Wednesday, November 22, 2017

23/11/2017: The grand opening ceremony of the first Olmix factory in Asia

The Grand Opening Ceremony of the first Olmix factory in Asia was held on 10th October 2017 at Song Than 2 Industrial Zone, Binh Duong province, Vietnam

 The ceremony had the participation of the representatives of the Department of Livestock Production, the France Embassy, the Authority of Binh Duong Province, General Consulate of France, communication agencies and other departments.
 

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The act was attended by several French experts and around 300 customers of Olmix–Viphavet from different Asian countries and important livestock producers in Vietnam.

The first Olmix factory in Asia located in Binh Duong province, Vietnam, will be providing approximately 15,000 tons of animal feed additives and nutraceuticals for feed mills and farms per year.

The opening of this new production facilities is a milestone on the Olmix Group’s road towards a prosperous growth in Asia.

It also represents the Olmix Group’s commitment to further strengthening the presence and activities in Vietnam and throughout Asia.

Capitalising on the expertise of Olmix Asialand and Viphavet potential, like the GMP– which certified the pharmaceutical production factory–, the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, VIPHALAB, Vaccination Technology Services (VTS) and the construction of the state–of–art feed additives factory, Olmix Asialand is establishing itself as one of the top three operators in the field of animal nutrition and animal health in Vietnam.

Starting its production from 1st November 2017, the factory will be focused on producing new feed additives to be provided to the Asian market, such as mShell (shell and bones quality enhancer) and ASEAD (range of innovative acidifiers).

The productions will use innovative ingredients or nucleus produced in France with OLMIX unique patented technologies (algae biorefinery, clays and algae associations…).

All along the industrial feed processes, Olmix Group will follow HACCP procedures.

Quality systems enforced in the different sites of the Group ensure maintenance and continuous improvement of the high-quality level of our products for Olmix’s strategy and mission ‘A healthy food chain, Thanks to Algae!’.


Visit the Olmix website, HERE.

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23/11/2017: Secretary Perdue announces Soybean Board appointments

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of 19 members and three alternate members to serve on the United Soybean Board  

The producers appointed to serve three year terms include: 
• Annie Dee, Aliceville, Ala.
• Robert Stobaugh, Atkins, Ark.
• Gary Berg, Saint Elmo, Ill.
• Tom Griffiths, Kendallville, Ind.
• Thomas E. Oswald, Cleghorn, Iowa
• Larry K. Marek, Riverside, Iowa
• Dennis Gruenbacher, Andale, Kan.
• Keith N. Tapp, Sebree, Ky.
• Belinda Burrier, Union Bridge, Md.
• Herb Miller, Niles, Mich.
• Lawrence Sukalski, Fairmont, Minn.
• Philip Good, Macon, Miss.
• Lewis Rone, Pontageville, Mo.
• Mike Korth, Randolph, Neb.
• Dave Dotterer, Rittman, Ohio
• Ellie W. Green, Jr., Lynchburg, S.C.
• Marc V. Reiner, Tripp, S.D.
• David Nichols, Ridgely, Tenn.
• Andrew W. Scott, Jr., Monte Alto, Texas
• Colt Clemmons, Killen, Ala. Alternate
• Fitzhugh Bethea, Dillon, S.C. Alternate
• Daniel C. Berglund, Wharton, Texas Alternate

"I truly appreciate the time and expertise that these individuals have agreed to provide, and know U.S. soybean producers will be well served by these men and women,” said Perdue.

The board is composed of 73 members representing 29 states and Eastern and Western regions. To become a member, you must be a soybean producer and be nominated by a qualified state soybean board.

The board is authorised by the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Information Act. It became effective July 9, 1991, when the Soybean Promotion and Research Order was implemented.

Since 1966, Congress has authorised the establishment of 22 industry-funded research and promotion boards. They empower farmers and ranchers to leverage their own resources to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets, and conduct important research and promotion activities.

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which ensures fiscal accountability and program integrity for participating stakeholders.

A list of United Soybean Board members and more information about research and promotion programs is available on the Soybean Research and Promotion Program page on the AMS website, HERE.

Visit the United Soybean Board’s website, HERE.

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23/11/2017: Operating freshwater salmon RAS

by Ben Green, MA (Cantab), CEO, The Supreme Salmon Co., UK

Operating a RAS is quite a daunting task; the salmon are like astronauts of life support

I haven’t had a disaster for over a decade thanks to robust design, backup systems and a good alarm, but I still can never be quite sure what I will find in the morning. In this, the last of my three articles, I’ll describe how to run a RAS in the best way possible. 


 
Ben's partner Carol with a RAS 22kg salmon
Image credit: The Surpreme Salmon Co. UK
A lot of effort goes into the design and building of the unit but that’s just the start, there’s the smooth running of the system with a proper maintenance schedule and crucially, the care of the stock.

