April feed update: What did you miss?

05-05 | |
April feed update: What did you miss?

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

Phileo by Lesaffre unveils Program Aquasaf Shrimp

Phileo by Lesaffre has announced the release of Program Aquasaf Shrimp, which aims to provide practical guidance on the use of fermentation solutions for shrimp producers. The program builds on a decade of research and development on yeast and bacteria, probiotics and postbiotics. It also highlights case studies conducted with numerous institutes and commercial partners worldwide. The program provides knowledge and solutions to some of the most important challenges associated with intensive shrimp farming, including mortalities caused by Early Mortality Syndrome or White Spot Disease, inconsistent growth and feed performances resulting from chronic oxidative stress and gut dysbiosis, as well as the dependency on marine ingredients and antimicrobial substances.

ADM shares environmental analysis of its broiler feed additive

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ADM has performed a Life Cycle Assessment for Xtract 6930, a plant extract-based feed additive for monogastric animals, on broiler operations within Asia, Latin America, Europe and North America. Results showed a reduction by at least 1.9% of the carbon footprint of live broilers, and at least 2.8% reduced carbon footprint of broiler meat production. In other words, 1 kg CO2 eq. spent using Xtract results in savings of 75 kg CO2 eq. in live broiler farming and a savings of 100 kg CO2 eq. in broiler meat processing. Xtract 6930 leverages microencapsulated active substances found in aromatic plants and spices with demonstrated physiological effects on poultry.

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Insects as an alternative source of protein focus of Inhouse Farming event

Can the industrial breeding of insects as animal feed contribute to feeding the growing world population? The ‘Inhouse Farming – Feed & Food Show’, which will take place from 12-15 November 2024 in Hanover, Germany, is dedicated to answering this question. The B2B platform focuses on technologies and solutions that show that insects can now be used economically as an alternative source of protein for sustainable animal feed.

DSM-Firmenich announces EU authorisation for Hy-D and approval for ProAct 360

DSM-Firmenich has announced a renewal of the EU authorisation for 25OHD3 (Hy-D) from Saccharomyces cerevisiae CBS 146008 in poultry and pigs and extension for its use in ruminants, based on its Hy-D scientific dossier submitted to the European Food Safety Authority. In ruminants, company says Hy-D enhances intestinal calcium/phosphorus (Ca/P) absorption and strengthens immune capacity beyond the other existing sources of vitamin D. In pigs and poultry, Hy-D improves bone strength, optimises health, increased meat and egg yield, and enhanced overall quality. The company, and its alliance partner Novonesis, has also announced EU approval for the feed protease ProAct 360 for use in all fattening poultry and in chickens reared for laying and breeding. ProAct 360 represents new enzyme technology that the companies say breaks down protein faster across a broad range of feed ingredients, delivers greater digestibility of all amino acids and better degrades anti-nutritional factors.

Alltech reports on study of yeast cell wall extract during mycotoxin challenges in layers

Alltech has announced a new study highlighting the positive effects of yeast cell wall extract supplementation on layer performance during mycotoxin challenges. The study demonstrated that the inclusion of yeast cell wall extract Mycosorb during mycotoxin challenges results in an increase in layers’ body weight by 12.5g, and a substantial increase in egg production and egg weight by 4.2 percentage points and 1.37g, respectively. The meta-analysis showed that layers fed mycotoxins experienced lower body weight (by 50g), decreased egg production (by 6.3 percentage points), and reduced egg weight (by 1.95g) compared to control-fed birds.

New version of the MarinTrust Factory Standard enters into force on 1 May 2024

From 1 May 2024, any new applicants to the MarinTrust Programme for responsible sourcing and production of marine ingredients must apply for audits against the new version of its Factory Standard (Version 3, aka V3). A transition period of 1 year allows current certificate holders to prepare for audits. It is expected that all companies will be certified against the new version from 1 May 2025. As of April 2024, there are 172 sites in 30 different countries that comply with the MarinTrust Standard. This new version lays the foundations towards fully traceable marine ingredients and progresses the Standard’s focus on environmental and social impacts, both at the factory and on the vessels supplying whole fish. It also aims to increase accessibility for responsibly sourced and produced marine ingredients and encourage the use of by-products.

Eagle Product Inspection highlights dual energy x-ray technology

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Eagle Product Inspection, involved in advanced inspection and product safety solutions, says dual energy technology, such as it Performance X-Ray Technology and Material Discrimination X-Ray, reveals materials previously undetected by single energy x-ray technology or other conventional methods and is ideal for hard-to-find contaminants in poultry, seafood, red meat, cheese blocks, pet food, bags of salad, and trail mix. The technology detects foreign bodies, bones and metals while performing product quality and integrity tests.

Adisseo unveils 2023 Sustainable Development Report

Adisseo, which has published its 2023 Sustainable Development Report, says it has positioned sustainable development at the heart of the company’s strategy with a focus on zero hunger, decent work and economic growth, responsible consumption and production, and climate action. Within its sustainability strategy, Adisseo has develop 4 priorities for the period 2023-2025: reduce environmental footprint, contribute to the reduction of the environment footprint of their value chain, ensuring a responsible behavior towards employees, stakeholders, and society, and, strengthen Adisseo Governance & SD reporting.

Dr. Eckel enlarges management board

Dr. Eckel Animal Nutrition is adding to its management board with a second generation at the management table. Dr Viktor Eckel has joined founder Dr Antje Eckel as managing director with the main responsibility for products and innovation, with his priorities bring sustainability, resilience and resource efficiency. Viktor Eckel has been playing a role in the development of the brand and the positioning of the business since 2020. As a biochemist with a doctorate in microbiology, he has expertise in feed fermentation and physiology.

Nutreco and Skretting CEOs step down

Nutreco CEO Fulco van Lede has announced that he will be stepping down from his role this summer after leading the company for the past 3 years. In addition, Therese Log Bergjord, CEO of Skretting for the past 7 years has announced her decision to step down, also in the summer. With effect from June 1, 2024, David Blakemore will succeed Fulco as CEO. Blakemore joined Nutreco in 2022 as CEO of Trouw Nutrition, the company’s livestock feed business line, and member of Nutreco’s Management Board, and brings with him over 30 years of experience.

Perstorp Group executive VP announces retirement

Perstorp Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Petronas Chemicals Group Berhad, has announced a leadership change within its animal nutrition business effective 1 June with executive vice president Aart Mateboer having announced his retirement after 31 May.

Borregaard hires new technical sales manager in EMEA

Julia Dvorska has joined Borregaard’s feed additives team as technical sales manager in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Dvorska holds a veterinary degree and a PhD in veterinary medicine, and boasts over 2 decades of scientific and technical experience in animal nutrition and health, gained from previous roles at Adisseo and Alltech. She will be responsible for expanding the company’s feed additives business in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.

Natalie Kinsley Freelance journalist