August 21, 2017

21/08/2017: NRGene achieves comprehensive Italian ryegrass genome assembly

Information will significantly advance breeding efforts and lead to improved animal food supply

NRGene, the worldwide leader in genomic assembly and analysis, has provided scientists with the complete genome of Italian ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum Lam.), one of the most important forage crops in temperate regions worldwide

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“With the complete genome, we’ll be able to more fully analyse the traits to increase the yield and nutritional quality when used for animal feed,” says Dr Bruno Studer of ETH Zurich’s department of Environmental Systems Science.

“We have decided to focus our research on biologically relevant traits rather than resource establishment that may take decades. With NRGene, we received comprehensive results within weeks, accelerating our entire research pipeline.”

The genome itself is exceptionally complex and highly repetitive. It is diploid and heterozygote, meaning each gene has two nearly identical copies. To provide a complete and accurate genome view it was essential to phase the two copies of the genome. This is not a trivial task and was previously impossible. It could only be accomplished only with DeNovoMAGICTM 3.0.

NRGene’s DeNovoMAGICTM 3.0 used Illumina reads and big data analytics to deliver the complete, phased genome in less than eight weeks. The complete phased assembly is 4.5 Gbp and an N50 of over 3 million bp.

“Constructing phased genomes for heterozygote crops is exceptionally challenging, and we are pleased to provide the ryegrass community with a top quality one,” says Dr Gil Ronen, NRGene CEO.

“The genome data will immediately be used to support the diverse genetic studies and breeding applications of this important crop.”

Visit the NRGene website, HERE.

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August 20, 2017

21/08/2017: Monsanto and ToolGen announce global licensing agreement on CRISPR platform

Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) and ToolGen, Inc. (KONEX, 199800), a biotechnology company specialising in genome editing, have announced that the companies have reached a global licensing agreement for the use of ToolGen’s CRISPR technology platform to develop agricultural products

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ToolGen is an early pioneer in gene editing research. The license provides Monsanto with access to ToolGen’s comprehensive suite of CRISPR intellectual property for use in plants. This agreement further expands Monsanto’s broad portfolio of gene-editing tools that can be used to develop improved and sustainable crops.

“We are excited to bring ToolGen’s CRISPR platform on board at Monsanto, and are continuing to bolster and diversify our capabilities in this field of research,” said Tom Adams, Ph.D., vice president of biotechnology for Monsanto. “As a company we remain committed to the development of safe, sustainable and high-quality crops, and look forward to leveraging the CRISPR platform as we endeavor to meet the needs of farmers while answering consumer demand for food options.”

In order to grow more using less, farmers need a variety of seed choices to solve their local needs – like managing changing weather, fighting plant disease and pests, and using crop inputs and natural resources wisely.

The companies noted that gene-editing technologies, like CRISPR, offer agriculture researchers significant advantages over existing plant breeding and biotechnology methods due to their versatility and efficiency, and will allow Monsanto to provide farmers with solutions to problems that have been previously unaddressed.

“We are pleased to announce our agreement with Monsanto, a global agriculture leader, and look forward to working together to build new and exciting opportunities in agriculture,” said Jongmoon Kim, chief executive officer of ToolGen.

“This agreement further validates our platform and demonstrates the value that gene editing will hold for the future of both agriculture and biotechnology.”

Additional terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Visit the Monsanto website, HERE.

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21/08/2017: Getting through the main suppliers of bagging, palletising and stretch wrapping

TMI recently opened a subsidiary in the USA, and has introduced a success case, which is the best option for bagging, palletising and stretch wrapping of powdery products

From Catalonia (Spain) to the rest of the world: who is TMI?
Técnicas Mecánicas Ilerdenses, S.L. (TMI) was founded in Lleida, in the heart of the region of Catalonia (Spain), back in the year 2000 out from the hand of two experts in the field of the industrial machinery design, whom provided the company with all the knowledge and experience accumulated over more than 30 years working in the sector.
Image credit: TécnicasMecánicas Ilerdenses, S.L.

Starting up as manufacturers of palletising systems and mainly focused on the industrial bagging sector, it did not last long before the company expanded its business towards the dosing and bagging of any kind of solids.

Nowadays, TMI designs, produces and installs complete turnkey lines, offering a wide range of solutions from semiautomatic or automatic systems for the dosing, weighing and filling of bags, as well as its closing, check weighing and palletising to the final stretch wrapping of the pallets with multiple load protection options.

Additionally, the lines can be equipped with centralised software for the monitoring and remote supervision of the equipment. Fruit of the company’s fast and sustained growth, TMI machines can be found operating in more than 35 countries all over the five continents, with established distributors in more than 25 countries that ensure something essential for TMI and the key to its success. We call it our “proximity concept”, meaning no less than a quality of service to the level of the equipment.

