July 23, 2017

24/07/2017: Zinpro Corporation names Dr Mihai Sun as aquaculture nutritionist

Zinpro Corporation announces that Mihai Sun, Ph.D., has joined the company as aquaculture nutritionist

Mihai Sun, Ph.D.
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In this position, he provides technical support and research expertise for the company’s aquaculture customers across the globe. In addition, he develops and implements research protocols, as part of the Zinpro Corporation Research and Nutritional Services (RNS) team, to identify current and future needs for trace mineral nutrition in aquaculture production and provides solutions for customers.

“Mihai brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to provide our global aquaculture customers with research and technical support specific to this industry,” says Terry Ward, Ph.D., RNS global director, Zinpro Corporation.

“We are excited to have Mihai on our team to further help our customers to improve performance and wellness of their aquaculture species and to answer their questions about optimal nutrition for aquaculture production.”

Dr Sun has authored or co-authored a variety of peer-reviewed research articles related to aquaculture nutrition and is currently an animal nutrition reviewer for the North American Journal of Aquaculture.

He earned his doctorate in animal nutrition from the University of Missouri-Columbia, his master’s degree in fish nutrition from Pukyong National University in Busan, South Korea, and his bachelor’s degree in aquaculture from Dalian Ocean University in Dalian, China.

In addition to his research and academic pursuits, Dr Sun has spent more than a decade working in the aquaculture industry, most recently serving as an aquaculture nutritionist for a North American feed manufacturer with a focus on specialty and aquatic feeds. He has also worked as an aquafeed technical manager for a feed company in Shanghai, China.

As an industry leader in trace mineral nutrition for livestock and poultry, Zinpro is committed to delivering the technical expertise, products and educational tools needed to help customers improve the performance and profitability of their operations.

Visit the Zipro website, HERE.

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24/07/2017: Rodehutscord receives poultry nutrition research award

Markus Rodehutscord, Ph.D., a professor of animal nutrition at the University of Hohenheim, Germany, was presented with the Poultry Nutrition Research Award at the Poultry Science Association's (PSA) Annual Meeting July 20 in Orlando, Florida

Markus Rodehutscord, Ph.D
Image credit: AFIA
The award is sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association, in partnership with PSA, as part of its ongoing awards program, which dates back to 1948. Phillip Smith of Tyson presented the award to Rodehutschord on behalf of AFIA.

"Markus has made great strides in poultry nutrition research," said Preston Buff, Ph.D., AFIA director of regulatory affairs.

"AFIA is proud to present him with this award." Rodehutscord's research focuses on minimising the excretion of nitrogen and phosphorous and improving the efficiency of amino acid and phosphorous utilisation by poultry.

He coordinated the 2.1 Mio Euro GrainUp project. Rodehutscord has published more than 86 peer-reviewed articles on poultry nutrition, served as the Metabolism and Nutrition section editor for Poultry Science and serves on multiple committees and working groups dealing with poultry science. Rodehutscord earned his degrees from the University of Bonn, Germany.

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24/07/2017: Preserving feed by getting a grip on moulds

by Dr Eckel Animal Nutrition GmbH & Co. KG

One of the most critical factors in global feed and food production remains to be the prevention of post-harvest losses
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The post-harvest system encompasses the delivery of a crop from the time and place of harvest to the time and place of consumption, ideally with minimum loss and maximum efficiency. Even under optimal growing and harvest conditions, losses immediately post-harvest are common.

According to estimates by the FAO, up to 3.5 percent in central Europe and 30 percent in tropical areas are lost due to spoilage and pests. Efficient preservation methods for crops and feeds with organic acids are therefore of special interest for all parties involved in food and feed production.

There are multiple factors leading to spoilage in feed and food, including moisture content, temperature, storage conditions and the naturally occurring microbial contamination (Table 1).

Table credit: Dr Eckel

Nutrient losses
Moulds in feed are a serious economic problem because they consume the main nutrients and affect the palatability of the feed. Losses of nutrients caused by moulds can occur in magnitudes of up to 10 percent.

The crude fat content of grains is especially affected by mould growth during storage, even more so than proteins and carbohydrates. Losses in metabolisable energy from maize may even reach 25 percent necessitating the use of additional costly sources of energy in the formulation, for instance fat and oil. Spoilt raw materials therefore reduce the efficiency of animal production.

The danger of mycotoxins
Apart from these nutrient losses, moulds also produce mycotoxins, threatening animal and human health. Many studies in the literature show the detrimental effects of mycotoxins on animal health and performance.

The sensitivity for these effects is dependent on animal category, age, health status and also duration and level of exposure. Antonissen et al. (2014) described how the mycotoxin Deoxynivalenol might act as a predisposing factor for necrotic enteritis in chickens. Aflatoxins can be transferred into animal tissues and therefore pose a serious risk for the consumer (carry-through-effect).

Feed preservation is key
Prevention is the recommended method to avoid the problems arising from nutrient losses and mycotoxin contamination due to mouldy feeds. This means minimising the microbial spoilage from time of harvest to the final use of the material.

