a fixed range. This mixer was subject to a risk assessment and received a type approval for the entire Pegasus mixer range from an independent Notified Body. 

An example of an 'All in One' concept
‘All in one’ concept
The 'All in one' concept is Dinnissen’s response to the demand for fully integrated process lines. An example is the mixing line which has recently been shipped to a customer in the United States. This consists of a skid comprising a docking system for vessels which can be deposited into the mixer dust-free, which can then move the mixer up and down to mix and fill the same vessel again.

The great advantage of the 'All in one' concept is that the various components are perfectly matched to each other. This means that a consistently high-quality product can be guaranteed. There is no segregation of the product, and moreover the process is completely dust-free and explosion-proof.  

Smart concept

Dinnissen is becoming increasingly involved in the concept stage with their customers. This lies in the fact that the company not only acts as a process specialist but also as a solution provider. Nowadays, processes are developed using 3D modelling, simulations and time analysis.

Thanks to VR support (Virtual Reality), the customer can visualise the design of a process and have an idea of the accessibility and possibilities of systems and components at a much earlier stage. One of the accomplishments of Pegasus mixers is that they are able to mix in concentrations as low as 0.1%. This offers the possibility of removing a premix-step, thereby simplifying the process and gaining the benefits of less handling and energy consumption.

The increasing interest in the role of the mixer in the overall production process translates into the need for Dinnissen’s customers to have the mixer validated. A validation makes it possible to determine which set of parameters will result in the raw materials being homogeneously mixed to produce an end product of the required quality.

Thus, making it possible to reproduce the mixing processes. Dinnissen is also interested in this validation data, as it will allow them to further optimise their mixers. For that reason, Dinnissen has now added a validation of its mixing processes, which may, if required, be undertaken by an independent agency.

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25/05/2017: Aluminium frame dust ignition protection and increased safety motors range extended

ABB's range of aluminium motors for dust ignition and increased safety protecting is now extended with frame sizes 160 up to 280: image provided by ABB 
 ABB's range of fully certified aluminium motors for dust ignition and increased safety protection is now extended with frame sizes 160 up to 280. 

 The aluminium frame offers a lightweight alternative for many applications such as grain handling installations where there is a risk of combustible dust. The lower weight saves transport costs and uses simpler support structures on site. The motor's smooth surface prevents dust accumulating on the frame, thereby making it easier to clean, resulting in lower costs and improved safety. 

 Dust risk is sometimes overlooked because grain, sugar, starch, flour and coffee, for example, are not normally regarded as explosive. Premises that process or handle these substances, as well as other fine, powdered combustible materials can greatly increase their safety levels by using dust ignition protection motors rather than standard products. 

 The products are certified according to the European ATEX directive 2014/34/EU, and the global IECEx system. This certificates include protection types Ex tb for zone 21 installations where combustible dust is likely to occur, and EX tc for zone 22 installations where combustible dust only occurs in abnormal conditions. 

 The dust groups covered are IIIC for conductive dust, and IIIB for non-conductive dust also covering IIIA for combustible filings. 

 For locations having a potential risk of gas, the EX ec protection suitable for zone two installations is available. Ex ec is the new increased safety protection concept introduces by the latest revision of IEC/EN 60079-7, replacing non-sparking (Ex nA) protection for electric motors. 

 Third party certificates from an official certification body are available for all categories, also for those where it's not required by the ATEX directive. The certificates include the possibility to operate the motors with a frequency converter for maximised energy savings and speed control. 

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25/05/2017: Nerak recruits new Business Development Manager

Bob Tatlow: image courtesy of Nerak Wiese
 Joining Nerak Wiese as Business Development Manager, Bob Tatlow is bringing his wealth of bulk handling expertise to the vertical elevation specialist. 

 With over 35 years' experience in capital investment projects across a range of industries - including agriculture, food, waste bio-mass, pharmaceuticals and aggregates - Bob has specific expertise in sales of bulk materials handling and processing equipment. 

 He comments, "My most recent role was as Sales Manager for Aumund Group, which specialises in systems for handling cement, alternative fuels and minerals. Before that I spent three years as Export Sales Manager for Guttridge Ltd, selling tailored bulk handling solutions across a wide range of sectors."

