BioZyme® Nutrition Coordinator Lindsey Grimes Selected for International Production & Processing Expo – IPPE Young Leaders Program

Lindsey Grimes, Nutrition Coordinator at BioZyme, Inc., manufacturers of Amaferm®, VitaFerm®, Sure Champ® and other proprietary, natural supplements for cattle, swine, poultry and show livestock, has been selected to participate in the International Production & Processing Expo’s (IPPE) Young Leaders “30 Under 30” program.

Lindsey Grimes‘We couldn’t be more proud of Lindsey. Although she has been with BioZyme for less than a year, she has proven to us in a short amount of time that she has what it takes to be a leader in the feed and supplement industries,” said Lisa Norton, BioZyme Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We are excited that she has been recognized by her peers and has earned this great opportunity to further her education and training.”

The program is designed to recognize professional leadership qualities and provide exposure to the world’s largest annual trade show involving the production and processing of meat and poultry products and the manufacture of feed and pet food products. Participants are also provided with education and training on the latest technology in their respective industries.

Selected program participants receive complimentary hotel accommodations for two nights, registration to attend IPPE and admittance to all complimentary education programs and one paid program.  The 2016 IPPE is scheduled for Jan. 26-28 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The program targets young professionals between the ages of 21 and 29 who work for companies directly involved in the production and processing of poultry and meat, or in the production of animal/poultry feed. Participants must also be a member of at least one IPPE association (American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), North American Meat Institute (NAMI) or U.S. Poultry and Egg Association (USPOULTRY).

Growing up in the beef industry, Grimes of St. Joseph, MO has a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University and a Master of Science in Ruminant Nutrition and Animal Breeding and Genetics from Kansas State University.

She is a former Beef Marketing Intern at Select Sires Inc. in Plain City, Ohio and a Spring Intern at Gardiner Angus Ranch in Ashland, Kansas. She is a member of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, American Angus Association, Ohio Angus Association and American Society of Animal Sciences. She has also served on the National Junior Angus Association Board of Directors.

At BioZyme, Grimes is responsible for updating the online feed value barometer, developing feed rations for customers, coordinating producer meetings and dealer trainings, writing articles for publication and aiding the nutrition team.

About BioZyme® Inc.
BioZyme® Inc., founded in 1962, develops and manufacturers natural, proprietary products focused on animal nutrition, production, microbiology and reproduction. With a continued commitment to applied research, BioZyme offers a complete line of highly available vitamin, mineral, trace mineral and protein supplements for a variety of animals including cattle, pigs, poultry, sheep, goats, horses and dogs. BioZyme brands include Amaferm®, Amasile®, VitaFerm®, Vita Charge®, Sure Champ®, Vitalize®, LiquiFerm®, Digest More® and Peets Feed. Headquartered in St. Joseph, Missouri, BioZyme reaches a global market of customers throughout the U.S., Canada, South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. For more information about BioZyme, visit

2012 to 2014…VIV China 2014 set for success

The International Milling Directory, as part of Perendale Publishers, proud to be an official media partner of VIV China 2014.

VIV China: from Feed to Meat
In its role as the nation’s platform on animal production and meat processing, VIV China showcases the industry’s developments by the Feed to Meat concept. Feed to meat brings together supply and demand within the complete animal protein chain. The driver behind the chain concept is that animal feed and animal health are vital for meat quality and safety. VIV China will represent every step in the meat production process. Related topics will be featured in the VIV China Conference.

In 2012, the last time VIV China was held, the organising team led by Ruwan Berculo, made plans for this year’s events. They have come around to be right on plan and built on the solid foundations of 2012. Milling for animal feed is a large part of the event and the Chinese market has grown since 2012. Let’s take a look back to the report from 2012:–

VIV China has once again profiled itself as an international platform for products, knowledge and technology for the Chinese animal protein production industry. Following many positive reactions to the event, project manager Ruwan Berculo concludes that the new concept is a success and can act as a blueprint for the next exhibition. The next VIV China is planned for 2014, from 23-25 September. “A compact, high-quality exhibition with a high visitor level, many international delegations, people from emerging economies and a Chinese business audience specifically attracted by innovations,” Berculo summarises afterwards. “You could feel the amazing energy in the air. The enthusiasm and the interest have reinforced our idea that this is what the animal protein industry in China needs. With very well-attended congresses, seminars and receptions parallel to the exhibition, we created a network meeting that counts. Moreover, the atmosphere was great. The top and sub top of the industry have attended; so 13,874 visitors is a high score.”

