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Friday, December 23, 2016

23/12/2016: Yanmar’s remote net cleaner triumphs

It is a well-known fact that fish farming nets need to be cleaned periodically to maintain water quality and protect the fish against disease and here at Aquafeed International we are always seeking to champion success stories within the industry.

One such story comes from net cleaning company Yatek. In collaboration with the Norwegian distributor Østerbø, net cleaning supplier Yanmar has been lauded by its customer Yatek.
  
ØyvindHøie

Newly established Norwegian company Yatek, which specializes in cleaning the nets used for fish farming in the majestic surroundings of the Sognefjord, invested in their first Yanmar Net Cleaner in 2015.

By the summer of 2016, it had worked approximately 500 hours. With Yanmar’s submergible cleaner for fish farming nets, only one person is needed to clean the net and they don’t even have to get into the water.

Yatek’s General manager, Øyvind Høie, who has many years’ experience working in the fish farming industry, knew exactly what he wanted his net cleaner to achieve.
 
TheYanmar Net Cleaner NXL-LX with hose drum

He comments, ‘’Reliability was very important for us. This product needs little maintenance and the distributor in Norway -Østerbø Maskin AS- responds quickly in case service is required.”

He continued to say “The Yanmar Net Cleaner’s best quality is that it withstands currents well so we can fulfill our job even in bad conditions. It also cleans very gently and doesn’t remove the impregnation on the nets. This keeps our customers happy.”


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Leiber company profile

Now with more than 140 employees, with each one a specialist in his or her domain, Leiber has a well-proven team in a company following a clear strategy for more than 50 years: working with values.

“What makes us unique? We focus on what we know best. Yeast. Production on the highest level of quality. Latest technology. New findings from science and research. The performance of a team of specialists. 

This is what defines Leiber´s strategic orientation. This is what makes us truly entrepreneurial”, as explained on the Leiber website.

“The markets´ requirements are changing - we are able to follow. This is how we became one of the leading manufacturers of specialised yeast products”.

Visit the website HERE.





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23/12/2016: Creed appoints independent aquaculture licensing review group, Ireland

 The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D. today announced the appointment of an independent Aquaculture Licensing Review Group to review the process of licensing for aquaculture and its associated legal framework in keeping with actions identified in Food Wise 2025 and Ireland’s National Strategic Plan for Sustainable Aquaculture Development.

On the need for a review of the existing licensing process Minister Creed said “Our aquaculture sector has enormous potential to sustainably grow its production of seafood to meet the opportunities presented from growing world demand for safe, sustainable seafood.”

 
Image: CA Malaysia
“Ireland’s National Strategic Plan for Sustainable Aquaculture Development aims to sustainably grow our production across all species by 45,000 tonnes.”

The Minister continued, “To achieve that ambition, we need to revamp our aquaculture licensing process and its associated legal frameworks, so that an operator can have a decision on an aquaculture licence application within timeframes that compare favourably to our competitors. But any changes must ensure that all stakeholders can participate in a transparent licensing process and have confidence that any licensing decision complies with all EU and national legal requirements and protects our oceans for future generations.”

Both Food Wise 2025 and the National Strategic Plan identified issues with the current licensing system and recommended an independent review to examine the existing challenges and propose improvements in line with best-practice internationally.

Welcoming the Review Group, Minister Creed acknowledged the appropriate skills and experience that the members bring: “I am pleased to announce today the formation of an Independent Review Group comprising three persons who I am confident will be widely accepted as having the skills, experience and integrity to conduct this independent review in a manner that all stakeholders can support.”

“I would like to thank Mary Moylan, Ken Whelan and Lorcán Ó Cinnéide for agreeing to serve on the Review Group and I look forward to their recommendations on what we need to change to give this sector a reliable, sustainable, effective decision-making foundation so that we can harness its full potential.”


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Season's greetings from The Aquaculturalists and Perendale team


The team here at Perendale Publishers, providers of International Aquafeed magazine and The Aquaculturalists blog would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

We thank you for your continuous support throughout 2016 and look forward to servicing the aquaculture industry again in 2017.
 
The Perendale team and associates attending the 2016 Christmas dinner

The Aquaculturalis blog will resume operation from the 3rd January 2017.

Until then have fun, stay safe, and we will catch you in the new year!




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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

International Protein LLC company profile



International Protein LLC is a worldwide importer/exporter and manufacturer of animal feed industry.

Their product line includes a wide variety of feed additives, ingredients, proteins, and raw materials for the poultry, swine, aquaculture and pet industry.

Their main office is located in New Jersey, where they handle trading, logistics, product marketing, and new business development.

