Monday, February 18, 2019

World Mycotoxin Report: Impact 2019

Fumonisins are still abundant at high concentrations in raw commodities in recent years, according to results from the latest annual BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey.

"In recent years, fumonisins proved to be the most prevalent mycotoxins globally among the major agriculturally relevant mycotoxins, which also include aflatoxins, zearalenone, deoxynivalenol, T-2 and ochratoxin A," observed Alexandro Marchioro, Product Manager for Mycotoxin Risk Management at BIOMIN.
 

Alexandro Marchioro
Image credit: BIOMIN

In 2018, 68 percent of samples analysed tested positive for fumonisins; corn (maize) in particular has been subjected to effects from these mycotoxins.

Fumonisins, which are produced by Fusarium proliferatum and F. verticilloides, predominantly contaminate corn and corn by-products. These molds are also responsible for producing the second most commonly found mycotoxin, deoxynivalenol, also known as vomitoxin.

Trends in different regions
"The shift in the composition of the mycotoxin threat is noticeable when comparing data sets over the years. Additionally, the co-contamination of mycotoxins is a considerable point we should bear in mind," stated Mr Marchioro.

Regional examples of mycotoxin risk
• In North America, deoxynivalenol is the most prevalent, reaching 67 percent of total samples with an average of 735 parts per billion (ppb).
• 96 percent of corn samples in Asia tested positive for fumonisins with maximum concentrations of 47,485 ppb. Aflatoxin remains a topic in Asia with 44 percent of prevalence in finished feed.
• In Argentina, the average concentration of fumonisins rose from 2800 ppb in 2017 to 4762 ppb in 2018.
• In Europe, the most prevalent mycotoxin is deoxynivalenol.

"These data underscore the importance of monitoring mycotoxin contamination, as mycotoxin occurrence varies in different regions," he explained.

Live webinar and survey results
On 26 February 2019, BIOMIN and Romer Labs will host a live webinar on the World Mycotoxin Report with special attention to the possible impact of these mycotoxins on animals and feed producers in 2019, the potential of multi-mycotoxin analysis and innovative technologies for mycotoxin deactivation.

Two online sessions are offered in order to facilitate participation from various time zones, and the webinar is free to attend.

Online registration is required on the BIOMIN website, HERE.

Webinar attendees will be the first to receive the 2018 BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey report.

About the survey
The annual BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey constitutes the longest running and most comprehensive survey of its kind. The survey results provide insights into the incidence of the six major mycotoxins in the chief agricultural commodities used for livestock feed in order to identify the potential risk posed to livestock animal production.

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Aquaculture genetics consortium set to tackle industry challenges

A major research collaboration between academic and industry scientists aims to boost selective breeding of stocks of vital UK aquaculture species.

The £1.7 million AquaLeap initiative will focus on four key species that have substantial economic and environmental importance for the UK - the European lobster, European flat oyster, lumpfish and Atlantic salmon.
 
European Lobster 
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University researchers will work closely with industry partners to identify sustainable solutions to current challenges facing aquaculture production, including significant diseases.

The interdisciplinary consortium is led by the University of Edinburgh's Roslin Institute in partnership with the Universities of Aberdeen, Exeter and Stirling, and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas).

The commercial partners are Hendrix Genetics BV, Xelect Ltd, The National Lobster Hatchery, Tethys Oysters Ltd., and Otter Ferry SeaFish Ltd.

Teams will use cutting-edge genetic sequencing technologies to identify DNA markers that are linked to economically important traits, such as disease resistance or growth rate. This information will help develop and apply new tools to improve breeding programmes for these valuable species.

Experts will also develop gene-editing techniques to understand genes controlling resistance to diseases, and explore possibilities of using this technology to speed up stock improvement.

Professor Ross Houston of The Roslin Institute, said, "Well-managed programmes of domestication and breeding have a large and mostly untapped potential for improvement in aquaculture production. AquaLeap will focus on developing and applying genomic tools to selective breeding of several important aquaculture species."