VIV China received delegations from the Middle East, Russia and South East Asia, among others. The exhibitors were full of praise about the new approach. According to Ruwan Berculo, for Chinese exhibitors, the exhibition was the perfect method to present themselves to the world. The Dutch delegation was also prominent, also due to the co-operating businesses in the poultry sector, the Dutch Poultry Centre. In the words of president Jos Ramekers it was a very successful exhibition, judging by the many contacts established with Chinese interested parties. On behalf of the Product Board Animal Feed, Tjeerd den Hollander said: “The VIV-summit was a very successful exposure for our project for comparing the feed import legislation of China and the EU. As a result of the summit we received lots of positive comments and reflection on our project, which gave us useful information for the finalisation of the project.”

More positive reactions about the International China Summit followed, including from Jeroen Leffelaar, Global Head Animal Protein at Rabobank: “The strong attendance at the International China Summit proved once again that Chinese professionals in animal protein production are very committed to being updated on trends and developments in their industry. In co-operation with VIV, we created an excellent opportunity to share our visions with these valuable relations.” Marleen Boerjan of Pas Reform also speaks highly of the result of the seminars: “During the seminar we provided the most up-to-date information on modular single stage incubation. We are very grateful to VIV for their support and hospitality in hosting this event and to the hatchery professionals who attended. All their questions and involvement made it such an interesting and successful occasion. We look forward to the next seminar”. The first edition of the International China Summit, on Saturday preceding the exhibition, was attended by 266 delegates. The parallel seminars on this day as well as the Closing Plenary Conference were also extremely popular and attracted large audiences.

In addition to the International China Summit, the Food Safety Poultry Forum on Friday September 21 was also well-attended. Poultry International China Edition and WATT also attracted over 100 interested visitors with a series of leading speakers. Greg Watt, President/CEO at WATT, immediately stated his wish to repeat this valuable meeting prior to VIV China 2014. The last congress was organised by the Chinese Association of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine (CAAV) on the second exhibition day in the NCIEC. The Beijing International Breeding Pig Industry Development Symposium attracted 300 Chinese and international delegates. Initiator Mr Machuang, Director International Affairs at CAAV, looks back on this success with great pleasure.


Many print copies of the International Milling Directory will be on display at Perendale’s stand W1.G078 so do make sure you can visit the stand!

The annual AHDB/HGCA Planting and Variety Survey: 2014’s Harvest

The annual AHDB/HGCA Planting and Variety Survey estimates the total GB area planted to cereals and oilseed rape for harvest this year at 3.91Mha, up 6% from 2013, with the total wheat area at 1.96Mha, up 22%.

Barley and oat areas are down on 2013, while the oilseed rape area for harvest 2014 remains at levels similar to 2013.

AHDB/HGCA Senior Analyst Helen Plant said: “Generally favourable conditions in the autumn of 2013 supported a return to more typical levels of winter crop plantings, after the extremely challenging conditions a year earlier. As generally expected, this has led to a decline in the level of spring cropping. However, it is also worth noting that for some growers the impacts of the extreme 2012 and 2013 seasons continue, because the forced changes to cropping patterns have rotational implications.”

For wheat varieties, the proportion of nabim group 4 varieties continues to increase, accounting for an estimated 58% of the total GB area. Malting barley varieties account for an estimated 60% of the total barley area, while DK-Cabernet remains the most widely grown rapeseed variety for the fourth year running.

Key findings of the survey are:

·          Total GB area planted to cereals and oilseed rape for harvest this year at 3.91Mha, up 6% from 2013

·         Total wheat area at 1.96Mha, up 22% from 2013

·         Total barley plantings down 8% at 1.09Mha but 38% increase in winter barley area

·         Oilseed rape area showing little change from 2013 at 719,000ha

·         GB oat area down 17% to 144,000ha.


New for 2014, the planting survey results are available in an interactive format through the HGCA Market Data Centre at: (also see below for an image).