Passion for the innovation

But if something characterises TMI, it is its’ constant strive and commitment with innovation in every aspect of the chain, investing an average of 5 percent of its turnover in the R+D+I department. Thanks to this innovation capacity, a spread range of solutions adapted to the specific needs and criteria of the 5 different sectors that TMI caters (food, agro-feed, chemical & petrochemical, mining and recycling) has been developed:

• Automatic and semiautomatic bagging systems for open mouth and valve bags.
• Automatic bagging systems from flat or tubular film (FFS).
• Big bag filling systems.
• Dynamic check weighers.
• High level palletising systems by means of side pushing.
• High level palletising systems by means of motorised gripper.
• Cartesian gantry type palletisers.
• Robotic palletising cells.
• Automatic turntable stretch wrappers.
• Special solutions for pallet protection.

Case of success: Complete and complex packaging line for flours and powdery products
Harinera de Tardienta (Haritasa) is located in the middle of an important wheat-producing area of Aragon, and has produced an excellent range of high-quality flours and semolina flours since 1954, becoming one of the most important flour milling groups in Spain. In 2011, Haritasa faced the challenge of modernising its factory.

On one hand, they needed to change the packaging format from the classical valve bag, where the valve remained open, to a more hygienic and fully closeable open mouth bag. At the same time, the other goals were to increase the total output capacity and to get more flexibility in packaging formats, all of this, with the constraint of the reduced available space in the packaging and warehousing areas.

Haritasa put their confidence on TMI, whose proposal met all of these needs. With the time, the relationship between both companies became so close that TMI turned into a technological partner rather than just a supplier.

Read the full article, HERE.

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Wenger Manufacturing company profile

With a little ingenuity and a lot of hard work, brothers Joe and Louis Wenger founded Wenger Mixing Company in a small Kansas (USA) town in 1935. 

They went on to design a machine that blended molasses with dry feedstuffs and produced pellets in 1948. Theirs was the first extrusion cooking system and the basic technology for all commercial extruders used today.

The Wenger brothers' novel idea created a worldwide industry. And, seventy-five years later, Wenger Manufacturing, Inc. is still a family-owned business committed to groundbreaking innovation in the extrusion market.

Today, Wenger offers a range of premium single-screw extruders, twin-screw extruders, dryers/coolers, flavor coating and enrobing systems, and control systems.

A new generation of proud employees works toward customer satisfaction daily in their multiple plants, in their world-class research and development centre, and in sales and service offices around the globe. 
Wenger equipment is unmatched in quality. 

Perhaps even more importantly, they've built a reputation for having lasting partnerships with customers. Lasting because of their dedication, ingenuity, and responsiveness – and  promise to carry out that commitment for generations to come.

Visit the website HERE.

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August 17, 2017

18/08/2017: 2018 IPPE registration and housing now open

Attendee and exhibitor registration and housing for the 2018 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) are now open

IPPE has secured more than 1,140 exhibitors with more than 518,000 net square feet of exhibit space already booked.

The Expo anticipates more than 30,000 attendees through the collaboration of the three trade shows - International Poultry Expo, International Feed Expo and International Meat Expo - representing the entire chain of protein and feed production and processing.

The event is sponsored by US Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY), the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and the North American Meat Institute (NAMI).

Register online and receive a discounted price of $50 (USD) through Dec. 31. The discounted rate applies only to registrations received online.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, the registration fee will increase to $100.

The IPPE website, offers easy navigation with access to important information, including attendee and exhibitor registration and hotel availability and reservations.

The annual global feed, meat and poultry industry trade show is scheduled Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2018, at the Georgia World Congress Centre in Atlanta, Ga., USA. Back by popular demand is the “Members to Atlanta” (M2A) program, which waives the registration fee through Dec. 31, for qualified attendees from member companies of all three associations engaged in the production of poultry, eggs and meat for consumption and feed, and for pet food manufacturers.

The program is supported through the sponsorship of elite IPPE exhibitors, which include Arm and Hammer, Aviagen, Biomin, Ceva Animal Health, Cobb-Vantress, Diamond V, Elanco Animal Health, Heat and Control, Huvepharma, Incubation Systems, Inc., Jamesway Incubator Co., Kemin, Soybean Meal Information Center, Zoetis and Watt Global Media.

“We sincerely thank and appreciate these elite exhibiting companies for participating in the M2A program. The program continues to deliver results in increasing attendance and contributing to the success of IPPE,” said IPPE show management.

The Expo will highlight the latest technology, equipment and services used in the production and processing of meat, poultry and animal feed. The week of Jan. 29 – Feb. 2, 2018, will feature dynamic education programs focused on current industry issues. The International Poultry Scientific Forum, Poultry Seminar in Spanish, Pet Food Conference and the Environmental Conference for the Meat & Poultry Industry will kick off the week’s education programs.

The Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit, Worker Safety Conference for the Meat & Poultry Industry, Poultry Market Intelligence Forum and the International Rendering Symposium education programs will also return for 2018.

In addition, several TECHTalks programs will be offered during the Expo. The 2018 IPPE will also highlight several new educational programs including essential sessions on food safety, consumer trends and international trade.