 A time served mechanical engineer, Bob is familiar with a variety of processing and handling technologies, and has a sound understanding of CDM (Construction Design and Management) regulations. Outside of work he enjoys sailing, watching rugby and motorbike touring. 

 Simon Musgrave, Nerak's Sales Director, commented, "Bob's technical knowledge and proven sales record are going be a real asset because we are experiencing increasing demand for our solutions year on year." 

 Based in Brecon, Nerak supplies clients in a range of manufacturing and distribution sectors with modular or bespoke solutions for handling both bulk materials and unit loads - including box, tote and carton lifts, pallet lifts, mezzanine lifts, continuous bucket conveyors and pendulum bucket conveyors. 

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May 24, 2017

24/05/2017: Alltech Young Scientist award winners unveiled at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference

Brightest scientific minds aim to invigorate agriculture for future generations

Now in its 12th year, the Alltech Young Scientist program attracts the best students globally

Two students accepted the top global awards for the 12th annual Alltech Young Scientist (AYS) program, the world’ most prestigious agriscience competition for university students. The AYS awards, recognizing pioneering research in the agriscience sector, were presented at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE17), an event dedicated to inspiring innovation in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, held May 21–24. Now in its 33rd year, the annual international conference is expected to draw approximately 4,000 attendees from nearly 80 countries to network and discuss disruptive ideas in business, technology, food and agriculture.

The 2017 Alltech Young Scientist undergraduate winner, Joshua C. Gukowsky, with his award from Dr. Aoife Lyons, director of educational initiatives and engagement at Alltech. Students presented their papers on innovative agriscience ideas to a panel of international judges and a live audience during ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference, held May 2124. Gukowsky received a fully funded Ph.D. position and $5,000 USD.
The global undergraduate winner was Joshua C. , who attends the University of Massachusetts Amherst in the U.S. Gukowsky was offered a fully funded Ph.D. position and $5,000 USD. 

The global graduate winner was Jonas de Souza, who attends Michigan State University in the U.S. De Souza was offered a fully funded postdoctorate position and $10,000 USD.

The 2017 Alltech Young Scientist graduate winner, Jonas de Souza, thanking Alltech for his award from Dr. Aoife Lyons, director of educational initiatives and engagement at Alltech. Students presented their papers on innovative agriscience ideas to a panel of international judges and a live audience during ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference, held May 2124. De Souza received a fully funded postdoctorate position and $10,000 USD.

Dr. Aoife Lyons, director of educational initiatives and engagement at Alltech, and Victoria Liu, Alltech Young Scientist program manager, presented the awards in the famed Rupp Arena during ONE17.

“This year, we encouraged students to think about the ONE disruptive idea that will transform the way we think and work in agriculture in order for it to thrive and be sustainable,” said Lyons. “The international panel of judges, led by Irish professor Maurice Boland, was encouraged by this group of hugely talented students, all of whom place a huge emphasis on their scientific education.

“I speak for all of the judges on this year’s panel when I congratulate the 2017 winners,” continued Lyons. “The students not only exemplified great skill, but also aptitude and curiosity, which, in our minds, demonstrate their potential as the scientific leaders of tomorrow.”

This year, the program received more than 150 nominations from 134 professors, representing the world’s top 121 universities from 36 countries. To participate, students were nominated by their professors and submitted scientific papers on topics such as animal health and nutrition, agriculture analytical methods, food chain safety and traceability, human health and nutrition, and other agriscience-related sectors. Each student’s paper first competed within their own region of North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific, or Europe and Africa. The first place regional winners, eight in total, were invited to an all-expenses-paid Alltech Discovery Week in Kentucky that culminated at ONE17, where a panel of leading judges selected the winners for the 2017 program.

“Thank you, everyone — this is a great honor to receive this prize,” said de Souza, the graduate winner. “Thank you to Dr. Aoife Lyons for putting this competition together to support new and young scientists. We are all winners in this program.”

De Souza’s research focused on altering the ratio of dietary palmitic, stearic and oleic acids, or fatty acids, in diets with or without whole cottonseed and the responses of dairy cows.

“Wow, thank you so much — I was really not expecting this,” said Gukowsky, the undergraduate winner. “First and foremost, I want to thank my parents and family.”

Gukowsky’s research featured detecting antibiotic residues in the foods we consume.

Entry for the 2018 program will open in September 2017.

For more information about ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference, visit Join the conversation online with #ONE17.

