Monday, October 15, 2018

The Salmon of Knowledge

by Ioannis Zabetakis

Once upon a time (in one of my beloved Celtic stories), Fionn mac Cumhaill, the great leader of the Fianna of Ireland, was still a young boy and he was sent to live with a very wise man named Finnegas.  

Finnegas was a poet who lived on the banks of the river Boyne and was renowned throughout Ireland for his vast knowledge. As well as being renowned for his skills in composing and reciting poetry, Finnegas knew more about the ways of the world, including the secrets of the birds and animals and plants and stars, than any other man in Ireland. It was because of his vast knowledge that Fionn had been sent to learn from Finnegas.

Fionn loved to listen to the old man’s wonderful stories and his many words of wisdom which he too, in time, would learn to recite. In exchange for the wisdom Finnegas would pass on to him Fionn would help with house chores like cooking and cleaning, but also fishing for the old man.

However, despite Finnegas’ vast knowledge, he did not know everything and there were times when Fionn’s endless curiosity got the better of him, and he was left unable to answer the young boy’s questions. ‘Is there a way to know everything?’ Fionn asked him.

This was a question that Finnegas had asked once too and was the very reason why he now lived next to the river Boyne. It had been told by the druids of old that living in a still, dark pool in the shade of the overhanging hazel trees was the Salmon of Knowledge. It was as result of eating the nuts of these magical hazel trees that the salmon had acquired all the knowledge of the world. And so it was, that, according to prophecy, the one who would eat the salmon would gain the knowledge for themselves.

Finnegas had been living on the edge of the river for several years now, attempting to catch the salmon and gain such wisdom. And the story goes on…and we still do not know if Finnegas has been successful in his pursuit of the Salmon of Knowledge.


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Yemmak company profile





Established in 1965, Yemmak is a Turkish feed machinery manufacturer, providing industrial process solutions for the animal waste processing, chemical and biomass industries.

Through its deep industry experience spanning over half a century, Yemmak exports to 35 countries on four continents, and provides services in project consulting and engineering, special-purpose projects, automation, modernisation, steel construction and after-sales support with a 250-strong staff lead specialist engineers at its 50,000m2 area plant in Bandırma, Turkey.

Yemmak is among the few producers in Turkey and Europe that can manage machinery, process and turnkey projects from a single centre.

Yemmak recognises the key role of advanced technology in improving Turkey's prospects and believes R&D investments are crucial in this regard.

As a global brand, Yemmak exports 70 percent of its products to 35 countries including Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Israel, Lebanon and the rest of the Middle East; Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and all other Turkish republics; and Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Sweden and Panama. Providing low energy costs, the design, production, and assembly operations of the company are of high quality, selection, reliability, and efficiency.

Yemmak sees each project as a complete system, and identifies for its customers the most optimal solutions. With the mission of transforming factories into manufacturers that turn out products with high marginal utility, Yemmak has set up numerous of the highest capacity factories, producing feed for poultry, cattle and fish. It is currently establishing the largest turkey feed factory in Russia.

Yemmak's primary product groups consist of:
- Raw material intake and cleaning units
- Storage solutions for solid and liquid raw materials
- Grinders Mixer systems
- Blending units
- Pelletising technologies
- Weighing and bagging machinery
- Transport equipment
- Electrical power panels and control panels
- Automation systems

Yemmak reshapes production through environmentally friendly, sustainable and innovative technologies.

Visit the Yemmak website, HERE.

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Vietstock 2018 starts this week

The Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development are once again hosts of Vietstock 2018, Vietnam's premier international feed livestock and Meat Industry show. The International Aquafeed magazine team will be present reporting on the show, keep an eye out for a show report in an upcoming edition of the magazine!
 
Image credit: Vietstock 2018

Vietstock 2018 expo and forum opens its doors for the biggest gathering of animal husbandry, veterinarian, feed millers, veterinarians, animal health specialists and international stakeholders to Vietstock 2018 expo and forum which will be held on October 17-19, 2018, at Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre (SECC) Hochiminh city, Vietnam.

This year's edition promises to be bigger than ever with 368 exhibitors from 32 countries showcasing the best in animal and feed production on a 9,500-square meter exhibition Halls A1 & A2 of SECC. Industry players from the Vietnam livestock industry are all set and ready to welcome their counterparts from all over Asia and rest of the world to Vietstock 2018.

