Friday, June 22, 2018

VIV Europe final day

The VIV Europe grand opening conference on day two was a great success and inspiration. Gordon Butland, Director G&C Agri Consultant and Chairman of the Conference, introduced three speakers with valuable presentations about the future of our industry. 

 Disruptive technologies in Agrifood
 Aidan Connolly, Chief Innovation Officer & Vice President Corporate Accounts at Alltech, spoke about the big evolution in technologies, the feed landscape is changing with regards to safety, transparency, sustainability, government regulation and prosumers. He showed the audience how new technologies can and will be used in the feed landscape. The crop side is 10 years ahead of livestock farming, Aidan Connolly points out. Nine technologies have the power to transform Agriculture: Robots, drones, sensors, 3D printing, blockchain, augmented reality, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and, in the centre of all this, the Internet of Things. But how do you choose what technologies to use? Aidan Connolly's advice: Compare costs vs benefits, understand the ancillary costs and understand if the technology will be long lasting. He concludes that the nature of innovation has changed and that technology may come from smaller new-tech companies, not just the big ones. These smaller tech companies, however have to be guided with knowledge of agriculture. 

 Personality awards
 At the grand opening conference on Thursday June 21, 2018, Positive Action Publications announced the winners of the personality awards 2018. The International Hatchery Practice - VIV Europe Breeder Personality Award goes to HatchTech's founder Tjitze Meta. He received this award for his pioneering work on breeding, chick transportation and brooding since he started his company 20 years ago. He helped many PhD students with industrial placement in his company and is never happier than the moment he can talk about incubation with customers, student or the media.

 The International Poultry Production - VIV Europe Poultry Personality Award 2018 goes to Theo Hoen. He received this award for his work as CEO of Stork and later Marel, leading the launch and further development of the Nuova System and the Revoproportioner. In 2013 he became CEO of Vencomatic where for formed foundations for the next generation of the family owning the company. He was also a strong initiator of the Big Challenge, a charity initiative for cancer research.

 The International Pig Topics - VIV Europe Pig Personality Award 2018 goes to Alex Eggen. He received this award for his almost 30- year career at Intervet. Whether it was in the Dutch pig industry or up country in Thailand or China, he was always happy to share his knowledge with veterinarians and pig farmers. After his retirement he continued his willingness to share his wisdom and expertise when he accepted a leading role in the European Symposium for Porcine Health Management. 

 The VIV worldwide Lifetime Award 2018 has gone to Dr Pearse Lyons. He passed away in March 2018. Dr Lyons was well-known as the founder and President of Kentucky-based Alltech. He was widely regarded in the Agribusiness sector as an innovator and industry leader. Alltech Vice President Aidan Connolly received the award on behalf of Dr Lyons, "with regret and pride"

Visit the VIV website here.
 


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Thursday, June 21, 2018

22/06/2018: Bühler acquires vacuum components company in the US


Sputtering Components Inc. is now a member of the Bühler Group. Sputtering Components Inc. (SCI), a US manufacturer of precision vacuum components, will become a member of the Bühler Group. Bühler is purchasing all shares from the previous owners.

Sputtering Components Inc. (SCI) will become a new member of the Bühler Group. SCI is a US provider of components and subassemblies for large-area vacuum coating systems. Post acquisition, Sputtering Components Inc as a Member of the Bühler Group, will operate as an autonomous unit of the vacuum coating business of Bühler Leybold Optics.
 

Remotely adjustable magnet bars for architectural glass coater
Image credit: Sputtering Components Inc.

Antonio Requena, CEO of Bühler Leybold Optics, is pleased about the successful acquisition, "We have intensively worked with SCI for many years. Together, we have gained a leading market position, especially with systems for coating of architectural glass. Therefore, we are proud to know that the team of SCI will in the future be part of Bühler, with all its capabilities, its reputation in the marketplace, and its enthusiasm for high-quality products."

The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. The current management team will continue to run the business with its over 40 employees. The current CEO, Barry Nudelman, will resign from his position and will continue to support the SCI organisation in the transition phase.

Andy Britt, currently operating as Vice President of Sales for Bühler Aeroglide, will take over as General Manager effective with the closing date. Sputtering Components Inc will retain its existing location in Owatonna (Minnesota), thus supplementing Bühler"s current North American activities.

Sputtering Components Inc. extends Bühler's vacuum coating business
In conjunction with the coating solutions offered by Bühler Leybold Optics in Alzenau, Germany, Sputtering Components Inc. will in particular strengthen the company"s global sales and service network and its product portfolio, on one hand with process solutions, on the other with new cost-efficient product families. Sputtering Components Inc will continue to cater to both end customers and original equipment manufacturers, offering them top-notch products and services. In this, the company will utilise the existing sales channels as well as the global sales and service network of Bühler.

Leading provider, outstanding quality
Sputtering Components Inc. is a leading supplier of components for large-area vacuum coating systems such as for manufacturing of architectural glass, displays, or flexible packaging materials. The company is based in Owatonna (Minnesota) in the heart of the Glass Coating Valley of the Midwest. As a leading provider of endblocks and magnet bars, it supplies many major manufacturers in the glass and display industries as well as global producers of coating systems. The products of Sputtering Components Inc. are distinguished by their outstanding quality and their ease of maintenance.