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24/05/2017: Training Held for Middle Eastern and North African Feed Industry Professionals

U.S. Soybean Export Council collaborated with IGP to provide participants with U.S. feed manufacturing technical knowledge.

Participants in the USSEC MENA Feed Manufacturing course tour the KSU Dairy Facilities.

MANHATTAN, Kansas – The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are two regions in the world that both import U.S. soybeans and soybean meal and buy other U.S. commodities. To teach them about manufacturing methods and quality requirements, participants from both regions attended the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Feed Manufacturing course May 15–19, 2017 at the IGP Institute Conference Center.

The course included classroom lectures and presentations as well as tours of several industry- related businesses and facilities.

“This is a tailor-made course focused on feed manufacturing. We are aiming to teach the participants how to improve feed production,” says Carlos Campabadal, IGP’s feed manufacturing and grain quality specialist.

Campabadal explains that the main goal is for participants to learn the best techniques and then to go back to their own companies with that knowledge, with the overall goal that they continue buying more U.S. soybeans and soybean meal.

Several of the topics covered in the course included grain, soybean and feed ingredient storage and mycotoxin control; quality control in feed manufacturing; particle size reduction; batching and mixing; pelleting; steam systems; pellet cooling and crumbling; post-pellet liquid applications; feed mill management key performance indicators; understanding the U.S. grain export system; feed mill maintenance; and design and new technology used in feed manufacturing.

“I especially enjoyed learning in this course here at IGP, but also the tour in the feed mill and the dairy farm,” says Hicham Benkatta, veterinarian at Sofalim in Settat, Morocco.

Benkatta describes that he knew about American grains before the course, but now that he has learned more about the industry, he will take the information he learned back with him to his company.

The tours for the course included trips to the KSU Dairy facilities, the O.H. Kruse Feed Technology Center and Midwest Ag Services Feed Mill in Seneca, Kansas.

The IGP Institute offers several other training courses in addition to feed manufacturing and grain quality management. The institute holds trainings in flour milling and grain processing and grain marketing and risk management. To learn more about these other training opportunities, visit the IGP Institute website at

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24/05/2017: It’s Not Too Late to Boost Protein Levels in Your Milling Wheat

Recent weather is, once again, giving some farmers cause for concern.  The good weather that the UK has been experiencing of late is giving farmers, especially those in the South and East of the country, only 10% of the rainfall they expected in March and April.  If normal levels of rain do fall during late May and June there is a possibility of some crops getting back on track, although some crops like spring barley and milling wheat will struggle.

Wilson Boardman, Managing Director of Micromix Plant Health commented on the recent reports saying, “For farmers who have treated their fields with Nitrogen in March, large amounts of it will have disappeared as Ammonia into the atmosphere.  This is particularly significant for those farming milling wheat and we urge farmers to reassess their crops Nitrogen availability now, indeed Foliar Nitrogen may still be applied to Oil-Seed Rape at petal fall to boost yield without any risk to oil levels.”

Mr Boardman believes that the next three weeks are critical to those farming milling wheat.  “Now is the time that farmers will be looking to assess the potential of their wheat.  With March Nitrogen now pretty much all in the atmosphere, this crop is crying out to be given an all-important boost now.”

Products like Multi-N, a foliar protein boost for milling wheat could, claims Mr Boardman, make all the difference.  “Multi-N is not just a concentrated foliar fertiliser based on Urea Thiosulphate.  It is specifically formulated for safe but rapid uptake without scorch and achieves a level of efficiency not seen with alternative formulations; and that’s the key – rapid.  Farmers have a short window of opportunity still open to them to not just boost the protein in their milling wheat but also to improve late yield and grain quality and turn the recent weather conditions back around to their advantage.

“Multi-N reliably lifts grain proteins up to 1%*, has a very low scorch risk and is rain-fast in just 30 minutes.  It is applied through conventional nozzles and a large area can be covered per sprayer tank.  It can be safely mixed with most agrochemicals and has a very high efficiency of uptake which assists with NVZ compliance.”

Edward Downing, National Crop Nutrition Technical Manager at Frontier who market Multi-N added, “To maximise the potential of your milling wheat and oilseed rape crops this year, foliar applications will be a key component of farmers successful nutrition programme.”

*to be used in conjunction with a robust Nitrogen programme designed to maximise protein potential.

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