Eurotier 2013: Animal Welfare

Animal welfare and economic food production can be reconciled in successful livestock production, says the president of the DLG Carl-Albrecht Bartmer. The DLG stages the world’s largest exhibition for intensive livestock producers, EuroTier, in Hanover, Germany in November every second year.

He  told international journalists gathering at a welcome reception on the evening before the opening of the fair, that EuroTier 2012 has a special feature on animal welfare which reflects the serious discussion that is continuing in developed countries around this issue.

“In Hall 26 you can learn about the newest development in animal welfare where modern technology and innovative engineers are creating technical progress and answers that realise animal welfare on the one side and a growing world with a growing demand for food, such as meat milk and egg products, on the other.”

As far as this year’s event is concerned he told journalists that his message might sound a ‘little boring’. Again it’s the biggest EuroTier ever, “and that is something I say every year,” says Mr Bartmer.

But the difference this year is in the show’s incredible growth.

“This year we are here with 2445 exhibitors – that’s a growth of 25 percent over last time. The most interesting thing is the growth in international exhibitors. We have seen a 40 percent increase in international exhibitors and they now represent half of all exhibitors.

“We have 50 nations here in Hanover and that’s even a record, making it fantastic starting conditions for 2012.”

But why is it this way? Mr Bartmer mused with his audience.

“Why do international exhibitors come to Germany, this little country in the middle of Europe?

“I think people understand that the technical progress that we represent here in Hanover is a progress you can use everywhere in the world. It means that technical progress is not specific to special regions, this progress can be used everywhere. That’s what makes it very interesting to come together. You find the best market leaders and the best innovation leaders here in Hanover,” he added.

Pesticide Sprays Aided by Tablet… and Smartphone

Pesticides now come in tablet form?

Now you should all know by now that we at IMD HQ consider ourselves to be at the forefront in using smartphone technology and apps… we even have our own in case you were wondering (PPLAPP). But when I read that U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have released two mobile apps, to make things easier for anyone who needs to adjust insecticide spray equipment, I had to read on.

The apps incorporate the latest science of spray technology, including “spray nozzle atomization” models developed by ARS at College Station and they can be used with a smartphone from a field or even the cabin of a small aircraft. Developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists Bradley Fritz and Wesley “Clint” Hoffmann at the agency’s Areawide Pest Management Research Unit in Texas, the apps are designed to ensure that aerial and ground-based crews can hit targets and minimize pesticide drift by keying in specifics on the type of equipment and pesticide they are using.

ARS is USDA‘s principal intramural scientific research agency, and the research supports the USDA goal of promoting agricultural sustainability. With dozens of manufacturers producing dozens of different types of spray technology—each with its own nozzle type, flow rate, and pressure setting range—the equipment setup can get pretty complicated. Aerial sprayers also must factor in wind speed, air temperature, flight speed and humidity.

One app is designed for ground-based spraying for mosquitoes and other threats to public health. It

Wesley “Clint” Hoffman

covers 60 different sprayers made by 19 manufacturers. The user selects the appropriate sprayer and is guided through the process of selecting specific operational settings, such as the nozzle type, flow rate and spray pressure setting.

The other app, for aerial spraying, walks users through the process of adjusting nozzles and settings so pesticides are delivered at optimal droplet sizes. Droplet size is critical in aerial operations to ensure “on-target deposition” and minimize pesticide drift.

The apps are available online through the Apple iTunes App Store and the Google Play Android Marketplace by searching for “Aerial Sprays” for the aerial application app and “Vector Sprays” for the ground-based sprayer app.

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IMD Newsletter Column – November 9, 2012

 

Hello to all of our dedicated readers and valued IMD listed companies. As the winter settles in here at IMD HQ we are already feeling in festive spirit and even have beaten jolly old St. Nicholas in the giving of presents. Can you guess what they could be yet? I’ll give you a clue, it comes in a box and contains the contact & product details of over 1,200 international millers, milling manufacturers and milling service providers… Still need a clue?

OK one more clue, an excess of 8,000 subscribers will receive a copy this year connecting them to the global-milling community for 2012/2013. Have you guessed it? That’s right it’s the 21st printed edition of the International Milling Directory and I am delighted to tell you that the first batch has been distributed and hopefully received by you out there across the world.

With more fresh copies coming in by the day it won’t be long until we have sent out the entire 8,000 so if you haven’t yet ordered your copy visit www.internationalmilling.com now to get your hands on one.

