Thursday, September 21, 2017

21/09/2017: Nutriad appoints Business Development Manager

Ms Karen de Ridder - Image courtesy of Nutriad
Multinational feed additives producer Nutriad announced the appointment of Ms. Karen de Ridder as Business Development Manager Preservation & Functional Ingredients. 

 Around the world, the Belgium headquartered company continues to invest in their technical and commercial organisation. The hiring of talent and experience is aimed to support Nutriad’s growth ambitions in health and nutrition solutions for livestock and aquaculture producers.

 Karen de Ridder graduated a Bio-Engineer from the University of Ghent and brings with her several years of experience within the feed additives industry. Stated Ms. De Ridder: “I am excited to join Nutriad as it provides a hands-on environment where people work closely together in an international setting. Nutriad has developed an interesting portfolio over the years and I am looking forward to supporting the further development of the company.”

 Concluded Nutriad CEO Erik Visser: “The choice of raw materials, and especially their chemical and microbiological quality, is essential for the successful production of safe and high quality feed. The Nutriad anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial portfolio helps protect sensitive raw materials and essential nutrients from autoxidation or (re)contamination with pathogenic bacteria. To further support our customers across the world we continue to invest in the development of new concepts and in-market technical support. This appointment follows from that strategy.”

 Nutriad delivers products and services to over 80 countries through a network of sales offices and distributors. These are supported by four application laboratories and five manufacturing facilities on three continents. 

Visit the Nutriad website here. 

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21/09/2017: Invitation to provide input on the draft Fisheries Improvers Programme Acceptance Mechanism of IFFO RS

 In order to allow recognition of other standards and become aligned with current internationally recognised Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) guidelines, IFFO RS Ltd. has proposed to review and refine the IFFO RS Fisheries Improvers Programme Acceptance Mechanism to support organisations through a structured improvement process. 

 The full draft is ready for public consultation via the IFFO website for a period of 30 days beginning September 19, 2017.

 To continue with the development of the programme, IFFO RS Ltd. has produced a draft of the full acceptance procedures that consists of requirements, assessment methodology, potential outcomes and other relevant measures. A public consultation feedback submission form (excel format) has been produced in order to provide a user friendly way for stakeholders and other interested parties to provide feedback on the development. The purpose of this public consultation is to obtain input from a wide range of stakeholders and interested parties on the proposed mechanism and to inform about the continuing development of the IFFO RS Fisheries Improvers Programme. 

 Much of the development of the acceptance mechanism is to bring the improvers programme in line with accepted FIP guidelines and allow recognition of other standards. It is hope that this mechanism will promote the path towards responsible supply of marine ingredients and provide clear and useful guidance to those who do not currently meet the requirements and wish to become certified in the future with the IFFO RS. 

 Francisco Aldon, Head of Operations at IFFO RS explains, "IFFO RS's main objective is to improve the global responsibility of sourcing and production of marine ingredients, and to help with this cause, IFFO RS is strengthening its IFFO RS IP fishery procedures to allow recognition by internationally well-known guidelines and standards. We therefore, welcome and encourage any comments or feedback regarding the revised IP Fishery Acceptance procedures, which are the first steps towards positive developments to drive responsible behaviour leading the path to sustainability for the future." 

To find out more information about the IFFO RS Improvers Programme please visit our website where you will also find the public consultation feedback submission form.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

20/09/2017: BioMar reinforces its sustainable profile within the organic shrimp market

Jorge Vargas, General Manager of BioMar Costa Rica
 The BioMar factory in Costa Rica has been certified to produce feed for organic farming of shrimp. With this initiative, BioMar takes another step in line with it's plan to enter the global shrimp market. At the same time BioMar complements its shrimp feed range with a high quality value proposition to Central American shrimp farmers. 

 John Tinsley, Technical Director, BioMar Emerging Markets Central America, explains about this certification, "We are delighted to be fully certified under the European Union standard to produce organic shrimp feed at our factory in Costa Rica. It has been a great team effort from everyone at BioMar Costa Rica to reach this target."

