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O&T Farms announces organic feed ingredient

The North American organic market continues to lead the value-added functional food segment. Organic sales in the United States were worth $47 billion in 2016, and organic food sales represent more than 5 percent of total retail sales. In Canada, over 55 percent of consumers purchase organic products on a weekly basisWith its new Certified Organic linPRO animal feed ingredient, O&T Farms is helping its customers along with the entire market to support this growing segment. O&T Farms is a proven leader in the Omega-3 animal feed ingredient market, using its patented dry-extrusion process in the manufacture of linPRO to help support the production of Omega-3 enriched eggs and chicken. LinPRO (organic) now provides the same nutritional benefits of enhanced digestibility and energy availability, only now using verified organic ingredients. “We always strive to be responsive to changing markets, such as the incredible growth in organics, and develop products that allow our customers to be as versatile and serve as many markets as possible,” says Elan Ange, CEO at O&T Farms. “The organic certification of linPRO means our flaxseed-based product can offer animal health and production benefits to a wider range of livestock producers. LinPRO (organic) opens the door for the production of Omega-3 enriched organic alternatives for consumer food products.” LinPRO (organic) is certified through International Certification Services Inc. under the National Organic Program (NOP) in accordance to USDA Agricultural Marketing Services and the Canadian Organic Regime (COR). The linPRO brand offers high-energy, flaxseed-based feed products with high levels of fatty acids and amino acids. The Omega-3 fatty acids contained in flaxseed have been associated with many animal and human health benefits. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to provide immunological benefits and potential production benefits to livestock, as well as human benefits that include improving brain and eye health and lowering the risk of heart disease, depression, dementia and arthritis. Additionally, feeding linPRO-branded products to livestock is a natural way to improve the nutritional value of the end product (i.e. milk, eggs and animal protein) and therefore offer healthier alternatives to consumers.

Reference: The Poultry Site

Cargill opens animal nutrition premix plant in the Philippines

To meet increasing demand from medium and large livestock farms and feed millers in the Philippines and Southeast Asian countries, Cargill has opened its first animal nutrition premix plant in the PhilippinesCargill invested US$12 million to open the plant, where 50 local employees will produce animal nutrition premix solutions, made available to customers under the Provimi brand. The plant is located in First Bulacan Industrial Park in Malolos, Bulacan. “The Philippines and Southeast Asian countries are seeing increased consumer demand for meat products, especially pork and chicken. This is great news for the growth potential of local livestock farms and feed millers,” said Noel Kim, general manager of Cargill Provimi, Philippines. “At our premix plant, Cargill can now manufacture the animal nutrition products these producers need to sustainably deliver high-quality, safe, affordable meat to consumers.” Malolos City Mayor Christian Natividad praised Cargill’s presence in the area as a boon for the local community. “The City of Malolos is appreciative of Cargill’s presence, a big boost to our cities’ economic and employment opportunities. We hope to reciprocate by providing all the needed assistance and better business ambience to make Cargill’s project a success,” Natividad said. Chuck Warta, president, Cargill Premix and Nutrition said: “Cargill is committed to the Philippines and Southeast Asia. With the population and income growth driving demand for animal protein in the region, Cargill knows how important it is to invest here, supporting local farmers and creating additional job opportunities as a result of our growth.” For his part, Ralph Bean, agricultural counselor at USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, commended the investment. He said: “This plant is one of Cargill’s, and one of US Agriculture’s many investments in Philippine Agriculture, and it heralds a strong partnership and a bright future for all going forward. The plant will provide products that will enable Philippine farmers to ensure greater productivity, reliability, and quality in the end products that go onto Philippine dinner tables.” The premix plant is one of two important plant openings for Cargill in the Philippines this week, as the company also announced the opening of a poultry processing facility, which is a joint venture with Jollibee in Batangas. The two plants strengthen the company’s presence in Asia Pacific, where Cargill employs 54,000 employees across 16 countries.

