Perendale Appoints Tuti Tan as Company Coordinator

Hello again to our valued subscribers. I always like to end the week on a high note and this week that comes straight from the core of IMD HQ. I am pleased to announce that this morning,  Tuti Tan has been appointed as Company Coordinator here at Perendale Publishers Limited.

Tuti has been with the company for over five years serving as Circulation and Subscriptions Manager, and has now made the move that will see her take a broader control of affairs relating to our globally valued publications including International Aquafeed Magazine, Grain & Feed Milling Technology Magazine and of course The International Milling Directory.

With Tuti now in place as Company Coordinator Perendale have already taken a giant leap in reaching new and exciting markets in the continued pursuit of connecting the international community for the milling and aquaculture industries. This of course whilst maintaining the high standards of service, distribution and quality information that we currently provide to our valued subscribers and advertisers.

I wish to congratulate Tuti for her new title at Perendale Publishers Limted and wish her every success in this important role. I look forward to our partnership in enhancing IMD’s international profile in the coming year for which work has already begun to take place.

Alex Rogers

IMD Coordinator

Brabender Spearheads New Direction in Rheology

With the new Aqua-Inject, Brabender® has made a big step in the direction of measurable reliability in the field of rheology. The technological component is the ideal add-on module to augment tried-and-tested Farinograph®-E-Technology.

With this exciting new product the technological giants can offer a self-sufficient device for the automatic dosage of water with integrated temperature monitoring. Exact and reproducible water dosages are for exact measurements of the water absorption levels of milled products and evaluating the kneading properties of doughs.

The software doses fluids electronically and accurately “down to the drop” according to specifications and input. In this manner, any possible operating errors when measuring and introducing amounts of water via pipettes or burettes are eliminated – previously, this could cause undesirable errors in accuracy.

According to Brabender, “The automatic determination of amounts of water according to preselected analysis standard guarantees the highest amount of accuracy with a dosing deviation of under 0.1 percent.”

Technology-Duo via USB
The technology built into the Aqua-Inject allows for a parallel temperature monitoring of the dosing water, eliminating yet another source of error another crucial factor for the kneading process. Brabender recommends that the water dosed remains at a virtually constant temperature, “Independent of the ambient temperature”. This can be set by the Farinograph® thermostats. In addition, a USB cable connection guarantees smooth communications between the Farinograph®-E (USB) and the Aqua-Inject port – a “tuning package” with extra functionality for practical and current laboratory applications of farinogram analysis according to the established Brabender® technique.

For more information on this exciting new development readers should visit www.brabender.com.

Victam News Magazine Gets a Facelift

The Autumn/Fall edition of “Showtime”, the re-branded Victam News magazine will now be published mid-October. This is because of an important announcement regarding the next Asian event which will be held once again at BITEC in Bangkok, Thailand. The dates of the shows will be 8 – 10 April, 2014.

While we wait with baited breath for the ‘important announcement’ prospective advertisers and visitors are being given the opportunity to advertise with the newly named event magazine.

Don’t forget that you can still advertise with the Grain and Feed Milling Technology 2013 wallplanner, which will be distributed to 20,000 subscribers worldwide. For details on this or for any of our products please get in touch.

Alex Rogers

IMD Coordinator

Lallemand’s New Mega-feed

Lallemand Animal Nutrition has unveiled its new antioxidant, MELOFEED.  The complementary feed, rich with vegetal Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) and catalase, is based on lyophilized melon juice. This forms a natural antioxidant active substance. It is recommended for all animal species to reduce the impact of oxidative stress on animal health and performance.

The Canadian company specializes in yeast, bacteria and yeast derivatives, for animal nutrition, baking, wine-making and pharmaceutical industries with MELOFEED being the latest addition to its extensive product development.

Matthieu Baulez, Product Manager for Monogastric Applications explains, “Animal farming practices are generating numerous stresses for the animal: gestation, farrowing, hatching, weaning, feed transitions… which are sources of oxidative stress with detrimental effects on animal health and performance.”

He continued, “Supplementation with certain antioxidants substances (vitamin E, selenium…) has become a common practice, but the science of antioxidants tells us that we can do better: protection against Reactive Oxygen Species depends on several complementary pathways like, for example, the Vitamin E, SOD and glutathione peroxidase (seleno-dependant enzyme) pathways. Hence, supplementing animal diets with a cocktail of complementary antioxidants rather than saturating one single pathway with one molecule even at high dosage, at a given critical time, can offer better protection”

Lallemand is a major supplier of probiotics and silage inoculants around the globewhich means that while MELOFEED is considered a complementary feed in the EU, different regulations can apply in other territories.