The 9th edition of Viestock will highlight on "Enhancing Processing Capability and Connecting to Potential Markets in Vietnam's livestock and aquaculture production" focusing on the strength of the event since launching edition in 2004.

Vietstock 2018 will welcome ASEAN Livestock related associations to have a round table discussion. Representatives from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines will sit together to share the production figure, challenges, and their activities.

For more information visit the Vietstock 2018 website, HERE.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Inteqnion Solutions company profile



Inteqnion is specialised in the design, build and installation of control systems for the batch and continuous controlled process industry. With their control solutions, Inteqnion focus on the improvement and optimisation of your production process.

Industries
You can find Inteqnion Process Control Systems in different segments within the feed, flour and bulk industry. For each segment, Inteqnion modifies the Process Control Systems for the specific requirements in the particular market.

Why choose Inteqnion?
“When you cooperate with Inteqnion you choose for quality and reliability. You benefit from our knowledge and experience our passion. Inteqnion is a no-nonsense organisation with more than 30 professionals who have years of experience in the process industry”
– Interqnion Solutions


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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Register now for World Ocean Council Sustainable Ocean Summit 2018

The World Ocean Council Sustainable Ocean Summit will take place 14 – 16 November 2018, Hong Kong

The ocean is essential to a prosperous and sustainable planet in many ways. The ocean supports economic growth and development by providing energy, food, water, minerals, transport, tourism, recreation and many other values to humans and society.

Ocean industries operate in a fluid, three-dimensional, interconnected ocean space. This means industry's activities, responsibilities and impacts are also intertwined – amongst the various sectors and economic users – and with the surrounding template of ocean ecosystem processes, functions and biodiversity.
 


The increasing kind and level of ocean economic activity make a compelling business case for industry leadership, collaboration and action in addressing "Corporate Ocean Responsibility". Tackling ocean sustainable development and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) create challenges to understanding the risks and opportunities of ocean sustainable development.

The legal community can help address this and facilitate the private sector in working to conduct its business in a manner compatible with the balanced environmental and economic needs of the local communities and global ocean in which they operate – and in compliance with the emerging regulatory regime for the marine environment. For example, how can ocean industries best comply with marine ecosystem-based management requirements, or how should the ocean business community engage in marine spatial planning it develops?

The SOS 2018 session on "The Role of the Ocean/Maritime Legal Community in Understanding and Addressing Risk and Opportunity in the Blue Economy and Ocean Sustainable Development" will bring together leading members of the international legal community to consider how to best work with the ocean business community and other ocean stakeholders to address sustainable development.

A panel of leading legal community representatives will consider:
• What is the role of the ocean/maritime legal community in addressing the risks, opportunities and challenges of the growing and increasingly diverse ocean economy?
• What experience, lessons learned and ongoing efforts can the ocean/maritime legal community bring to help advance ocean sustainable development, and is there a need for greater collaboration amongst the ocean/maritime legal community on sustainable development?
• What are the priority ocean development and sustainability issues for engaging the ocean/maritime legal community - from the perspective of: a) the legal community, b) the overall ocean business community and c) other ocean stakeholders (e.g. government, NGOs)?

The international legal community is invited to participate in this forum and engage in the development of an international network of legal experts working in support of ocean sustainable development.

Register for the WOC SOS 2018, HERE

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Van Aarsen company profile



Van Aarsen has become a household name worldwide for machinery and turnkey projects for animal feed technology, both for commercial feed producers and for vertically-integrated businesses. 

Quality is of the utmost importance in both sectors of the industry and innovations in feed production are therefore of great interest. 

Thanks to their extensive experience, engineers and technicians are always able to offer tailor-made solutions.

Visit the Van Aarsen website, HERE.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Nutriad company profile



The Nutriad story
The global population increases 50 percent in the next four decades.  Livestock production and aquaculture has never been more challenging.  Limited availability and changing quality of raw materials challenges intake, growth and performance.

Growing customer awareness and governmental regulations, especially related to health and safety, challenge your business. As manufacturer of state-of-the-art feed additives for more than 50 years they know the agricultural market. Still every day they are passionate about theirwork.

