The UK Environment Secretary calls for more CAP simplifications for farmers from the EU Agriculture Commissioner

Simpler and fewer farm inspections plus an overhaul of greening requirements were amongst a list of changes to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Environment Secretary called for from EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan on Monday 20 July.

While welcoming recent moves to make it easier for UK farmers to meet CAP rules, the Secretary of State told the Commissioner at the Royal Welsh Show that there is still more to do to reduce the burdens of the current scheme.

 

The priority areas outlined by the Environment Secretary were:

  • More flexibility for each country to adopt EU guidance in ways that reflect their national circumstances.
  • Allow more forms of evidence such as geo-tagged photography and satellite imagery to be used to check that farmers are meeting requirements.
  • Simpler inspections to reduce the burden on farmers, including a reduction in the number of inspections to check Ecological Focus Areas and a reduction in the overall number of CAP inspections.
  • An overhaul of the greening requirements, including scrapping the ineffective ‘three crop rule’ which requires farmers to plant three different crops each year.
  • A refreshed EU fruit and vegetables scheme to support growth of the horticulture industry and encourage more growers to join producer organisations. The revised scheme would be simpler to administer and help growers secure new export opportunities.

In addition, the Secretary of State called for a review of the EU’s system for controls – known as the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) – resulting in a more pragmatic and proportionate approach to inspections, checks and penalties. This would reduce the risk of farmers facing severe penalties for minor errors.

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss said:

Food and farming is a thriving sector in the UK but the potential to further grow this sector is being held back by overly complicated and bureaucratic rules within the Common Agricultural Policy that our farmers have to follow.

That’s why I am continuing to push the Commissioner to look at further ways to simplify the regulations, including reducing the number of farm inspections, guidance that’s easier to follow and scrapping the ineffective three crop rule.

This is part of our commitment to do everything we can to help our farmers grow more, sell more and export more.

Commissioner Hogan is expected to set out the next set of simplification proposals of the Common Agricultural Policy in the autumn.

Three improvements the UK requested formed part of the Commissioner’s initial tranche of changes. These include giving farmers more choice of hedgerows on their land that can be used to meet greening requirements, and making it easier for the Rural Payments Agency to process farmers’ claims by removing the requirement to have detailed maps of landscape features such as hedges which are not used by claimants to meet the Ecological Focus Area requirement.

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Jordan Family now Lead Shareholders as European Oat Millers targets further growth

Two of the shareholders of European Oat Millers, David and Bill Jordan, have acquired the shares of the company’s chairman Moez Karsan and his wife Naseem Karsan. This gives the two Jordan brothers majority ownership of the business as it embarks on the next phase of its development.

European Oat Millers

European Oat Millers

Founded by the Karsan and Jordan families 30 years ago, European Oat Millers has grown to be the second largest oat miller in Europe in terms of capacity and the largest in terms of b2b market share. Moez and Naseem Karsan managed the company on behalf of the shareholders until 2012, when Alk Brand was appointed as Managing Director.

The Bedford-based company supplies oats and other grain based ingredients to most of the major producers of porridges, muesli, granola and other oat products such as biscuits. The company also operates a world class retail cereal plant producing private label breakfast cereals such as flakes, extruded products and granolas to many of the top retailers in the UK and Europe.

The deal with the Jordan brothers is the latest in a business relationship which dates back to Moez Karsan joining Jordan’s Cereals in the 1980s to help it to introduce the first granola bars into the UK market before the Jordan family sold Jordan’s Cereals to ABF in 2008. Moez and Bill will continue to work together promoting their passion for bio-diversity through the Conservation Grade programme.

“I’m delighted that David and Bill wanted to buy my stake in this great business,” said Moez. “It cements a friendship that has lasted for over 30 years and I know the company will go from strength to strength under their stewardship. After dedicating most of my life to growing European Oat Millers to the sizeable business it is today we have decided to focus our time on other pursuits and family interests.”

Commented Bill Jordan: “The contribution Moez has made to this sector and to European Oat Millers in particular cannot be underestimated. We wish him and his wife an extremely long and happy future. The greatest testament to his achievement will be the continued growth and prosperity of this business, to which we and the management team are dedicated.

