March feed update: What did you miss?

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March feed update: What did you miss?
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All About Feed wraps up the latest business developments and updates from around the world this month to ensure you don’t miss a thing in the global animal feed industry.

Yemmak launches Turkey’s biggest pellet mill

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European machinery manufacturer, Yemmak, has introduced Turkey’s biggest pellet mill, the Platinum PT1200, which the company says is powered by a specially designed high-efficiency gear set and has a pelleting capacity of up to 45 tonnes/hour. The company has implemented the Platinum series pellet mills after years of research, intense R&D studies, and a passion for process technologies.

Alltech and Finnforel partner in aquaculture feed

Alltech and Finnish circular-economy company, Finnforel, are joining forces to acquire the Raisioaqua fish feed production facility from Finnish company Raisio. Raisioaqua manufactures environmentally friendly feed for aquaculture and specialises in functional feeding solutions that are suitable for northern conditions. The acquisition will complete Finnforel’s sustainable circular-economy fish-farming chain while also enhancing aquaculture producers’ access to Alltech’s nutritional technologies

IFF introduces new animal nutrition solution for piglets

Danisco Animal Nutrition & Health, a business unit of IFF, has launched Axtra Prime, an enzyme blend designed to address key challenges in piglet production. Now available in the US, the company states that this feed solution improves nutrient digestion, enhances gut health, and delivers measurable performance results.

Actisaf and Safmannan effects on par with therapeutic zinc oxide

A trial in Ireland found that piglets supplemented with Phileo by Lesaffre’s Actisaf live yeast and Safmannan premium yeast fraction achieved equivalent performance to piglets fed zinc oxide and could be used “to maintain similar feed intakes, daily weight gains and feed conversion rates”. The results of the trial will be discussed at Zero Zinc: The future of the pig sector, a conference hosted by Phileo by Lesaffre UK & Ireland in Portadown on 23 May.

Alltech publishes white paper comparing selenium sources

Alltech has published a new white paper, ‘Organic selenium: A comparison of form, source and function’ by Dr Richard Murphy, director of research at Alltech. The paper focuses on the varying stabilities of the different selenium sources currently on the market and follows on from Murphy’s 2021 white paper which explored improved bioavailability with organic trace minerals.

Borregaard partners with Hawkins

Borregaard, headquartered in Norway, has signed an agreement with Hawkins, headquartered in Minnesota in the US, for the licensed production and distribution of its range of SoftAcid products in North America. The company says the SoftAcid products offer unique benefits when it comes to bacterial control, safety and handling and represent a more sustainable and less corrosive alternative to pure organic acids.

BASF and Schothorst Feed Research collaborate

BASF has signed an agreement granting Schothorst Feed Research certain non-exclusive licensing rights to Opteinics, which is BASF’s digital sustainability solution for environmental footprinting of feed and animal protein.

Vilomix Holding acquires majority shareholding in Brazilian Vitamix

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The Danish premix company Vilomix has closed an agreement to acquire 75% of the Brazilian premix and minerals company Vitamix Nutrição Animal, which owns factories in Brazil and Paraguay. Vitamix works with producers throughout Brazil and Paraguay and produces vitamin and mineral blends, as well as specialty blends and feed additives for pigs, cattle and poultry.

Volac intensifies focus on net zero

Volac has launched a new Feed Additives division as it intensifies its focus on supporting the global animal feed industry meet the Net Zero challenge. The company says that new division will provide a platform for new product development, which will focus on improving rumen microbial fermentation, efficient livestock production and reducing emissions.

Evonik launches first plant-based premix

Evonik has launched a new plant-based product, PhytriCare IM, which consists of selected plant extracts with a high flavonoid content, known for their anti-inflammatory effects. The product is available immediately throughout the EU, and approvals in other countries have been initiated. The company has also expanded its capacity to produce MetAmino (DL-methionine) on Jurong Island, Singapore, by 40,000 mt to around 340,000 mt per year.

Agrimprove launches AllAboutToxins site

Agrimprove, the functional feed ingredient division of Royal Agrifirm Group, has launched to provide comprehensive information to the agriculture community about toxins and to inspire solutions to improve feed and food safety.

MSP[RS] Resistant Starch offered in smaller size pouch

MSP[RS] Resistant Starch, which aims to reduce stress and scours in a pig barn, is now available in smaller pouches. The compact 1 kg (2.2 lb) pouch is a convenient way to manage gut health inside or outside of the barn, according to the company.

Natalie Berkhout Freelance journalist