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.

Mycotoxin Contamination: Effects on Production

This week  iGrow’s SDSU Extension discusses the issues and solutions associated with mycotoxins during a seminar which is open to the public on November 7, 2012.

The seminar features Lon Witlow, a professor of dairy cattle nutrition in the Animal Science Department at North Carolina State University . Witlow’s seminar will address the problems associated with mycotoxins in feedstuffs and how it effects production and health of dairy cattle. He will also talk about feed additives that are effective in binding mycotoxins and how these additives reduce toxicity and milk residues.

At NCSU, Whitlow conducts research in dairy cattle nutrition and management, including the incidence, effects, control and treatment of mycotoxins. Within his research he has shown that mycotoxins routinely occur in a variety of feedstuffs, including silages.

The seminar is due to commence at 3pm and runs until 5pm on the campus of South Dakota State University in the Alfred Dairy Science Hall, room 100. Witlow, is co-sponsored by SDSU Extension and Prince Agri Products, Inc.

For more information on the event and to learn more about iGrow, readers should visit igrow.org.

No Hard Sell Needed for Soft Commodities Summit in 2013.

Hello to our dedicated readers and subscribers.

Welcome to a timely update from IMD HQ where we have two very important pieces of good-news for you. Firstly the great news is that we have now sent the first batch of International Milling Directories for 2012/13 to subscribers which will hopefully be reaching them soon if they haven’t already. With new subscription requests coming in everyday stock will soon be limited so visit www.internationalmilling.com to reserve your copy from the next batch.

We are also pleased to announce our partnership with the 3rd Annual Soft Commodities Trading Operations & Logistics Summit for 2013. As an active media-partner for the event IMD will be present throughout as well as offering valuable help in preparing for February 2013.

The Soft Commodities Trading Operations & Logistics 2013 Summit is a senior level forum that takes place in Geneva between February 26th-27th. Designed to help the industry embrace effective approaches to challenges, the summit will cover areas such as sustainability, integration in developing countries and also human resource asset management.

Expert speakers already booked for the summit include Hans Stoldt (Director for Eastern Europe and Black Sea with Ameropa), Anna Cheryaeva (Head of Logistics and Customer Service, Cotton Division with Olam International Ltd.) and Christophe Bourges (Managing Director – with HSBC).

www.softsummit.com

Export Exchange International Grains Buyers Conference

Fresh from the record-attendance Export Exchange conference in Minneapolis, teams of international grain buyers fanned out across America, from Ohio to Washington State, and Minnesota to Louisiana. Their goal: to gain information, assess the current U.S. corn crop, explore the availability of other grains such as sorghum and barley, and build relationships leading to future sales.

More than 200 international buyers and end-users had flocked to Minneapolis from October 22-24, 2012 to meet with U.S. suppliers and to hear from industry and government leaders about the near- and long-term prospects for U.S. export capacity. CHS President and CEO Carl Casale’s keynote address set the theme: managing risk in the face of soaring demand for feed grains, a short U.S. crop in 2012, and major uncertainties on the geopolitical horizon. USDA Chief Economist Joe Glauber, farmer and industry leaders, and observations from major foreign buyers and end-users of U.S. feed grains rounded out the picture.

“Everyone present – more than 200 foreign guests and about 300 U.S. producer and agribusiness representatives – recognized that this will be a challenging year,” said U.S. Grains Council President and CEO Tom Sleight. “That’s why our international partners are so eager to talk with U.S. producers about their intentions and prospects for next year.”

Teams from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, Mexico and Taiwan got a head start, visiting U.S. farms, agribusinesses, and export terminals before heading to Minneapolis. Following Export Exchange, even more teams hit the road: a Japanese team to Iowa and Minnesota; a European team to Nebraska; a Chinese team to Ohio and Louisiana, among others.

“It’s one thing to sit in a conference room and hear industry and government leaders talk about how U.S. producers always bounce back strong,” Sleight continued. “Export Exchange provided that, and more. But there is still no substitute for the ground truth you get from getting out into the field, and talking directly to farmers and exporters. That’s what our Export Exchange guests are doing now.”

Many participants expressed a continuing preference for buying U.S. grains due to the consistency and quality of the grain and the transparency and reliability of the U.S. marketing and delivery systems. While price and availability will clearly be major impediments to U.S. exports this year, due to the drought, the buyer sentiment was clear: they are looking forward to a better crop next year, and a U.S. export sector that comes back strong.

 

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Global-Milling News Goes Live!

The Global Milling news portal was launched earlier this year to provide up-to-the-minute news for the global grain and milling industries. The site is already reaching viewing figures in excess of 40,000 per month, and with over 3,000 individual topics, continual updates, and an ever-increasing archive of useful information, the site is fast becoming the most popular and compressive resource for news in our sector.

