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All About Feed wraps up the latest updates and business developments to ensure you don’t miss a thing in the global animal feed industry.

ADM invests US$2.5 million towards Illinois Feed Technology Center

ADM has announced a US$2.5 million gift to assist with the construction of the Feed Technology Center, aimed to advance educational and research opportunities within the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois, and to advance animal nutrition globally.

The College of ACES will expand on the work done by researchers through the production of large and small batches of traditional and specialised research diets. Students will also gain hands-on experience with cutting-edge feed technologies.

Construction on the Feed Technology Center started in June and is expected to be completed in 2020.

Ryan Lane (ADM), Dean Kim Kidwell, and Chancellor Robert Jones (Photo: University of Illinois)
Ryan Lane (ADM), Dean Kim Kidwell, and Chancellor Robert Jones (Photo: University of Illinois)

Research collaboration to test new raw materials for aquaculture

Aller Aqua and marine ingredients producer TripleNine have entered a research collaboration to identify components of marine raw materials with particular function to benefit fish health and growth.

“Marine raw materials form the basis of many high-quality fish feeds. In this collaboration with marine raw material expert TripleNine, we are aiming to make maximum use of marine raw materials and their functional components for optimising feed performance. Value addition to marine ingredients will also promote the continuous sustainable use of marine resources in fish feed, by making the most out of them,” said R&D director at Aller Aqua, Dr Hanno Slawski.

Feeding trials on selected fish species are going to be conducted at Aller Aqua Research. Photo: Aller Aqua
Feeding trials on selected fish species are going to be conducted at Aller Aqua Research. Photo: Aller Aqua

Cargill and White Dog Labs to deliver sustainable feed for aquaculture

Cargill is expanding its offerings of sustainable alternatives to fishmeal in aqua feed thanks to a new agreement with White Dog Labs. The deal secures access to ProTyton™, White Dog Labs’ single-cell protein produced by fermentation with corn feedstock — a sustainable alternative to harvesting fishmeal — which, like fishmeal, is high in protein and amino acids. ProTyton™ will be ready to ship from White Dog Labs’ demo facility in Nebraska, USA, in 2020.

Cargill plans to begin offering ProTyton™ in salmon feed, with the possibility of expanding to shrimp and other species as White Dog Labs’ production volume increases.

Anpario announces results and new bottling plant

International producer and distributor of natural animal feed additives, Anpario, has announced its sales in the 6 months to 30 June 2019 were in line with the equivalent period in 2018. Chief executive Richard Edwards said that the impact of African Swine Fever created tough trading conditions in Asia, but this was offset by “strong recovery in our Latin American and Middle East markets and our continuing progress in the US”.

Anpario also announced the opening of its new fully automated, bottling plant in Nottinghamshire, UK, which will enable Anpario to produce its liquid products with greater flexibility in production, allowing them to respond to customer demands more efficiently.

Anpario announces the opening of its new £1million, fully automated, bottling plant in the UK. Photo: Anpario.
Anpario announces the opening of its new £1million, fully automated, bottling plant in the UK. Photo: Anpario.

Pioneering service to help farmers cut feed waste

Dairy farmers across the UK can now benefit from Alltech Navigate, an advice service that aims to increase profit margins by reducing feed waste and optimising input utilisation.

Presenting at UK Dairy Day, Ian Leach, Alltech retail programmes lead, explained that results from the latest Alltech feed waste reduction and utilisation on-farm pilot study, which looked specifically at higher-efficiency UK dairy herds, highlighted that feed waste could be costing as much as £216 (€245) per cow, per year.

Alltech Navigate™ aims to support the dairy industry on the journey to higher business resilience.

“The advice service, which is free to access, involves a simple three-step process; assess, analyse, action. A 2-hour on-farm assessment looks at detail into the 4 key areas where feed waste can occur, including in the field, during storage, at feed-out, and inside the cow,” explained Leach.

“Data collected during the assessment is then analysed using the programming tool in order to produce percentage losses, and monetary values, to illustrate the financial pinch-points,” he added.

Alltech’s advice service aims to increase profit margins for dairy farmers by reducing feed waste and optimising input utilisation. Photo: Alltech
Alltech’s advice service aims to increase profit margins for dairy farmers by reducing feed waste and optimising input utilisation. Photo: Alltech