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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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