The following programs are new for 2018:

- Preventing and Responding to Foreign Material Contamination Incidents
- Understanding and Achieving Operational Excellence
- Meat Quality Workshop: The Taste of Beef
- Permit Required Confined Space - Train the Trainer
- FSPCA Preventive Controls Qualified Individual Training for Animal Food
- Pork 101
- Family Business Focus: Utilising Outside Advisors and Board Members for Greater Success
- Beef 101
- Defend the Flock – Biosecurity Basics for Poultry & Egg Producers and Live Operations Personnel
- Feed Production Education Program; Meat Industry Regulatory Update and Compliance Session
- Robotics in the Meat and Poultry Industry: Putting Technology to Work
- Wastewater Treatment Challenges for the Poultry and Egg Industry
- Get the Facts with Meat Mythcrushers
- Livestock Handling and Stunning to Optimise Animal Welfare and Regulatory Compliance

For more information about the 2018 IPPE, visit the website, HERE.

Register online, HERE.

2018 IPPE show dates/hours:
Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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18/08/2017: “Magnum Systems Dual Auger Packer” - A tailored solution for bakery mixes

When processors of flour, or flour-based mixtures, want to package their product into bags for sale/shipment to potential customers, the go-to machine is usually an auger type filler

Flour by its nature is not a constantly fluidisable material and thus not a good candidate for air packers and not free flowing enough to work on gravity type fillers.
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Add in the ingredients in a typical bakery mix (sugar, shortening baking soda, and flavorings) and these poor flow characteristics become amplified along with the increased sensitivity to cross contamination.

Most auger fillers have a single auger and were designed to handle industrial minerals. They are simple machines that are designed to be robust and work on the same material day in and day out but they are the slowest of all fillers and food grade was usually not part of the original design basis. In the early 90’s there was a surge in demand of bakery mix production and packaging with the invention of the home bread machine that every housewife got for Christmas.

While the standard auger fillers worked with the mixes, they had three major drawbacks:

1. They were slow
2. They were not accurate enough
3. They were not cleanable

So to answer this demand, Magnum System’s Taylor Products brand set out to design auger filler that not only solves these drawbacks, has previsions for filling various container types, prevent dust, and pairs with automated bag placing based on automation/manpower required.

The bagging machine created was the APO Dual (Auger Packer Open mouth Dual).

1. The two augers (one 8” and one 4”) increase speed of fill.
2. The two augers increase the accuracy and repeatability of target fill.
3. Designed with a drop bottom chamber, removable augers and agitators, and even designed to be able to be 3A dairy certified, ensures ease of cleaning.
4. Multiple Discharge adapters allow for container versatility.
5. Inflatable spout ensures superior dust control.
6. Paired with bag placing equipment allows automation if required.

The APO Dual is a “Gross Weigh” filler, meaning that the container being filled is weighed as it is filled. It uses two horizontally mounted augers, one eight inch and one four inch to meter and control material flow.

These augers each have a positive shut-off cap to ensure halted flow when they stop for increased accuracy assurance. Located above the auger inlet, a ribbon type agitator ensures consistent flow and even feed to the augers.

The augers discharge through an enclosed chamber to an inflatable spout where the container (or its liner) is normally attached for filling. The unit is load cell based with a digital scale. To begin a fill cycle, an operator places a container onto the inflatable spout and signals the process to start by either a hand bump or foot switch. The spout is inflated to form a dust tight seal and both augers begin to fill.

At the first pre-act condition, typically around 65 percent of the target fill, the larger auger stops its fill, while the smaller auger continues to fill. At a second pre-act condition, the smaller auger, which is equipped with a variable speed drive, slows to a dibble speed for the final top off.

By using this sequence maximum efficiency in balancing speed and accuracy is achieved. When finished, the scale verifies that the bag is within the processors over/under acceptable limits from the target fill weight.

If acceptable, the inflatable head is deflated and the container released. If out of tolerance range, an alarm is signalled and the operator must clear it to proceed, alerting the operator to an upset condition.

Visit the Magnum Systems website, HERE.

Read the full article, HERE.

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Ottevanger Milling Engineers company profile

Ottevanger Milling Engineers is a leading European company in the design and manufacture of equipment and complete installations for the grain-processing and mixed-feed industries.

Food producers throughout the world use these installations to produce food for people and animals. In modern, well-equipped plants in Aalten and Moerkapelle (The Netherlands) Ottevanger's specialists use the latest technologies to design and manufacture a comprehensive range of products.

Computer-controlled plants – anywhere in the world – are provided with on-line technical support from these plants. In its design of any installation Ottevanger takes into account the strictest environmental regulations and safety requirements.

There are, for example, always adequate facilities for air purification as well as sound and heat insulation. A lot of attention is also devoted to hygiene through the use of stainless steel and special coatings.

Thanks to its expert knowledge and expertise, amassed throughout its over one hundred years' experience, Ottevanger is the ideal partner for the implementation of your project.

Visit the Ottevanger website, HERE.