 He continued, "As the shrimp industry is developing, producers in the region are looking towards organic production systems as a way to grow and differentiate and to fulfil increasing consumer demands. We are proud to be able to support their development plans and innovate aquaculture with our new shrimp feed ECOLIFE Exia for organic farming of shrimp and support shrimp farmers with technical expertise." 

 Jorge Vargas, General Manager of BioMar Costa Rica, mentions that one of the cornerstones of BioMar's philosophy is the sustainable development of the aquaculture industry, ensuring that we can meet the needs of the present without compromising those of the future. He also points out that BioMar in Central America has established a local strategy for the coming years "A  green factory in a green region". 

 He concludes, "ECOLIFE Exia, our feed for organic shrimp farming, comes to support our strategy by allowing us to provide a high quality product to the market and at the same time complement our range of extruded shrimp feeds. Central America has potential for value-added feeds and having a local feed supplier will allow for faster response and lower product inventories for the producers. We work continuously to deliver a product that delivers good results to our customers. If our customers succeed, so do we." 

Visit the BioMar website here. 

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20/09/2017: A synergy of expertise for better feed

by Tom Blacker, 
International Aquafeed


 JBL is a feed producer for aquarium, terrarium and pond fish, founded in 1960 by Joachim Böhme. Today JBL employ 180 people provide 150 fish feed products on the market.

 I visited their main premises in Neuhofen, Rheinland-Pfalz region of Germany on Thursday June 22, 2017 along with our Chinese milling expert partner, Dr Wenbin Wu and a contingent from London and South East Milling Society (LSEMS); totaling around 35 visitors.

 Current Head of Research and Development (R&D) and Quality Management at JBL, Michael Donner led the group through a presentation and factory tour, which was highly enjoyed by all. Michael is a fisheries biologist and expert in fish nutrition and fish health, having received his education at Ifm-Geomar Kiel and University Konstanz.

 The R&D department is highly important mainly because of the need for new products in the market. He prides farmed fish for JBL feed on being ‘very important to save natural populations – nature protection and sustainability is a main goal of JBL’.

On the JBL website, the General Manager of JBL, Roland Böhme, says, “We follow the commitment of my father, who founded the company 50 years ago. He loved animals of all kinds and made it a central issue to create products that would optimise the keeping of animals, and thus stop their removal from the wild. I am happy to continue this aim!”

Click here to read the full feature. 

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Phileo Company Profile


 By the year 2050, our planet will be home to more than nine billion people.

 Livestock farmers have to meet the growing demand for high-quality protein food products (milk and meat) to guarantee the safety of the increasingly demanding consumers (food safety, reduction in antibiotics use, etc.), in large volume and at a reasonable price to feed the planet.

 They are also faced with poor cereal quality, which affects animal health and performance. Finding new solutions to meet the needs of future generations is a challenge that Phileo Lesaffre Animal Care embraces – we strive to enhance the lives of animals in order to better enhance the lives of people.

 Backed by more than 30 years of experience and a global staff of 140 people, Phileo is positioning itself in the health through nutrition segment located at the crossroads of the world of agronomy (focused on livestock performance through nutrition) and the world of medicine (focused on treatment using antibiotics and vaccines).

 Phileo is committed to delivering animal health and performance solutions based on live yeasts, bacteria and yeast products that contribute to food safety and the responsible use of antibiotics, including: 

  • Improvements in digestibility and bioavailability, for better feed efficacy and performance.
  • Cost-effective nutritional alternatives, providing substitutes for unsustainable or limited feed sources.
  • Control of the risk associated with bacterial toxins and mycotoxins through binding and detoxification.
  • Enhancement of immune response and digestive health in preventive management
  • Reduction of pathogen pressure to help limit the risk of antibiotic resistance.
  • Optimisation of physiological mechanisms against stress, to support animal welfare. In every country, Phileo progress is led by the most advanced science as well as practical on-farm experience.
Visit the Phileo website here.
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

19/09/2017: Seafood Innovation Contest to Develop “Fish-Free” Fish Oil Launches


Fish Oil Challenge seeks innovators to streamline aquaculture feed supply chain.

 A new contest to innovate a fish oil alternative that doesn’t rely on wild-caught fish officially launched this week. The F3 Fish Oil Challenge will award a $100,000 prize to the company or team that makes and sells the most fish-free “fish oil” to aquaculture operations or feed manufacturers. The prize amount is expected to increase through additional crowdsource fundraising.

