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Hamlet Protein has opened a new sales office to support customers in China and South East Asia with specialty vegetable proteins for young animal nutrition. The team serving the region has also gained 2 new members: Regional Sales Manager Lu Kelun and Area Sales Manager Astasit Kaewnanuer. The company has experienced significant sales growth in China and South East Asia over the past few years.Hamlet Protein opens sales office in China Hamlet Protein has opened a new sales office to support customers in China and South East Asia with specialty vegetable proteins for young animal nutrition. The team serving the region has also gained 2 new members: Regional Sales Manager Lu Kelun and Area Sales Manager Astasit Kaewnanuer. The company has experienced significant sales growth in China and South East Asia over the past few years. Product trials in China, Thailand and other parts of the region have confirmed the positive effects of the company’s specialty proteins on young animal growth and development. Neovia acquires Apligén Neovia has acquired Apligén, a Mexican company specialising in the production of premix, specialty feed, and additives. This will complete its premix business with technological and high quality products and services under the company’s Wisium Brand, to meet Mexico’s nutrition market increasing demand for more technologies, technical expertise and quality. Apligén is a family-run company which is recognised for its quality products (premix, speciality feed, additives) and services. The company has an annual turnover around €30 million, benefits from strong positions in ruminants and swine and has been steadily developing for several years. Nutriad opens new plant in China Nutriad, together with local partners, opened its new palatability factory in Nantong (China). The new factory, with a 10,000 Mt capacity/year, will operate under the FFI (Feed Flavour International) brand. Building on strong experience in swine nutrition, the new plant will also service ruminant and aquaculture applications. Stated Erik Visser, CEO Nutriad, “As the Chinese industry has developed, both government regulations as well as customer demands have changed over the years. This new factory is in full compliance with the latest environmental and safety regulations and brings together our years of experience from producing and servicing customers across the world.” New name: Kaesler Nutrition Lohmann Animal Nutrition changed its name to Kaesler Nutrition. “We were well-prepared for the name change and had paved the way for a smooth transition for our customers. Of course we are still busy with re-registrations outside the EU, but the core business in the EU was not affected“, concludes Dr Bruno Kaesler, Managing Director, some 4 months after the change. The name change was officially launched at the previous EuroTier. Improved processing for feed additives The new Optisize™ technology creates uniform, low-dust trace mineral particles that are non-reactive, non-hygroscopic and which blend and mix more evenly into feed, meaning more nutrients make their way into the animal. The technology has been developed by Selko, the feed additives brand of Trouw Nutrition, a Nutreco company. The technology help feed processors in problems they might have with feed additives: binding with other nutrients, blending unevenly or making excessive dust are all major detractors to otherwise high quality feed additives. New tool to calculate feed mill profitability improvements Kemin has launched the MillSMART™ Profit Value Calculator to help feed mill professionals easily evaluate the economic returns of incorporating the MillSMART programme into their operations. The programme preconditioning solution uniformly disperses and penetrates feed, providing a positive impact on feed mill production parameters and significant economic benefits. To use the tool, users simply enter their feed mill and lab parameters for both a control treatment and MillSMART. The app provides a side-by-side comparison of the net savings and individual KPI savings.

Reference: AllAboutFeed

Dutch project to study seaweed applications

A new Dutch research project delves into seaweed as a sustainable source of protein for people and animals alike. In the four-year Social Innovation Programme ‘Seaweed for Food and Feed’, Wageningen University & Research and the North Sea Farm foundation in the Netherlands are partnering with industry to develop a comprehensive and sustainable seaweed sector.As stated on the website of Wageningen University, the work involves multifunctional seaweed farms in the North Sea linked to a land-based chain for logistics, processing and sales to the food industry. Dutch State Secretary of Economic Affairs Martijn van Dam has pledged to invest €5 million in Seaweed for Food and Feed. The project will work on for example: the selection and breeding of high-quality varieties, optimal cultivation systems and optimal locations (to ensure the composition of the seaweed is as favourable as possible) and multiple processing of seaweed to ensure all components are optimally used at the highest possible economic value

Reference: AllAboutFeed

New Brazilian feed formulation tables

The Federal University of Viçosa (UFV-MG) in Brazil has launched a new edition of the ‘Brazilian Tables for Poultry and Swine,’ which is considered one of the most important references in the formulation of feed for the global agribusiness industry. This is the fourth edition of the material, which was presented during the IV International Symposium on Nutritional Requirements of Poultry and Swine on March 29 and 30 at the Federal University of Viçosa.The new edition verifies, through several studies using Alltech products, the efficiency of organic minerals in the supplementation of monogastric animals. The research monitored the inclusion of organic minerals in the diets of pigs between 66.1 pounds and 110.2 pounds, and in chickens during the growth period. These analyses indicated that the levels of organic minerals required for animal performance are 33% to 50% lower than that of inorganic trace minerals. These levels can change according to the species and animal purpose, whether for production or reproduction. This is due to the bioavailability of the microminerals, which facilitate the absorption of nutrients in the digestive tract and can therefore aid in weight gain and feed efficiency in animals. Other advantages of organic mineral supplementation are reduced impact on the environment and a greater return to the consumer.