“The new European Oat Millers Board will be backing our management team with an investment programme aimed to create substantial additional capacity in our milling business. European Oat Millers will continue to invest to make sure we keep delighting our customers with world class technical and service standards and to help the company to keep expanding its horizons.”

Operating from three sites in Bedford, European Oat Millers employs 150 people and has grown rapidly in recent years with a particular emphasis on export markets. The company has recently joined The Sunday Times International Track 200 league table, highlighted for its export growth over a two-year period which includes exporting globally to markets including India, China and South Africa.

Managing director Alk Brand, who joined the business with a successful track record in grain processing, is bullish about its prospects. “We are seeing sustained growth in export and domestic markets, reflecting the increasing popularity of oats as an ingredient among manufacturers and consumers,” he said. “We are proud to supply blue chip food manufacturers and retailers from our production facilities and will continue to support our customers through investment in innovation and expansion.”

Geelen Counterflow – Dryers and coolers produced from green and clean electricity

International Milling Directory member, Geelen Counterflow is now a major solar-power producer of electricity for production of coolers and dryers.

A major solar array of over 600 solar panels on the roofs of Geelen Counterflow’s plant in Haelen, Netherlands, was commissioned at the end of October 2013. Every year over 125.000 kWh of clean electricity will be generated for laser‐cutting and welding of stainless steel components for the company’s dryers and coolers.

The investment is part of “project 50/50” which targets a 50% reduction of the company’s CO2 footprint in 2020, compared to 2012 and an increase of 50% in the amount of CO2 reductions the company achieves for its customers by installing more efficient dryers and coolers. The company’s own CO2 footprint measures the exhaust of CO2 that follows from all company processes, from manufacturing and internal transport to heating, electricity and business travel.

Managing Director Sander Geelen said:

“As a manufacturer of counter-flow dryers and coolers we always try to improve the energy balance of our customer’s manufacturing processes. But for the energy balance of the earth, the increasing concentration of greenhouse gases causes more and more solar heat to be trapped inside our atmosphere, so land and oceans become ever warmer on average. It’s like putting on warmer and warmer sweaters when you are already warm enough. There is fast growing scientific evidence that we cannot go on like this. Rather than argue about details, we’d better start solving the problem. Sooner or later the investment will pay off. The investment in solar panels is only one step towards the target of 50% reduction of CO2 footprint for the company.

There are many things that companies can do with little investment, that save both CO2 and money. For example, timers on heating systems, double-sided printing, movement sensors on lighting etc. But even for bigger investments like efficient company cars, bikes for employees, more efficient computers, LED lighting, electric forklifts, improved insulation and solar panels, we always conclude that what is good for the environment is also good for our employees and eventually for our bottom line.”

Geelen Counterflow (85 employees) develops and builds energy‐efficient counterflow dryers and coolers for the feed and food industries. Over 80% is exported outside of Western Europe, with the help of sales and service offices in the US, Argentina and China. The company is currently preparing for the construction of a zero‐energy‐office for up to 50 office staff, to be built in 2014 according to “cradle to cradle” eco‐friendly design principles, using sustainable building materials.

Bühler milling training

Welcome to Bühler world of training & services.

 

Training Center with its own school mill

In project- and subject-related courses, experienced Bühler experts will teach your personnel the knowledge they need to run your specific plant and equipment. The training courses are held in English, German, French, Italian, or Spanish. Other languages like Russian and Japanese are available upon request. The length of training courses depends on the basic knowledge of the personnel to be trained, the training objectives, and the size of your production facility. In addition to project-related courses, we also offer special intensive courses for customers’ management staff. The course programs are created on the basis of the course participants’ needs and goals. Efficient plant operation is a prerequisite for achieving high extraction rates and optimal end product quality. The Training Center operates its own school mill, a generously equipped workshop including all the important machines, and instruction rooms with modern amenities. The adjacent factory with the research center and laboratories offers perfect support in training.