 The F3 (Future of Fish Feed) team, a collaboration of scientists, environmentalists and industry leaders, is currently recruiting innovators to join the global race to help remove a bottleneck to growth in the aquaculture industry. Aquaculture is poised to explode as the supplier of one of the world's most efficient sources of animal proteins to feed our planet’s growing population. However, the industry is being held back by the availability of one key ingredient: fish oil, which provides important omega fatty acids for animal and human nutrition.

 The University of Arizona, New England Aquarium, University of Massachusetts Boston, Synbiobeta, Anthropocene Institute and The World Bank are sponsoring the contest that aims to both support and streamline the aquaculture feed supply chain.

 “We are seeking innovators who do not accept business-as-usual and will apply their ingenuity to make aquaculture industry more feasible, and more environmentally responsible now and in the future,” said University of Arizona Professor Kevin Fitzsimmons, a judge of the Fish Oil Challenge and former president of the World Aquaculture Society. “Changing the way we grow farmed fish is vital to feed ourselves without further depleting the wild-fish populations on which aquaculture depends.”

 Fish farms, or aquaculture, now provide about half of the world’s seafood. And, fish farm owners are looking for new and innovative ways to feed all those billions of fish in a way that doesn’t rely on fish resources from the ocean. Oily fish, like sardines, anchovies and menhaden, called “forage fish,” are currently harvested from the wild and fed to farmed-raised fish to provide them with these essential fatty oils.

 The problem is that these fish are also crucial food for other commercial fisheries like cod, salmon, tuna, as well as marine mammals like whales, dolphins and seals as well as seabirds. If these wild fish populations at the center of the food chain disappear, so will the life that depends on it.

 For the current rate of expansion of aquaculture to continue, most scientists and aquaculture industry analysts agree that alternative ingredients need to be used. If alternatives are not found the aquaculture industry will contract, according to the World Bank. Some of the innovations may be found in new collaborations between the biotechnology and seafood sectors to create a fish-free fish oil that provides essential nutrients for aquaculture and for people using fewer land and water resources.

 “From its inception, biotechnology has been about finding solutions to societal challenges,” said Christopher Oakes, director of corporate development at SynBioBeta, the activity hub for the synthetic biology industry. "Our hope is that we can apply engineering principles to biology and increase collaboration between these two industries to improve the sustainability of farm-raised seafood."

 Essential fatty acids (EFAs), known as omega-3s and 6 and found in fish oils, are critical building blocks of a fish diet. An optimal balance of these key nutrients in aquaculture-raised fish feed is needed to ensure that the fish are healthy and highly nutritious for consumers. Currently only one of these fatty acids, called DHA, is available from non-fish sources such as algae. Innovating a complete fish oil replacement that contains the other two essential fatty acids, known as EPA and ARA, in an optimal ratio that mimics the fatty acid profile found in forage fish is the goal of the challenge. EFAs are important for the health of the human nervous system, including the health of the heart and brain.

 To help the contestants, the F3 team’s fish nutrition experts have used known fatty acid profiles of wild forage fish to develop target values that will need to be met to qualify as a viable fish oil replacement.

 Raising healthy fish on fish-free feed has many consumer benefits as well. The sustainable harvest of forage fish is of increasing importance for preserving life in the oceans and to make aquaculture more environmentally responsible for consumers.

 Since the current supply of fishmeal and fish oil from the ocean is limited and fluctuates based upon environmental conditions, sourcing of sustainable ingredients for aquaculture feeds is a main factor considered by seafood eco-labels, which provide consumers with important information about the sustainability of the seafood they buy.

 Recent scientific studies have also found harmful levels of mercury and other pollutants in forage fish that accumulate in the ocean, which could be a cause for concern among consumers. 

 “Our goal is to use technological innovation to overcome challenges in the aquaculture supply chain and change the way we feed farm-raised fish,” said Fitzsimmons. “The industry has made tremendous strides to vastly increase yields of aquaculture products with limited supplies of fish meal and fish oil. However, if we are to become even more sustainable and want to ensure a robust industry in the future, more innovation is needed to find cost-effective alternative ingredients.”