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17/08/2017: Industry leaders gather to shape future protein strategies: Bridge2Food

Global food industry leaders will gather in France at Bridge2Food 10th Protein Summit 2017 to shape and create new protein strategies for the future, the event runs from 26th – 28th September, 2017

This is the largest global protein platform which brings together industry and public policy leaders from the whole value chain to discuss, co-operate, build and shape future protein strategies.

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400+ experts from Food, Feed and Pet food; Protein ingredients, Technology & Research industries will join a unique 5-in-1 Summit featuring:

i) Protein 2030 Summit – Shaping a Protein Agenda for Europe
ii) Plant Based Foods Summit – Building a European Based Foods Network
iii) High Protein Food Summit – Future Growth of High Protein
iv) Protein Ingredients Summit – New Innovations for Future Protein Supply
v) Protein Processing Summit – Scaling up New Protein Technologies

Concern over future food and nutritional security related to protein supply & demand is rapidly rising on the global and European agenda of governments, industries, and agricultural value chains in view of stabilizing crop yields and a rapidly increasing population.

How can we meet the future protein needs of nine billion people in a sustainable, healthy & environmentally friendly way?

How can the food industry tap into growing consumer appetites new foods, tastes & plant-based foods?

What is the actual potential for alternative proteins to move into the mainstream & gain scale to make a larger commercial impact?

All this and more will be explored during the five Summits:

The Protein Challenge 2040 
Simon Billing, Principal Sustainability Advisor for Forum of The Future will present the benefits of cross value chain co-operation as part of the Protein 2030 Summit. Protein is an essential part of human and animal diets, but the ways we produce and consume it are unsustainable.

The Protein Challenge 2040
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The Protein Challenge 2040 is the first global coalition with key players from the animal, plant and novel protein industries, exploring how we can feed nine billion people enough protein in a way that is affordable, healthy and good for the planet.

By 2020, the Protein Challenge aims to have:
• Raised the profile of protein as an integral and important part of a sustainable food system;
• Changed the conversation around protein: from ‘good’ and ‘bad’ sources towards a better balance of sustainable protein;
• Catalysed action, influenced relevant policy and increased investment in sustainable solutions.

The Protein Challenge is currently focussed on three innovation areas for immediate action: scaling up sustainable animal feed innovation to meet demand for animal protein; increasing the proportion of plant-based protein consumption with consumers; closing the protein nutrient loop.

I) The Protein 2030 Summit 
Will be shaping a Future Protein Agenda for Europe. Is there is a need for a Protein Agenda in Europe? If so, what are the key elements and how can industry and government across the national borders work together?

Some key themes will be:
• Consumer Global Supply & Demand of Proteins & Protein Foods – Agritel, France
• European Soy: Bridging Sustainable Protein Demand with Supply - Donau Soja, Austria
• French Protein Ingredient Strategy – Protein France
• The Plant-Protein Growing & Greening Strategy in Germany, Federal Office for Agriculture & Food

II) Plant-Based Foods Summit 

Growing more plant protein in Europe is very important from a sustainability, climate and self-sufficiency point of view. The demand for plant protein ingredients is increasing and there are many economic opportunities. Governments and industry are working together to increase the shift from animal-based to plant-protein diets.

Some key themes will be:
• The European Market for Meat-Free and Dairy-Free Foods – Tivall Europe at Nestle
• The Global Context: Building the Meat-Free Category – Quorn Foods (UK)
• The US plant-based investment opportunity
• Plant-Based Foods as a category: Is there a future?

III) High Protein Foods Summit 
The ambition is to create new consumer insights, understanding the benefits and communicating them to the consumers and establish some key points where industry can work together to grow the overall market.

IV) Protein Ingredients Summit 

On New ingredients, raw materials and combinations targeting the food and petfood industry, as well as the ingredient and processing industries and create a platform for discussion on the role of new protein ingredients for a better and more sustainable food, pet food and feed world. New sources offer new opportunities, what are challenges and where can the value chain work more closely together? Led by Dr Stacy Pyett, Business Development Manager at Nizo and Dr. Anne Wagner, R&D Director, Tereos (France) will feature:

• Genesis of plant-protein specialities, from soy to new sources – EUVEPRO (Belgium)
• Strategies to tackle the protein challenge – ADM (France)
• The Future of Single Cell Proteins – Calysta, USA
• Mycoproteins: A new future? 3fbio
• Krill bio-mass innovations & challenges
• Round Table on Alfalfa – ARD (France)
• EU Horizon 2020 and research projects

Speakers from: ADM Chamtor, Euvepro, A-R-D, 3fBio, Valio, Calysta, Rembrandt Foods, Aker Biomarine, NIZO, VTT, Wageningen University

V) Protein Processing Summit 
On New technologies and processing methods. The ambition is to open up new opportunities for novel technologies, which can bridge a major gap in science and create a better understanding on the future challenges from a sustainability, zero-waste and water perspective as well as creating a better taste and texture. Speakers from: ProAsh, Wageningen University, Improve, Keygene, and many others

For more information visit the Bridge2Food website, HERE.