Their ambition is to be their customers’ first choice in palatability, mycotoxin management and digestive performance. Every day their people work on finding ways to improve your production.

Being active in more than 80 countries, they understand the global issues thoroughly. The experience of their dedicated local product specialists is available for you. In direct contact with you, Nutriad create the best practical solutions for today and tomorrow.

Nutriad's people
At Nutriad they believe that their people are our most valuable assets. People whose passion and personal values drive the company’s performance all over the world. Meet some of their team members that help shape Nutriad across the world.

Visit the company website HERE.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

New Finfish Research Centre will provide a boost for aquaculture, New Zealand

New Zealand's Cawthron Institute is celebrating the official opening of the new Finfish Research Centre located at the Cawthron Aquaculture Park near Nelson. The new facility, which boasts systems and capacity unique in NZ, will provide a world-class centre for finfish research, further anchoring Cawthron as aquaculture research experts.

The centre was officially opened by Her Worship the Mayor of Nelson, Rachel Reese on 9 October, 2018. The Finfish Research Centre will deliver commercially relevant science to enable improved stock management, breeding, and husbandry and will support the development and growth of the aquaculture industry, says Cawthron Institute's Aquaculture Group Manager, Dr Serean Adams.
 
Cawthron Aquaculture Park and Finfish Research Centrebased in Nelson
Image credit: Cawthron Institute

Dr Adams says that the efficient salmon research programme currently underway in the facility will combine new, innovative analytical tools with industry-wide data analysis, environmental monitoring, and controlled trials.

"This will translate into a step-change in industry know-how and selective breeding of finfish to boost production efficiency, leading to greater economic returns and sustainable environmental management," she says. "For farmers, fish growth rates, how healthy their stocks are and how efficiently they convert feed into weight gain are important factors for optimising productivity and make a big difference to the economic bottom line and to environmental sustainability. Feed is the largest cost of farming fish so knowledge about food conversion efficiency and the underlying biological processes that determine it is extremely important."

Cawthron Senior Aquaculture Scientist Dr Jane Symonds is leading the efficient salmon programme and says that it"s important to identify and fill knowledge gaps. "By understanding processes that influence finfish feed conversion, industry can improve its performance, profitability, and sustainability," says Dr Symonds.

This multi-disciplinary research involves multiple New Zealand and international collaborators and the Cawthron team has been joined by five new technical staff working at the Centre.

For more information visit the Cawthron Institute website, 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 their strategy, which is supported by their 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 globalisation—and their 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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the interview | Alistair Lane, Executive Director of the European Aquaculture Society

Alistair Lane has spent over 18 years working for the European Aquaculture Society, whilst also having experience at aquaculture feed company EWOS France.



How did you get into aquaculture?
I did a master’s degree in Bangor University in North Wales and at that time aquaculture didn’t exist, it was marine biology, and there was a guy working on live feeds for hatcheries in shrimp and fish at the university. I did my master’s with him and he had connections with the Mars group, who set up a company in the mid-80s, a global company called Larval Feeds and I went to work with them.
I realised I didn’t want to be a researcher, I wanted to get out and see what was happening, so I started in the mid-80s. I worked in the feeds sector for 15 years and then I came to work with European Aquaculture Society in 2000.

What EAS’s priorities and goals?
We have built up over the last 10 years a good annual event and we are finding that more and more people are coming back, we have some loyalty and it’s a good place to get a multi-disciplinary and helicopter view of what is happening and also to try and continue with the objectives of the EAS, which is to build the bridges between science and industry.
That has been going for 40 years and it is still our principal objective, but what we are trying to do now is to try and empower our members to do what they do here, all year round. The whole idea of electronic networking is easy, we all do it every day, and we have the tools to do it, we’ve been late adopting those tools and now we are pushing onto making an EAS community within the European aquaculture community, that sits in the global community.

With this network are you going to have certain schedules at meetings on the network?
We can, we have sub groups within the membership of EAS which we call thematic groups so people with a common interest. For example, we have a good group on persive fish and recirculating systems involving industry, start-ups, scientists etc.
We have another one on flat oysters, we have one on eels, on rotifers and other kinds of plankton and cocopods, so these groups are interest groups within the main membership and we ask them now to build a programme of webinars that we can diffuse to our members and pass that information on to the wider community. It’s all about these concentric circles within a group of people so that is what we are focussing on right now.

