nabim: Going the Distance – Training the milling workforce for the 21st century

The International Milling Directory‘s 22nd edition for 2013-14 featured Alexander Waugh, director general of nabim on page 3, discussing flour in a very interesting style. This however does not mention the long ties between nabim and Perendale Publishers, who published that discursive letter.

Here for an interesting mid-week blog post is an article on training for better skills for milling professionals from 2011 which was published our sister magazine, Grain & Feed Milling Technology magazine:

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Remember that the 23rd edition for 2014-15 will be published in the next few months so do update or register your company, with 2 free products and service categories, Equipment Guides and more available. Please go to the website www.internationalmilling.com today.

The Grain Chain

The International Milling Directory is glad to promote a video from The Grain Chain. The Grain Chain programme is a collaboration of the HGCA, Federation of Bakers (FoB) and Flour Advisory Bureau (FAB). It is the successor to the Flour and Grain Education Programme which was launched in 2002. The International Milling Directory always supports training and wishes to promote this further in any small way at all.

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The Grain Chain

 

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The transformation of wheat seeds into flour. See the grain during different stages of the milling process and the machines that crush, grind, sift and separate the grain to give us flour, bran and wheat feed.”

Grainchain.com is a curriculum linked education resource for teachers and parents to inform school-aged children about the story of grain-based food – from the farm to mill to plate. Find tailored teaching materials, worksheets, videos, quizzes, recipes and activities about farming, milling and baking.

 

British and Irish Millers party at Christmas: The LSEMS Xmas Function

21 Arlington Street, St. James's, London. Home of the LSEMS

21 Arlington Street, St. James’s, London. Home of the LSEMS. [Image citation: British Listed Buildings].

The International Milling Directory‘s Tom Blacker attended the Christmas party of the London and South East Millers Society (LSEMS) in St James’s, London on Tuesday 10th December.

The new LSEMS secretary Graham Bruce met and registered all attendees in the reception hallway before all attending members of the LSEMS took the stairs to meet in the dining hall.

There was some talk about the recent IAOM conference and expo in S0usse, Tunisia; about the year in general for the milling industry and for 2014 to come. The atmosphere was friendly and exciting – the food, drink and raffle keenly caught the eyes of all and it centered the evening truly on the ‘party’ before some went over to The Clarence pub on Dover Street for an after party.

This is of course where our main archive of our sister magazine, Grain & Feed Milling Technology is based. There will be many more occasions for The International Milling Directory and Perendale to staff to be at this grand building again soon to play our part in the milling industry as we have since 1891.

 

 

 

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Small Gains Earn Top Award

The winner of the 2012 Nabim/HGCA Milling Wheat Challenge has been announced reports Farmers Guardian. Bedfordshire farm manager Andrew Robinson has taken this year’s award with his 2,232acre plot which has been growing for over thirty-years.

Despite small marginal gains the Farms manager at Heathcote Farms, near Toddington, was praised by judges for his engagement with the milling trade, his solid business foundations and his ability to aggregate them for a positive net business benefit.

There were two other finalists, Andrew Martin of Broadstream Farming, Kent and Mark Boyd of John Boyd Farms, also from Kent.

The duty of judging this year’s winner fell to Martin Savage of NABIM, Pat Thornton of HGCA and Lincolnshire farmer Mark Ireland. They said that each finalist demonstrated attention to detail and a strong commitment to the milling trade’s needs and processes.

Mr Thornton said, “Andrew’s methodical approach shows a deep understanding of good agronomy, and demonstrates an excellent understanding of what his market wants from him.”

All three finalists demonstrated they were forward-thinking and could consistently grow quality crops of bread-making wheats – even in a year as challenging as 2012,” he added.

“All three finalists were on top of their disease control and when we made the farm assessments in June, all crops were full of potential. Unfortunately, the first 14 days of grain fill, which are so important, were blighted by bad weather . The result is that milling wheat supply is more than one million tonnes down on the national forecast,” said Mr Thornton.

http://www.farmersguardian.com/home/

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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

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