 China and the Asia-Pacific region are the largest markets in the global aquaculture industry, which is expected to be worth over $200 billion by 2020. The global fish oil market is projected to reach over $4 billion by 2021, and the rapidly expanding growing global aquaculture industry is the greatest source of demand for fish oil. Demand for fish oil as an ingredient in dietary supplements and pet food is also on the rise.

 The first challenge by the F3 team, the Fish-Free Feed Challenge, was a game-changer in the fish feed industry by helping to promote the adoption of fish-free feed to improve the overall sustainability of the aquaculture industry. The challenge drew contestants from all over the world who have collectively sold over 100,000 metric tons of fish-free feed, saving over 100 million forage fish from being used as fish feed. This new challenge will help provide a key strategic ingredient that will enable aquaculture to expand more quickly, independent of wild-caught fish stocks, enhancing global food security.

 The goal of the F3 Fish Oil Challenge is to accelerate the availability of cost-competitive, viable alternatives to fish oil that provide the essential nutritional components for fish that at the same time help reduce demand for wild-caught for fish feed and enhance food security.

 To learn more and register to compete, click here. 


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KAHL Company Profile


 Amandus Kahl, founded in 1876 and family-owned since generations, is a medium-sized manufacturer of domestic waste pelleting plants, waste tyre recycling plants and other technical solutions.

 Research, design, development and synergies are key features of the company. Complete turn-key compound feed factories, wood pelleting plants, domestic waste pelleting plants and waste tyre recycling plants are supplied to well-known companies throughout the world.

 For the recycling industry, we offer complete waste tyre recycling plants, domestic waste pelleting plants as well as straw, biomass and wood pelleting plants. In all areas, we are among the leading international manufacturers.

 With more than 800 employees, a worldwide network of agencies, service technicians, subsidiaries and sales offices, we provide support to our customers every day, around the globe. The machines and plant parts are manufactured near Hamburg and Bremen, i.e. quality "Made in Germany".

 Through constant systematic and extensive investments in modern machining centres, we ensure the high quality of our products such as waste tyre recycling plants, pelleting presses for compound feed or granulation machines. Benefit from our know-how when it comes to recycling, pelleting or granulation.

 Visit the KAHL website here. 

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19/09/2017: Full speed ahead into shrimp: Alimentsa approved to join BioMar

Image courtesy of BioMar
The acquisition of Alimentsa as announced in June is now completed. All necessary approvals have now been obtained and Alimentsa will from September 13, 2017 have been a part of BioMar Group. The acquisition will position BioMar among the leading shrimp feed producers in Latin America creating synergies toward existing business. 

 The CEO of BioMar Group, Carlos Diaz explains the rationale behind the acquisition as a unique possibility to create synergies in regards to development and delivery of high end products and services to the Ecuadorian shrimp farmers, complementing the existing BioMar footprint in Latin Americas set by the business unit in Costa Rica. 

 He says, "It is our strong believe that we through an integration of Alimentsa in BioMar Group will be able to deliver a new high-end value proposition to the Latin American farmers by merging the highly recognised products and technical services from Alimentsa with our innovative and proven approach to R&D, sustainability and feed efficiency. We have in BioMar during recent years built a strong knowledge base within feed for shrimp and we can furthermore contribute with extensive research and experience from other species such as tilapia and marine species."

 Right now BioMar and Alimentsa are ready to take the first steps in integration. During the fourth quarter focus will be on connecting the established BioMar units with the employees in Ecuador to build the foundation for the future integration of the new business unit. 

Mr Diaz continues, "We are confident that synergies can be harvested following the acquisition. With Alimentsa as part of BioMar Group, we can immediately deliver an attractive value proposition to shrimp farmers in Ecuador. We believe that in the future, together with the employees in Alimentsa and the customers, we can develop new product solutions based upon our shared interest in sustainability, innovation and cooperation with the customers." 

 BioMar Group will take over 70 percent of the shares representing an investment of US$119 million. BioMar Group estimates that the market will prove to be very attractive with growth rates of eight to 12 percent. 

Visit the BioMar website here. 
Visit the Alimentsa website here. 