There is a lot of research going on. Is that going to be part of what you are doing as part of the EAS?
It always has been and we are involved in projects to a certain extent, we are reviewing our strategy about our involvement. If ES goes in as a partner on a European project for example, the competing consortia to get that grant will be ES members and so, in some cases, we are in a difficult position.
We want to give the projects a platform at Aquaculture Europe so they can have their own meetings and have their consortia come here and join the events. It’s more about providing a space and a platform for them. We disseminate a lot of their information in our publications and magazines and online.
I think webinars would be a good thing for them to use if they want to get their message across. We are not a federation or a producers’ organisation but we do have contacts in the industry so a lot of these projects are obliged to include industry stakeholders, industry platforms, and they don’t necessarily have the access to that outside of their own countries and so that is something we can provide for them.

What do you see as some of the biggest challenges to European aquaculture in the short term?
Simply growing. We are here in France today and people in Brussels and in French policy discussions have said there’s not been one new licence in France in 10 years, but that has changed now. France is behind the curve in terms of its spatial planning and allocation of zones where aquaculture can develop. We are seeing it in more European countries.
The Commission said recently there’s been a two percent growth in volume last year and a four percent growth in value. I think Europe will grow at a much lower rate, generally, in terms of volume, but where Europe has its niche in high-quality product for the high-end market, so the value of the sector will grow more disproportionately to the volume.
A lot of European companies are looking outside of Europe because there is simply too many constraints, investors are shy because of lengthy and bureaucratic processes, but what we are seeing in Europe is a plethora of start-ups and Europe has traditionally been strong on research but weak on innovation.

A lot of European countries don’t have coastlines. Do you see aquaculture as being mainly offshore or onshore?
I think the whole question about offshore aquaculture is a little bit false because it’s not how far you go away from the coast, it’s the energy of the water that you use and there’s coastal areas that have high wave action and in these areas and also in central Europe the way forward is recirculating land-based systems. The difficulty we have now is proving the economic viability of these for growing.
We use them for hatches, for early stages, the question about fully land based salmon production from smalt to market is one for the time being, we haven’t seen economic feasibility of doing it, but it will play a part in the life cycle and it does already.
In European countries that don’t have access to the coastal area, they have no choice. If they want to develop aquaculture, it’s on land. The recirculating systems can have and will have a place for high value species like plankton, of which there is a growing market demand for this kind of fish. The problem is always been the consumer desire to eat fresh water fish, but I think now with high value, better tasting fish that consumers want to buy and that possibly even think are as good as marine fish, those species would be perfect for recycling.
Then we have micro-algae and macro-algae on land production as well where they can provide, not a final product, but an input into feeds or other parts of the production cycle so they still have the possibility to develop. For example, Germany has access to the coast, but the development of aquaculture in Germany will be based around re-circulation and better utilisation of water.



BIOMIN hosts 8th World Nutrition Forum in Cape Town, South Africa

Innovative animal nutrition company BIOMIN hosted 800 delegates from 76 countries in Cape Town, South Africa from 3 to 5 October 2018. The theme of the scientific conference was S.C.O.P.E. or "Scientific Challenges and Opportunities in the Protein Economy."
 

Over 40 expert speakers from industry and academia from across the globe explored the latest market trends and scientific developments relating to food-producing animals. In addition, delegates enjoyed opportunities for networking and experiencing the richness and diversity of local culture.


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International Aquafeed - October 2018





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Monday, October 8, 2018

Aqua 2018, Montpellier, France

by Vaughn Entwistle, Features Editor, International Aquafeed

The 2018 Aqua show took place on August 25-28, 2018 in Montpellier, France. Organised by the World Aquaculture Society (WAS) and the European Aquaculture Society (EAS), this world-class conference is held only every six years.

Past events were held in Nice (2000) and Prague (2012). Hosting exhibitors from over 60 countries, 2018 Aqua was one of the largest aquaculture conferences in the world. Moreover, this year’s conference proved to be one of the most successful.
 