GB wheat area estimated at 1.96Mha – up 22%

The wheat area in particular has recovered from 2013 levels, when the lowest area since 2001 was harvested. At 1.96Mha, GB wheat planting supports the potential return of the UK to export markets this season, after an absence of two years, subject to final yields and quality.

Although a substantial increase from 2013, a GB wheat area of 1.96Mha is still slightly below that harvested two years ago. Smaller increases in the Eastern and East Midlands regions may reflect an increased interest in spring cropping, linked to efforts to control black-grass and some positive experiences from 2013.

“The proportion of nabim group 4 varieties continues to increase, following the trend of recent years and now account for an estimated 58% of the total GB area,” said Ms Plant. “This increase comes at the expense of nabim group 2 and 3 varieties, which have seen lower premiums over the past season. nabim Group 1 varieties regained area lost due the wet autumn of 2012, accounting for approximately 17% of the area, similar to 2011 and 2012.”

In Scotland, the wheat area is estimated at 109,000ha – an increase of 25% from 2013. This represents the highest level since harvest 2011, when the Scottish wheat area reached a record 115,000ha and, subject to final yields, is likely to result in lower regional premiums than have been seen in the last two seasons.


Total barley plantings down 8% on 2013 at 1.09Mha

The total barley planting area for harvest 2014 is estimated at 1.09Mha. While 8% lower than last year, driven by a reduction in spring barley plantings (down 24%), the GB barley area is still larger than those harvested in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

“This is because of a 38% increase in winter barley plantings to 421,000ha, representing the largest GB winter barley area since 2003 and echoing the results of the AHDB/HGCA winter planting survey,” said Ms Plant.

The largest percentage drop in spring barley plantings is seen in the West Midlands, down 56% and returning to 2012 levels. In contrast, Scotland shows the smallest percentage drop in spring barley plantings, down 7% to 276,000ha and accounts for 42% of the GB spring barley area this year.

Overall, malting varieties on the Institute of Brewing and Distilling approved list for harvest 2014, account for 60% of the total GB barley area. However, the final malting availability will be strongly influenced by final yields and quality.


Oilseed rape area relatively stable in 2014

The survey indicates a slight increase (1%) to 719,000ha in the area of oilseed rape compared to that for harvest in 2013.

While 5% below the 755,000ha harvested in 2012, the 2014 area would still be the second largest on record. This shows the crop remained popular with growers due to its financial performance over recent seasons and role as a break-crop. However, declines in planting area are noted in some regions possibly due to rotational changes.

DK-Cabernet remains the mostly widely grown variety for the fourth year running, accounting for an estimated 13% of the area in 2014.


GB oat area down 17%

The GB oat area is estimated at 144,000ha. This represents a 17% fall from 2013 levels, when the GB oat area reached a 36-year high but is still above the levels seen in some recent years.

The largest declines, in terms of actual area, are seen in the South East (7,000ha) and South West (6,000ha) of England. In Scotland, the area is estimated at 26,000ha, a decline of 6,000ha from 2013, but still the second largest Scottish oat area (after 2013) since 1994.

Ms Plant commented: “Increased milling demand for oats, farmers looking for an alternative cereal crop and the lower variable costs associated with oats compared to some other cereals, may be reasons behind the oat area remaining relatively strong.”

A full analysis will be published in an MI Prospects article on 17th July 2014 at:

Map View

Map View from HGCA’s website

New AACCI approved RVA Method for Determining the Gelatinization Temperature for Milled Rice Flour

International Milling Directory member, Perten Instruments has just gained an approval for their new flour analysis method called the RVA (Rapid Visco Analyser)

The RVA (Rapid Visco Analyser) Method for Determining the Gelatinization Temperature for Milled Rice Flour has been approved by AACCI (American Association of Cereal Chemists) as Method number 61-04.01.

Gelatinization temperature (GT) is commonly measured to assess rice cooking and processing potential. A faster method using a small quantity of sample has been desired for some time as traditional methods of estimating rice GT using the amylograph and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) are time-consuming and, in the case of the amylograph, require large quantities of samples – not well suited to rice breeding requirements. The Rapid Visco Analyser (RVA) is a cooking, stirring viscometer with ramped temperature and variable shear capability. It is commonly used in laboratories to measure the pasting properties of rice and provides the advantages of speed, ease of use, and small sample size requirements. In parallel testing with the traditional methods, the new RVA method also provided more precise results.