Reference: AllAboutFeed

Zoetis Influence Feed: Tracking Influential issues in Food and Agriculture - May 15 - 29.

Top 5 Influencer Topics. 1. Proposed Budget: “President Trump’s budget request managed to do something few could have imagined: unite farmers and foodies,” said Environmental Working Group Vice President of Government Affairs Scott Faber on May 24. On the previous day, the Trump Administration proposed its 2018 budget, with significant cuts to crop insurance and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, aka “food stamps”). Readers can find an Associated Press primer on how each federal agency would be affected here. The proposed budget cuts were met with broad opposition from food and agriculture leaders. American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall commented: “This budget fails agriculture and rural America,” and Politico agriculture correspondents asserted, “President Donald Trump is all but declaring war on the farm bill.” In line with Duvall, crop agriculture groups opposed the budget outright. Meanwhile, Mother Jones argued against SNAP cuts. Environmental groups such as Friends of the Earth and food safety advocates such as Center for Science in the Public Interest challenged the budget as well.Budget discussions next move to Congress, where Agriculture Committee Chairmen Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) already issued a joint statement: “We will fight to ensure farmers have a strong safety net so this key segment of our economy can weather current hard times and continue to provide all Americans with safe, affordable food. … we need to take a look at our nutrition assistance programs to ensure that they are helping the most vulnerable in our society.” 2. NAFTA: In a May 18 letter, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer officially notified (PDF) Congress that renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) will begin in August. Lighthizer explained that the deal “was negotiated 25 years ago, and while our economy and businesses have changed considerably over that period, NAFTA has not.” National Association of Wheat Growers exemplified industry sentiment with its response: “Wheat Industry Looks for New NAFTA Opportunities, But Priority Remains Do No Harm.” Activist groups were less vocal about the move; however, Friends of the Earth urged, “Any trade agreement that the U.S. enters must protect public health and our environment.” 3. USDA Restructuring: Discussion of the USDA’s reorganization, proposed on May 11, continued into subsequent weeks. NYU professor Marion Nestle urged blog readers to file comments on whitehouse.gov: “Now is our chance to tell this administration how important USDA agencies are and why they need to be strengthened.” In Food Safety News, Brian Ronholm, former deputy undersecretary of food safety at USDA, worried about the plan’s effect on food safety policy. U.S. Meat Export Federation wrote in Drovers CattleNetwork of promising potential collaboration with the new USDA undersecretary of trade. Reactions to the USDA’s proposed reorganization ranged widely, but the plan’s continued prominence hints at its weight for influential food and agriculture players. 4. JBS Bribery Scandal: On May 17, Brazilian newspaper O Globo revealed (source in Portuguese) that JBS SA Chairman Joesley Batista entered a plea bargain for paying $150 million in bribes to Brazilian President Michel Temer and more than 1,800 other politicians over the course of 15 years. U.S.-based media organizations paid close attention, because roughly half of the company’s revenue comes from its operations in the United States. As the scope of the company’s corruption scandal expanded to include seven executives, Food Business News covered the financial fallout, Chris Clayton of DTN Progressive Farmer analyzed the impact of the news on commodity trading and Meatingplace examined (paywall) how Pilgrim’s Pride will (or won’t) be affected. The Wall Street Journal reported (paywall) that Batista and his brother, Wesley Batista, resigned on May 26. 5. Immigration: On May 15, Reuters covered an April 25 White House roundtable on farm labor. Meeting attendee Zippy Duvall said, “[Trump] assured us we would have plenty of access to workers.” In addition, NPR: The Salt reported on the rise in temporary H-2A visa — a visa program that Western Growers CEO Tom Nassif contended should be reformed (transcript via Marion Nestle). Nassif warned, “I think several of the smaller to midsize operators are in danger of either having to cease farming or sell their operations to larger producers who have the wherewithal to withstand some of the things that are happening because they are able to invest in and develop more mechanical harvesting and other robotic operations.” Meanwhile, Civil Eats reported a team of Democratic senators have introduced a bill for a “Blue Card” program, which would protect undocumented worker with a history of working in the United States. Issues Rank http://www.thepoultrysite.com/uploads/files/Zoetis%20issues%20rank.PNG Trade and regulation was top of mind for influencers in May, as evidenced above. President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget stirred (PDF) complaints beginning May 23, while recent trade policy conversations have centered around NAFTA renegotiation (PDF) and the USDA reorganization, which includes the creation of a USDA undersecretary of trade. Attention to farming methods was driven by a group of activists and academics lobbying WHO to “recognize industrial animal farming as a challenge for global health.” On May 10, market researchers NPD Group published a report on meat and dairy alternatives, finding plant-based products remain niche, despite substantial growth.

Reference: ThePoultrySite


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