AquaLeap is funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Natural Environment Research Council under their targeted UK Aquaculture Initiative, with additional co-funding from the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre.

For more information contact:
Jen Middleton, Press & PR Office,
0131 650 6514, 07795 640662,
Jen.Middleton@ed.ac.uk

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ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference brings global perspective on the agriculture industry

ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference (ONE19), held May 19–21 in Lexington, Kentucky, will bring together producers and industry experts from around the world to share insights and solutions to today's most pressing issues within the global agriculture industry. Register before March 31 to save $200.

Everyday heroes united by the search for inspiration, motivation and ONE meaningful idea are invited to explore over 60 topics slated for discussion.
 


Agriculture focus sessions include topics such as*:

Beef
• Beef's Carbon Footprint: Setting the Record Straight
• The Future of Antibiotics: Will the Consumer be King?
• The Secret Weapon to Better Calves
• Alternative Meats vs. All Beef: Who's Really More Environmentally Friendly?

Dairy
• Get Tech Savvy on Your Dairy
• Global Milk Dynamics: From Demand to Delivery
• Get More From Your Milk: Value-Added Products
• Cream of the Crop: Genomic Selection

Poultry
• Health and Housing for Modern Poultry Producers
• Building a Finer Flock: Improving Hatchling Quality
• Food Safety and the Need for Improved Pathogen Control
• Eggciting Times Ahead: Innovations in Poultry Production

Pig
• Fever Fears: Keeping ASF at Bay
• Healthy Beginnings: A Focus on Gut Health
• Generational Shift: Stay Ahead of the Curve
• Mineral Matters: Reducing Our Environmental Impact

Aquaculture
• SalmoSim: Building a Salmon Gut From Scratch
• New Diets, New Solutions
• There Are Plenty of Fish in the Sea...Right?
• RAS Systems: The Perfect Environment for Fish

Crop Science
• The Ins and Outs of Bio-Controls
• Growing Forward: Digital Disruptions
• Lead the Way: Bio-Control Integration
• Zero Gravity Agriculture

*Topics subject to change as the schedule evolves.

Other focus sessions include business, the future of food, brewing and distilling, and lifestyle sessions focused on pet, equine, and health and wellness.

Keynote speakers who will anchor plenary sessions include Bear Grylls and Chris Zook.

Bear Grylls, one of the most recognised faces of survival and outdoor adventure, will take the ONE19 mainstage. Grylls starred in seven seasons of the Discovery Channel's Emmy Award-nominated "Man vs. Wild" television series, which became one of the most watched shows on the planet. The BAFTA award-winning host trained in martial arts from a young age, and his survival skills were later perfected during his service in the 21 Special Air Service Regiment. When a free-fall parachuting accident left him with a broken back, Grylls' grit and determination guided his long recovery. He went on to become one of the youngest people to reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Joining the lineup is Chris Zook, best-selling author of books on leadership and business strategy and an advisory partner at the renowned consulting firm Bain & Company. Mr Zook specialises in guiding companies to find new sources of profitable growth and renew themselves internally to become more adaptive and entrepreneurial.

The conference experience extends beyond superior presentation content, with attendees invited to embark on area tours throughout the Bluegrass and network with peers from across the globe. They'll enjoy first-class dining and entertainment at the Kentucky Night celebration, held at the famous Kentucky Horse Park. International Night will feature cuisine from around the world, as well as the finale of the Pearse Lyons Art of Innovation Cocktail Competition. Join us as bartenders from China, Ireland and the United States vie for a cash prize and the chance to help develop the next innovative whiskey from Town Branch Distillery.

Now in its 35th year, Alltech's conference is attended annually by nearly 4,000 people from over 70 countries. Whether producers are navigating a fundamental change within the industry or just need a little inspiration, they'll learn about real-world opportunities and solutions at ONE19.