Several methods are possible to preserve raw materials and feed in practice. These methods include drying, oxygen deprivation, cooling and the application of chemical preservatives. The use of organic acids to prevent feed and food spoilage is widespread. To get the highest preservation success the right choice for preservative and the correct application are imperative.

Choose the right preservative
Due to its lipophilic character, propionic acid and its salts are especially effective against moulds making it the organic acid of choice when contemplating feed preservation. As a result of its pKa value of 4.8, propionic acid is also active at a more neutral pH, which closely matches the native pH value in grain and feed.

Organic acids cause inhibition of microorganisms by rapid diffusion of the undissociated molecule into the cell. Dissociation (release of the H+ Ion) of these molecules in the cell of the bacteria causes acidification of the cytoplasm thereby preventing growth (Lambert & Stratford, 1999).

This is typically more effective at a low pH when – depending on the respective pKa - a higher proportion of the acid is undissociated. Furthermore, propionates have been shown to prevent the formation of Ochratoxin A by Aspergillus sulphureus and Penicillium viridicatum (Tong & Draughton, 1985). Shekar et al. (2009) described a reduction of Aflatoxin in post-harvest maize by propionic acid and sodium propionate.

The efficacy of different preservatives may easily be tested with the so-called CO2 test. In this test, the volume of carbon dioxide formed by microorganisms is measured in vitro. As moulds grow, they consume oxygen from the air and produce CO2.

The higher the amount of CO2, the higher the contamination with moulds in the substrate. As shown in figure 1, the application of a propionic acid based preservative (MoldCid) decreases the CO2 production in grain, giving a clear indication that the microbial activity was reduced.

Read the full article, HERE.

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Golfetto Sangati company profile

Over the last century, the Group’s history has followed the interweaving stories of its three consituent companies. These disparate paths have led to the current Golfetto Sangati, a company that represents the culmination of a long journey that started in the Twenties.

Golfetto, originally founded in Padua, specialised in the engineering of cereal manufacturing plants. Its foundation is the starting point from which all future events took place. It was followed by Sangati’s foundation, in 1929, a company that in just a few years became a renowned name in the milling industry.

In 1952, Berga S.p.A. was set up. At first the company specialized in milling machines and silos. It then widened its business to animal feed production. During the seventies it became a recognised leader in the engineering and building of mills, animal feed plants, cereal storage and handling for harbour terminals. The company expanded even further with the opening of new branches in Europe and Northern Africa.

Visit the website HERE.

July 20, 2017

21/07/2017: China International Food & Feed Processing Industry Exhibition (CICFO)

The China International Food & Feed Processing Industry Exhibition (CICFO) takes an international perspective of food and feed processing, aiming to provide comprehensive solutions
Since its establishment in 2013, the scale of the show, and the scope of its display has grown rapidly alongside a myriad of professional visitors. This year it will present a wide range of food and feed manufacturing equipment, and facilitate technical exchanges and trade development.

CICFO 2017 will be held at the Beijing International Exhibition Centre from September 11th to 13th, 2017.

The exhibition area will exceed 30,000 square meters, of which 27,000 square meters will be displayed in the exhibition area. This enormous area will be populated by more than 450 exhibitors, of which the almost one third are of international background, and more than 28,000 attendees.


At CICFO 2017, Build My Flour mill 2017 will be presented for the first time alongside the second iteration of its sister event, Build My Feed Mill. Each conference will use a programme that arranges speakers into a coherent order following the flowchart progress of a flour or feed mill. In this way, these unique conferences allow for a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of food and feed milling machinery, as well as the industries themselves.

With a packed speaker list for the first ever Build My Flour Mill conference, corporate partners have flocked to this one day conference with enthusiasm. Our partners include high profile companies each producing more than 3,000 tonnes of flour per day.
They include:

• Wudeli Group;
• Yihaikerry Group;
• Lamsoon Group;
• Hengfeng Group;
• Bei Da Huang Group;
• Luwang Group;
• Fengzheng; and,
• Zhongyu.

Here are also some highlights of the high profile speakers featured at our event:

- Innovations in Grain Preparation for Milling
Roger Cook, Senior Technical Specialist
PETKUS Technology GmbH

- Use of Advanced Enzyme Technology in Optimisation of Flour Milling Extraction
Marco Choi, Factory Director
Lam Soon Group

- Grain Dust Explosion and Dust Explosion Suppression
Prof Zhou Nairu
Henan University of Technology

- Thinking about the transformation of flour milling technology in the new situation
Professor Wen Jiping
Henan University of Technology 河南工业大学 

- Trends in the Development of China 's Flour Industry and How to Encourage New Strategies
Dan Zhimin, Chairman of the Board
Wudeli Group

After great success of the first Build My Feed Mill conference this year in Bangkok, it has been extended to include a full day of speakers. Join us for an event sponsored by a myriad of companies, including:
• Cargill – 33 feed mills in China; Puruina - 17 feed mills in China; Tongwei - 130 feed mills in Asia; Puai Group - 6 feed mills in China; DBN - 53 feed mills in Asia.
• Contifeed - 40 feed mills in China; CP Group; ADM; Haid Group - 60 feed mills in China; Twins Group - 60 feed mills in China; New hope agri - 50 feed mills in China.
• Evergreen Conglomerate; Well hope Group - 19 feed mills in China; Trs Group - 40 feed mills in China; Zhengbang Group - 20 feed mills in China; TQLS Group - 51 feed mills in China.