I can’t say I’ve read a huge amount about fish rearing but I can’t ever recall seeing an article devoted to the wellbeing and behaviour of the fish reared and how crucially important it is to for the smooth running of a RAS unit. Carp are very tolerant of bad environments and are easily domesticated but salmon are like racehorses and will take every opportunity to die that is offered.

Operation

I would imagine most people know about pH, ammonia, nitrites etc. levels so I won’t dwell on this for very long assuming the system is up to the job. I don’t monitor these anymore unless there might be a problem, my systems have a large cushioning water volume and I keep the bio-filter alive between crops.

A bio-filter should be coping with ammonia after a day or two; the nitrites can take up to a month to stabilise and in three months the filter is fully mature. A RAS is home to two animals, the fish and the filter, if one dies then the other dies with it.

For this reason it’s very dangerous to have anything around that might accidentally kill either, chemicals like Chloramine T destroy filters instantly and the fish will die soon after if there isn’t enough fresh water to call on. The filter can grow with the fish if a batch policy is operated, a continuously harvested system has a stable biomass but is probably always running near its maximum capacity like fully laden truck going top speed all the time, good for efficiency but more likely to crash.

I use a batch process with discreet units and harvest over a period of time; this gives my static filters a rundown phase in which to clean themselves. Once the RAS is running it settles down to a life of its own, the operator will get used to the flow rates of the water and the sounds of the machinery.

These things can be noticed from day to day. A single operator will notice any slight changes that are a precursor to an equipment failure such as a noisy bearing on a pump, which can then be replaced in good time.

I look after my RAS 365 days a year (which is probably a bit sad!) but I have sole responsibility and no one else to blame if warning signs are not heeded, I can’t see how this can work so well with multiple personnel. A tip here, don’t change anything on the RAS then leave it!

It’s after an equipment change that something can fail, for example a pipe might not have been properly secured after a pump change, and will come off a few minutes later. There will still be some natural variation of water parameters over time; temperature varies with the seasons and with it an evolution of the filter flora and fauna causing changes in water clarity or oxygen levels.

This doesn’t seem to bother the fish but it can have implications for the smooth running of the system. For example if the water goes cloudy, the mortalities can’t be seen to be removed if they are normally visually speared or scoop netted, a rotting dead salmon in an RAS will cause chronic health problems in the rest of the stock.

It’s not always the case that addition of fresh water will help the system, I find I have the urge to add more borehole water ‘because it must do some good’ but this isn’t necessarily the case.

If the temperature is right and the fish are happy changing the water conditions will actually disturb them, spring or borehole water might look wonderfully clean to us but it’s often not a very good environment for fish in its raw form.


Read the full article, HERE.

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Evonik company profile




Evonik is one of the world's leading specialty chemicals companies. Profitable growth and a sustained increase in the value of the company form the heart of our strategy, which is supported by our owners, RAG-Stiftung (74.99 percent) and funds managed by CVC Capital Partners (25.01 percent).

Their specialty chemicals activities focus on high-growth megatrends—especially health, nutrition, resource efficiency, and globalization—and our goal is to enter attractive future-oriented markets.

In 2011 Evonik’s roughly 33,000 employees generated sales of €14.5 billion and an operating result (EBITDA) of €2.8 billion. More than 70 percent of sales are generated outside Germany, providing convincing evidence that our business is global.

Visit the website HERE.

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22/11/2017: AgraME and Aqua Nor enter international partnership

A recent partnership has been signed between AgraME and AquaNor, Norway’s largest exhibition dedicated to the burgeoning Aquaculture industry which takes place annually in Trondheim

The aim of the partnership is to work in close collaboration towards cross promoting the development of the aquaculture and fishing industry in both markets, as well as offering visitors to AgraME a more rounded offering of international suppliers from within these industries.
 


“It was a fantastic experience making the trip over to Aqua Nor to meet with the team and finalise this partnership. As Norway is a driving force behind the growth of important aspects of aquaculture such as food security, our partnership with Aqua Nor will bring that expertise to both our show and the wider local market” said Samantha Bleasby, Exhibition Director of AgraME.

“We expect an increased number of exhibiting companies from Norway, who will no doubt be bringing the latest products and technologies with them to aid in the advancement of local and regional food security”, she added.

Another key benefit of the partnership is knowledge sharing.

With the support of Aqua Nor, AgraME is in a perfect position to ensure the latest trends in aquaculture are covered at the upcoming edition’s free-to-attend conference agenda.

Still in its conception phase, likely topics to be covered will include sustainability within aquaculture, the investment landscape and solutions for food shortages across the region.