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22/12/2016: Management changes in Hendrix Genetics’ Troutlodge operations

Effective January 1st, 2017, Mr Keith Drynan has been appointed as General Manager of Troutlodge Inc. In this position, he will take over full responsibilities from Mr Steve Brown who simultaneously will step down as CEO of Troutlodge.
 
Keith Drynan

With this change in management Hendrix Genetics aims to continue building the global reputation of Troutlodge with advanced genetic and genomic technologies to continue improving the quality of the Troutlodge strain.

The company‘s focus will remain delivering an even greater quantity of eggs to an increasingly discerning global market. Brown served as the Chairman of Troutlodge between 2005 and 2014 and as its CEO from 2014 to the present.

He was a principal in the firm from 2005 to this past September when he sold his remaining shares to Hendrix Genetics. Steve Brown will support Keith for a three month transition period to ensure no disruption to the usual quality supply and service expected by Troutlodge customers.

 
Steve Brown
Mr Drynan was formerly Head of Broodstock Operations for Landcatch in Scotland, and for the last two years has managed the Troutlodge Isle of Man operations in the UK. “This is a very positive move for both Troutlodge and me”, Steve Brown explained.

“The company has a number of very talented leaders that need an opportunity to advance. My moving on, along with some organisational changes recently made will help break the log jam and give those deserving leaders more opportunities. For me, it is a good time to make a change and use my skills to take on new business challenges.”

Neil Manchester, Managing Director of Hendrix Genetics’ Aquaculture Business Unit said: “This is an exciting phase in the ongoing development of Troutlodge. It was established in 1945, but in the last ten years Steve and his team have built the company into the world’s leading trout breeder and egg supplier, consistently servicing 100 countries around the world with high quality, high health eggs.”


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22/12/2016: Hendrix Genetics and Mobarakandish sign agreement to produce Troutlodge eggs in Iran

Hendrix Genetics, a global multi-species breeding company and Mobarakandish Advanced Technologies of Iran, a leading animal breeding company in Iran have signed an agreement to produce and sell Troutlodge trout eggs in Iran, the world’s leading brand in trout genetics. 

This move will create a new, steady source of superior trout eggs for Iran’s growing trout industry.

Aquaculture Collaboration to Support the Iranian Trout Industry
Hendrix Genetics, through its 100 percent subsidiary Troutlodge Inc, the world leader in trout genetics and production of trout eggs and Mobarakandish, a leading animal breeding company in Iran, owned by Dr. Ardeshir Nejati and Mr Davood Saneei, have concluded an agreement to both produce and distribute Troutlodge trout eggs in Iran.

 
Hendrix Genetics and Mobarakandish sign agreement
The collaboration will result in a supply of high quality Troutlodge trout eggs and more healthy trout meals in Iran.

Together, the partners aim to capture a substantial market share of trout eggs in Iran within 3-6 years.

The agreement includes:

• A joint venture under which Mobarakandish will construct and operate trout egg broodstock centres in Iran where trout egg production can be carried out in large scale in local environments.

• Support of Hendrix Genetics with over 70 years of Troutlodge expertise of breeding and genetics.

• The continuation of Troutlodge to export trout eggs from its US and UK breeding operations to Iran but under the direction, guidance and support of Dr. Ardeshir Nejati of Mobarakandish Advanced Technologies and in close liaison with the initiator of this project, John Dentler, Sales and Marketing Director of Troutlodge.

Steve Brown, CEO of Troutlodge Inc, said: “The collaboration with Dr. Nejati and the Mobarakandish Advanced Technologies creates the possibility to support the growing Iranian trout industry with Troutlodge’s best quality trout eggs.”

Dr Nejati said: ”This partnership enables us to produce Troutlodge trout eggs in Iran and will give the Iranian industry a welcome lift. Along with imports from the Troutlodge facilities in the US and Europe, it will provide the Iranian industry with a reliable supply of healthy, disease free eggs.”

Neil Manchester, Managing Director of Hendrix Genetics’ Aquaculture Business Unit added: “This agreement will make a significant and positive impact in trout aquaculture in Iran, and further support the development of Hendrix Genetics as the global leader in aquaculture breeding.”

Iran is one of the world’s leading producers and consumers of rainbow trout, producing up to 120,000 MT of rainbow trout annually.

Iran’s significant freshwater resources, inland lakes, rivers and brackish waters of the Caspian Sea, along with an industrious and well educated population, provide the needed ingredients to grow rainbow trout to market sizes.

