Gut Health and Animla Nutrition Conference – October 18, 2012

The American Soybean Association and Meriden (Guangzhou) Biotech Co. Ltd are joint organisers of an International Conference on Gut Health and Animal Nutrition.

Universities and research institutes from across the world will join nutritionists and the Technical Director of the American Soybean Association to speak on a range of subjects, including on phytobiotics and sustainable animal production, nutritional research and nutritional strategies for an AGP-free future. The International Scientific Conference will be held in Changsa City, China, on 18th October 2012.

For more information, please visit www.meriden.com.cn

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UK Grains Harvest 2012: What we already knew…

The global price of wheat has increased by an astounding 30% over the past 12 months – which according to the UK based National Farmers Union (NFU), has put massive pressure on farmers who buy grain to feed their livestock.

NFU President Peter Kendal was discussing the worst wheat growth in the UK since the 1980’s when he said, “The challenge for the pig and poultry market is trying to make sure that retailers pay a fair price, because in pigs 50% of the cost is grain, poultry it’s 60% – and these farmers at the moment, because the prices haven’t responded yet, they’re actually saying I’m not going to fill my sheds with poultry or pigs any more.”

The problems faced by farmers in the UK and the global increase in wheat prices are both adding to fears over rises in food prices reports the BBC News wesbsite. But The extreme weather has taken its toll on the amount of food produced and the quality of food and grain.

Martyn Jones, from the Morrisons supermarket chain, said that, for example, carrots were not quite as sweet as previous years, and the available volumes of some food was down – about 25% across most potatoes and root crops.

The worst hit areas in the UK this summer were in the South-West where a huge proportion of  UK crops are produced. Ian Johnson, south-west England spokesman for the NFU, said this year’s weather had led to a “mixed picture” for arable farmers.

He said while wheat crops had suffered, winter barley yields were up 1.6%; spring barley yields were down 7.4% and oilseed rape yields were up 5.9%.

But still for some such as Paul Harris, an arable farmer in Dorset, the difficulties look set to continue. He said, “I’ve been farming now for 40 years and it’s the worst harvest I have ever known.”

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Anitox feed safety and milling efficiency confernece

Distributors, agents and guests from around the world gathered in the Czech Republic at the end of September to attend a feed safety and milling efficiency conference organised by Anitox. A pioneer in its field, the company develops, manufactures and markets pathogen elimination, mould control and milling efficiency programmes for the feed milling and primary meat and egg production industries.

Amongst those who attended the three-day event at The Park Inn in Prague, were delegates from Asia Pacific, Poland, Turkey, Benelux, United Kingdom, Egypt, Germany and Iran. Other countries represented were Baltic States, Belarus, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Scandinavia, Czech Republic, Iraq, Iceland, Ireland, Morocco and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The conference included a range of presentations to highlight issues which are currently impacting on livestock feed and food safety across international markets, affecting all involved in the supply chain. They included food and feed safety legislation in the European Union and non-EU markets, technical developments and how the Anitox range of products and services assist customers to meet current and potential challenges.

Summarising the conference Roger Mann, Regional Director for Anitox in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, stated:

“Feed and food safety remains a major issue for all involved in meat production, processing and retailing throughout the world. Despite major efforts to control pathogens in feed, on-farm and during processing they remain a significant and ongoing challenge, while very high commodity prices are increasing the burden on all sectors of the industry, increasing the focus on efficient production at all stages.

“The range of solutions offered by Anitox is of increasing benefit to all sectors and we have seen a substantial increase in demand for our products, driven by more stringent food safety legislation, higher standards from retailers as well as greater consumer pressure for safer food.

“Anitox has 35 years experience in antimicrobial and mould-control technology in livestock feeds and raw materials. We are now at the forefront of the industry in terms of supplying products which provide safe feed to protect the health of livestock and consumers. We continue to invest heavily in Research & Development and have a pipeline of cutting-edge products coming through our programme. These will take Anitox into new areas and help livestock producers, feed manufacturers and food producers to meet future demands and challenges.”

The Anitox product line currently includes Termin-8® and Monoprene® bacterial control agents, the Maxi-Mil® milling efficiency program, MonoProp® and Punch® mould control agents, together with Blue Royale® water treatment and Sorb-It® aflatoxin binder. The business has an international network which supplies customers with top-quality products and the best technical, engineering, laboratory and customer support services.

Anitox now supplies many of the world’s Top 25 feed manufacturers. More than 32 million tonnes of feed/feed materials, representing 5% of worldwide animal feed production, are treated annually with Termin-8® to ensure they are pathogen-free, while many feed manufacturers use Maxi-Mil® to improve milling efficiency.

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.

What we’ve been up to.. (September 11-18, 2012.)

Hello again to our dedicated subscribers and listed companies. To say it’s been an eventful month for IMD would be an understatement as gargantuan as Red Dwarf himself (well perhaps not that big but it has been pretty hectic).

As mentioned in my previous post the first draft of IMD21 was sent to the printers last week (September 7, 2012) and I am pleased to announce that it has since been put to press. This means that 8,000 printed copies of IMD21 will soon be sent out to those of you who have ordered yours for 2012/13.

Don’t forget you can still order a copy of IMD21 simply by visiting www.internationalmilling.com and clicking the relevant link, or indeed you can visit our publishers homepage at www.perendale.com.

Some of you have since contacted me with new artwork and materials for IMD21, unfortunately the deadline for this did pass some time ago for the printed edition. However for those of you who feel like you might have missed the boat, there is still plenty of opportunity to promote yourselves via our online editions (these can be found on Issuu, Scribd and Docstock) or right here at MillingInternational. So keep in touch, don’t forget that thanks to our continuous innovation we can take your products further through online advertising.

After the busy two months leading up to the printing of IMD21 there seemed no better way to celebrate than enjoying a wonderful day in London with the London & South-East Millers Society (LSEMS). Accompanied by several of my colleagues I got the chance to meet some important figures from the UK milling community, of which I am now pleased to be a member.

I should say a big thank you to Tony Evers (Secretary for LSEMS) for inviting us along and for the staff a Luc’s Brasserie for catering the event.

Now though, the planning begins for IMD22 and the hard work starts right here. In the coming weeks I will be holding a number of meetings with my fellow colleagues and designers on how we continue the progression of the industries most comprehensive directory. With this in mind I would love to hear your feedback or input!

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