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Barentz acquires amino acid supplier, Globe ingredients

Barentz has acquired the majority shares in Globe Ingredients, a fast growing international raw material trader and distributor based in Holland, Serbia, China and Colombia. Globe Ingredients’ core business is in vitamins and amino acids, mainly for the feed industry. With the acquisition Barentz aims to further strengthen its position as an animal nutrition provider while also taking the business into new geographic regions.The acquisition is a perfect fit “The opportunity to buy a majority share in Globe Ingredients fits perfect into Barentz Business Plan towards 2025, in which we aim at acquiring strategic companies that also expand our reach geographically,” said Hidde van der Wal, CEO of Barentz International. “Together we become stronger, expanding our ingredients portfolios, where especially Globe Ingredients’ wide network of suppliers of high quality animal nutrition is of great value for Barentz. The current directors remain stakeholders and managers of the company.” Globe Ingredients Globe Ingredients provides a full range of high-quality ingredients and additives for feed, food and pharma, adhering to the international quality systems GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) and FAMI-QS, developed for specialty feed ingredients. Most of the additives and ingredients, such as vitamins, amino-acids, proteins and minerals, sourced from suppliers worldwide, are stored in and distributed from the Netherlands. Globe Ingredients’ extensive pharma portfolio, aims at both human and animal use and all products are subject to regular, strict quality controls. Globe Ingredients has 16 employees operating from 4 offices, located on 3 different continents. The company will continue to be managed by its own dedicated and successful management team consisting of the directors Martijn Krijgsman and Frànk van Eeden. “Over the past years Globe Ingredients has grown significantly and through this partnership with Barentz we hope to be able to expand this growth, taking advantage of both our expertise,” said Krijgsman. “Globe Ingredients will benefit from the distribution network and expertise of Barentz while at the same time Barentz can spread its business worldwide in the sales and distribution of feed additives,” van Eeden added.

Reference: AllAboutFeed

Formic acid now listed as hygiene condition enhancer

This was decided by the EU, concerning Reg. 2017/940. This means that formic acid is now allowed to be added to any raw material or feed as a bacterial decontaminating agent (including but not limited to Salmonella), to improve feed hygiene. For the time being formic acid is the only product approved for this application.Maximum allowed dosage The new functional group 1n ‘hygiene condition enhancers’ clearly recognises formic acid’s antibacterial efficiency in dry substrates such as compound feed or any of the dry raw materials entering into feed formulation. Maximum allowed dosage is 10 kg / ton of substrate. The formic acid consortium applied for this new regulatory position. Historically, formic acid was already classified in functional groups 1a ‘preservatives’ and 1k ‘silage additives’. This hasn’t changed, therefore today formic acid is recognised in all 3 of these functional groups: 1a (preservatives), 1k (silage additives) and 1n (hygiene condition enhancers). Control plan to measure bacterial load As a part of the consortium that applied for this new classification, Swedish formic acid producer Perstorp is pleased with the outcome. “Feed hygiene and feed decontamination are core activities for Perstorp”, according to Christophe Michaut, Feed Hygiene Business Development Manager at Perstorp. “We provide several recipes dedicated to feed hygiene and bacterial load control. However, these recipes are only part of the answer. A control plan is needed is order to measure bacterial load before-after feed decontaminating actions. The target is to decrease enterobacteriaceae loads in the feed or feed ingredients with 2 to 4 log cycles.”

Reference: Perstorp

Harnessing rich satellite data to estimate crop yield

Without advanced sensing technology, humans see only a small portion of the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Satellites see the full range—from high-energy gamma rays, to visible, infrared, and low-energy microwaves. The images and data they collect can be used to solve complex problems. For example, satellite data is being harnessed by researchers at the University of Illinois for a more complete picture of cropland and to estimate crop yield in the U.S. Corn Belt.In places where we may see just the color green in crops, electromagnetic imaging from satellites reveals much more information about what’s actually happening in the leaves of plants and even inside the canopy. How to leverage this information is the challenge,” says Kaiyu Guan, an environmental scientist at the U of I and the lead author on the research. “Using various spectral bands and looking at them in an integrated way, reveals rich information for improving crop yield.” Guan says this work is the first time that so many spectral bands, including visible, infrared, thermal, and passive and active microwave, and canopy fluorescence measurements have been brought together to look at crops. “We used an integrated framework called Partial Least-Square Regression to analyze all of the data together. This specific approach can identify commonly shared information across the different data sets. When we pull the shared information out from each data set, what’s left is the unique information relevant to vegetation conditions and crop yield.” The study uncovers that the many satellite data sets share common information related to crop biomass grown aboveground. However, the researchers also discover that different satellite data can reveal environmental stresses that crops experience related to drought and heat. Guan says the challenging aspect of crop observation is that the grain, which is what crop yield is all about, grows inside the canopy, where it isn’t visible from above. “Visible or near-infrared bands typically used for crop monitoring are mainly sensitive to the upper canopy, but provide little information about deeper vegetation and soil conditions affecting crop water status and yield,” says John Kimball from University of Montana, a long-term collaborator with Guan and a coauthor of the paper. “Our study suggests that the microwave radar data at the Ku-band contains uniquely useful information on crop growth,” Guan says. “Besides the biomass information, it also contains additional information associated with crop water stress because of the higher microwave sensitivity to canopy water content, and microwave can also penetrate the canopy and see through part or all the canopy. We also find that thermal bands provide water and heat stress information,” Guan says. “This information tells us when leaves open or close their pores to breathe and absorb carbon for growth.” Coauthor David Lobell from Stanford University, who crafted the idea with Guan, says leveraging all of this satellite data together greatly increases the capacity to monitor crops and crop yield. “This is an age of big data. How to make sense of all of the data available, to generate useful information for farmers, economists, and others who need to know the crop yield, is an important challenge,” Guan says. “This will be an important tool. And, although we started with the U.S. Corn Belt, this framework can be used to analyze cropland anywhere on the planet.”

Reference: NCSA

Zinc oxide in EU animal nutrition will be banned again

Again, the politicians in the European Union (EU) have decided to meddle with animal nutrition. Right or wrong, this is a reality we have to live with, and, in this case, the European Commissions behind events.What is all this about? Once more, zinc oxide. They have decided to ban it, entirely and completely — unless they change their mind again — but they give a five-year period for individual states to phase it out. I think this is done mostly for Spain and Denmark, countries that still rely on zinc oxide to control post-weaning pig diarrhea. As far as I know, everywhere else zinc oxide at pharmacological levels is an antiquated additive. At least, I have not used any since 2008! Today, we have two options that can replace traditional zinc oxide: First, novel forms of zinc that do the same job at very low levels. Second, a plethora of other additives that work in synergy with the novel zinc forms to control post-weaning piglet diarrhea quite effectively. In my opinion, zinc oxide needed to be controlled, not banned, but sometimes control is impossible. Nevertheless, the EU should focus on zinc levels in animal feeds in terms of zinc as a nutrient and not as a medicinal additive. Zinc (and copper) in soil accumulates at alarming levels, and we must do something about it. The first step would be to fund research to establish the requirements of zinc and copper under modern conditions using modern feeds and modern genetics. That would be money well spent, at least in my opinion.


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