More news from Lallemand Animal Nutrition can be seen on www.lallemandanimalnutrition.com or you can visit their online IMD profile.

Grain Production Actually on the Up… But so is Consumption.

Now I know the subject of grain production in 2012 has generally been approached with sighs and groans but we here at IMD HQ have received a release from the WorldWatch Organisation that has made for very interesting reading.

Despite climactic problems in pretty much every farming region across the world this year, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has suggested that the Global grain production is expected to reach a record high of 2.4 billion tons in 2012.

This comes as stark contrast to the early indications which had seen fears of a low quality grain harvest grow. In fact according to the report this is an increase of 1% from 2011 levels and that’s not all. The production of grain for animal feed is growing the fastest- a 2.1% increase from 2011.

According to the International Grains Council 571 million tons were used last year for human consumption, with India consuming a grand 89 million tons.

However it is no secret that fierce drought in the Great Plains of USA have severely altered estimates on Maize production this year where it is most productive (in 2011 it was expected to reach a record 345million tonnes). This has led to a huge deficit expected for 2012/13 – 13% to be precise – and FAO have warned that with increased production also comes increased consumption.

“The relationship between food security, grain production, and climate change is especially important in 2012,” said Danielle Nierenberg, a Worldwatch senior researcher and Nourishing the Planet project director. “The recent drought affecting the United States and the rest of the world show the need to reduce price volatility, move away from fossil fuel-based agriculture, and recognize the importance of women farmers to increase resilience to climate change.”

If you would like to learn more about the Nourishing the Planet Project please click on the link above, you can also visit the blog at blogs.worldwatch.org/nourishingtheplanet.

Late Harvest Not Worth the Weight?

POOR specific weights stand out in provisional results from the HGCA Cereal Quality Survey for 2012 reports Farmers Guardian (FG). Wheat average specific weight figures are down considerably on those seen in recent seasons.

According to the report the average specific weight for harvest to date is considerably lower than in recent seasons, at 71.9kg/hl against 78.7kg/hl in 2011 and a three-year average of 77.5kg/hl.

Average specific weights in the South East are 72.1kg/hl, were down 6.8 per cent on the three-year average and in the East 72.2kg/hl, that deficit is 7.4 per cent – some of the lowest on record since 1977.

The average Hagberg Falling Number (HFN) for harvest to date is 267 seconds, compared with 269 in 2011, which has been lower than average so far. But,”has been within acceptable levels” according to HGCA market specialist Charlotte Garbutt.

However FG has suggested that early results show protein levels are slightly higher, although there is a bias towards quality wheats (59 per cent of the wheat samples included in the provisional results came from NABIM groups 1 and 2).

Average protein content for harvest to date is 12.7 per cent, compared with 12 per cent for final 2011 results and the three- year average of 11.8 per cent.

The results indicate that 26 per cent of the 4,032 NABIM group 1 and 2 samples received met a medium quality bread wheat specification (74kg/hl specific weight, 180 HFN, 12.5 per cent protein) but only 4 per cent of group 1 samples met full bread milling specifications.

Mrs Garbutt said, “The overriding reason for such a low achievement of full specification is the specific weight quality criteria.

“Only 17 per cent of all NABIM group 1 samples collected for 2012 to date have achieved 76kg/hl, compared to 92 per cent last year.”

According to FG the provisional 2012 estimates for barley show a lower specific weight and poorer screenings compared to a year ago but nitrogen content levels are better.

www.farmersguardian.com

www.hgca.com

IMD21 Company Focus (i): Vigan Engineering S.A.

Hello and welcome to what I suppose you could call a new series of our introductions to those of you listed with IMD for 2012/13 and who are appearing in IMD21.

This week we introduce a company returning once again to IMD where for another year they will enjoy international exposure to millers and milling service-providers across the globe.

Always on the move, VIGAN Engineering S.A. designs and manufactures harbour equipment and more particularly ship loaders and unloaders.

They lead the way in mobile portable grain pumps (120 to 270 tons/hour) that are particularly flexible with a wide range of accessories available allowing cargo handling in many different working configurations. For higher capacity requirements (200 to 800 tons/hour) VIGAN offer their own pneumatic Continuous Ship Unloaders on gantry called “NIV”. Self-propelled on tires or rails, they can be powered by diesel engine or electrical motors and each machine is bespoke designed based on the customers needs.