Here are also some highlights of the high profile speakers featured at our event: 

Analysis of Maize Deep Processing Industry
Wei Xuming, Secretary General
China Starch Industry Association

The role of silver in the precise management of feed production
Sunny Shang, FSQR Lead

Visit the event website, HERE.

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21/07/2017: AFIA thanks its outgoing committee members

The American Feed Industry Association depends heavily on the dedication and involvement of hundreds of members who volunteer annually to serve on committees that further the success of the association's mission, objectives and programs

AFIA thanks these volunteer members and the companies they represent for their service, as many long-term projects have been tackled because of their extra efforts.

Committee terms run from May 1-April 30 each year, and volunteers serve a term of three years. Each of AFIA's 19 committees represent the interests of specific disciplines and segments throughout the feed industry and work together on supporting activities and programs critical to AFIA's legislative and regulatory efforts and various member services.

"It takes more than just AFIA staff to provide the leadership driving this association," said AFIA President and CEO Joel G. Newman.

"With their expertise and unique perspective, committee members come together to help achieve our goal of representing members by providing one solidified voice for the feed industry."

AFIA thanks the following 2017 outgoing committee members.

Aquaculture Committee
• Matthew Zeigler, Zeigler Bros, Inc.
• Curtis Harms, Diamond V
• Iva Gaglione, Star Milling Company
• Neil Sims, The Ocean Stewards Institute

Equine Committee

• Moss Boone, The F. L. Emmert Company
• Steve Elliot, Alltech, Inc.
• Danny Migliorisi, Trouw Nutrition USA LLC
• James Rhea, Dehy Alfalfa Mills, Inc.

Equipment Manufacturers Committee
• Andrew Ellsworth, EBM Manufacturing

Ingredient Approval and Definition Committee
• Adam Ancelet, Phibro Animal Health Corp.
• Gavin Bowman, Novus International, Inc.
• Betty McPhee, Anchor Ingredients Company LLC
• Kevin Ragland, Mars Petcare U.S.
• Daniela Solomon, Lallemand Animal Nutrition

International Trade Committee
• Judith Bruce, AFB International

Liquid Feed Committee
• Timothy Evans, Novus International, Inc.
• Michael Hudspith, Ridley USA, Inc.
• Randy Lessman, Midwest Ag Supplements LLC
• Greg McLean, PerforMix Nutrition Systems LLC
• Ivan Pedigo, Gold River Feed Products
• Mac Weber, Provitas     

Marketing Committee

• Elizabeth Barber, The F. L. Emmert Company
• Robert Jensen, Tronox
• Angel May, Mars Petcare U.S.

Nutrition Committee
• Richard Bonander, Nutriad, Inc.
• Phillip Smith, Tyson Foods, Inc.
• Craig Wyatt, AB Vista, Inc.

Pet Food Committee
• John Dickerson, Cargill Animal Nutrition
• Ryan Frank, Mars Petcare U.S. 
• Lars Reimann, Eurofins Scientific, Inc.
• Rand Schaefer, Lortscher Animal Nutrition

Production Compliance Committee

• Mark Daniel, Evonik Corp.
• Robert Petruzzi, LignoTech
• James Moore, Southern States Cooperative, Inc.
• Ralph Staiert, Huvepharma, Inc.
• Andy Wagner, Kreamer Feed, Inc.

Purchasing & Ingredient Suppliers Committee
• Rosanne Crockett, Sustainable Sourcing LLC
• Rebecca Cruse, Texas Farm LLC
• Stacey Homen Henthorn, AB Vista, Inc.
• Justin Stadden, The Scoular Company
• Steve Wilson, Zinpro Corp 

Quality and Animal Food Safety Committee

• Gaofeng He, Hi-Pro Feeds
• Jiri Kratochvil, Westway Feed Products LLC
• Mary Williams, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC

Visit the AFIA website, HERE.

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21/07/2017: US and China sign historic agreement to provide market access for US rice exports

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the US Department of Agriculture has reached agreement with Chinese officials on final details of a protocol to allow the United States to begin exporting rice to China for the first time ever

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“This is another great day for US agriculture and, in particular, for our rice growers and millers, who can now look forward to gaining access to the Chinese market. This market represents an exceptional opportunity today, with enormous potential for growth in the future,” said Mr Perdue.

“The agreement with China has been in the works for more than a decade and I’m pleased to see it finally come to fruition, especially knowing how greatly it will benefit our growers and industry."

China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of rice. Since 2013, it has also been the largest importer, with imports reaching nearly 5 million tons last year.

When the new rice protocol is fully implemented, the US rice industry will have access to this critical market, significantly expanding export opportunities.

US rice exports can begin following the completion of an audit of US rice facilities by China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

Visit the USDA website, HERE.

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