Although the show officially opened at 9.00 am, most days saw attendees thronging the booths as early at 8.00 am—before anyone had even had a chance to bolt down a chocolate croissant and a coffee. And even though the show ran until 6.00 pm on Sunday and 5.00 pm on Monday, each evening people were still doing business long after the show’s official closing time.

Our Perendale booth was besieged with visitors (both old friends and new friends) for all four days from opening until close. Perendale editors were likewise fully engaged, visiting dozens of exhibitor booths and giving away hundreds of copies of the latest issues of International Aquafeed.

The event was held in Le Corum conference centre and Berlioz Opera House, a vast complex located at the heart of Montpellier. The actual show was spread over three levels of the building, so visitors spent a lot of time riding up and down the escalators to visit a total of 180 booths.

2018 Aqua was predominantly a feed show, with the big names such as BioMar, Skretting, Biomin, Aller Aqua, Alltech Coppens as well as many smaller companies. But there were also plenty of technology on display, with impressive booths hosted by Brabender, Faivre, Fox RAS systems, Fish Feeder Technology, and a large cadre of fish health and fish genetics companies.

A popular theme seemed to be UV water disinfection systems. You could see these stands from a distance by the eerie blue glow of their lighting tubes. But people didn’t just come to gawp, the folks we talked to manning the stands reported doing terrific business. Many claimed that it was one of the best shows they’d attended in a long while. Perhaps this is not surprising given the increasingly optimistic growth projections for aquaculture. And of course, because the show took place in France, this meant plenty of opportunities for gourmandising.


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BIOMIN recognises B.R.A.I.N. award winner Konrad Domig at 2018 World Nutrition Forum

In the presence of 800 delegates, Prof Dr Konrad Domig of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) was awarded the biennial B.R.A.I.N. award on the second day of the 2018 World Nutrition Forum, a scientific conference hosted by BIOMIN, this time in Cape Town, South Africa.
 
Image credit: BIOMIN

The award selection committee cited his ongoing lifetime achievement in the field of research in food and feed safety, with a strong focus on antibiotic resistance.


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FAMSUN company profile



Muyang Co, Ltd recently announced changing its brand name from Muyang to FAMSUN starting May 2014. This move is prompted by the idea of better illustrating the company’s business and the farm-to-table industry chain it serves. It is consistent with Muyang’s global strategy and its aim of becoming an integrated solution provider in the agro-industry.

FAMSUN originates from “famous, farm, family, sun and union”; it implies Muyang Co, Ltd’s development concept and vision, which is to build a green and healthy supply chain from farm to table together with its customers and to convert traditional agriculture into a modern, profitable and sustainable business with its integrated solutions in feed manufacturing, grain milling, grain handling and storage, food processing, as well as industrial automation.

The creative design of the FAMSUN logo features a beveled letter “F”, a curvy letter “A”, a stretching letter “S” and a friendly letter “U”. It will be the only signage representing Muyang’s business, products, service and solutions. Meanwhile, the company will continue to operate in its current structure, provide follow-up service based on relevant agreement, and its business contacts will remain unchanged. 


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Nutriad launches Mycogut Academy Middle East

Multinational feed additives producer Nutriad, in cooperation with Cairo University, successfully launched the MycoGut Academy in Cairo (Egypt) with 75 attendees from the Middle East. The three-day event cantered around an interactive poultry focused program, that included practical and class rooms sessions.
 

Image credit: Nutriad
The knowledge transfer provided and access to global experts was met with great enthusiasm and further confirmed Nutriad's position as key solution provider for mycotoxin risk management across species and countries.

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Fish farms opt for robotic net cleaning to replace traditional onshore cleaning

by Monique van Deursen, Yanmar, Japan

By 2050, the global population is expected to reach 9.7 billion, posing a tremendous challenge on adequate nutrition and food security and safety for all inhabitants.

Fish has become a most important source of nutrition and is increasingly supplied by aquaculture. The success and breeding quality in cage farming is highly influenced by the rearing conditions. So how does robotic net cleaning contribute to fresh clean water, the production of tonnes of healthy fish, and an easy operation?
 

