Friday Feed Update: All the latest news wrapped up

14-09-2018 | |
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It is Friday again and time for All About Feed’s wrap up of the latest developments and business updates from the global animal feed industry.

DSM and Novozymes launch microbial muramidase

Balancius™ is the first and only microbial muramidase that works in the intestine to improve feed efficiency and increase sustainable product yield. The product, launched by DSM and Novozymes, breaks-down peptidoglycans (PGNs) in bacterial cell debris, thus unlocking the hidden potential in gastrointestinal functionality. Scientific data demonstrate the addition of Balancius to the diet of broiler chickens consistently improves feed conversion ratio by 4-6 points (3%), demonstrating a significant improvement in digestibility and feed efficiency. The launch of Balancius is the latest innovation from the Alliance of DSM with Novozymes, reflecting the strength of its scientific capabilities and ongoing leadership in animal nutrition and health. To date, Balancius is registered in LATAM (Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico), in the US and in APAC (Bangladesh, Pakistan and India). EMEA will follow soon (mid 2019), after a positive opinion published by EFSA EU in June this year.

New book: Selenium in poultry nutrition and health

More than 10 years after the release of his first book, Professor Peter Surai is pleased to announce the launch of his second book about selenium nutrition. This new book will provide new references to the poultry production industry. The official launch of the book will happen during the XVth European Poultry Conference that will be held in Dubrovnik (Croatia) in September. Selenium in poultry nutrition and health is a comprehensive guide providing up-to-date information about the role of selenium in poultry nutrition and health. This book is the result of extensive research conducted worldwide to further understand the implication of selenium in oxidative balance, immunity and quality of end-products. Recent research largely reported in this new book shows that organic selenium is further beneficial than mineral selenium to support physiologic functions. Adisseo is organising a social event at the XVth European Poultry Conference in September where Prof Peter Surai will introduce his book.

For more information: Prof. Peter Surai, Technical Director Feed-Food. Ltd, psurai@feedfood.co.uk and Mrs Sofia Zenagui, Global Specialty Brand Manager sofia.zenagui@adisseo.com.

Calsporin® probiotic approved for fattening pigs

The probiotic Calsporin® (Bacillus subtilis C-3102, No. 4b1820 – gut flora stabiliser) has recently been approved by the European Commission for the use in feed for pigs for fattening. The product contains viable spores of Bacillus subtilis C-3102 and is with a content of 1.0 x 1010 cfu / gram highly concentrated. The natural shield of the spores support the Bacillus strain to survive high temperatures during feed processing. The probiotic is already approved in feed for all avian species (broilers, laying hens, turkeys and minor avian species), the complete porcine production chain (sow, suckling and weaned piglets, pigs for fattening) and pet / ornamental species (dogs, ornamental birds and fish). The product is manufactured in Japan by Asahi Calpis Wellness Co. Ltd, is being sold and marketed in Europe by Orffa.

Huvepharma acquires animal health division Neovia

Huvepharma announced its acquisition of the Animal Health Division of Neovia, from InVivo Group, a move that will expand the EU focus on livestock animal health products. This includes Qalian France (Segré), Meriel France (hygiene line, St Etienne, France), Qalian Portugal (Lisbon) and Qalian Italy (Carpi). The acquisition includes Qalian and Meriel production facilities in Segré, St Etienne in France and Carpi in Italy, including the branded veterinary pharmaceuticals (drugs and premix), animal dietetics and hygiene product lines.

Evonik to launch its own GAA, replacing CreAMINO®

Evonik has made the strategic decision to launch its own guanidinoacetic acid-product (GAA) used to enhance energy metabolism in livestock production. The market launch is planned as soon as possible and became necessary after Trostberg-based, AlzChem Group AG terminated its supply agreement with Evonik on 31 December 2018. The GAA product CreAMINO® currently distributed by Evonik is manufactured by AlzChem. Evonik will continue to supply its customers until at least the end of 2018. The termination of the contract with AlzChem AG will open options for Evonik to further develop the use of GAA in animal nutrition and to supply the global market with its own GAA product. Guanidinoacetic acid is an essential component for the organism in building creatine and it also serves as a key source of arginine. Creatine is vital for vertebrates as it contributes to ensuring that the muscle cells are supplied with energy. With the addition of GAA to animal feed, the feed conversion in livestock production can be improved.

The Alltech ONE Ideas Forum goes global

The Alltech ONE Ideas Forum will soon be making stops around the globe, giving more people than ever the opportunity to experience the power of ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference and to hear from industry experts on trending topics in the agriculture industry. The global forum events will provide a local perspective of Alltech’s renowned and highly acclaimed annual international conference.

“The Alltech ONE Ideas Forum global event programme will be a reflection of ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference,” said Dr Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech. “It will be customised to local audiences while bringing big ideas to the forefront.” Stops for the Alltech Ideas Forum are planned at 15 locations in 13 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North America. Click here for more information on location details and to register.

DLG Group is uniting all its subsidiaries under Vilofoss

Well-known names such as Vitfoss (Denmark), Calcialiment (France), Deutsche Vilomix (Germany) and Fodermix (Sweden) have been unified by its owner DLG Group under the brand name Vilofoss. With a turnover of 390 million Euro, Vilofoss is one of the biggest players in the European market for livestock Premix & Nutrition. It is also one of the most profitable business areas in the DLG Group. “We are changing the name to signal to our customers, business partners and employees that Vilofoss is a market leading company in the European premix & nutrition market. Whether in Denmark, Germany, France or Sweden, we remain one united and strong company as Vilofoss,” said Jacob Holm, DLG’s executive vice president in charge of Vilofoss. The name change took effect on 1 September , 2018 in all markets.

€ 118 million investment for Devenish Nutrition

Belfast-based agri technology company Devenish Nutrition has secured € 118 million in long-term funding to enable its research, development and growth plans. This major refinancing deal is made possible by a pioneering investment of € 40 million from the European Investment Bank (EIB). The EIB investment has been combined with commitments from Devenish’s new commercial finance partners, Ulster Bank and Danske Bank. The EIB investment is the largest ever support for agri-business in Ireland by the EIB. It is also the first support for the agri-business sector in the country under the Investment Plan for Europe, in which the European Commission and EIB are strategic partners. The EIB loan will enable Devenish to develop a purpose-built Global Innovation Centre in Dowth, County Meath, from where it will develop and showcase its ‘One Health – from Soil to Society’ research, development and innovation programme. It will also fund innovation related capital projects and research into optimised animal nutrition, food innovation, health and sustainability.

Cargill to help raise fish farming standards in Indonesia

Cargill has opened an aquaculture innovation centre in Indonesia to work with freshwater fish farmers in raising farming and feeding standards. The Technology Application Center (TAC) is located at Ciseeng, Parung-Bogor, which is a hub for freshwater aquaculture in Indonesia. It will bring global aquaculture best practices and expertise from Cargill’s network of 12 such centres dedicated to aquaculture worldwide. The TAC will also provide a platform where local aquaculture farmers can come for training and discussions around feeding and other farm management practices. It is the 4th TAC Cargill has opened in South Asia this year and brings the Cargill aqua nutrition TAC footprint in Asia to six locations (Thailand, India, Vietnam (2), Indonesia and China).

Emmy Koeleman Freelance editor