Or if you would like to learn about featuring in next year’s directory get in touch now simply by dialing +44 1242 267700 or emailing me at alexr@perendale.co.uk.

Don’t forget that we also have the IMD blog. MillingInternational has been a hub of activity since its launch earlier this year. Updated with daily news from the world of international milling and all things direct from the heart of IMD HQ, MillingInternational is your first point of daily contact with the IMD. Got something to say to the world? Share it with us and it could appear on the blog, check it out now for some examples.

Lastly you may also be aware that I had the pleasure of co-editing the latest edition of Grain & Feed Milling Technology magazine (GFMT). If you haven’t ordered a copy you can find it online at www.gfmt.co.uk with a fantastic column form yours truly as well as some excellent features on pelleting and green packaging.

Next month we have some big news so stay tuned, and stay warm!

Until next time

Alex Rogers
IMD Coordinator

IPPE News

Back by popular demand, the Poultry Market Intelligence Forum is returning to the 2013 International Production & Processing Expo. Sponsored by U.S. Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY) and the National Poultry & Food Distributors Association (NFPDA), the program will identify the challenges facing the industry and provide insight into how domestic and international poultry industries are positioned to move forward in 2013. The Poultry Market Intelligence Forum is free to all Expo and NPFDA meeting attendees.

USPOULTRY president John Starkey said, “The Poultry Market Intelligence Forum has been one of the most popular programs on the Expo schedule since its inception, and we are pleased to add it back for 2013.” He added, “Feed costs, global competition, and consumer demand present constant challenges for the poultry and egg industry, so it is important to stay informed about current conditions and projections for the future. This program helps keep industry leaders current on the various factors that could impact their financial performance.”

The program will feature two noted industry economists and a major food service provider. Mike Donohue, Agri Stats, will review Performance Trends for the Poultry and Egg Industry. Dr. Paul Aho, Poultry Perspective, will discuss Domestic and Global Drivers for 2013. Barry Barnett, Vice President of Global Supply and Purchasing for Church’s Chicken, will provide insight into The Customer’s View of the Poultry and Egg Industry.

The 2013 IPPE, one of the world’s largest poultry, feed, and meat industry events, will be held from January 29-31, 2013, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. The Poultry Market Intelligence Forum is scheduled from 9 – 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 30.

Visit www.ipe13.org for more information.

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A New Horizon for US Wheat Flour Producers

Horizon Milling LLC has announced it will begin producing whole wheat flour at its facility in Kenosha,Wisconsin later this year. The flour miller currently produces whole wheat flour at three facilities including in Ogden, Utah. However, when the project is complete the flour miller will have doubled its current overall whole wheat flour capacity.

A leading U.S. flour miller, Horizon Milling, LLC is a joint venture between CHS Inc. and Cargill. Dan Dye, the company’s President said of the expansion, “This increase in whole wheat capacity reflects consumers’ growing desire to incorporate more whole grains into their diets.”

Whole grains are beneficial because whole grain products deliver important nutrients, such as iron, magnesium, selenium, B vitamins and dietary fiber. In addition, diets rich in whole grains may help to support heart health and a healthy weight

Dye continued, “We are expanding our ability to help our customers formulate great-tasting, wholesome and nutritious products that today’s consumers are seeking for themselves and their families.”

Horizon Milling also offers other products that can help customers meet the growing demand for products rich with whole grain, including GrainWise® wheat aleurone and WheatSelect® white spring whole wheat flour.

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Cargill Waves Goodbye to Chief Financial Officer.

Cargill has announced that Sergio Rial will resign from his post as Chief Financial Officer at the end of November in order to return to his native Brazil. The company’s President and Chief Operating Officer David MacLennan will serve as interim chief financial officer until the Cargill Board of Directors elects a successor.

MacLennan joined Cargill in 1991 and has held management positions within the financial, risk management, energy and animal protein businesses. He previously served as Cargill’s chief financial officer from 2008 to 2011. While in the interim role, MacLennan will continue as the company’s president and chief operating officer.

Rial has been at the heart of Cargill’s growth in Latin America  since his appointment in 2004. According to Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Greg Page, he “provided vigorous and thoughtful leadership as a member of the Cargill Leadership Team and Board of Directors and as chief financial officer.”

