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May feed update: What did you miss?

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

Biomar Australia begins aquafeed production

BioMar Australia has commenced aquafeed production at their €40 million facility in Tasmania, Australia. “…we’re excited to add our technical and production capacity to the region’s aquaculture industry,” said MD, David Whyte, during the virtual launch. “Trials of our products are already underway in a variety of species in Australia and New Zealand, and we are bringing BioMar’s global best practices and nutritional know-how into our region helping to support sustainable innovation in aquaculture.”

The facility will produce up to 110,000 tonnes of aquafeed per annum. Photo: BioMar
The facility will produce up to 110,000 tonnes of aquafeed per annum. Photo: BioMar

Delacon publishes new dossier on gut health

Delacon has published a new scientific publication, ‘What About Gut’, written for experts in animal nutrition and veterinarians, and addresses intestinal health in monogastric animals. ‘What About Gut’ (2020) is now available for free on the Delacon website.

Granule size matters, reveals Volac Wilmar Feed Ingredients research

Research by Volac Wilmar Feed Ingredients at the National University of Singapore indicates that granule size has a major impact on the degree of rumen protection of fat supplements. Researchers report significantly higher breakdown of calcium salts of fine granules (<0.5 mm diameter) compared to that of large granules (3-4 mm diameter) across a range of different acid conditions to reflect typical rumen ph values. because calcium salts are an industry-standard method of delivering c18:1 (oleic) and c16:0 (palmitic) fatty acids to dairy cows, the implications of these findings are clear – the physical nature of calcium salt supplements is a key factor in the success of delivery of fatty acids through the rumen in their active form.>

Research by Volac Wilmar Feed Ingredients uncovers a significantly higher breakdown of calcium salts in fine granules compared to that of large granules. Photo: Volac Wilmar Feed Ingredients
Research by Volac Wilmar Feed Ingredients uncovers a significantly higher breakdown of calcium salts in fine granules compared to that of large granules. Photo: Volac Wilmar Feed Ingredients

Skiold cleaning machine combats mycotoxins

The Skiold Damas Sigma high-capacity cleaning machine is designed for pre-cleaning, grading and cleaning of cereals. The machine’s unique design and polishing effect removes up to 90% of mycotoxins on the surface of grains. Grains are cleaned centrifugally by being forced against the rotating screens and each individual grain is rubbed against each other, thus being polished and cleaned across its entire surface area reducing the presence of germs, fungi and bacteria.

The Skiold Damas Sigma high-capacity cleaning machine. Photo: Skiold
The Skiold Damas Sigma high-capacity cleaning machine. Photo: Skiold

Leadership and nutrition seminars hosted by Hamlet

Hamlet Protein hosted a series of online events on topics ranging from animal nutrition and health to change management. In China, technical director Dr Eugene Li spoke about piglet feed formulation. Novel ways to address the ban of AGPs were also discussed, and behavioural scientist Dr Ben Tiggelaar highlighted that changing behaviour is key to successfully changing an organisation. In the US, a webinar addressed the current market situation and outlook, and Dr Tim Fakler provided insights on feed ingredient availability.

Benefits of non-synthetic oregano oil in pullet rearing

Piedmont Research Station at North Carolina State University in the US undertook a trial in conjunction with feed additive manufacturer Anpario to determine the effect of supplementing Orego-Stim Powder (a source of 100% natural oregano essential oil) in pullet feed throughout rearing on pullet performance and body confirmation. Results confirmed that this improves flock uniformity, reproductive fitness and feed efficiency.

100% natural oregano essential oil improves flock uniformity, reproductive fitness and feed efficiency. Photo: RedbudPatriot
100% natural oregano essential oil improves flock uniformity, reproductive fitness and feed efficiency. Photo: RedbudPatriot

VIV marks 20 years in China

During 20 years of presence in China, VIV has served more than 5,000 exhibitors and welcomed over 350,000 visitors in total. With its Feed to Food concept, VIV in China attracts buyers and market leaders from around the world. VIV Qingdao is now held on a yearly basis. The COVID-19 pandemic is currently considered under control within China, and so this year the event will take place from 17-19 September with a focus on ruminant, aquaculture, swine breeding, slaughtering and processing.

New feed flow control for Big Wheel Feeders

Osborne Industries releases a new feed flow adjustment system for the company’s line of Big Wheel Feeders. All standard dry and wet/dry nursery, wean-to-finish, and 60-head finishing feeders feature in the new Feed Flow Control. In addition, an added spring enables Big Wheel Feeder users to easily make micro-adjustments to the cone height inside the feed hopper at any time, even if the hopper is full of feed.

Micro-adjustments can be made to the cone height inside the feed hopper at any time. Photo: Osborne Industries
Micro-adjustments can be made to the cone height inside the feed hopper at any time. Photo: Osborne Industries