For more information visit the Sputtering Components website, HERE.



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22/06/2018: Wyred for success: Scottish salmon farm wins top M&S accolade

M&S has named Scottish Sea Farms’ team at Wyre, Orkney as its Outstanding Producer of the year in the Farming for the Future Awards 2018.

The 1,909-tonne capacity farm, which was established by Scottish Sea Farms in 2015 to help meet the growing demand for responsibly farmed salmon including M&S Lochmuir salmon, differs from most other farms in that it performs a special dual role.
 

Phil Boardman
Image credit: SSF

Not only does it rear its own salmon from smolt to adulthood, but it also acts as a nursery for young salmon headed to neighbouring Eday where conditions are more tidal. Only once the salmon are large enough to thrive in the strong tidal flow are they transferred out to Eday.

This efficiency was one of four Awards criteria that set Wyre apart in its category. Judges were equally impressed at how much the team, ably led by Phil Boardman who until recently was also Farm Manager of Eday, had achieved with regards to:

• Ethics – developing a predator resistant containment system which has reduced the number of seal attacks and helping to test a new low frequency ADD thought to operate outside the normal hearing range of cetaceans such as whales and porpoises
• Environment – deploying innovative new easy-clean nets which, unlike standard nets or the hulls of ships and boats, don’t require copper-based anti-fouling, helping preserve the sea’s own balance of this naturally occurring heavy metal
• Education – investing in the training and development of each individual member to create a team with complementary skills and expertise.

The combined result over the last crop was no escapes, no seals shot, no medicinal bath treatments and low mortalities.

Phil Boardman said, “Both farm teams – Wyre and Eday – are proud of the results achieved and rightly so as both have worked hand in hand to create the best environments in which to rear our salmon. We have a really great mix of people, some of whom are locals while others have moved into the area bringing new skills and knowledge.”

One such new face is 27-year old Matthew Jackson from Milton Keynes who joined Scottish Sea Farms as a graduate trainee and worked under Phil’s tutelage while gaining a Modern Apprenticeship in Aquaculture to Level 3, and will now take over as Farm Manager of Wyre enabling Phil to focus on Eday.

The Awards presentation took place on the first day of the Royal Highland Show at Ingliston in Edinburgh. Accepting the Outstanding Producer Award on behalf of the Wyre team was Scottish Sea Farms’ Orkney Regional Manager, Richard Darbyshire, who said, “Scottish Sea Farms sets itself exacting standards and the results show in the quality of our product. M&S have actively encouraged these high standards since day one, however to have them recognised with a Farming for the Future Award provides added motivation to keep seeking new and better ways of doing things.”

The Outstanding Producer Award is the latest in a series of M&S Farming for the Future Award wins for Scottish Sea Farms, with previous successes including Innovation, Young Producer, Rural Communities, Global Champion of Champions and Plan A in Action.


For more information visit the Scottish Sea Farms website, HERE.

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22/06/2018: Slashing mortality and boosting production profits

by Hugo Magne Kjelseth, Europharma Sales & Marketing Director, Norway

Poor smolt quality used to account for about 40 percent of the mortality in Norwegian salmon production. That is changing, as SuperSmolt FeedOnly is fast becoming the preferred method of smoltification.

74 million smolt where produced in Norway using SuperSmolt FeedOnly in 2017. In fact, use of the method has increased steeply every year since 2013, when the technology was used on less than 10 million smolt in Norway.
 


According to Europharma, supplier and owner of the global patent rights to the revolutionary technology, the big break came as a result of the successful launch of SuperSmolt FeedOnly. New discoveries through extensive R&D efforts made it possible to smoltify the fish using SuperSmolt feed alone, and not in combination with mixed-in additives in the production water, as was the case in previous years.

Since we acquired the SuperSmolt rights back in 2008 we have been convinced in the exceptional value of this technology. It has great benefits both in terms of fish health, growth, production flexibility and profitability.

SuperSmolt FeedOnly makes it significantly easier to achieve these benefits, and allows the technology to be utilised in all types of freshwater salmon production, including loch production. We are now seeing companies saying ´this is how we smoltify our fish now´, and designing their production facilities and production plans accordingly, says Jim-Roger Nordly, owner and Head of Europharma AS, as well as their sister companies in Chile, Canada and Scotland.

The SuperSmolt technology is based on the find that smoltification can be induced and controlled by stimulating the calcium receptors in the fish through feed and/or natural additives in the production water. The method effectively eliminates the negative issues related to traditional smoltification through light control.

SuperSmolt allows the fish to smoltify under constant light, which means that it grows faster and may be transferred earlier or significantly larger than traditional smolt. Another huge benefit is the fact that SuperSmolt fish do not desmoltify. That makes it easy to produce totally homogenous fish groups where every fish has solid saltwater tolerance at the time of transfer.

