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Benefits of latest NIR developments

Recent developments in near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy are extremely cost-effective, near instant and provide on-site analysis. This will benefit animal nutritionist to formulate better livestock diets.Feed costs account for up to 80% of the total variable costs of animal production, and both diet formulation and quality control are a major focus for feed manufacturers and producers. Any deviation from target specification that either under- or over-supplies nutrients will translate directly into economic losses through higher feed costs or lower animal performance. However, traditional methods of laboratory-based feed analysis are time-consuming and costly, with the delay between sampling and receiving results restricting any ability to respond to deviations in the nutrient profile of incoming feedstuffs or finished feed. Recent developments in near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy that enable extremely cost-effective, near instant, non-destructive on-site analysis therefore have the potential to deliver substantial benefits throughout the animal production industry. Currently used for basic raw material and feed quality control, new advances in NIR software and hardware are set to deliver commercially viable systems capable of in-line and real-time monitoring of feedstuff and feed nutrient content and physical characteristics. Losses associated with feed ingredient variability can be reduced, feed formulations can be amended and the quality of completed diets continuously monitored. The ability to economically test a far larger number of samples from each feed batch will also dramatically improve overall accuracy. Compact NIR devices have many advantages The latest compact NIR devices makes it possible to analyse feedstuffs before use, or even before purchase, with quality control possible at any point along the production, delivery and consumption chains. Performance of these compact NIR devices is comparable to laboratory based NIR instruments, but have the advantage that analysis can be taken to farm-level. In addition, software developments have allowed web-enabled NIR analyses in which NIR spectra are downloaded to a master machine containing appropriate calibrations that are stored and updated centrally. The advantages include more regular updating of calibrations, whilst customers will have the option to purchase calibrations on a per sample basis, if preferred. For the worldwide feed industry, these benefits are potentially worth several billion dollars annually thanks to a combination of feed cost savings, feed manufacturing efficiencies and more predictable animal performance. Reducing ingredient losses A recent study (Table 1) showed that the energy value of different cereals can vary by around 1.5Mj; and about the same level of variation can be found within one feedstuff. With energy worth between €5 and €20 in feed, and more than 500 million tonnes of mono-gastric feed being produced per year, it is easy to see why the energy value of feed is so economically important. Heat damage can also affect the precision and cost effectiveness of diet formulation. As lysine is heat-processed, it loses its nutritional value – meaning that reactive lysine (a measure of available lysine after digestion) needs to be analysed.

Reference: AllAboutFeed

BergaPur: Re-formulation of a highly concentrated phospholipid complex

Berg + Schmidt has re-focussed its phospholipid product group. The re-formulation of the highly concentrated phospholipid complexes sold under the name “BergaPur” is based on the latest research results. In this way, the Hamburg company has created a natural feed additive designed to improve both the biological performance and the production process in modern feeding strategies. BergaPur is a high-quality, readily digestible phospholipid complex in powder form, produced by deoiling crude lecithin. In animal nutrition, the addition of phospholipids to the feed eases the process of digestion in the small intestine and ensures a supply of choline, inositol, essential fatty acids and phosphorus. In the production process BergaPur acts as a lubricant, thus increasing the throughput of pellet presses and extruders and reducing abrasion. Furthermore, BergaPur prolongs the shelf life of the feed and improves its stability. International research findings confirm the positive effect of BergaPur on the animals’ performance and vitality. It is consistent implementation of these results that forms the basis of the innovative BergaPur product line. High-class feeding strategies are the basic requirement for efficient and safe processing in the feed industry. They have a considerable influence on the animals’ health and ensure nutrient supply according to the animals requirements. In order to achieve this, the feed must be made up optimally from individually selected components and additives. Re-formulated BergaPur makes it possible to optimize feed production processes to meet these requirements and ensure profitability.

Reference: berg-schmidt

New world record for wheat yield

ABC rural reports that the record, weighing in at 16.79 tones to the hectare, was grown near Ashburton in New Zealand, and has been certified by Guinness World Records. The record setting figure is eight times higher than the average Australian wheat yield.The wheat was an English variety called Oakley, and was grown on silty clay soil with a water holding capacity of 180mm. The crops were irrigated twice, and only received 285 kg of applied nitrogen, which Mr Watson said was 'quite low'. So what happens to the wheat? “Well, it doesn't face a particularly special future,” according to Mr Watson. "It's just gone into a big heap in the shed with my feed wheat."

Reference: All about feed

De Heus opens aquaculture research center in Vietnam

Production by the Vietnamese aquaculture sector is on target to reach 4.7 million metric tons by 2030, according to Nguyen Huu Dung, chairman of the Vietnam Seaculture Association (VSA).Speaking at an event in Ho Chi Minh City recently, Dung said the export earnings from the industry could be as much as US$30 billion to US$35 billion by that time, reports VietnamNet. The potential and present challenges of the Vietnamese aquaculture sector have been recognized by Netherlands-based feed company, De Heus, which has just opened a new fish research center in the Mekong Delta area. According to Vietnam Briefing, VSA puts the value of this trade at US$12 billion to US$13 billion by 2020. The sector is moving toward the production of more value-added products, supported by recent government support for a project to achieve this and investment from state and foreign sources. Between 2010 and 2016, marine fish aquaculture in Vietnam increased from 15,700 metric tons (mt) to 28,300 mt, largely due to the opportunities offered by the country’s 3,000-kilometer coastline. Among the challenges faced by the sector are the small scale of many aquaculture businesses, inefficient supply chains and a lack of technology.

Reference: wattagnet


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