VIGAN’s range of equipment stretches beyond pumps though. Their catalogue also includes a mechanical CSU called “SIMPORTER” designed to meet very high discharging rates up to 1,500 metric tons/hour. It is particularly suitable for large bulk carriers. The twin-belt SIMPORTER technology offers major benefits: efficiency, cost-effectiveness (minimum energy consumption, reduced operational and maintenance cost) and environment-friendly qualities such as minimum noise, dust control, and no product breakage.

Besides unloading equipment, VIGAN’s mechanical shiploaders (rail-mounted, on tires or stationary)are suitable for almost any kind of bulk products (with a density from 0.2 to 1.8) on any kind of barge or vessel based on requirements (up to 1,200tonnes/hour)

VIGAN also provide a seemingly infinite wisdom of other harbour equipment based on more than 30 years experience. They now offer services in design projects such as mobile hoppers/bagging lines and quay conveyors, but also in turnkey port terminals delivery from engineering to commissioning, this includes silos & other storage.

We here at IMD HQ wish VIGAN every success this year and I would like to thank them for choosing IMD once again.

If you would like your company to feature as part of ‘Company Focus’ please feel free to get in touch.

Until next time!

Alex Rogers

IMD Coordinator

The International Milling Directory 2012/13

It is with an enormous sense of pride that I announce that IMD 2012/13 has reached its completion. It has been sent to the the printers for its first proof where once approved 8,000 copies will be printed and distributed to the global-milling community.

Dedicated subscribers and advertisers can get an exclusive glimpse now on our Issuu page before the printed edition is released.

Don’t forget, you are what makes the IMD the most comprehensive and revered directory for international milling and so I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of our advertisers and readers for their participation and continued commitment to connecting millers, manufacturers and service providers across the world.

On a personal note, as this is my first IMD since being appointed Coordinator earlier this year I would also like to thank our marketing and our design teams respectively for their hard work.

Don’t forget you will be able to order your printed edition of the IMD 2012/13 online at www.internationalmilling.com and of course it will be made available at many of the worlds leading exhibitions and trade shows where we look forward to seeing you all.

Until the next time, thank you for your continued interest I hope you enjoy The International Milling Directory 2012/13.

Alex Rogers

IMD Coordinator

 

UK Farmers A-Maized by Wet Weather

The weather strikes again this time with rain putting a dampener on the UK maize harvest according to experts. Farmers Weekly has reported that the harvesting schedule for most farmers across the UK has been put back by up to four weeks already, and the rain looks set to continue as autumn sets in.

It all seems a little too familiar t last year’s harvest where poor weather again affected harvesting in the UK, not to mention the severe and catastrophic drought across the Atlantic ocean. Richard Camplin of Limagrain UK said, “If we get warm, persistent weather it will give the cobs a chance to mature and for growers to harvest mid- to late October. However, if we get prolonged periods of rain in October, it could lead to problems getting machinery on the field.”

And continued, “”Two bad years for maize could lead those on the margins of growing maize to consider other things, such as whole-crop, but people shouldn’t be hasty if they are thinking about moving away from maize.”

It has been well documented that the trade price of maize, cereals and grains has been inflated as a result of the varying extremes in weather for 2012, but more-strict quality control means that farmers and millers have been under added pressure against the elements.

Neil Groom of Grainseed has described this ‘mixed-bag’ of crops as having lots of variation occurring even within fields. “We have seen a wide range of crops from normal to very poor, and that can be in the same fields.

He has also suggested that the heavy moisture has and will continue to enhance the risk of diseases and severe conditions in the fields, he said “Poor soil management has also been evident this year, whether due to compaction or inadequate drainage in the soil. The rain has also caused leaching of nitrogen, leaving the crops hungry in many cases.”

And continued,  “Eyespot has been an issue throughout the South West and West coast. If eyespot has moved on to your crop within the last week, get out there and put a fungicide on. It needs to be put on at least one month prior to harvest,” he said.

www.fwi.co.uk

GRAPAS 2012, Thailand Parts VII & VIII

Capping off this week’s GRAPAS 2012 series we bring you a double-header of expertise from the distinguished (and it Part VII very sharply dressed) speakers that attended the event in Thailand earlier this year.

First up in Part VII we are introduced to Jean-Claude Poncet of Vibrafloor, a French organization that specializes in, you’ve guessed it, vibrating floors.


In Part VIII Chanchai Rukthanannond delivers his closing speech bringing the curtain down on another fantastic show for 2012. As Chairman of the Thai Rice Millers Association Mr Rukthanannond was delighted to have welcomed so many experts and industry leaders to GRAPAS 2012.

Media supporter and Director for Perendale Publishers Limited Roger Gilbert has since said, “It was a pleasure to be involved in the event and having such a diverse selection of speakers all of whom were very interesting made it really successful.