Don’t miss a thing in the dynamic global animal feed sector. All About Feed wraps up the latest updates and new business developments and products from the global feed industry.
VIV Qingdao 2019 will be held in the West Coast New Area of Qingdao, China on 19-21 September. The online registration for professional visitors is now open. International visitors can register via the official website of VIV Qingdao 2019. A Chinese registration page is also available on the official WeChat account of the show: VIVworldwide. The organisers expect around 30,000 visitors for VIV Qingdao 2019.
Lallemand Animal Nutrition is proud to announce its live yeast probiotic strain Saccharomyces cerevisiae boulardii CNCM I-1079 (Levucell SB) is now authorised as a feed additive for use in all pigs in the European Union (EU) (Regulation (EU) No. 2019/892 and Regulation (EU) No. 2018/347). The product is now available for all stages of the swine production cycle including: suckling piglets, pigs for fattening, boars, gilts, sows and weaned piglets. It can also be used in all minor porcine species such as wild boars. To date, this is the only zootechnical feed additive in the European Union with such an extensive authorisation for swine production.
New research exploring the effect of a targeted enzyme application on reducing the carbon footprint of broiler production is amongst the insights to be presented by AB Vista at the European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition (ESPN), taking place in Poland from June 10th to 13th. It is 1 of 7 abstracts from the company that promise to afford poultry professionals with a wealth of new insights into the nutritional impact of phytate and fibre, and to uncover the latest ways in which feed strategies can be fine-tuned to capitalise on the inherent value held within substrates. The sustainability study – which demonstrated a 3% reduction in the carbon footprint of broiler production – was conducted using AB Vista’s Maximum Matrix Nutrition application, a combination enzyme strategy designed to extract maximum value from phytate and fibre, delivering significant improvements across nutrient uptake for considerable feed cost savings.
The highly anticipated University of Illinois Feed Technology Center is set to greatly improve the university’s capabilities in animal nutrition. Now, with the gift of a Wenger extruder and auxiliary processing equipment from global animal health and nutrition company Alltech, those capabilities will be expanded even further. Researchers in the Department of Animal Sciences in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, as well as other units across the university, will use the new Feed Technology Center to prepare and test experimental diets for animals. The facility will also serve as a launch pad for bigger-picture work designed to advance precision animal agriculture throughout the industry. Completion is scheduled for August 2020.
Balchem Corporation launched a new line of sensory inclusions for the companion animal market; PetShure® Sensory Systems. The initial offering of seven seasonal and popular flavors delivers pleasing aromas and vibrant colors while improving production flexibility. The Sensory Systems line-up includes the most popular flavors among pet parents as well as seasonal options; bacon, cheese, pumpkin, blueberry, cranberry, cinnamon and peanut butter. Additional flavors and blends will be available in the future. The sensory line also added 2 new Citric Acid products to the pH Control Systems line and a 60% Choline Chloride, non-grain, non-GMO product to the Choline line. The PetShure® brand was launched in 2017 to meet the innovation and production processing challenges of the pet food industry.
Dutch feed company Royal De Heus officially opened its centre for practical research into pig nutrition, ‘De Elsenpas’, on May 6th. Feeding research can now actually begin following the arrival of the first TN 70-SPF breeding sows. The inauguration underlines De Heus’ ambitions to take the next step in the continuous development of innovative pig feeds. The research centre conducts nutritional research relating to practical issues. New compositions, raw materials, ingredients or current nutritional issues are examined carefully. This allows new insights to be translated into practice quickly, in the form of innovative pig feeds and the dissemination of knowledge within the international pig farming sector. The strength of this new research centre lies in the huge volumes of data that are collected and analysed.