Rial served as a leader of Cargill’s group of food businesses since 2004 and of Cargill’s financial services businesses since 2009. He became a senior vice president and member of the Cargill Leadership Team in 2009. He also served as the company’s regional director for Latin America and as executive chairman of CarVal Investors, an independently managed Cargill subsidiary. He was elected to the Cargill Board of Directors in 2010 and elected chief financial officer in 2011.

 

Eurotier 2012 is Just Around the Corner…

This autumn the biannual show descends upon the Exhibition Grounds in Hanover, Germany for a four-day spectacular from November 13-16, 2012. From feed to fish, poultry to pigs and pretty much everything in between: EuroTier is one of the biggest events in the animal husbandry calendar.

Billed as an international information forum for animal production professionals, the programme will address the pig and cattle sectors and also incorporate the World Poultry Show.

So far 2,100 exhibitors from 50 countries have booked stands with organizers busy preparing for the arrival of 140,000 visitors keen to learn about machinery and equipment, genetics and farm inputs for modern animal husbandry. Most European countries are well represented and there is also a notable presence from further afield with sizeable participation from the USA and China.

The 250,000 m2 exhibition area is divided into species specific areas with dedicated floor space for pigs, poultry, cattle and aquaculture.  Visitors can find out about the latest developments in cattle genetics, modern fish farm technology, supplies for horse stables and much more.

GFMT readers will be particularly interested in the ‘Feed Gallery Special’, which makes its debut at EuroTier 2012. The need for the Feed Gallery is obvious: the unpredictable weather we’ve seen across the globe in recent months, has put increased pressure on feed manufacturers to produce quality feed at an affordable price.

At this new section EuroTier visitors will be able to and learn about the variety of raw feed materials necessary for animal care.  The most important of the 600 feed materials listed in EU feed law and the German positive list will be on show with information relating to quality and provenance.

With such a large number of feedstuffs on display, the Feed Gallery Special is a great opportunity for visitors to learn more about new and uncommon feedstuffs, as well as to find answers to questions on the quality and suitability of feeds.

EuroTier is also the place to catch a glimpse of the newest technological developments in machinery, equipment and installations with many companies unveiling new products. Top new products can also be entered for a EuroTier Innovations award.  This year over 300 products were submitted for consideration, of which 19 won silver medal and five won gold.  Gold medal winners this year include Marel Stork’s AeroScalder and GEA DairyProQ: GEA Milking Place Module from FEA Fram technologies.

Perendale Publishers, producers of the IMD, will be in attendance at the show so be sure to come be the first to see IMD21, the new international milling directory for 2012/13. Don’t forget that IMD has over 1,200 listed companies many of whom will be attending also. If you are from one of those companies and would like us to feature you in our Eurotier build-up and subsequent review please do get in touch.

See you at the show!

Alex Rogers

IMD Coordinator

More information:

www.eurotier.com

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Swedish Firm Celebrate 50years with 3rd Generation Analysis System

Perten have announced the release of the DA 7250, a new NIR instrument designed for superior analysis accuracy of many product types in all types of environments. The Swedish firm have said that the DA 7250 removes and reduces many sources of error common to other NIR instruments.

The design incorporates non-moving optical components, internal temperature stabilization, a static hard drive encased in an IP65 rated (dust proof/water resistant) housing. It employs a large spot-size, even larger analysis area, averages many sub-samples, and uses high energy throughput diode array optics to ensure accurate and representative analysis of heterogeneous samples.

The DA 7250

Perten have recommended also that many sample types are analyzed using non-contact sampling – requiring little or no sample prep and little or no cleaning – removing cross-contamination and sample cell errors. The instrument workflow is uncomplicated encouraging correct and frequent analysis by operators interested in monitoring and controlling plant processes.

This release marks a substantial development in enhancing accuracy in analyzing with large, transferable calibrations and databases covering many products and parameters enabling rapid implementation. Existing applications include dairy, grain processing, feed, flour, oilseeds, meat, snackfood, petfood, starch, and ethanol production.

Thanks to new and updated software The DA 7250 can also be networked and administered remotely.

Speaking about the product Product Manager Stefan Tordernmalm said, “The DA 7250 provides the accuracy required to improve quality and control processes, the versatility to analyze nearly any product, the robustness to be placed nearly anywhere, the speed to measure anytime, and the advanced features required by researchers while maintaining simplicity of routine operation.”

Perten are currently listed in the IMD while you can also visit their website for more information at www.perten.com.