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August 16, 2017

17/08/2017: The benefits of use of Phytobiotic HygenPro® in poultry and swine diets

by Ing. Ewa Sujka, DVM Ignacio Lopez, DVM Sonia Tellez. Lípidos Toledo S.A.

In this article, we would like to review the efficacy of phytobiotics used in the different stages of poultry and swine production

We would like to present the mode of action and performance under conditions of intensive production. In the scope of this study will be considered the unique combination of essential oils and organic acids available on the market under the brand HygenPro®.

The usage of antibiotic growth promoters (AGP) in poultry and livestock production was very common along years, however nowadays presents many problems of legal, technical and sanitary nature. 

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From a technical point of view, the main disadvantage is that AGP are not selective over the intestine microbiota, so they affect both pathogen and saprophyte bacteria. Eventually, once the AGP has been excluded from the diet, a delay can be observed in a growing rate and increased incidence of enteric diseases.

It is due to the lack of adaptation of intestine immune system toward bacteria’s that are potential harmful and due to the elimination of beneficial microflora which may counteract this negative impact.

AGP is commonly used zinc oxide, especially in swine production for control of enteric bacteria, however the legal frame for its used become very strict recently, because of environmental contamination.

In the long run zinc oxide presents also technical inconvenience based on the detriment of lactic acid bacteria’s and consequently reduction of feed intake, negative impact on intestine structure and overall on farm performance of the animal.

A described scenario of legal and technical arguments makes the eubiotic feed additives, to gain in popularity and suppose an efficient alternative for antibiotics and zinc oxide used as growth promoters. In this group of ingredients prebiotics, organic acids, enzymes, probiotics and essential oils should be mentioned.

All ingredients are an important progress in pathogen control, however recent studies confirm that the combinations of essential oils with protected organic acids, are the most efficient remedy, to control the growth of intestine bacterial pathogen and significantly improves zootechnical performance.

Organic acids and essential oils are the group of feed additives most common and deeply studied as for use in monogastric species. In vitro trials confirm that essential oils have antibacterial, antioxidant and immunomodulation properties.

The combined action of organic acids together with essential oils shows synergy, in the control pathogen bacteria and the stimulation of growth of saprophyte microflora. Active components have a sparing effect, allowing organic acids to penetrate bacteria cell membranes more efficiently, increasing its permeability and allowing penetration in a non-dissociated form. 

Figure 1: Phytobiotic HygenPro® is protected by special matrix,
releasing its active components in controlled way along whole
digestive tract. 
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The bactericide and fungicide effects of certain combinations of essential oils is strengthened when acting in acid environment. In vitro studies confirm that essential oils inhibit formation of flagella in E. coli and stick together flagella of Salmonella spp. Essential oils apart from their bactericide effect, shows prebiotic properties, improving intestine integrity and modulating saprophyte microbiota.

That is why the use of combinations of organic acids together with essential oils confirms its efficacy especially in the control of intestinal dysbiosis, acting against both Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacterial pathogens.

The use of phytobiotics is specially justified in the diets for young animals, where immature stomachs and intestines do not reach the level of secretions high enough to digest in efficient way. Organic acids used in this phase allows to reduce the buffer capacity of the feed, its retention in stomach and intestine and increase feed intake together with reduction of the risk of diarrhoea.

The question mark about the use of phytobiotics is the correct choice of its active ingredients, dose and cost. Development of profitable solutions with a broad margin of safety can be achieved taking advantages of synergies exiting among different botanicals together with organic acids.

In the case of organic acids, the main doubt is about their efficacy in the distal parts of the intestine. Therefore, it is crucial to provide a product based on the technology of gradual and controlled release of active components, quickly for the stomach and small intestine and slowly for the components to be released in the distal parts of large intestine.

This goal may be achieved using special protection matrix, which acts independent of the presence of digestive juices, enzymes and pH levels (Figure 1.)

Read the full article, HERE.

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IDAH company profile

IDAH’s ultimate goal is to be world’s number one with customer satisfaction.
IDAH’s vision is to build on their solid traditional manufacturing roots and expand out to be a full-service solutions provider: offering value-added system designs and turnkey project consultation services.

Through this expansion, they hope to create an international platform where technology could be shared and integrated for the benefit of their customers.

By upholding the IDAH Spirit, the passionate team members of IDAH are committed to achieve this vision.

The IDAH Spirit
"Creativity, Honesty & Quality "

Creativity is what gave birth to IDAH in 1974 and consequently the birth of the feeds manufacturing industry in Asia.

Innovation through creativity is what has enabled them to be the industry driver from their inception until now. IDAH is committed and well positioned to lead the industry of tomorrow.

According to their website, "If creativity is the engine that has rapidly pushed IDAH forward; Honesty is what keeps us moving in the right direction."

"IDAH has been firmly grounded on the virtues of quality, honour, and accountability. Our main business is to safeguard the trust that customers have given us and be a dedicated upholder of the highest quality standard."

Visit the website HERE.