For more information click here

 

 

Bühler Grain Technology Center

The Bühler Grain Technology Center is the world’s best-equipped and most renowned development and test center in the field of industrial processing of grain and pulses. Its extensive, state-of-the-art range of equipment allows commercial-scale simulations of processes such as storage, unloading, conveying, weighing, feeding, separating, grinding, grading, blending & mixing, pelleting, flaking, bagging,

hydrothermal treatment, and a large number of others. They are available together with the entire extensive know-how of the Buhler technologists for conducting tests and investigations, for example feasibility studies, product development, and performance tests.

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Bakery Innovation Center
As competence center for Flour Service, the Bakery Innovation Center (BIC) offers unique services in grain and flour analytics as well as expertise in flour and baking ingredients. The exceptional infrastructure of the BIC includes state-of-the-art bakery technology equipment as well as in-depth and comprehensive analytical services. How can you achieve an optimal and consistent flour quality? And how can you differentiate yourself in the marketplace by offering specialty flours and innovative product concepts? The experts of the Bakery Innovation Center deal in depth with such issues, developing customized and sustainable solutions for the global grain processing food industry. In addition to ta

ilor-made product and process solutions, the BIC also offers training courses. Benefit from the BIC specialists’ flour expertise by continuing your training and optimize your flour quality on the basis of innovative solutions.

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Cereals 2013 offers arable opportunities

The International Milling Directory (IMD) is happy to say that it will be at Cereals 2013, the UK’s leading show for agricultural technology.

 

The International Milling Directory's publisher Perendale Publishers was present at Cereals 2012

IMD’s publisher Perendale was present at Cereals 2012

On 12th-13th June 26,000 visitors and 490 exhibitors will descend on Boothby Graffoe, near Lincoln, for business-to-business (b2b) opportunities, crop plots and live demonstrations, including ones in the natural habitat of the Syngenta Sprays and Sprayers Arena. With over 64 hectares of stands, visitors are sure to get a comprehensive rundown of the arable industry.

Hot topics on this year’s agenda include recovering from the awful weather hitting the UK in the last few months, driving business efficiencies and adapting to the challenges of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform.

Charles Blessley, Case IH‘s UK and Ireland marketing manager, expects it to be a good exhibition for machinery manufacturers.

“Cereals attracts progressive large-scale farmers and operators, so it provides the ideal venue to showcase our range of technically advanced machinery. Since last year’s event we have introduced a number of exciting new products which will be on display at Cereals 2013.”

Marketing manager at New Holland, Richard Spencer, believes Cereals 2013 is an “ideal platform” to discuss business with customers.

“The event attracts the key decision-makers in the arable sector. Cereals offers a great opportunity for visitors to talk through the options, and our technical staff look forward to showing what we can offer.”

The Alltech Poultry Seminar

With high feed costs, increased government regulations and consumer demands intensifying, the future of the poultry industry is difficult to predict. This was the focus of Alltech’s 10th Poultry Solutions Seminar, held in Hannover, Germany on the 12th of November, where a number of distinguished poultry industry experts gave presentations on their cutting edge research and on the issues that they believe will be of most importance.

Antibiotic resistance is getting more and more publicity and governments are starting  to take notice. Dr. Marcel Boereboom, of the Royal Dutch Society for Veterinary Medicine, discussed the impact this is having on the Dutch industry, following a study by the Dutch Health Council. He described how the government of the Netherlands have, to date, banned certain antibiotics and implemented a targeted reduction of 50% (of 2009 levels) of the total amount of antibiotics used in food producing animals by 2013. This has had a huge impact on how poultry is produced.

Focussing on how to deal with this issue was Professor Stephen Collett from the University of Georgia. He recommended a shift in emphasis in gut health management, from working against pathogens, to working with the intestinal microbial community. This involves improving performance by accelerating the evolution and maintaining the stability of favourable intestinal microbiota. The three most important areas of an effective intestinal health management programme include: “seeding” the gut with favourable organisms, “feeding” the favourable organisms and “weeding” out the unfavourable organisms.

Professor Roselina Angel, of the University of Maryland, described to attendees at the Poultry Solutions Seminar research on how neonatal conditioning, resulting in epigenetic changes shows great promise in terms of improving phosphorus (P) utilisation. “By applying a moderate P deficiency in young chicks, the bird is conditioned to utilise P more efficiently throughout its life. The timing of the conditioning is critical and requires a clear understanding of skeletal growth, the main driver of calcium (Ca) and P requirements,” she explained.