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Growth of aquaculture needed in order to keep up with increasing global fish consumption
Fisheries and aquaculture remain vital sources of food, nutrition, income and livelihoods for hundreds of millions of people around the world. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), 50 percent of fish production will be from aquaculture in 2021, which makes aquaculture the fastest growing food sector right now. An indispensable factor for the quality and success of bred fish species as opposed to wild caught fish is the condition of the cage nets used in captive breeding.

Nets submerged in seawater easily acquire a coating of algae, molluscs, fish food, fish secretions, and other biofoulings. The results of fouling can be disastrous for the production of fish.

First of all, there is an increasing risk of disease or even death of fish because fresh seawater and oxygen cannot flow freely in and out of the nets. Fouled nets are also more prone to damage and tearing, causing fish to escape and expensive repairs to the nets.

Furthermore, due to biofouling the nets become heavy, causing an extra load to the service vessel and its anchoring system.


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Biomin company profile




BIOMIN are dedicated to finding innovative, trend-setting solutions that empower their customers to master existing and future challenges in animal nutrition– the natural way. The application of their scientific know-how and expertise, based on an in-depth understanding of their customer’s needs and concerns, enables them to deliver solutions that support animal health, optimise performance and production efficiency.

Research and development is one of the cornerstones of BIOMIN. Their strong in-house research and development, and global cooperation with leading institutions and organisations form the basis by which innovative solutions are developed for their customers.

Through joint projects with renowned universities and research institutes, BIOMIN is constantly in touch with the latest scientific know-how, from which novel feed additives are developed and produced. Their global network of collaborating institutions has grown to over 100.

One of the cornerstones of BIOMIN’s success is the ongoing improvement of their inhouse quality standards. In 1997, BIOMIN introduced the international ISO 9001 standard. The HACCP system, introduced subsequently at BIOMIN’s production sites, provides the quality assurance our customers seek from them. In addition, the feed quality standards QS and GMP+ guarantee the utmost degree of control and quality for their products – from raw material inputs right through to the final product.

Concerns over climate change and the role of greenhouse gases continue to rise. In September 2011, BIOMIN was internationally recognised through the award of ISO 14040 ‘Life Cycle Assessment’ certification. By optimising feed use and improving animal performance, it is possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from livestock operations.
Through innovative production technologies and advanced, scientific know-how, BIOMIN has pioneered several trend-setting solutions for a range of animal nutrition products, all of which utilise fully natural processes and ingredients.

An in-depth understanding of what the customer’s needs and concerns are has enabled BIOMIN to create and deliver solutions in-line with performance and efficiency goals.


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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Geelen Counterflow’s dryer and cooler training

Early October a record number of 28 dryer customers from around the world participated in Geelen Counterflow's Dryer and Cooler Training 2018.
 

Image credit: Geelen Counterflow

Dryer customers from Ecuador, Peru, Japan, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Nigeria, Denmark, France, Serbia and Poland learned how to optimise their counterflow dryers for extruded aquafeed or petfood for best efficiency, uniformity and lifetime.


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PCE company profile

Pelleting Consumables Europe (PCE) is a global supplier of tailor-made, high-grade precision ring dies and roller shells.
Thanks to years of experience in the pelleting industry they can provide their customers expert advice on the geometry and design of Ring Dies and Roller Shells.

Manufacturing reliable ring dies and roller shells for compound feed, biofuel and recycling industries and a wide range of other applications.

Their tailor-made Ring Dies and Roller shells are available for pellet presses of all brands and are manufactured at their ultra-modern manufacturing facility.

As the entire process takes place In-house, they can guarantee short lead times and optimum quality.

PCE ring dies and roller shells are made of high-quality steel. The Ring Dies are manufactured as standard from high-grade, high chrome steel X46Cr13, tempered to 53-55 HRC.

The associated Roller Shells are manufactured from 100Cr6 or 20MnCr5, depending on specific application.

According to the PCE website, “our company is continuously focussed on improving the life cycle of our products and to increase profits for our customers.”

PCE key features: 
- Longer life cycle
- Higher capacity
- Low power consumption

In addition to their products they also assist with the planning of your spare and wear part inventory.

A team of experts is available to guide you by selecting the right ring dies, roller shells and to set up a service level spare part management program.

PCE is your partner for just perfect ring dies and roller shells.

Visit the PCE website, HERE.