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19/09/2017: IFFO's Andrew Mallison takes part in Russia's International Fisheries Forum and Expo

Image courtesy of Haylee- Flickr. Find original here. 
 For the first time Russia, St Petersburg, is hosting the Global Fishery Forum and International exhibition for fishery, seafood and know-how (Global Fishery Forum and Seafood Expo) and with over 200 delegates attending from over 50 countries over two days, it promises to be an exciting event. 

 IFFO's Director General Andrew Mallison will participate in a two panel session and act as a moderator for one of the two plenary sessions. The aim of the forum is to identify main trends in the development of the modern world fish market, promote the expansion of trade and economic relations and scientific cooperation. A strategy for the development of Russia's fishing industry and export/import policies will also be discussed, making this a good opportunity to raise the profile of the marine ingredients industry, and IFFO in Russia. 

 IFFO's Andrew Mallison will be moderating the first day plenary session debate between several prominent Russian and international politicians and business interests. He will then be participating in a roundtable panel session titled 'Protectionism amidst Globalization of the Fish Industry' along speakers from the FAO, national fisheries groups and global companies such as McDonalds, presenting an overview of the marine ingredients industry. The panel will discuss current and future global trends, the effectiveness of free trade agreements and positive experiences and obstacles encountered by fishery companies in international trade. Following the panel on market opportunities, Mallison will also present in a panel on certification, discussing the benefits and challenges of certification schemes with reference to the IFFO Responsible Supply standard. 

More information on this event can be found here. 
IFFO's reactions to the event will be published here. 

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Monday, September 18, 2017

18/09/2017: Kemin leads conversation on creating efficient feed mill operations

Conference brings panel of experts together to discuss new insights in feed processing 

Kemin Industries, a global nutritional ingredient company that uses science to touch 3.8 billion people every day with its products and services, recently hosted a conference on improving the efficiency, safety and profitability of feed mill operations.

The event was led by a panel of six feed processing experts and attended by feed mill operators from more than 20 countries, representing the continents of Africa, America, Asia and Europe.
 


“Few symposia provide in-depth discussion on the actual process of feed production, yet it’s a critical topic for the industry. Feed represents about 75 percent of the cost of animal production, and feed manufacturing represents about 10 percent,” said Dr. Chris Nelson, President and CEO of Kemin.

“This conference equipped attendees with tools they can use to improve efficiencies in their operations.”

The panel provided educational, practical and business-focused insights that can be put in place to optimise the bottom line of feed production.

Highlights from the series of expert presentations include: 

• Ir. Juan Acedo-Rico González of Acedo-Rico & Asociados SL in Spain opened the conference with a discussion on feed technology trends and challenges for efficient manufacturing. He conducted an analysis on the main process involved in feed manufacturing and presented tools to improve feed operation costs, while also maximizing quality, hygiene and security of the feed. He stressed the importance of controlling process weight losses, and to recover moisture losses during feed production. González said overall management and good training of the feed mill operators is key to managing feed production costs.

• Mr. Peter De Cneudt of Spirax Sarco in Belgium focused on “Optimal Steam Quality” to improve press performance. He shared that it is beneficial to use saturated steam or slightly overheated steam. With saturated steam, there is a direct connection between temperature and humidity. This means if the temperature increase of the animal feed after steam injection is known, the humidity of the feed can be calculated. High quality steam for feed mill applications has a low variance in the dryness fraction. Because steam for conditioning can take up to 20 percent of energy costs in feed manufacturing, he believes it is important to carefully monitor steam use.

• Eng. Diego Clivio of Geelen Counterflow in Argentina focused on “Optimal Cooling Process” and explained the theory of cooling. He described it as a process of heat and moisture transfer from the product to the air. He shared that air flow rate and temperature are important parameters of cooling. In a feed mill, air flow can be used to achieve evaporative cooling of pellets and to reduce moisture content of pellets. Air flow rate must be high enough to avoid condensation, and air moisture content can be measured using a relative humidity sensor. He concluded that high air flow rates will give more cooling by heat transfer, but less evaporation, whereas longer retention times will remove more water.
• Ir. Oriane Guérin of Zetadec in the Netherlands challenged the audience to rethink the role of data in feed manufacturing. Data such as temperature, moisture content, energy use and production times can be collected along the entire processing line. She demonstrated the correlation between data and optimizing the production process to reach production objectives and stressed the importance of monitoring process and data collection for managing a modern feed mill.