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22/12/2016: New aquaculture conference and exhibition, AquaFarm, Italy

Exciting news on fish feed at AquaFarm, in Pordenone, Italy, 26-27 January 2017.
 Both the dedicated session on January 26th and the algae-oriented fish feed panel on January 27th will include a series of speeches on potential groundbreaking evolutions.

Prof. Marco Saroglia (University of Insubria at Varese) will discuss first results of research from his multi-university/industry team on new approaches to fish feeding (Project 4F, Fine Feed For Fish).

The use of insect meal (covered by Prof. Laura Gasco from the University of Turin) and adapting the digestion physiology of fishes to new sustainable feeds are the two-main topics.
 


University of Bologna will give a talk on mixed fish-based and non-fish based feeds for bream and bass.

The most important feed makers will be present at AquaFarm as Skretting, Naturalleva, Veronesi and Aller Aqua.

Naturalleva and Aller Aqua will also illustrate their next-generation offerings in the fish feed session on 26th.

Skretting will give a panorama of its various experimentation activities, including those on algae-based feeds.

Algae in fish feed will be covered also in the algaculture conference thread on the second day of AquaFarm, January 27th.

 
Image: Norsk Havbrukssenter
Skretting will be represented by Prof. Evy Vikene, Marketing Manager of the Salmon & Fish Feed Southern Europe BU that will illustrate more details on the new aquaculture feeds containing the ground breaking algal oil with unprecedented levels of the two-essential long chain Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA.

AquaFarm is the new conference and exhibition on aquaculture, algaculture and vertical farming technologies targeted to Mediterranean and European markets.

The two-day conference will host 80 speakers in 15 sessions and more than 30 exhibitors. The aquaculture related sessions will have simultaneous translation services from/into English and Italian.

Some other sessions will be entirely held in English. 


To register for the conference and exhibition, click HERE.

For more information and updates, click HERE.

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21/12/2016: Vaki Technology - a new approach

Vaki has recently announced the introduction of a new Channel Counter designed to accommodate much larger loads.

The high capacity and accuracy is achievable by up scaling the same technology that Vaki has been using for more than 15 years.

The technique used by the new machine is in fact based on Vaki’s previous Smolt Counters that count juveniles; which has already been delivered to many companies around the world.
 
www.vaki.is

The Accuracy of their existing counter is 99 percent, and is currently being used to count both smolts at deliveries and larger fish when graded.

The new Vaki Channel Counter is specially made to count effectively and accurately large amount of big fish (from 300g to 12kg), with the operating capacity now much larger than previously afforded by earlier models.

The counting process is also video recorded, with images saved of every fish counted, so that the farmer can verify the numbers and get a thorough report on the whole counting process.

The counting software
Much of this improvement is afforded by the improved software package, which is used to count the fish as they pass through the counting area.

The screenshot to the right shows one second of smolt counting, which has a capacity of up to 100 fish per second.

This system works by taking a silhouette image of ever fish that passes over a light source using a line-scanning camera. The silhouettes are then analysed and used for counting and size estimation.

Automatic report function
Once the data has been recorded and automatic count report is then produced. The automatically generated set of statistics report provides both valuable and detailed information yielded from the counting process.

The report can be supplied to the receiver of fish along with the counting file containing the images of all the fish. As well as the Automatic Count Report, the software can provides a “throughput chart” which displays the rate of fish passing through the counter.

With this information, the farmer can assess the quality of the count, whilst also being able to checking for occasions when the counter may have been overloaded.


Read the full article HERE.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Andritz company profile


ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors.

The publicly listed technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of almost 25,000 employees. ANDRITZ operates over 250 sites worldwide.

Visit the website HERE.

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21/12/2016: Olmix Group gold sponsor for the 2nd International Symposium on Alternative to Antibiotics

Olmix was Gold Sponsor for the 2nd international symposium on Alternative to Antibiotics in animal production (ATA), organised by USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) and OIE (World animal health organisation), at the OIE headquarter in Paris.

The symposium focused on the latest scientific breakthroughs and technologies that provide new options and alternative strategies for preventing and treating diseases of animals and reduce the use of medically important antibiotics in agriculture.
  


From Monday to Thursday 15th of December, six areas have been explored in detail through scientific presentations and expert panel discussions, including emerging topics related to gut health, such as characterisation of the microbiome and its interactions with the immune system with potential clinical applications.

This symposium also highlighted the emerging field and interest in treatments that demonstrate both antimicrobial and immune-enhancing capabilities.

In each session, invited speakers have given keynote lectures on the latest state-of-the-art in the area of interest, including Pr. Mustafa Berri, from INRA (French national agronomical research institute) that gave an oral presentation about green macroalgal sulfated polysaccharides (OLMIX MSP): a natural alternative to antibiotics via modulation of the intestinal immune response.
 