This is of course hugely significant in terms of fish health and welfare. It is no surprise that the increase in Norwegian smolt produced by SuperSmolt FeedOnly correlates with a significant national drop in mortality during the first three months at sea. Moreover, the health of the fish that survive is even more important. Solid smolt status makes the fish eat well and grow fast. If parts of the fish group struggle, then feed factor suffers, growth suffers and the risk of disease increases, says Mr Nordly.


Read the full article, HERE.

Visit the Europharma website, HERE.

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Jefo company profile


Jefo is a world leader in the field of non-medicated performance feed additives for the poultry, swine, ruminant and aquaculture sectors. Founded in Canada in 1982, today Jefo has offices on 5 continents, and specialises in the design, manufacturing, warehousing and JIT-distribution of an array of animal nutrition specialty products.
Jefo is a pioneer in the green revolution taking place in animal nutrition.

According to their website: "Our commitment is to providing effective alternatives for optimal performances in animal nutrition".

The Europe / Africa division of Jefo was created in 1998 and is headquartered in Nantes, France. We market a line of original products including vitamins, enzymes, organic acids and essential oils.

Visit the website HERE.






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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

21/06/2018: Robert Cooper joins IFEEDER as Executive Director

The Institute for Feed Education and Research is pleased to announce the addition of Robert Cooper as its executive director, effective June 18. 

Robert Cooper
Image credit: IFEEDER
 IFEEDER, the American Feed Industry Association’s public charity, focuses on research and education to support the feed industry. 

Mr Cooper will provide leadership for IFEEDER in crafting and implementing the overall strategic direction for the institute. He will develop and manage fundraising and donor stewardship programs and maintain relationships with current and future donors. He will also work closely with IFEEDER’s Board of Trustees and other committees to carry out key research and education projects and with AFIA’s communications team to share the institute’s mission and message in various communications to both donors and the public. 


“As the animal food industry evolves, we need reliable data and research to effectively communicate with public and policymaker audiences about the issues that impact our business,” said AFIA’s President and CEO Joel G. Newman. “With Rob’s background in agriculture and fundraising, I know that he will bring forward creative ideas to increase donor involvement in their industry charity and leadership to help IFEEDER successfully fulfill its research and education focus for the future.”

Mr Cooper joined IFEEDER from the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, where he served as assistant to the dean for external relations. In this position, he fundraised for the department, coordinated alumni relations and special events, and assisted in legislative and advocacy campaigns. Mr Cooper has also worked with the National FFA Foundation and the Maryland 4-H Foundation.

Mr Cooper holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Delaware. He can be reached at rcooper@afia.org or (703) 650-0141.

For more information visit the IFEEDER website, HERE.

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21/06/2018: Mycotoxin management in livestock production: A model for aquaculture?

By Rui A. Gonçalves, Scientist at Biomin

Increasing awareness of mycotoxin-related issues in aquaculture is confirmed with the trend toward using plant-based ingredients in feeds.

Future growth and sustainability of the industry depends on the ability of the sector to identify economically viable and environmentally friendly alternatives to marine-derived ingredients. The industry has been concentrating efforts on finding alternative sources of protein to substitute fishmeal in aquafeeds.

Consequently, many new alternatives are available, e.g. insect meal, macroalgae meal or single-cell protein.

However, high costs and limited availability are still challenges to overcome. Plant-based meals seem to be one of the most promising and viable solutions but a common problem that arises from the use of plant ingredients is the presence of mycotoxins.
 

Mycotoxin occurrence
The first big difference between livestock and aquaculture production is the level of knowledge about mycotoxin occurrence and co-occurrence in the plant feedstuffs used to make the diets. Only recently has interest about mycotoxin contamination in aquafeeds started to grow, so knowhow about mycotoxin occurrence in aquafeeds is still being accumulated.

In the past, small amounts of plant meals were included in the diets of carnivores and herbivores, which seems to have brought about some resistance to mycotoxins.

Due to the novelty of the topic, and contrary to the livestock industry, the contamination of aquaculture feedstuffs with mycotoxins is, in general, often neglected. There is a growing awareness of mycotoxin contamination in aquafeeds, however, we are still far from having solid knowledge of the mycotoxin contamination patterns in aquafeeds, and how the type of plant meal used influences it.

Tip #1: Survey your plant meals for mycotoxins to avoid any possible risk

Wrong information may lead to employing the wrong strategies
One of the main misconceptions deeply entrenched across the aquaculture industry is that the majority of mycotoxin issues result from poor storage conditions leading to aflatoxin contamination. It is true that poor storage conditions can lead to the growth of Aspergillus spp. and Penicillium spp., which can ultimately lead to the production of aflatoxins and ochratoxin A.

However, Biomin has observed that most of the mycotoxins found in aquaculture finished feeds are from Fusarium spp., i.e., resulting from field contamination of the raw materials used to produce aquafeeds. In this case, we are talking mainly about deoxynivalenol and fumonisins.

In some cases, aflatoxins continue to represent a challenge, especially in tropical countries and/or when storage conditions are inadequate.


Read the full article, HERE.

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