Controlling campylobacter, a bacteria that poses no danger to poultry, but is the leading cause of human bacterial gastroenteritis, was the topic of Professor Frank Pasmans’ presentation, researched at Ghent University. When a single bird is infected, the infection spreads quickly through the flock, resulting in the majority of birds being colonised within only a few days after Campylobacter entry. He explained how, overall, the outlook is bleak if the flock has been infected but results of recent studies, using oral administration of bovine or chicken immunoglobulins of hyper-immunised animals and the use of bacteriocins to limit caecal colonisation, look promising. “We are still quite a way from commercialised products but the future does seem to be positive,” he explained.

To deal with unpredictable feed costs and an inconsistent supply, Professor David Roland of Auburn University,  recommends his “econometric approach to the feeding of layers. “Feeding correctly is challenging because nutrient requirements and dietary levels needed for optimal returns are continually changing” said Prof. Roland as he opened his talk.

He presented his calculation tool called Econometrics to attendees, demonstrating how optimal econometric feeding can improve performance, returns and help regulate feed and egg prices at the same time.

For a more detailed account of the talks at the Solutions Seminars visit www.alltech.com/blog

No Limitations for New Romer Labs Product

Leading global food-safety diagnostic experts Romer Labs have announced the launch of a new product for an effective clean-up prior to multi-mycotoxin analysis. The MycoSpinTM 400 Multitoxin column enhances the performance of LC-MS/MS methods and promises straightforward sample preparation with no limitations by molecular mass of the analyte
The machines cleanup columns, in conjunction with BiopureTM 13C labeled internal standards, achieve new performance levels in LC-MS/MS analysis and furthermore, BiopureTM 13C isotope-labeled internal standards overcome the ionization effect by stabilizing the system to the effects of signal suppression and signal enhancement.
Thanks to 30years of experience, Romer Labs has developed a series of method applications using this new approach of a MycoSpinTM cleanup with BiopureTM internal standards. These methods are validated for the simultaneous detection of multiple mycotoxins in cereal grains, mixed feeds, and corn, including corn by-products.
Romer Labs is the leading company in LC-MS/MS applications for multi-mycotoxin analysis. Its broad range of innovative products include the largest portfolio of reference materials worldwide, as well as a series of cleanup-columns for extract purification ranging from the well-known MycoSep® columns to specific antibody-based immunoaffinity StarLineTM columns.

Romer Labs, founded in Washington, in 1982 is a leading developing manufacturer of test kits for food allergens, food pathogens, mycotoxins, veterinary drug residues and other food contaminants. The company also operates four accredited, full-service laboratories on three continents. Romer Labs has facilities in Austria, Brazil, China, Malaysia, Singapore, UK and the USA. For more than 30 years, Romer Labs has been a trusted partner for the food and feed industry worldwide.

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Record Breaking Year for Eurotier 2012

It was a bumper week in Hannover last week (13-16th) as nearly 200,000 animal husbandry farmers & experts and international visitors attended Eurotier 2012.

The worlds largest exhibition of its kind, Eurotier brought together 2,445 direct exhibitors including Perendale Publishers who were media-supporters for the event. Dr. Reinhard Grandke, Chief Executive Officer for Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft (DLG) who organized it announced that, “EuroTier 2012 has reached new record levels,” when speaking to the press in HaNnover at the close of EuroTier on 16 November 2012.

Perhaps more compelling proof of Eurotier’s stature of success this year has to be that half of the 2,445 that exhibited had come from outside of Germany, representing a 40% increase on 2010.  The number of visitors was also up by 10% this year on the previous forum, 160,000 of them went for the latest information and future technology which is crucial to farming in the 21st century.

A stand-alone feature of the new look Eurotier was the unique program addressing feed and animal health which is an essential

Akzo Nobel, were one of the industry leading companies that Darren had the pleasure of meeting.

sector of the industry with around 22% of the IMD being made up of companies who specialize in animal-feed based activities. Perendale Publishers very own International Sales and Marketing Manager, Darren Parris, managed to catch up with some who attended including AB Vista, Norel and Sonac. He said, “I’ve loved meeting up with so many of them with this being my first Eurotier, you get so much more out of meeting people in person and to have everybody under one roof has been fantastic.”