Mustafa Berri (speaker in the middle) delivering its presentation entitled
“Green algal sulfated polysaccharides: a natural alternative to antibiotics
via modulation of the intestinal immune response.”

In addition to oral and poster presentations, round table discussions of the conference topics enabled a fruitful dialogue between scientists and the food and feed industry as well as between researchers from all parts of the world.

Olmix, as a global know-how leader in the area of marine biotech applied to animal, plant and human health, actively supports research and knowledge exchange in this area and participated in the symposium to present its effective solutions for a healthy food chain, thanks to algae.

Hence this challenge can be achieved through innovative programmes that Olmix Group is currently working on thanks to its algae technology and and the unique molecules extracted, namely specific sulfated polysaccharides with biological properties (OLMIX MSP).

Olmix philosophy: one health thanks to algae
As a specialist in marine biotechnology, Olmix Group brings natural sources of nutrition and good health to plants, animals and people, for a complete and consistent food and health chain without pesticides, antibiotics and chemical additives.

Olmix, the Animal Care division of the group, places the animal at the interface of 2 major ecosystems: the external (housing, litter, air ...) and the internal (body, microbiota, nutrients, toxins ...).

Both influence each other and their balance will determine animal performance. Olmix addresses these two ecosystems with a range of solutions specifically designed for the farmer, the veterinarian or the feed miller.

Goal: to reach ‘antibiotic free’ production while improving farmers profit and animals well-being, thanks to algae.

Five functionalities, for complete programs for animals
Through innovations issued from algae, OLMIX has developed a full range of solutions acting on the 5 key factors influencing the welfare and the performance of livestock animals.

Thanks to algae, Olmix offers solutions which improve the hygiene of the animals by reducing the environmental humidity, enhance their immune defences, guarantee the digestive welfare, increase the digestive efficiency and fight mycotoxins present in the feed.

This global strategy contributes to reduce the use of antibiotics, to support the fight against antibiotic resistance and also to improve the quality of the final product.

Marine algae to reduce the use of antibiotics in farming
As part of a partnership with Olmix Group, Inra researchers have shown that a compound extracted from green algae inhibited the growth of pathogenic bacteria in vitro and stimulated the production of immunity mediators by intestinal epithelial cells.

This type of preparation could be used in livestock feed to improve animals’ resistance to infections and therefore reduce the use of antibiotics. These results were published on 8 March 2016 in the Journal of Applied Phycology.

Marine algae are chlorophyll-containing aquatic plants that grow on the seabed. They are classified in three groups depending on their pigments: brown algae (phaeophyceae), red algae (rhodophyceae) and green algae (chlorophyceae or ulvales).

The cell wall of these marine algae, are rich in sulfated polysaccharides, which possess physicochemical and biological properties that could have potential applications in the pharmaceutical industry, biomedicine, cosmetology and farming or as additives in human and animal food. Created in 1995, Olmix Group is specialised in promoting the use of green algae harvested in Brittany by processing them into innovative natural products for plant, animal and human nutrition and health sectors.

With the aim of identifying beneficial bioactive molecules, Olmix Group prepared an extract of sulphated polysaccharide known as marine sulphated polysaccharides (MSP), using Ulva armoricana green marine algae harvested in Brittany.

Within a research partnership between Olmix Group and the Inra Val de Loire Infectiology and Public Health Research Centre, an MSP was studied in vitro to test its capacity to inhibit bacterial growth and stimulate the production of immunity mediators.

The MSP’s ability to inhibit bacterial growth was observed on a panel of 42 strains of pathogenic bacteria isolated directly from livestock or their environment. The growth of Pasteurella multocida, Manheimia haemolytica, Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus suis was inhibited by the action of MSP and more sensitive than Salmonella or E. coli.

MSP also induced an increased production of cytokines, in an in vitro system of differentiated porcine intestinal epithelial cells.

The stimulation of these immune mediators indicate a potential stimulation of intestinal immunity by MSP.

Marine algae represent a source sulphated polysaccharides (including MSPs, which could be used in livestock feed to inhibit the growth of pathogens and boost the immune response.

This could improve animals’ resistance to infections and reduce the use of antibiotics on farms.

Read more HERE.

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20/12/2016: How is an emerging renewable energy technology helping moor fish farms sustainably?

by David Stoddart-Scott

It is estimated that the UK could supply between 15 and 20 percent of its electricity demand from tidal energy.

What relevance does that have to aquaculture you may ask?