Learn more and register on the One Alltech website, HERE.

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Aquacare controlled environment aquaculture systems

by Henning Gatz, Aquacare, USA

Aquacare Environment Inc was established in 1987 with the purpose of supplying cost effective industrial scale equipment to the growing aquaculture industry worldwide.

The company began by marketing glass-fused-to-steel bolt together tank kits to the emerging aquaculture industry and has since grown into an integrator of complete systems. Working closely with JLH Consulting Inc to provide leading edge bio-plans and system designs, Aquacare is growing along with the industry.
 


Aquacare has partnered with JLH Consulting with the goal of reducing capital costs, improving the growing environment and controlling operating costs of farms. The use of pre-engineered and pre-fabricated system components helps to standardise farm designs and lower the installed cost of fish farm equipment. Aquacare and JLH have worked to reduce pumping heads and oxygenation cost to help their clients operate as cost effectively as possible.

Distribution and OEM relationships with specialised manufacturers, allow Aquacare to specify and ship the best value in components available to build and operate a successful fish farm. Adapting equipment manufactured for a larger market, to the specific needs of aquaculture, provides an economy of scale unique to this industry.

Tanks
Circular tanks are becoming standard in aquaculture because of their cost per cubic meter of volume, inherent self-cleaning nature and long life-cycle. Tanks are also becoming larger and, thus, cost- effective construction methods are needed. For tanks 100 cubic meters and larger, it is hard to find a more cost-effective and long-lasting tank system than the glass-fused-to-steel bolt-together tank developed over seventy years ago for use as animal feed and manure storage tanks and silos. Today, this tank system is in use in thousands of applications worldwide, ranging from water treatment and storage, to aquaculture tanks.

In addition to circular tanks, Aquacare also supplies MxCell Raceway® tanks. These are plug-flow raceways that are divided into a series of hydraulically separated cells that act like circular tanks, providing the self-cleaning environment that traditional raceways cannot.

Solids removal
Self-cleaning drum Microscreen filters, with fine mesh screens, are the first line solids removal mechanism used in modern fish farms. It is important to remove these solids in a gentle way, using gravity flow, rather than pumped flow, that would macerate the solids and make them more difficult to remove.


Read more HERE.

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TSC Silos company profile

As a specialist in the building of square silos TSC Silos supplies an end product that meets the highest quality requirements and is used in a variety of industries

According to TSC Silos, “We use our focus and expertise to design suitable rectangular silo installations of which we are proud. That is all we do: we design, calculate and build silos; day in day out, year in year out. For your benefit.”

The rectangular silo concept is characterised by an optimum storage capacity and flexible layout options. A clever design produces the best possible product discharge with maximum storage capacity.

With a TSC silo you are also investing in a safe, hygienic working environment.

The organisation is 100 percent focused on this silo concept, from sale and design to production and installation.

They are able to handle projects from A to Z: from the steel support structure to the insulating cladding and from functional design up to and including fitting.

At TSC safety is a given. Their well-trained engineers carry out sound calculations for your silo. TSC designs, calculates and manufactures all the silos in accordance with the latest standards (EN 1991, EN 1993 and EN 1090).

TSC Silos are familiar with ATEX, earthquake coefficients, snow loads and the effects of wind. Everything is worked out using advanced computer software down to the smallest detail.

If you so desire, you can have the calculations checked by independent parties; that’s not a problem.

Their experienced installation teams have all the necessary training and are at home on construction sites.


Visit the TSC Silos website, HERE.

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Aller Aqua launches PowerRAS

The PowerRAS concept meets the high demands towards feed for RAS in terms of feed efficiency, optimal water quality and subsequent fish growth. The concept is the result of continuous research and trial work at Aller Aqua research in combination with field trials.

Farming fish in Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) has gained popularity across the globe, and fish produced in RAS represent a steadily growing volume of total aquaculture production. The control measures in RAS technology allow for fish production under constant environmental conditions.
 