Further reading:
Read more about the  New RVA Method in the Perten Science World issue No 9.
General information about The Rapid Visco Analyser (RVA) can be found here.


For more information please contact:

Perten Instruments Stockholm:
Mark Bason
Business Development Manager Rheology.
Phone: +46 8 505 80 900

Cereals 2014 and the Milling Wheat Challenge 2014


nabim – Group 1 Breadmaking Wheat Varieties



Cereals UK was ye again a great event, and some of the best-known UK companies joined together to exhibit at a new location near Cambridge, UK.

An expected total of 26,000 visitors to over 500 stands made this annual outdoors exhibition a great time for all. In the “Post-Harvest Technologies” sections there were some great displays of machinery, products and services. The International Milling Directory was distributed to many visitors and exhibitors there. Some of the stands we visited were: HGCA, nabim, Bayer CropScience, Chief Industries UK, DanCorn, Guttridge, Cropmech, Bentall Rowlands and Satake.

The new animal feed section at HGCA’ s stand was of great interest to us at the International Milling Directory. There were some great pieces of information at the animal feed section, one advertised fact that 57% of UK wheat goes to animal feed seemed to be a very high number, that was assured to be true!

nabim also were hosted again in the HGCA stand, they were handing out 500 gram bags of flour at their stand. The UK grown and milled strong white bread flour was produced using nabim Group 1 breadmaking wheat varieties and was a great freebie.




nabim, supported by HGCA, announced the three farmer finalists for the 2014 Milling Wheat Challenge at the Cereals Event on Wednesday 11th June. Now in its fifth year, the aim of the Challenge is to find the country’s best milling wheat grower.

The 2014 finalists are:

  • Robert Chapman, South Lodge Farm, Barnwell, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire
  • Rick Davies, Newton Lodge, Clifton Reynes, Buckinghamshire
  • Joseph Edwards, Boddington Estates, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
(Photo l-r: Finalist Rick Davies, his father Mike, finalist Robert Chapman, his father Bob and finalist Joseph Edwards)

(Photo l-r: Finalist Rick Davies, his father Mike, finalist Robert Chapman, his father Bob and finalist Joseph Edwards)

As in previous years, the standard of the entries has remained very high and the judges had a tough job selecting the finalists.

Each of the finalists farm significant areas with wheat as their main crop. All three are forward-thinking, very technically competent and consistently grow quality crops of bread-making wheats.

The Challenge has become established as a formal recognition by Britain’s flour millers of how the country’s best growers combine attention to detail with end-customer awareness and business acumen to create a win: win for the whole wheat chain.

Judging of the three finalists will take place in June and July when visits will be made to their farms. Detailed discussions will take place with the growers themselves, their crops will be walked and inspections made of any storage facilities.

The judges for 2014 are Martin Savage from nabim, HGCA Head of Regional Development Richard Laverick and Mark Ireland, a Lincolnshire farmer and “Farmers Weekly Arable Farmer of the Year 2009”.

The finalists, together with leaders from the UK wheat supply chain, will be invited to a celebration dinner hosted by nabim at the Ritz Hotel in London where the winning grower will be announced.

IAOM MEA 2013 – Announcing South Africa in 2014

The International Millling Directory was honoured to be a part of the media partner coverage at IAOM MEA 2013. The conference’s first two days were covered right here on the blog, and now colleagues from Grain & Feed Milling Technology magazine will be reviewing and forming features about the event itself. The IAOM MEA 2013 leadership delegation held last minute meetings during the current IAOM conference in Tunisia. Talking to senior IAOM staff, the change from Rwanda to Cape Town, South Africa was the wish of members. Sheena Astete, said to the International Milling Directory,
“We have listened carefully to our members, and all agreed the best ever exhibition
was in Cape Town in 2010, it has the infrastructure and experience to deal with all our delegates”

IAOM MEA 2013 leadership team photo in Sousse, Tunisia

At the closing speeches started with Mr. Damon Sidles, Vice President of IAOM (USA) , followed by Mr. Kamel Belhiria, CEO, La Rose Blanche Group (Tunisia) who announced that the IAOM MEA 2014 venue will be in Cape Town, South Africa. The flag handing over ceremony took place at 13:30-13:35 and the team photo below with Mr. Merzad Jamshidi in front of the conference stage shows the event closed with real success for all delegates.