The answer lies in the common need for technologies that allow access to environmentally energetic marine sites; there is potential for an anchoring product developed in tidal energy to allow placement of fish farms in sites previously out of reach.
 

A key obstacle to the delivery of commercially viable tidal energy is the capital cost associated with installing the infrastructure of a project whilst keeping it in the same place and connected to the seabed for the duration of its 25 year life.

Whilst considerably more benign, the same essential challenge can be found in aquaculture.

Reaping the benefits of higher current flow
The benefits of siting fish farms in areas with higher current flow are clear and have been noted in a number of studies. They range from a lower incidence of sea lice to greater water exchange supplying fresh water and removing excess feed and waste.

However higher current and increasingly exposed sites bring dual challenges of greater mooring loads combined with rocky seabeds; which are not suited to current anchoring technologies.

How do we more securely anchor cages and feed barges, and at the same time potentially open up the options for using sites with higher current flow and rocky seabeds? Rock anchors are an enabling technology for sites with solid geology.

As an established technology, drilled and grouted rock anchors, or micro-piles as they are sometimes referred to, have been trialled previously in aquaculture with limited success.

A drilled-only rock anchor with a mechanical connection to the rock is a new concept in the marine environment; which has however had extensive use at smaller scale as rock bolts in the construction industry.


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Ferraz Machinery and Engineering Ltda company profile



Based in the city of Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo state, Brazil, on the Via Ananhguera, one of the main highways of the country, Ferraz now occupies premises of approximately 13,000 m2, built on a land area of 32,000 m2.

All the products that the company sells are manufactured entirely on the premises of Ferraz by the most qualified professionals in the areas of machining, boilers, bodyshop, welding, lasers, shipping, services and spares.


Ferraz projects are in accordance with the standards of Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) required by the Ministry of Agriculture, and bear the ANFAL quality seal PIQ-PET (National Association of Balanced Food Manufacturers).


According to their website, "We design and install complete lines for animal feed production processes - for branny, pelleting and extruded feeds. From start to finish of every factory installation project, we present and follow all the steps of its construction. We also provide aftercare, always bringing innovations and improvements to equipment as well as effective and constant technical assistance."

Read more HERE.

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20/12/2016: New industry course for first-time managers

A new aquaculture-specific training course has launched, aimed at equipping first-time managers with the skills and knowledge necessary to be effective team leaders.

The concept for the new course, entitled ‘Managing and Leading the Team’, was first developed at an industry workshop initiated by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC).

Explains Heather Jones, CEO at SAIC: “Ensuring that industry has ready access to the skills and knowledge it needs to grow is a key part of our work. By bringing together Scotland’s leading producers, we were able to identify the specific training requirements of first-time managers and how best to meet these needs.”
 

www.scottishseafarms.com

Following a competitive tender process involving registered training providers with experience of the Scottish Food & Drink sector, Fife College was chosen to deliver the course, working closely alongside SAIC and Scottish Sea Farms to help shape its content.

Says Tracy Bryant-Shaw, HR Manager at Scottish Sea Farms: “Highly trained, motivated and skilled staff is integral not just to our continued success but that of the whole industry, so we were keen to be involved at an early stage to help create a course of relevance and benefit to all producers.”

Testament to the company’s support for the new skills initiative, Scottish Sea Farms was the first to enrol employees on the two-day course, which takes groups of up to 12 people at a time through six key themes: from being an authentic leader and communicating effectively, to coaching and managing performance.

Amongst the initial participants was Sarah Last, Site Manager at Scottish Sea Farms’ Summer Isles location: “This course guides you step by step through the different elements of being an effective manager. It has given me techniques and approaches that I can instantly put into practice at Summer Isles to help me deal with day-to-day farm operations.”

Once employees have completed the course, they will be given a period to apply their new skills and knowledge in their own workplace, before being invited back for a follow-up session to address any arising issues or questions.

Says Cori Critchlow-Watton, Aquaculture Innovation Manager and skills ambassador at SAIC: “This is an industry-led, sector-specific course designed with the everyday needs and challenges of first-time managers in mind. Shaped by Scotland’s finfish producers, it could easily be adapted for the country’s shellfish producers, and we would urge as many companies as possible to get involved.”

Scottish Sea Farms is now in talks to enrol more employees on the course in early 2017, as is Cooke Aquaculture.

Read more HERE.

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Monday, December 19, 2016

20/12/2016: Evonik ends cooperation with Chr. Hansen in the area of probiotics for animal nutrition

Evonik Industries and the Danish company Chr. Hansen plan to end their cooperation in the Asia Pacific region effective December 31, 2016. 
Evonik had been a distributor for Chr. Hansen's probiotic feed additives for swine and poultry feed in the region since 2012.