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August 15, 2017

16/08/2017: Preserving the value of your feed – with MoldCid

One of the most critical factors in global feed and food production is the prevention of post-harvest losses

The post-harvest system encompasses the delivery of a crop from the time and place of harvest to the time and place of consumption, ideally with minimum loss and maximum efficiency. Even under optimal growing and harvesting conditions, immediate post-harvest losses are common.  
 Prevention is the recommended method to avoid nutrient losses and mycotoxin contamination due to mouldy feeds. This means minimising the microbial spoilage from the time of harvest to the time when the material is finally used.

Using MoldCid for this purpose protects the animals and increases the efficiency of feed production, thereby also reducing feed costs. As a result, the profitability of animal production increases.

Highly effective against moulds
Due to its lipophilic character, the propionic acid-based MoldCid is especially effective against moulds, making it the product of choice for feed preservation. MoldCid is also active at a neutral pH, which more closely matches the native pH value in grain and feed. 

A valuable tool to show the efficacy of MoldCid is the carbon dioxide test. This test measures the volume of CO2 formed by microorganisms in grain. As moulds grow, they consume oxygen from the air and produce CO2.

The higher the amount of CO2, the higher the contamination with moulds in the substrate. As shown in figure 1, the application of MoldCid considerably decreases the CO2 production in grain, giving a clear indication that MoldCid reduces microbial activity and improves feed hygiene.

Health and cost-effectiveness: valid reasons to use MoldCid
Moulds in feed are a serious economic problem because they consume the main nutrients and affect the palatability of the feed. Losses of nutrients caused by moulds can be as high as 10 percent. Especially the crude fat content of grains is affected by mould growth during storage, even more so than proteins and carbohydrates. 

Figure credit: Dr Eckel
 Losses in metabolisable energy from maize may even reach 25 percent, necessitating the use of additional costly sources of energy, for instance fat and oil, in the formulation. Preventing spoilage by the application of MoldCid will therefore save money and resources.

Apart from nutrient losses, moulds also produce mycotoxins, threatening animal and human health. Many studies in the literature show the detrimental effects of mycotoxins on animal health and performance.

The sensitivity for these effects depends on animal category, age, health status and also duration and level of exposure. Aflatoxins can be transferred into animal tissues and therefore pose a serious risk for the consumer (carry-through-effect). Preventing the build-up of Aflatoxins during storage by preserving the feeds with MoldCid will help to keep these dangers under control.

Protecting workers and equipment – without losing efficacy 
The protection of staff and equipment is an important criterion when evaluating mould inhibitors. Companies often face the decision of investing in acid-resistant equipment or having to replace corroded parts regularly. 

Figure credit: Dr Eckel
 Choosing the non-corrosive MoldCid, a unique blend of buffered propionic acid on a special carrier and propionic acid salts, solves this problem without losing efficacy. MoldCid has the added effect of avoiding chemical reactions between the acid and other ingredients in the feed.It guarantees a reliable and powerful preservation of grain and other raw materials - during harvest, in the feed mill and on the farm (Fig 2).

Application tips 
The preservation success depends on a variety of factors. The dosage rate has to be adapted to the type of raw material, moisture content and storage time. MoldCid should be applied before the grain is milled. If the preserved grain is stored outside, it has to be covered, but not before at least three days have elapsed to avoid the formation of condensed water.

Regular sensory control is advisable to detect any spoilage in time. Often, not enough attention is given to the condition of the storerooms. One reason is the poor accessibility of the silos where the feed is stored. The hatch is usually at the top of the silo and routine hygiene inspections and manual cleaning procedures are difficult to perform. Cleaning hatches are also often not available.

Condensation can form on the walls inside of silos and lead to the formation of isolated nests of moulds that may spread through the complete feedstock. For optimal feed hygiene, it is therefore essential to address raw material preservation and silo hygiene at the same time.

The non-corrosive MoldCid is the ideal product to use for these purposes. No technical investments are necessary for application.

Grain preservation with MoldCid can make an important contribution to the improvement of feed hygiene, thereby furthering the production of healthy food. The reduction of mould-induced losses and the prevention of mycotoxin build-up helps to save raw materials, minimise costs, and increase the efficiency of food production.

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16/08/2017: Productivity in the face of a changing global context

by Alfredo J. Escribano, DVM, PhD

The global increase in demand towards animal protein, calls for higher productivity, which must come along with higher efficiency in order to both preserve resources and dairy farms’ profitability

This context is leading to important changes in dairy cows’ nutrition. This will be even more severe as more productive animals are being selected also in search of higher environmental sustainability.
Thus, covering dairy cows’ energy requirements remains being a challenge. Intake (DMI) is one of the main factors hindering that cows are able to take from diet all energy they need. 

DMI is reduced during late pregnancy and early lactation, meaning the cows are not able to eat as much as they need. Consequently, cows usually enter Negative Energy Balance (NEB), which has a tremendous effects on cows’ health and farms’ profitability, since it compromises the triangle composed by metabolic health, fertility (open days) and milk production.