BioEnergy remains a very important subject as we continue to try and source safer and more economical ways of fueling the planet. BioEnergy Decentral reported a constant number of around 42,000 visitors. Despite the current market situation in Germany, the share of international visitors increased by 12% compared with 2010, which is attributable above all to the technology leadership in this industry.

We’ll have more from our Eurotier round-up over the coming days, and work has already begun on planing for the next EuroTier which will be held in Hannover from 11 to 14 November 2014. In the meantime why don’t you tell us your favourite story from the show by commenting on this article, you can also comment on our twitter page @IMD12.

We at Perendale wish to thank everybody that we spoke to throughout the event and look forward to seeing you again soon!

Until next time

Alex Rogers

IMD Coordinator

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Milling executives attend hands-on course at the International Grains Program.

One of IMD‘s biggest companies Buhler have hosted a hands on grains program. Mill owners, directors and managers from around the world traveled to the Inter- national Grains Program Nov. 5-9, 2012 for the Buhler-KSU Executive Milling short course. The course was held at Kansas State University’s International Grains Program and the Hal Ross Flour Mill where 15 participants experienced a hands-on learning opportunity.

The course was led by Tobias Naenny from the Buhler Training Center in Uzwil, Switzerland. Assisting him were two Department of Grain Science and Industry faculty members John Steinfort, Buhler adjunct instructor, and Shawn Thiele, milling operations manager.

In describing the course, Steinfort says, “The course is designed to educate milling executives and non-operation managers on all aspects of the milling process, which will help them to make better business and managerial decisions on a daily basis.”

One participant eager to learn was Luis Villaverde, director of Guatemala operations with Molinos Modernos. Villaverde was grateful for the experts who shared their expertise and the background of milling. He found the information useful as his company begins to expand their wheat mill.
“I was interested in the knowledge and being able to take advantage of the expertise from the people in the business. This course allowed me to better understand the business as a whole,” Villaverde says.

Luis Villaverde Mayo, Molinos Modernso, S.A., Guatemala; Jose Puig, Galletas Puig, Venezuela; and Carlos Puig, Galletas Puig, Venezuela, look at the equipment in the Hal Ross Flour Mill.

Throughout the week participants were in the classroom learning the basics of flour milling and then headed to the mill to apply those principals. From the Hal Ross Flour Mill to the Shellenberger Hall milling laboratory, they had the opportunity to put their skills to the test. These trainings allowed participants to learn about purifiers, milling machinery, proper cleaning procedures and the milling process.

“Going to the mill for workshops was very rich,” Villaverde says. “I have learned about the properties of the grain and the milling process from breaks all the way to getting the flour.”
Not only did the experts teach the participants, but the participants were able to network and learn from each other. Villaverde says he enjoyed exchanging ideas with other participants and seeing how their companies handled situations.

This is just one example of the many partnership trainings offered through IGP. In addition to flour milling and grain processing, IGP offers trainings in the areas of feed manufacturing and grain management, and grain marketing and risk management. For more information about training opportunities at IGP visit the IGP website.

Bosch Packaging Data Revolution

Bosch Packaging Technology has introduced its Mobile Measuring System for capturing relevant data for the analysis of overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). The system enables manufacturers to gain a rapid overview of the OEE of their production lines and serves as a basis for equipment optimization, Bosch said.

The Mobile Measuring System provides the required data on output, speed, downtimes and waste across an entire line and identifies potential for improvement to increase equipment effectiveness and productivity, Bosch reports. If potentials are identified, Bosch determines through competent OEE consulting together with the manufacturer the main causes of the deficiencies and defines steps to address them, the company said.

“Increasing overall equipment effectiveness, and therefore production, is of great significance to our customers. Purchasing OEE measuring systems to identify any potential for improvement can, however, be very expensive and time-consuming,” said Roland Pichler, OEE Consultant, Bosch. “That is why our Mobile Measuring System is an ideal solution for our customers. It can be easily applied for a predetermined period of time and shows potentials for improvement quickly, simply and cost-effectively.”

Learn more at boschpackaging.com.