“We enjoyed a highly trusting partnership with Chr. Hansen, but want to be active in the probiotics market with our own products in the future," said Dr Emmanuel Auer, the head of the Animal Nutrition Business Line at Evonik, to explain the decision.

 
Image: Brian Gratwicke
Evonik acquired the probiotics business of the Spanish company NOREL in the summer of 2016.

The transaction added two probiotic animal nutrition products to the specialist company’s feed amino acids portfolio: Ecobiol® (Bacillus amyloliquefaciens) for broilers, and Fecinor® (Enterococcus faecium) for piglet breeding. More products are expected to follow.

Probiotics are living microorganisms, which are administered with the feed and have been proven to show health-promoting effects in the gastrointestinal tract of humans and animals.

They play an important role in livestock breeding as natural alternatives to antibiotics and antibiotic growth promoters. “We aim to offer the most comprehensive range of solutions for healthy and sustainable animal nutrition by including probiotics,” says Auer.

Evonik’s Animal Nutrition Business Line has over 60 years of experience in the manufacture of essential amino acids and provides solutions for efficient and sustainable animal nutrition to customers in over one hundred countries.

Evonik wants to make an even greater contribution to the efficiency of animal feed by supplementing its portfolio with innovative feed additives beyond amino acids in order to create additional value for its customers.

Evonik’s products and services in the area of animal nutrition play a key role worldwide in the production of healthy and affordable food, while preserving natural resources and reducing the ecological footprint.


Read more HERE.

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19/12/2016: Arctic Race of Norway winner awarded with half a tonne of salmon

Italian cyclist of Team Sky, Gianni Moscon won a stage and the overall at the Arctic Race or Norway earlier this year.

According to a recently published article on road.cc, Mr Moscon was awarded with 500kg of salmon for his success, the first shipment of which was received during a team training camp on Mallorca.
 
Image: Didriks

Norweigian salmon producers were handing out prizes after each stage of the race, however it was the winner of stage three who hit the jackpot.

“It is the first time I’ve won something,” said the Italian at the time. “I will probably share it with my teammates”, also adding that while in Norway he had eaten salmon before eat of his races.

According to a local tv report the first batch of salmon was delivered by Polar Quality and Kvarøy Fisheries, and Moscon did indeed conclude that he had enough to spare a little for his team-mates.

80 people were served sashimi of scallops and salmon, grilled salmon and Norwegian Christmas herring, prepared by seafood chef Adrian Løvold from Trondheim.

After three hard days of training, the riders had a rest day riding at a low intensity and Løvold, an enthusiastic cyclist himself, joined them. “We exchanged great tips and tricks both ways, since they were very interested in food, and I in cycling,” he said.

Moscon will get another salmon delivery before Christmas and then two more early next year.

Read more HERE.

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

IDAH company profile



IDAH’s ultimate goal is to be world’s number one with customer satisfaction.
IDAH’s vision is to build on our solid traditional manufacturing roots and expand out to be a full-service solutions provider: offering value-added system designs and turnkey project consultation services.

Through this expansion, we hope to create an international platform where technology could be shared and integrated for the benefit of our customers.

By upholding the IDAH Spirit, the passionate team members of IDAH are committed to achieve this vision.

The IDAH Spirit
"Creativity, Honesty & Quality "

Creativity is what gave birth to IDAH in 1974 and consequently the birth of the feeds manufacturing industry in Asia.

Innovation through creativity is what has enabled us to be the industry driver from our inception until now. IDAH is committed and well positioned to lead the industry of tomorrow.

If creativity is the engine that has rapidly pushed IDAH forward; Honesty is what keeps us moving in the right direction.

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19/12/2016: Academia and industry determined to unlock animal performance gains through precision nutrition

New discoveries in the science that underpins feed efficacy could bring significant value to the animal feed industry, according to academics and researchers at a recent industry summit. 

The 3rd International Phytate Summit (IPS3), held in November and hosted by the University of Arkansas, the University of Illinois and AB Vista, brought together top scientists and nutritionists from 22 countries to discuss the positive benefits of precision nutrition – and in particular the destruction of the anti-nutrient phytate.
 


Driving positive change 
AB Vista senior research manager Dr Carrie Walk said that new understandings revealed at the meeting of the wide-ranging negative impacts of phytate on animal nutrition are likely to bring about positive changes to dietary formulation.

“We know that phytate destruction in the intestinal tract has massive benefits on nutrient utilisation and performance.”