In order to cover dairy cows’ energy requirements we need to increase the energy density of the ration, which is carried out by increasing the carbohydrates and/or lipids level of inclusion. Lipids allow reducing the rumen health-related problems caused by high inclusions of carbohydrates (ruminal acidosis).

It is also fair to say that the inclusion of lipids can also have negative externalities if guidelines of administration are not followed. However, after years of improved scientific knowledge, the drawbacks related to feeding ruminants with fats have been overcome, and there is no doubt of the benefits that the use of lipids have led to the industry, either in terms of animal performance or fertility (Rodney et al., 2015), which redounds on global food security (access to food at affordable prices).

Nowadays, academy (and little by little also the industry does so) is going further, looking for details, precision and efficiency. In this sense, the understanding and modulation of animal’s metabolism is becoming an interesting field of action and product development.

Particularly, glucose levels in the transition period are a really important one. NUTRION has a leadership position in the applied research and product development in these areas.

Dairy cows’ nutrition
Dairy cows’ nutrition practice must be efficient while keeping an eye on food security, milk quality and human health. As a consequence of all these improvements, milk production per cow has increased a lot during the last decades, which has been in part due to the increase in cows’ feed intake.

This, however, has led to reductions in diet digestibility (particularly, in lower apparent digestive efficiency), as Potts et al. (2017) demonstrated in their recent study after analysing data from 1970 of the US dairy industry. However, due to dairy cows' greater production efficiency (more milk / unit of feed consumed and digested), production efficiency has increased (Potts et al., 2017); being this last the key parameter to evaluate overall technical efficiency.

It is important also from the food security point of view as a higher technical efficiency reduces the competition for feed/food resources between animal and humans. Moreover, in many countries the dairy industry is not rewarding higher milk yields at the prices farmers need (the typical example is the European dairy industry –and particularly the Spanish one- after the quota system). Currently, higher milk prices come from milk quality parameters (mainly fat %), and this requires specific formulation based on strong scientific/technical knowledge.

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Next Instruments company profile

Next Instruments has brought together a range of innovative analytical and process instruments suitable for use in the Food, Agricutlure and Nutrition markets.

Next Instruments has procured and licensed a number of instruments developed in Australia and is marketing them through its worldwide network of dealers and distributors.

These instruments have been developed by the CSIRO, various universities and local companies. These products offer innovative solutions to the analysis of food, grains, dairy products, meat products, beverages, feeds and meals.

Next Instruments now has a range of 20+ products with excellent software packages, sampling accessories and data processing tools, which have achieved a significant level of sales both domestically and internationally.

Next Instruments has established a worldwide network of dealers covering:

North and South America
USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, Columbia, Chile.

France, UK, Italy, Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Eastern Europe

China, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, India.

South Pacific
Australia, New Guinea, Fiji, Solomons, New Zealand.

Middle East and Southern Africa
Lebanon, Iran, Turkey, Republic of South Africa

Visit the Next Instruments website, HERE.

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August 14, 2017

15/08/2017: Sukup Manufacturing Company announces Ames office, USA

Sukup Manufacturing Co. announced today that it will open an office location in the Iowa State University Research Park in Ames, Iowa. The office will be open after September 1, 2017

Sukup Manufacturing has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, which has created the ideal time to grow in locations. We view opening this new office in Ames as an opportunity to capitalise on the engineering and technical expertise of both students at Iowa State University and professionals at the Iowa State University Research Park. Proximity to these exceptional institutions will only allow Sukup Manufacturing to leverage additional talent and realise further growth and success,” said Charles Sukup, company president. 

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Steve Sukup, Company CFO and former Iowa State University Research Foundation President, added, “Sukup Manufacturing and Iowa State University already have a rich history of collaboration. Most recently, we dedicated Sukup Hall as part of the Biorenewables Complex in 2014 and the Sukup Endzone at Jack Trice Stadium in 2015. Taking this next step to create a home for the company at the Iowa State University Research Park further demonstrates Sukup’s commitment to the University and the Ames community.”

“Precision agriculture is the future of the industry,” said Emily Schmitt, general counsel for Sukup Manufacturing.

“Innovation and technology are key to our company’s future. What better place than the Iowa State University Research Park to access the skills, knowledge, and resources to bring technology to farmers and help them be more productive than ever before?” Steve Carter, President of the Iowa State University Research Park, offered his support of the announcement.

“Sukup Manufacturing has long been one of Iowa State University’s biggest supporters and partners. Their work extends through many colleges at Iowa State and their addition to the Research Park community is a natural extension of that. We are thrilled to have them, and look forward to working with them to grow their presence here. They are a world-class company and we hope to continue to build upon the great Sukup legacy at Iowa State with their presence here.”

Sukup Manufacturing has hired Rachel Geilenfeld as its Public Relations Manager who will work out of the Ames office. Rachel graduated from Iowa State University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and from the University of Iowa in 2011 with a Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration.

She most recently served in the Division of Medicaid Services at the State of Wisconsin and worked as Public Policy Counsel for the Iowa Association of Business and Industry.