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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

New federal report calls for economic growth approach for seafood farming in Canada

The Canadian Aquaculture Industry Alliance (CAIA) welcomes the recommendations put forth in the Agri-food Report from Canada's Economic Strategy Tables released recently. The report identifies strong growth potential for aquaculture in Canada and calls for an economic growth approach via a new Aquaculture Act.
 
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"CAIA is very pleased with the report's provisions for the aquaculture sector. It's clear that the voice of Canadian seafood farmers was heard during the consultations," said Timothy Kennedy, CAIA Executive Director. "The recommendations, when implemented, will enable our sector to meet its economic potential."


Read the full article on the International Aquafeed website, HERE.

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The Boss: autonomous net-cleaning ROV

by Kerry Hawthorn, Trimara Services UK Ltd

Trimara Services UK is looking forward to introducing the AutoBoss net cleaner to customers in Scotland this month. Commissioning and training have taken place for the machine, recently arrived in the Highlands.

The AutoBoss is a New Zealand-manufactured robotic net washer that delivers reliable, automated, low-cost net washing options for fish farmers around the world. After more than four years of research and field development, AutoBoss units are active in New Zealand and across North America.
 


“Following very successful inroads into the Canadian and US markets we are now excited to be launching in Europe”, says Stewart Hawthorn, Director, Trimara Services.

The ‘Boss’ concept stands apart from current net washing approaches by its focus on efficiency and automation. Completely self-contained and weighing just 990kg, everything needed for optimum cleaning power is enclosed within the pontoon. Hydraulically-driven thrusters hold the unit onto the nets, so the only job of the high-pressure water pump is to deliver the cleaning power of a much larger machine. The small diesel engine uses just 12 litres of fuel per hour – a huge saving for farmers.

Unlike ROV technologies the AutoBoss does not require an operator to guide the net washing activity. The Boss takes care of that activity herself, leaving the operator free to focus on net set-up, machine care and performance monitoring. This approach reduces labour and ensures a consistent result every time.

Trimara Services opened its Canadian operations in 2016 to support its North American customers and then opened in Scotland a year later, building on the success in British Columbia, Washington, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Maine. With companies moving away from coating and off-site washing, and with an increased understanding of the effects of net biofouling, a cost-effective, consistent net washer is a must for aquaculture companies.

“Net washing can be a boring business, and very challenging. High-pressure water systems and the marine environment itself can complicate an essential farm job,” Stewart explains. “The AutoBoss has been designed to address these issues. She is a simple-to-operate, reliable machine that gets this crucial job done.”


Read the full article in International Aquafeed magazine online, HERE.

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Almex company profile




Almex specialises in single screw extrusion equipment, from the extrusion unit to complete installations. They are a family owned, independent company.

Almex extruders and Contivar Expanders are in use worldwide for fishfeed, oil extraction, petfood, animalfeed plants, the food industry and the processing and chemical industries. Almex started early 1970's with repair and installation of extruders.

For use in Europe these units needed much modifications, so they decided to design and built in the Netherlands a complete range of extruders for 500 to 15.000 kg/hour capacity.

These extruders did find their way to clients worldwide. Today the largest extruder has a diameter of 400 mm, a barrel length of 4800 mm and a drive of 500 kW.

Visit the Almex website, HERE.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Gael Force celebrate outstanding award win for second year running

Gael Force Group has scooped the honour of Outstanding Performing Business (25+ employees) at the annual Highland Business Awards in Inverness - the second year running that the aquaculture equipment, technology and services supplier has picked up the prestigious award.
 

Production Director Stephen Offord accepts the award for Outstanding Performing Business
(25+ Employees) on behalf of Gael Force Group
Image credit: Gael Force Group

At a glittering ceremony in the Drumossie Hotel on Friday 28th September, the 2018 Highland Business Awards celebrated the achievements of a range of businesses and individuals across the Highlands.

Last week, accounts posted for the Group revealed a near £7m rise in turnover for 2017, and around a fourfold increase in pre-tax profits to £1.6m. In April 2018, Gael Force successfully acquired a 75 percent majority share in Fusion Marine Ltd. in Oban, further adding to their breadth of product, geographical reach and highly skilled workforce.

Read the full article on the International Aquafeed website, HERE.

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