“Four or five years ago people were using phytase to release phosphorus. Now we understand more about phytate and its influence on nutrients as well as animal performance, and can formulate diets based on more complete phytate destruction and provision of nutrients beyond phosphorus.”

Hans H. Stein, Professor of Animal Science at the University of Illinois, agreed, adding: “Currently, discussion in the swine industry is focused on calcium digestibility and formulating diets based on digestible calcium. Results of research indicate that phytase increases calcium digestibility – so this effect should be taken into consideration when it comes to diet formulation.”

Connecting science with real-world application 

IPS3 saw a renewed commitment between academics and industry representatives to connect the science of enzymes and feed ingredients to real-world application, said Dr Mike Kidd from the University of Arkansas.

One such area of research is amino acids – where under or over-supply can significantly impact animal performance.

“Phytase appears to influence amino acid digestibility, so researching the underlying mechanisms is really important if we’re going to take the next steps in understanding what’s going on.”

“We look at data and think about phytate and phytase – but can we look at it and say phytate has changed the amino acid requirement of a chicken?”

Professor Merlin Lindemann of the University of Kentucky said that such new developments in the industry’s understanding of nutrition could have a significant impact on feed formulation.

“When one realises that the benefits of superdosing phytase to destroy the anti-nutrient phytate actually go beyond calcium and phosphorus release to amino acid release, trace mineral release and whole body energetics improvement, then one wonders what other unanticipated benefits may there be?”


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19/12/2016: Digestibility is the top reason livestock producers use phytogenic feed additives

Digestibility enhancement ranks as the number one reason that the livestock industry uses phytogenic feed additives (PFAs), according to a recent survey of more than one thousand agribusiness professionals.

Plant-based compounds –specifically essential oils, herbs and spices– are known to have a range of biologically active properties that can be applied to modern animal production.

 
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These include anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and digestion enhancing effects.

Beyond digestion
“There is no doubt that better digestion is a key reason to use PFAs in animal nutrition,” commented Michael Noonan, Global Product Line Manager Phytogenics at BIOMIN.

“Digestibility was the emphasis back in 1989 when Digestarom® was first launched— as is evident in the name.”

Decades of scientific research has improved our understanding of the application of phytogenic feed additives.

“For a product such as Digestarom, the science is there. The mode of action is documented. It includes enhanced digestibility, gut microbiota modulation, gut protection and gut integrity. Ultimately, this means better feed conversion.

For producers, it translates into higher profitability and better competitiveness in global feed markets.”

Science meets reality

Nutritionists, growers, business owners, veterinarians and consultants located in over 100 countries provided their views on the use of phytogenic feed additives in livestock in the recent BIOMIN Phytogenic Feed Additive survey.

The desire to improve feed efficiency, reduce antibiotic usage, lower the environmental footprint and optimise gut performance all contribute to the industry’s increased interest in PFAs. “We know that some leading producers have been early-adopters of PFAs,” said Mr Noonan.

“Understanding the motivations and benefits of PFAs as reported by professionals in real-life production situations takes the discussion with clients to a whole new level.” We are looking forward to analysing the feedback and sharing the results.

The full results of the BIOMIN Phytogenic Feed Additives Survey will be published in March 2017.


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19/12/2016: Industry-wide support for a centre of innovation excellence, says study

A scoping study into the concept of a centre of innovation excellence for Scottish aquaculture has found industry-wide support for the initiative.

Commissioned by the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC), and conducted by independent consultant and respected industry figure Alan Sutherland, the study set out to gauge appetite for a centre of innovation excellence and identify whether there is a case for the concept to be explored further.
 
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Over 100 industry members ranging from senior management and eminent academics to representatives from industry bodies, government agencies and non-governmental organisations contributed their views – a robust response rate of over 50 percent  that provided an unprecedented insight into the needs and wants of the sector.

The resulting report, ‘Exploring the concept of a centre of innovation excellence for Scottish aquaculture’, highlights five key findings:

• The sector is strongly in favour of a centre of innovation excellence – or network of innovation excellence – for Scottish aquaculture
• Investment should be channelled into existing facilities first and foremost, supported where appropriate by new infrastructure to address any gaps in provision
• Provision of facilities should be coordinated by a single entity, ideally an existing organisation
• Respondents favoured a consortium leadership model with strong industry representation
• Initially, the centre of innovation excellence will require public sector pump-prime funding, but should over time become commercially self-sustaining.

Comments Alan Sutherland: “The idea of having a dedicated centre of innovation excellence for Scottish aquaculture has been discussed for several years now, albeit at an informal level. This early-stage study makes the informal formal, confirming that there is indeed strong cross-sector support for such a concept and identifying perceived gaps in the existing R&D infrastructure.”

