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June feed update: What did you miss?

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

De Heus acquires Neovia Indonesia and Piensos Muga in Spain

De Heus Animal Nutrition has completed the acquisition of the compound feed operations of Neovia Indonesia (PT Welgro Feedmill and PT Wirifa Sakti) from ADM. With 2 compound feed mills located in West and East Java and total sales volume of 125,000 tonnes in 2019, Welgro and Wirifa focus mainly on the swine, poultry and aqua feed segments. According to the company, it is estimated that the size of the animal feed market in Indonesia will increase from 19 million tonnes in 2019 to 22 million tonnes by 2022. With a population of 273 million, Indonesia is the largest consumer market for proteins in Southeast Asia.

Wirifa, Indonesia. Photo: De Heus
Wirifa, Indonesia. Photo: De Heus

Furthermore, the company is acquiring Piensos Muga in Spain. Founded in 1992, with an annual capacity of 80,000 tonnes, Piensos Muga specialises in the development and production of a range of dairy, beef cattle and ruminant feeds.

Biomin opens Austrian premix facility, and raises concerns about European harvest

Biomin has opened a premix production facility in Haag am Hausruck in Austria. The facility, which can process up to 10 mt of finished product per hour, includes an on-site laboratory for quality control and 54 silos with a storage capacity of 1,100m³.


  • The facility has been designed to ensure full transparency and minimise the risk of cross-contamination. Photo: Biomin and Erber Group

    The facility has been designed to ensure full transparency and minimise the risk of cross-contamination. Photo: Biomin and Erber Group

  • The production unit at Haag am Hausruck has several quality certifications, namely GMP+, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and HAACP. Photo: Biomin and Erber Group

    The production unit at Haag am Hausruck has several quality certifications, namely GMP+, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and HAACP. Photo: Biomin and Erber Group

Meanwhile, the company anticipates that in the upcoming corn and wheat harvest, deoxynivalenol, or vomitoxin, has a high probability to exceed a risk threshold level of 150 parts per billion (ppb) in corn in central, eastern and southern Europe, and to exceed 150 ppb in wheat in northern Europe. The forecast is based on a proprietary mycotoxin prediction tool that delivers daily assessments of expected mycotoxin levels in corn and wheat harvests.

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DuPont introduces Axtra Phy Gold phytase enzymes

DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences has launched the phytase enzyme Axtra Phy Gold, which will be available in the US, Mexico and India and eventually worldwide, pending regulatory authorisations. Recent scientific studies demonstrate that the enzymes’ ability to allow the formulation of inorganic phosphate-free high phytate diets improves sustainability of animal production and offers thermostability, according to the company.

Anpario launches Orego-Stim TD

Anpario’s Orego-Stim TD, which can be top dressed to gestating and lactating sows’ daily rations, is formulated from a dextrose and oregano essential oil. The formula provides sows with the benefits associated with oregano essential oil, as well as with the advantages of dextrose as a functional carrier. Dextrose is the active form of glucose and provides an energy source for sows during key periods when energy demands increase. Trials found that Orego-Stim supported lactation and lifetime piglet performance.

Orego-Stim TD provides sows with the benefits associated with oregano essential oil, as well as with the advantages of dextrose as a functional carrier. Photo: Anpario
Orego-Stim TD provides sows with the benefits associated with oregano essential oil, as well as with the advantages of dextrose as a functional carrier. Photo: Anpario

Feed targeted through Primary Diets’ new app

Primary Diets’ new free-to-download app gives producers the chance to plot performance and benchmark themselves against target data. This means that feed specialists can offer bespoke recommendations on how best to feed all piglets on the farm. The app concentrates on weaning weight distribution and target nursery growth curves (target top 10%, average, and bottom 10%), and also offers a feed intake predictor which provides expected and target feed intake figures.

The new free-to-download app gives producers the chance to plot performance. Photo: Primary Diets
The new free-to-download app gives producers the chance to plot performance. Photo: Primary Diets

Reduced mortality from PRRS with FRA C12

FRA C12 is a specific formula containing medium-chain 1-monoglycerides and carefully selected micro-ingredients. Feeding this product to piglets, pigs and sows, reduces health problems and improves animal performance, according to Fra. The company states that this feed additive helps to suppress PRRS from infected farms, mainly by minimising the secondary infections caused. Furthermore, it delivers more live-born piglets and results in 30% lower pre-weaning mortality.

Lallemand and CEA to quantify live yeast in feed

Lallemand Animal Nutrition has entered a partnership with CEA to design Numcell, a technology to quantify live yeast cells within a range of feed materials, free from the time-constraints of culture-based numeration techniques. This new tool is based on CEA Lensfree imaging technology. After several years of development, Numcell can now be used by Lallemand analysis laboratory to speed up analysis processes.

Numcell, a technology to quantify live yeast cells within a range of feed materials. Photo: Lallemand
Numcell, a technology to quantify live yeast cells within a range of feed materials. Photo: Lallemand

Innovad acquires natural extract company Eco Treasures

Innovad has acquired Belgium-based company, Eco Treasures, which specialises in the extraction of natural raw materials and Eco-friendly processes. Eco Treasures was established in 2006 by a group of chemical engineers. Its core knowledge and experience lies in supercritical CO2 extraction; a green extraction technology without even traces of any organic solvents that is well suited to extract molecules with high added value from natural resources. The acquisition makes Innovad a global player within functional feed additives to have all necessary processes and competence in-house to deliver environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions.

Trouw Nutrition partners with University of Alberta

Trouw Nutrition has partnered with the University of Alberta where scientists of the Faculty of Agricultural, Nutritional and Environmental Sciences will work to enable the acceleration of key research and development activities using University of Alberta facilities. Some collaborative projects have already been initiated, and the partnership will create opportunities to explore new research and innovation opportunities in animal nutrition.

Photo: UoA - University of Alberta
Photo: UoA - University of Alberta

DSM and NC State partner in animal science research

The DSM Animal Nutrition and Health business of Royal DSM announces a 10-year research partnership with North Carolina State University. The research will focus on animal gut health, precision nutrition and data-driven decision-making for animal health. DSM will provide financial resources for renovations to existing animal science buildings and the development of 2 new buildings at NC State. DSM intends to fund approximately US$2.5 million over the first 3 years.