Below is a link to short digital presentation detailing the exciting opportunity to purchase a key word banner for only £500 for a limited time.

Follow the link to get an exclusive glimpse at the presentation which provides all of the information you need at Sliderocket.

www.global-milling.com

EU Opens the Door to Syngenta Corn

The U.S. Grains Council is pleased to learn of the official approval of the Syngenta corn variety MIR 162 Agrisure Vipterra in the European Union, opening the way for exports of U.S. corn co-products, including distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and corn gluten feed (CGF). The long-delayed decision came after years of industry leadership and efforts, especially those partners of the Council in the EU, including COCERAL, a grain trade association, FEFAC, a feed millers association, and the Irish Feed Millers Association.

“This approval is a great success as it opens the window of opportunity for U.S. products, including DDGS and CGF, to enter the EU market. This is especially attractive in big markets like Ireland, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands. Their ability to import these high-protein feed ingredients is critical at a time of crop shortage in Europe and high prices. Everyone is looking for alternatives,” said Cary Sifferath, USGC senior regional director based in Tunis.

Sifferath noted, however, the opportunity may only exist for a limited amount of time as new crop biotech events coming down the pipeline are not yet approved in Europe. Such products may be planted by U.S. farmers in the spring, meaning they may enter the market in the fall of 2013. This could again stall sales of U.S. co-products into the EU provided the approval process remains sluggish within the trade bloc.
“Corn co-products are a tremendous feed ingredient recognized as a good value by buyers within Europe and around the world,” Sifferath said. “Approvals such as this help livestock and poultry producers manage costs and expand options, and we are hopeful the availability of these options continue well into the future.”

MillingInternational takes over GFMT for Current Issue

A while back you may remember my mentioning that we at IMD HQ were given the pleasant duty of acting as guest editor for Grain & Feed Milling Technology magazine (GFMT), the longest serving magazine committed to the global milling industry.

The role involved me working closely with the production team at Perendale Publishers Limited, producers of GFMT and of course the International Milling Directory. I have to say that I have been delighted to have taken part in the process, which gave me a wonderful experience to take back into working hard already for IMD22.

I am pleased to say that the September/October issue of GFMT is at the printer and I am looking forward to seeing the end product. As usual, there’s an exciting mix of features spanning the food and feed milling industries. Two perennial problems, packaging and pest control, are given a through interrogation in two cracking features. Packaging manufacturer bpi.visqueen tells us about bagging options for eco-conscious and price savvy millers.  While Hikmet Boyacioglu tells us about pesky pest problems.

Plus there are all the regular news, events and features.

If you can’t wait to get your hands on a print copy, you can read the whole magazine online here for free on click on the image below.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Alice Neal (Editorial Manager) and James Taylor (Production Manager) for their continued hard work on International Aquafeed, Grain & Feed Milling Technology and of course the International Milling Directory all of which are Perendale Publishers Limited productions.

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Australia Take On USA Pop Culture

They say that in every cloud there is a silver lining, a sentiment that will surely have been put to the test by farmers and millers across the world this year thanks to drought or in some cases extreme moisture.

But a global shortage of popping corn is creating opportunities for some Australian growers of grains according to ABC Rural. The world’s biggest producer of popping corn, USA, has been swept by the same circumstances of drought as its other grain exports. This has left many international markets now short in supply.

To take advantage of the situation, farmers in central western NSW, Australia, will plant the biggest popcorn crop in the region’s history. Commodity trader Tony Cogswell says it’s hoped the niche crop will be exported to a number of international buyers.

“This has got a permanent place in our program now. We have some domestic clients that are taking popcorn on a regular basis,” he said.

“It will also be going into Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Egypt and potentially into France.

“We have had enquires from all of those places and they are all in our targets.”

www.abc.net.au

X-XL Foods

XL Foods entered into a management agreement with a Canadian Subsidiary of JBS USA. The agreement contemplates JBS assuming management of certain XL Canadian beef packing operations at Brooks, Alberta and the XL Calgary beef plant.

“This action is another positive step to relicensing the XL Lakeside beef plant in Brooks, Alberta. We welcome the assistance of JBS and their resources,” said Brian Nilsson, Co-CEO.

The management agreement affords JBS the option to purchase XL’s Lakeside beef plant, XL Calgary beef plant and XL’s U.S beef packing operations. This agreement also includes the option to purchase Lakeside Feedyards, a feedlot and farming operation near Brooks, Alberta.

XL will continue to manage and operate the U.S beef packing operations.