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January feed update: What did you miss?

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

Grōv Technologies launches indoor growing system for animal feed

Grōv Technologies has announced its indoor, fully-automated animal feed production system, called the Grōv Pod, which is a controlled environment agriculture system that uses less than 2% of the water and a fraction of the land needed for traditional farming. According to the company, the Grōv Pod, which is in beta testing, produces a daily output of more than 2 tonnes of wheat or barley grass, equivalent to the annual approximate yield of at least 55 acres of farm land. The system has been designed to require minimal labour and utilises low-heat LED technology, robotic seed-to-harvest systems and scientifically proven growing protocols.

Darling Ingredients acquires 100% of EnviroFlight

Darling Ingredients has acquired the 50% joint venture interest of EnviroFlight owned by Intrexon Corporation, thereby increasing its ownership interest to 100%. EnviroFlight is a developer of proprietary technologies which enable the rearing of non-pathogenic black soldier fly (BSF) larvae in a scalable manner.

Growing insects for specialty feed ingredients yields 10 times the usable protein per acre compared to producing algae and is at least 50 times the protein per acre compared to soy, according to Randall C. Stuewe, chairman and CEO of Darling Ingredients. Photo: Darling Ingredients
Growing insects for specialty feed ingredients yields 10 times the usable protein per acre compared to producing algae and is at least 50 times the protein per acre compared to soy, according to Randall C. Stuewe, chairman and CEO of Darling Ingredients. Photo: Darling Ingredients

Hamlet Protein invests in renewable energy

The biggest heat pumping facility in Denmark has opened at Hamlet Protein in Horsens. Waste heat from Hamlet’s production facility is transferred into the heating of 3,300 local households. Together with the District Heating Company in Horsens, Hamlet Protein worked for more than 2 years on a combined investment of €8 million to realise this unique project. In the first year, the 600 sqm facility expects to deliver 70,000 MWh.

Photo: Hamlet Protein
Photo: Hamlet Protein

Biomin announces China-Austria joint laboratory of animal nutrition

Biomin has unveiled a new China-Austria joint laboratory of animal nutrition in Beijing in cooperation with the Institute of Animal Sciences of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.

Photo: Biomin
Photo: Biomin

“The new laboratory affords us the opportunity to further advance research in the fields of animal nutrition, mycotoxin detoxification and gut performance,” said Jan Vanbrabant, chairman of the executive board of ERBER Group, the research and management team of Biomin China.

Elanco sells Victoria, Canada, R&D facility

Elanco Animal Health has signed an agreement to sell its Victoria, Prince Edward Island aqua research and development facility to The Center for Aquaculture Technologies Canada, an aquaculture R&D and contract research services company.

The transaction is expected to close at the beginning of the first quarter in 2020. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

D&D Ingredient Distributors’ new premix facility

D&D Ingredient Distributors announces the full-scale operation of its new premix plant in Ohio, US. The facility, which features automated micro ingredient proportioning, blending, and precision mixing technology, also consists of a precision-automated micro-proportioning system and a 4t twin-shaft horizontal ribbon-paddle mixer. The system combines precise amounts of vitamins, minerals and other micro ingredients in homogenous premixes that blend uniformly in manufactured feed or pet food.

D&D specialises in custom premixing for the feed and pet food industries. Photo: D&D Ingredient Distributors
D&D specialises in custom premixing for the feed and pet food industries. Photo: D&D Ingredient Distributors

Green Plains and Novozymes partner in protein production

Green Plains and Novozymes have entered into an exclusive partnership and commercialisation agreement for biological solutions in the production of high protein ingredients. The partnership will be aimed at aquaculture, pet food, as well as novel ingredients to be used in global protein markets.

Shenandoah, Green Plains‘ Iowa production facility. Photo: Green Plains
Shenandoah, Green Plains‘ Iowa production facility. Photo: Green Plains

The collaboration will utilise the biorefinery footprint, process know-how, and global distribution capabilities of Green Plains together with Novozymes’ expertise in microbiology to create a range of products resulting in functional proteins.

Layn launches TruGro MAX for antioxidant support

Layn, producer of natural animal nutrition ingredients, plant-based sweeteners and functional botanical extracts, has introduced TruGro MAX, a natural additive for animal feed that provides antioxidant support.

According to Layn, in recent studies, TruGro MAX has specifically been shown to minimise oxidative stress in broiler chickens. Photo: Layn Corp
According to Layn, in recent studies, TruGro MAX has specifically been shown to minimise oxidative stress in broiler chickens. Photo: Layn Corp

Nutreco partners with cell-based protein companies

Nutreco has entered into a strategic partnership with cell-based seafood start-up BlueNalu and cell-based meat start-up Mosa Meat. CEO, Rob Koremans says, “Mosa Meat and BlueNalu are developing very exciting technology that could potentially transform the way in which our industry feeds the future.”

AFMA Forum 2020

The 10th AFMA Forum themed ‘Explore today for a better tomorrow’, which will be held at the Sun City Convention Centre in South Africa from 3 to 5 March 2020, will bring together animal nutritionists, veterinarians, feed manufacturers, feed formulators and technical sales consultants.

Photo: AFMA
Photo: AFMA

Attendees will learn from the cream of international and local experts who will be sharing their expertise on topics ranging from feed science and research to best practices for animal health and food safety. Another highlight is the Ruminant Formulation Workshop.

Zheng Chang’s host feed industry forum

In December 2019, the 8th Tianmu Lake Forum and the establishment of Jiangsu ZhengChang Pellet Mill Sci&Tech Co. jointly organised by ZhengChang Group, China Feed Industry Association and Jiangsu Feed Industry Association, was held by the Tianmu Lake. With the theme ‘Stability and reliability enables long-lasting development — new technology, new process and new development‘, this forum invited a number of well-known experts and scholars in the industry, as well as more than 100 domestic and foreign delegates to discuss and share the problems and development points of the industry.

Photo: Zheng Chang
Photo: Zheng Chang

Meanwhile, Zheng Chang Mould Company has been upgraded to Zheng Chang Pellet Mill Sci&Tech Co., which aims to focus on the core business of pellet mill R&D, manufacturing and related accessories services, and provide customers with more comprehensive and professional pellet mill solutions.