“We hope that this partnership can help us get a better foothold in the Middle East aquaculture industry”, Exhibition Director of Aqua Nor, Mr Ola Eriksen, commented; “Our objective is of course to promote Norwegian aquaculture technology, and we believe this can be done by participating in shows like AgraME, and be having a presence in the region. First and foremost, we want to attract more visitors from the Middle East, because we see a very promising potential for aquaculture development here, and we believe that some of the companies that we work with at Aqua Nor can make important contributions to this development”.

For more information on the partnership or to get involved with AgraME 2018 please contact Samantha Bleasby at samantha.bleasby@informa.com

Visit the AgraME website, HERE.

Visit the Aqua Nor website, HERE.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

22/11/2017: Steinsvik Group and Aqualine join forces

According to a recent post on SalmonBusiness, investment companies Kverva Technology and Frøyaringen, which own fish farming suppliers Steinsvik Group and Aqualine, have jointly established a new company that will own 100 percent of both Steinsvik Group and Aqualine

The new company has an expected turnover of over €150m and 700 employees. Kverva Technology owns 90.1 percent of the company, while Frøyaringen owns the remaining shares. Both Steinsvik Group and Aqualine will consist of own companies after the transaction, with the continuation of today’s locations and businesses. 


 
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The establishment will strengthen the companies’ investment in developing future solutions for the aquaculture industry, which has been the main driving force behind the establishment of the new company. Furthermore, companies will complement each other in terms of product and service offerings, as well as geographical presence, Kverva writes in a press release Tuesday evening.

It is expected that the establishment will take place as soon as necessary competition law approvals and remaining due dilligence processes are completed.

“It has been crucial for us that the companies have a coherent value base where competence and innovation are highly valued. Steinsvik is driven by a strong desire to improve today’s farming technology, and we find the same creativity in Aqualine. This gives us great faith that together we will help breeders to become even more cost-effective and productive”, said Terje Eidesmo, CEO of Kverva Technology.

“We have great ambitions and are confident that the cooperation will contribute positively to the development of the industry. In various areas Aqualine and Steinsvik have become the leading technology company in the aquaculture industry, and we see that we complement each other and stand stronger together than each one for us. This provides the basis for investing even more in research and development, focusing on comprehensive and complete solutions”, said Trond Lysklætt, CEO of Aqualine.

Steinsvik Group has its head office at Haugesund and branches along the Norwegian coast, and in Scotland, Chile, Oceania, Canada, Vietnam, Spain and Turkey. Revenues in 2016 was nearly €100m and have increased further in 2017.

The company has approx. 600 employees. Aqualine is an FOU-based system supplier and manufacturer of float collars, mooring systems, marine engineering, nets and service.

Aqualine has its headquarters in Trondheim, Norway, and a subsidiary in Australia. The company had a turnover of €46m in 2016 and expects a significant increase in 2017.

Investment tool Kverva is controlled owned by SalMar’s founder Gustav Witzøe.


Read the original article on SalmonBusiness, HERE.

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22/11/2017: Solving disease and pollution issues: The potential for aquaculture in Australia

by John Knights, Business Manager, Asia, Calix

Aquaculture is the fastest-growing food production sector in the world*


However, irresponsible aquaculture can negatively impact the environment. Chemicals can pollute the water and disease can spread rapidly, threatening entire species.
 

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Therefore, the industry’s key challenge is finding innovative and sustainable aquaculture solutions that contribute to food security, nutrition, livelihoods, and economic growth, according to Calix.

Australians are demanding to know where their food is sourced, and are increasingly making purchasing decisions based on country of origin. It is time Australia stepped up when it comes to aquaculture.

Our farmers are knowledgeable and we have one of the cleanest industries in the world. Australia could become one of the world’s leading providers of seafood. Currently we import most of the prawns we eat, for example, from Asia.

But there is plenty of potential for Australian prawn farms to lead the world. There are many places ripe for creating sustainable prawn farms including northern New South Wales, Townsville, and Darwin.

With the right approach to prawn farming and other types of aquaculture, not only could we provide our own produce, we could also export much more to many Asian countries such as Japan and Korea, who pay top price for quality produce, as well as Europe and the USA.

These countries are looking for reputable, clean sources of food. One of the most important ways to help Australian aquaculture businesses succeed is to make it easy for them to farm sustainably and cleanly.

Calix has developed a safe, environmentally friendly water conditioner that directly addresses problems associated with intense aquaculture such as disease and pollution, and delivers improved feed performance and yield. Calix has developed AQUA-Cal+™ from its core technology, mineral honeycomb.

Results from testing on both Pacific White Shrimp and Tiger Prawn farms show that AQUA-Cal+™ has a superior performance and economic benefit to the farmer compared to other methods such as administering probiotics.

Reference

* http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/footprint/agriculture/aquaculture.cfm 


Read the full article, HERE.

Visit the Calix website, HERE.

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