Oreka Solutions Inc, an insect ag-tech firm in Canada that delivers immune advantage for more productive agriculture, announced that following successful trials in Canada and the US, the company has raised $ 1.8M in funding and received approval from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to sell its feed ingredient products to the aquaculture and poultry markets. From its facility in Cambridge, Ontario, the firm creates feed ingredients from insects that have been shown to significantly reduce mortality and increase growth rates in livestock. Funding was provided by Toronto-based agrifood tech investment firm Umai Global, the Grober Group, a consortium of angel groups, and the Canadian Government. In addition to its animal feed products, Oreka Solutions Inc. has pioneered a zero-waste process that produces 2 soil amendment products, 1 liquid and 1 solid, that both support the microbiome of the soil and are in strong demand in Canada’s growing cannabis industry.
Beta Hatch, a Washington-based company industrializing the production of insects as a sustainable protein for animal feed, has won $ 135,000 in funding and cash prizes at the annual Flywheel Investment Conference in Wenatchee, Washington. In its third year, the conference is directed by the Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance (GWATA), a non-profit bringing people and resources together while supporting entrepreneurs, STEM education and technology in North Central Washington. The FlyWheel event was launched with support from Voyager Capital and inspired by the great success of the Bend Venture Conference which encourages investment in startups in communities outside of big cities. Beta Hatch, currently based in Seattle, will be relocating in summer 2019 to the Wenatchee area. Beta Hatch has already raised $ 4.8M via grants and investment from companies like Cavallo Ventures, the venture capital arm of Wilbur-Ellis.
A one-week Practical Short Course on Aquaculture Feed Extrusion, Nutrition and Feed Management will be presented on Aug. 25-30, 2019 at Texas A&M University by staff, industry representative and consultants. This program will cover information on designing new feed mills and selecting conveying, drying, grinding, conditioning and feed mixing equipment. Current practices for preparing full-fat soy meal processing; recycling fisheries by-products, raw material, extrusion of floating, sinking, and high fat feeds; spraying and coating fats, digests and preservatives; use of encapsulated ingredients and preparation of premixes, nutritional requirements of warn water fish and shrimp, feed managements and least cost formulation are reviewed.
Practical demonstration of sinking, floating, and high fat aqua feed, are demonstrated on four major types of extruders – (dry, interrupted flights, single and twin screw), using various shaping dies. Other demonstrations include: vacuum coating and lab analysis of the raw material for extrusion.
Country Junction Feeds based in Western Canada has announced a major expansion of its operations with the agreement to acquire the Federated Co-operatives Ltd. (FCL) feed mill in Edmonton. The leading feed company, headquartered in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, serves a broadening customer base across Alberta, Canada and into the U.S., specializing in quality bulk and bagged feeds for beef, dairy, equine, poultry, swine, goat, lamb, certified organic feeds and more. The agreement to acquire the FCL Edmonton feed mill Sept. 30, 2019, adds significant feed mill capacity directed at serving northern Alberta and beyond with diversified Country Junction Feeds feed products and services including industry leading animal nutrition expertise.
There are many benefits to feed fermentation in pig farming: decreased feed costs, improved feed digestibility, reduced use of antibiotics and last but not least reduced nitrogen and phosphor depositions into the soil, just to name a few advantages. For these reasons, Porlaso, the Argentinian partner of Lower Saxon animal house outfitter Weda Dammann & Westerkamp GmbH developed a promising, seminal fermentation method in cooperation with Dutch expert Dr Ronald Scholten of Dr Ferm. The basic concept aims to enable pig farmers to ferment raw, full-fat soy beans among others as a high-value feeding stuff in their own operations. The method is based on a sophisticated combination of temperature and specific bacteria and enzymes. The technological basis for this is a fermentation process conceived by Weda, which has proven itself over years in the daily practice of pig farming.
Global animal health business Diamond V introduced TruMune™ to the international pet food industry at the recent Petfood Forum 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. TruMune is Diamond V’s most advanced immune health product specifically for use in dog and cat diets. Scientific research demonstrates multiple benefits of the product. Diamond V reports that the product supports the potential of the immune system for greater mobility, higher activity levels and overall performance, health, vitality.