Sukup Manufacturing Co. is the world’s largest family-owned and operated grain storage, drying and handling equipment manufacturer headquartered in Sheffield, Iowa, and covers 1,000,000 sq. ft. of office, manufacturing and warehouse space.

The company employs over 600 people, making it one of the largest employers in North Central Iowa. Three generations of the family are now active in the business. Sukup’s product line includes on-farm and commercial grain bins, portable and tower dryers, centrifugal and axial fans and heaters, stirring machines, bin unloading equipment and bin floors and supports.

Sukup also manufactures a line of material handling equipment that includes bucket elevators, drag conveyors and chain loop conveyors, as well as a line of steel buildings. Sukup has six distribution centers located throughout the Midwest. Sukup products are sold throughout the US and Canada, as well as in over 80 foreign countries.

Visit the Sukup Manufacturing Co. website, HERE.

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15/08/2017: Risk management training held for grain marketing industry

Professionals in the grain marketing industry gain train on how to manage potential risks in marketing grain

Efficiently managing potential challenges in the marketplace is a valued asset for the grain marketing industry. Individuals with a strong interest in learning techniques in managing market risks attended the IGP–KSU Risk Management course held August 7–11, 2017 at the IGP Institute Conference Centre.
Alan Brugler, CEO of Brugler Marketing LLC., discusses marketing signals and technical analysis during the IGP–KSU Risk Management course
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The course hosted seven participants from five countries including Bulgaria, Japan, Costa Rica, Venezuela and the US.

The training consisted of two separate entities: basic and advanced. The beginning of the week focused on essential elements of price risk management and hedging through the use of grain futures, and also emphasised basis trading and its impact on those who purchase and sell grains and oilseeds.

“The interaction we’ve had with the instructor and his willingness to help us with any questions has been great in this course,” says Sergio Monge, industrial engineer at Trio Tech in Costa Rica.

“He doesn’t tell us exactly what to do in the scenarios, but he gives examples to help us understand all of the concepts better that we should think about when making market decisions.”

The other portion of the course emphasised the use of futures options and over-the-counter (OTC) markets when dealing with risk management. Participants gained knowledge of several topics that are centred on why the economy has futures markets.

These topics involved areas such as the relationship between cash and futures markets, fundamental and technical analysis, futures spread and principles of hedging, principles of risk management and basis trading, principles of futures and option trading, OTC trading, futures put and call strategies for heding, spreads and butterflies, and a simulation of futures trading.

“I know the participants had a great time, as well as learned valuable tools that they can use when they go back home to their jobs,” says Jay O’Neil course coordinator and IGP Institute senior agricultural economist.

In addition to grain marketing and risk management, the IGP Institute also offers courses in feed manufacturing and grain quality management, and grain processing and flour milling.

For more information about other upcoming courses, visit the IGP Institute website, HERE

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15/08/2017: On CRISPR, and saving the planet with ag – at Women in Agribusiness Summit

If the world is to feed its estimated 10 billion inhabitants by 2050, agriculture needs to pick up its game, yet growing food is one of the most labour intensive, resource-depleting tasks

But can agriculture save the planet before it destroys it?

Hear the reasoning of how science and technology may hold the key to addressing the problems related to hunger, sustainability and climate change as Jack Bobo, senior vice president and chief communications officer at Intrexon, presents at the 6th annual Women in Agribusiness Summit, this September 26-28, at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency.

Mr Bobo describes that in this hot, flat, hyper-connected world, public perception of risk may determine if agriculture saves the planet by 2050 or destroys it, though he says if media experience with pink slime and GMOs are any indication, it may be a bumpy ride.

In this presentation, attendees will learn more about global trends in food and agriculture, the interplay between food safety and public perception of risk, and how organisations build trust to navigate these trends.

Following along with technology that may change the trajectory of agriculture production is CRISPR, which will be discussed by Shannon Hauf, global cotton, wheat and specialty crops lead at Monsanto.

This game-changing genetic engineering tool has big implications for food, farmers, consumers and nature, as well as offering an opportunity for more nuanced GMO governance. Hauf will address this transformative technology and its impact on agriculture and new regulations and laws, as well as her forecast for this innovative tool.

Additional topics at the Summit will showcase up-to-the-minute issues like crop insurance trends; the changing ag landscape due to mergers; keys to risk management; sustainability; how to address logistics and transportation challenges; and more.

Over 600 women, with whom to share best practices and strategies, will convene at the Women in Agribusiness Summit for three days of industry content presented by top experts, 10 hours of networking with trailblazers and up-and-comers, and unprecedented knowledge-sharing.

About Women in Agribusiness
Women in Agribusiness (WIA) is a business unit of HighQuest Group, a global agribusiness consulting, events, and media firm. The Women in Agribusiness initiative took root in 2012, with the first conference held in Minneapolis. WIA initiatives have grown to include the WIA Membership, WIA Demeter Award of Excellence, Scholarships, and the WIA Quarterly Journal. 

Visit the Women In Agribusiness website, HERE.

Follow them @Womeninagri, like them on Facebook, join their Linkedin Group. 

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