This accurate optimisation between water parameters and fish biomass requires external factors to seamlessly integrate into this equilibrium. In this respect, feed is the most influential external factor in RAS.

Therefore, feeds for RAS need to fulfil the requirements of this highly sophisticated and complex production technology by taking the following aspects to a new level:
• Nutrient digestibility and palatability
• Faeces quality
• Fish metabolism and DP:DE ratio
• Technical quality of the feed
• Feed functionality

Dr Robert Tillner, Product Manager for Aller Aqua, explains, "At Aller Aqua we believe that constantly challenging the status quo is key to staying at the forefront of fish feed development. Together with our customers and research partners we develop innovative feed concepts that address the demands from the market. The PowerRAS concept has been developed based on many years of research. We have kept up with the increasing sophistication of RAS, whilst focusing on the benefits for the RAS farmers. This is what will separate our feed from the competition."

The findings are now commercialised and represent the latest addition of RAS-optimised feed technology by Aller Aqua.

Full information of the PowerRAS concept can be found on Aller Aqua's website, HERE.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Aquaculture and Livestock Taiwan Expo 2019 highlights ‘precision’ business

A three day Aquaculture Taiwan and Livestock Taiwan Expo & Forum 2019 will be organised by UBM Taiwan and Malaysia from 31st Oct to 2nd Nov. The tradeshow will take place at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Centre, Hall 1.

 UBM is now recruiting vendors from around the world to showcase intelligent, eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable technologies to help optimise and enable better decisions for aquaculture and livestock business. Stressing on the new niche market in the industries, UBM targets 350 participated exhibitors to provide diverse aquatic and husbandry farming solutions.
 

Aquaculture Taiwan and Livestock Taiwan Expo has accumulated more than 30,000 professional buyers and approximately USD 35 million transactions since 2017 debut
Image credit: UBM

Featuring technology-based and advanced legacy industrial applications, Aquaculture Taiwan and Livestock Taiwan Expo & Forum is the one-of-a-kind trade fair in the Asia-Pacific region and a one-stop international B2B trading platform. The dual show has accumulated more than 30,000 professional buyers and approximately USD 35 million transactions.

"The 2018 edition recruited a massive of automation manufacturing companies which had attracted over 14,000 visitors hailing from 34 countries to the show. This year, we aim to boost smart farming devices to accelerate Asia-Pacific reconversion in the fields of aquaculture and livestock and further the trends of precision agriculture," remarked Sabine Liu, General Manager of UBM Taiwan.

According to Hexa Research's report, precision farming technologies is forecast to reach $43.4 billion by 2024. "We expect to increase stakeholders' awareness of technology adoption. Therefore, it is a significant stage for us to connect with suppliers of smart system for aquaculture and automation in livestock farming."

UBM Asia Ltd. has a remarkable reputation for organising aquaculture and livestock expo. The series expo has expanded from Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and now Taiwan. It can be observed that UBM is eying for eastern Asian market and takes Taiwan as a superior hub to connect with nearby countries. In addition, Taiwan's renowned biotechnology, ICT and IoT is also expected to play an important role in industries.

Several key pavilions are being planned at Aquaculture Taiwan and Livestock Taiwan 2019, such as genetics and breeds, circular economy, animal healthcare, smart farming management and more. Co-located with Asia Agri-Tech Expo & Forum, the dual show will be launched at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Centre, Hall 1 from 31st Oct to 2nd Nov.

Companies that have confirmed participation are SKOV A/S, Big Dutchman, Kutlusan, InterHeat, JK Lighting, Hunan Green Solutions, Nabel, IDAH, Bühler. A total of 1,300 square meters had been reserved.

For more exhibitor information, contact Ms Sophia Lu on +886-2-2738-3898

Visit the Aquaculture and Livestock Taiwan Expo 2019 website, HERE.

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