Reference: Cargill

Ensuring the profitability of feed processing

Feed mills are fundamental to animal production. The high milling efficiency of modern feed mills contributes significantly to ensuring secure supplies of food of animal origin for the human population.Compound feed production is a complicated operation that requires processing of a heterogeneous mixture of several ingredients into uniform pellets. Feed mills are now facing important challenges. These include ensuring profitability and safety of milling operations. There are wide variations in prices and often in supply of feed raw materials. Energy costs, consumer demands, regulatory requirements, competition pressure and low prices for livestock products are all factors, which impact upon feed mill profitability. Other areas that will pay dividends are sustainability and process control automation to reduce variability and improve data collection and record keeping. Securing feed profitability and productivity Feed mill operators have done just about all they can to increase feed profitability by reducing costs at the raw material level. There are additional ways to increase feed production profitability and feed processing productivity. Good pellet quality is important as it brings several benefits such as compaction which reduces the volume of the feed, saving transport and storage capacity. Good pellets have a homogeneous shape and are stable in transport and storage, which will reduce loss from dust or fines. Good quality pellets with little dust or fines are usually well accepted by the animals avoiding selective feed ingestion by the animals. Importance of pelleting The pelleting process can be evaluated by the following criteria; pellet quality (expressed as abrasion index), feed processing productivity and energy consumption. Energy use is significant in feed manufacturing and needs to be reduced as part of a sustainability programme and from an economic standpoint. To enhance energy efficiency and productivity, pellet quality and mass throughput the die dimesinons need to be optimised. Feed manufacturing is a complicated and expensive business and to maintain feed profitability it is important to ensure that all aspects of the manufacturing process are optimised. Good monitoring of the process and data collection becomes increasingly important to manage the modern feed mill. Customised program for feed millers Through product development, equipment manufacturing and engineering technology, Kemin is able to make substantial contributions to improving the profitability of feed manufacturing. The company has designed a customised program for feed milling customers called MillSmart. According to Kemin, the program increases feed mill profitably and process productivity by reducing energy costs, improving throughput, pellet quality and providing higher production output. It also ensures feed safety. The Millsmart programme is now available in many of the 90 markets in which Kemin operates. In today’s world, all improvements that can be made to optimise the bottom line in feed production through introducing interventions to improve processor are very welcomed by feed manufacturers. Through securing an efficient production process, a competitive advantage can be generated. The feed mill is no longer seen as a cost-centre but with the customised programme as a tool to optimise the feed value and feed mill operations.

Reference: Kemin

Policy options needed to reduce further use of antibiotics

Despite global efforts to reduce antimicrobial use in livestock animals, experts project that the use will increase in the next 15 years if no measures are taken.In the review article, published in Science and compiled by a range of experts around the world, it is stated that in 2013, the global consumption of all antimicrobials in food animals was estimated at 131,109 tons. It is projected to reach 200,235 tons by 2030. The projection is based on veterinary antimicrobial sales volumes that were obtained via public records for 38 countries and self-governing dependencies. The experts found consumption levels to vary considerably between countries, ranging from 8 mg/population correction unit (PCU) (a kilogram of animal product) in Norway to 318 mg/PCU in China. The review article proposes some solutions to reduce the antibiotic use and hence AMR resistance in the upcoming years. These may include: Regulations. A global regulation putting a cap of 50 mg of antimicrobials per PCU per year, the current global average amount, could reduce total consumption by 64%. If only countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and China were to adopt this regulation, the global consumption in 2030 would already be reduced by 60%. Meat consumption. Limiting meat intake worldwide to 40 g/day, the equivalent of one standard fast-food burger per person, could reduce global consumption of antimicrobials in food animals by 66%. This reduction is comparable with what could be achieved through regulations targeting antimicrobial use. User fees. Imposing a user fee of 50% of the current price on veterinary antimicrobials could reduce global consumption by 31%. More important, such a policy would also generate yearly revenues between US$ 1.7 billion and 4.6 billion. Achieving meaningful reductions Luckily, many efforts are taken to reduce the antibiotic use in the coming decades. In Europe, regulations have been the principal instrument to limit antimicrobial use in animal production. In the US, consumer preferences have driven companies to reduce antimicrobial use in animals, although the impact on livestock rearing practices is still nascent. As the largest consumer of veterinary antimicrobials, both in relative (per PCU) and in absolute terms, China has an important leadership role with regard to its response to AMR and has already set precedents in phasing out drugs that are last resorts for human infections but are still in use in Europe in animal husbandry. To provide a good global analysis, it is important that all countries have a good monitoring system in place. Many countries already do this, but unlike for human medicine, there is currently no global database (public or private) on veterinary antimicrobial sales accessible to the public health community. Although present data are limited, outlining current knowledge allows inferences to be made about the relative impact of different policies to curb antimicrobial use. The expert findings suggest that imposing a user fee on veterinary antimicrobials is a plausible policy option to achieve meaningful reductions in antimicrobial use in the short term while simultaneously raising funds to improve farming practices that will benefit the long-term viability of the livestock industry.

Reference: Science

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