The report also goes on to propose a number of priority actions.

Says SAIC CEO Heather Jones: “First and foremost, the report recommends establishing a steering group of supportive parties to explore how best to take the centre of excellence concept to the next stage, as a precursor to any further commitment.”

“We look forward to contributing to the work of that steering group wherever we can, further helping ensure that industry priorities are addressed.”

“We will also offer the study as advisory input to the newly formed Industry Leadership Group tasked with overseeing the actions set out in the recently launched ‘Aquaculture Growth to 2030’ strategy.”

The findings of a second SAIC-commissioned study, this time mapping Scottish aquaculture innovation priorities to 2030 and conducted by Imani Development, are due to be published early in 2017. 


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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Liptosa company profile

  
LípidosToledo SA began in 1996 as a family business and under the guidance of a group of professionals with extensive experience in the Animal Nutrition field. 

From the outset, the company's mission has been to provide its clients with personalised service and efficient, natural products that are able to meet the demands of the sector.

In 2000 Lípidos Toledo SA moved its facilities, building a modern manufacturing plant in Talavera de la Reina (Toledo, Spain). In 2012 it acquired a new industrial warehouse in the vicinity of the main facilities where the manufacturing of the powder additives takes place and a third storage warehouse.

With these new facilities Lípidos Toledo SA is able to have separate manufacturing lines for the different products they manufacture, avoiding the risk of cross contamination.

Furthermore, the new facilities enable the company to manufacture products with fishmeal derivatives, allowing the company further expansion, mainly in the aquaculture range.

The facilities allow the manufacture of nutritional products, liquid and powder based phytobiotic additives, nutraceutical products and nutritional and specialty products without any risk of the products becoming cross contaminated.

In 2010, Lípidos Toledo SA acquired a large office space at C/ San Romualdo 12-14 in Madrid, Spain where all logistics work is carried out. This enables Lípidos Toledo SA to fulfil its objective of manufacturing products of the highest quality and providing its clients the best service.



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15/12/2016: Tilapia in India

By Dr B. Laxmappa, Department of Fisheries, India. 

Increased wild catches and local consumption


Tilapia belongs to the family Cichlidae under order Perciformes. Nile tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus is a relatively large cichlid fish, which is introduced to several countries where its populations exist outside its natural range e.g. Brazil, Australia, Bangladesh, Srilanka and India.

Tilapia is now the World’s second most popular group of farmed fish after carp. Worldwide production exceeded 3.9 million tonnes in 2012 according to FAO and demand continues at a steady pace.

Geographically tilapias are the most wide spread species for aquaculture production in the world.

Present status
India is a vast country in terms of natural resources and considered one of the mega-biodiversity countries in the world.

The Indian mainland is served by 15 major, 45 medium and over 120 minor rivers; besides numerous ephemeral streams. The diverse river system in India harbour one of the richest fish germplasm resources in the world.
 

Official records show that O. mossambicus was first introduced to India from Srilanka in 1952 and thereafter stocked in several reservoirs of southern India for production enhancement. The O. niloticus was introduced to India during late 1987.

The aquaculture of O. niloticus expanded in the southern region of the country, a phenomena that owes much to private entrepreneurs. Culture of O.niloticus, particularly in Andhra Pradesh, Orissa and West Bengal is now gearing up and the fish is now distributed to many states particularly the coastal areas.

Cultivated tilapias are typically hybrids between the O.niloticus and other closely related species native to Africa.

O. niloticus are one of the easiest and profitable fish to farm, in part because they are omnivorous and can be fed a diet derived exclusively from plants.

O.niloticus and other fish that feed on vegetable materials offer a much more ecologically sound and environmentally friendly means of providing humankind with an abundance of nutritious and delicious fish.

Escapement of tilapia from aquaculture facilities due to recurring floods or inadvertent releases have happened frequently. Tilapia now forms a part of fish fauna in the Godavari, Krishna, Cauvery, Yamuna and Ganga Rivers.

Tilapia catch trends
Recently, tilapia catches have increased with local species declining significantly in wild waters. Presently in many rivers, particularly the Ganga River and Krishna River system, the proportion of tilapia production is about 10-48 percent of the total fish species.

In river fed tanks and ponds, reservoirs/lakes wild tilapia contribution ranged from 15-65 percent. However, the tilapia population is now considered to be an infestation in most of the water bodies in India, and now pose a major threat to the indigenous species and biodiversity in India.

There is a great deal of unpublished data about the availability of tilapia in tanks, reservoirs and rivers of many states of India.


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