Look out for the coverage, review and content in the next Grain & Feed Milling Technology issue – November/December 2013. Free online in English and Spanish next month!
We at the International Millling Directory are excited and very hopeful for IAOM MEA 2014’s meeting and hope to cover the event again.
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Dried Pet Food Manufacturing Plant online auction

Dried pet food plant

Dried pet food plant

An interesting auction we are highlighting for International Milling Directory members is taking place online now for a dried pet food manufacturing plant. The plant is located in Peterborough, East Midlands region of England in the UK. The interesting thing is that it is relevant for all our international members as it is taking place online with electronic bidding and payment. The deadline is a few weeks away at 1pm UK time on Thursday 1st August. More information is below.

On behalf of a major pet food manufacturer due to the closure of their UK manufacturing site in Peterborough. The sale will close on 1st August at 1pm UK time, with inspections available by appointment.

The sale will include a great variety of assets, many having been installed only within the last few years. The prime process area includes Tietjen hammer mills and Guttridge hoppers and conveyors. There is a tank farm with 18 stainless steel tanks with capacities up to 30 tonnes. Flomat Bagfilla Taybag flavouring hoppers feed the soak screw platform. There are three Wenger extruders, as well as Aeroglide and Mitchells dryers. In the product distribution and pack to order section are two Storeveyors as well as numerous stainless steel storage bins. The four finished product packing lines include Ishida weigh feeders, as well as cartoners, bagging machines, labellers and palletisers. The site services are modern, and of high standard befitting a site of this scale.

Further details of the auction can be seen at or by contacting Robert Pendal, Project manager email

FineTek join as a new advertiser

The International Milling Directory can today announce that the Taiwan-based firm FineTek have enhanced their listing to include advertising. After introducing them on December 19 2012 we have been steadily making progress in creating a better directory where more companies see the value of advertising. The international reach of the directory is a good match for FineTek.  There will be extra listings and exposure for FineTek in the 22nd edition covering the milling industry for 2013/14.

As we said at the time of introducing FineTek their main business is,

FineTek’s product line includes a varied and wide quantity of digital controllers and meters, pneumatic products, safety instruments,  level switch transmitters for solid and liquid applications.

We obviously welcome more interested advertisers from our current members and interested new companies.

Registration is also still open for the new edition – register or update your listing in time for July’s publication of the new edition of the International Milling Directory 2013/14 –  click here!

Storage equipment guide

The International Milling Directory was successfully distributed to all key players at IDMA. 10 boxes were shipped over in advance of our participation at this key Turkish event. We also were able to distribute directly to flour millers after the event as we visited Çorum, Aksaray, Konya and Ankara. We passed many silo plants – new and old installations in a number of places. Many were manufactured by advertising partners of the International Milling Directory and were found in both towns and the rural country.

GSI silos in Bolu, Turkey

GSI silos in Bolu, Turkey

One such photo here shows GSI silos at  BOLU UN VE YEM SANAYİİ (translation: Bolu flour and feed industry). This is a key example of the way that storage is valued in Turkey, which is well known now as an important local and international milling industry, which, importantly is growing well.

Please contact the team at the International Milling Directory for more information about getting your silo and storage products into the new International Milling Directory today. Email Tom at or call +44 1242 267700. This edition will be the best  yet for equipment guides!


The International Milling Directory

The International Milling Directory is once again participating at IDMA in Istanbul, Turkey.

Tom Blacker and Darren Parris will be exhibiting at stand A-19 in Hall 11 freely distributing the 21st editions of the International Milling Directory, the latest paper copy issues of Grain & Feed Milling Technology magazine. Do come and find us at the show, along with hundreds of other companies. This is our major show for grain in Turkey. We are already getting in touch with other attending companies for meetings.

Don’t forget – register or update your listing in time for the July publication of the new edition of the International Milling Directory 2013/14 –  click here!