• Dr. Luis Conchello of Kemin Animal Nutrition and Health Europe shared how efficient feed preconditioning can result in profitable and safe processing. He explained the fundamentals of the Kemin MillSMART™ preconditioning programme, and its role in preparing feedstuff for optimum steam conditioning, pelleting and cooling. The MillSMART programme uses Opti CURB® preconditioning solution, which has powerful surface-active agents to provide uniform dispersion and penetration of the solution. To further optimize the preconditioning process, Kemin has developed an engineering nozzle technology to increase application homogeneity and online control technology to decrease process variability. He described how pelleting under these optimised conditions has a positive impact on hygiene, throughput and energy consumption. It reduces wear on the dies and frictional heat, which is beneficial for pellet quality and durability. Through product development, equipment manufacturing and engineering technology, he said Kemin helps improve the profitability of feed manufacturing.

• Mr. Raf Snoekx of Kemin Animal Nutrition and Health Europe shared the engineering systems, the online monitoring technology, software and hardware Kemin offers to manage process variability in feed mills. These tools can be used across different stages in a feed processing plant to reduce variability and in turn improve efficiency. He said the goal of batch processing is to limit moisture variability to ensure uniform quality. He described how feed mill operators using the MillSMART programme can leverage the online monitoring technology to achieve a more consistent process. He also shared that Kemin Product Application Department (PAD) offers customers customised surveying, installation, system set up, maintenance plans and operational training support. He believes through the MillSMART programme, Kemin makes substantial contributions to improving the profitability of feed manufacturing.

For more information on the feed processing solutions Kemin offers, click HERE.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

18/09/2017: Lowering operation costs of extrusion: A path to sustainable production of fish food

by Farmet

In recent years significant effort has been given to sustainability in feed production

The path of lowering energy demands of the process and thereby the operation costs is one of the means of achieving sustainable feed production. 


 
Image credit: Farmet
Farmet a.s. has 25 years of experience in the field of technology of feed production via extrusion as well as oilseed pressing.

The current demand for lower energy costs of the process inspires research and development of technologies that are less demanding of energy.

 To meet this challenge, Farmet is introducing an innovative way to recuperate energy for extrusion lines, coupled with an intelligent system for the control of process parameters.

Increasing efficiency by energy recuperation

For an evaluation of energetic demands of the processing of feed by extrusion, the following terms are commonly used: Specific Mechanical Energy (SME), i.e. energy supplied by the extruder's engine, and Specific Thermal Energy (STE), i.e. energy supplied by heat transfer, most commonly by steam.

The processes of extrusion and the following drying are very demanding energetically. The sum of SME and STE varies between 50 and 140 kWh/t and a nearly similar amount of energy is required for drying.

During fish food production the feed mixture is heated up several times, when the feed is being shaped as well as when being dried. That is when energy loss by radiation and evaporation (after the extrudate has left the extruder; during drying) occurs.

Our key innovation of lies in a sophisticated system for energy recuperation that can save up to 30 percent of the overall energy consumption. Waste heat, generated by extrusion and drying, is used for a multi-step preheating of entering material before it reaches the extruder.

For that purpose a special bin for the mixture is used, where a system of heat exchangers preheats the material. This causes a decrease in SME and STE of extrusion. The control of the recuperation process is fully integrated into the extrusion line’s control system.

It is the integration of the control of all the components that is key to ensure the stability of the process. The control system allows the operators to shorten the run-in required to achieve desired granule quality or to switch material type, which saves the resource material by decreasing the amount of insufficiently processed material.

Read the full article, HERE.


Visit the Farmet website, HERE.

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Wynveen International company profile





Wynveen International B.V. is a leading Dutch company, specialising in the design, manufacture and installation of complete mills for the animal feed industry.

With a knowledgeable, experienced and enthusiastic team, the company focuses on the development and construction of high-quality innovative equipment and installations for animal feed, aqua feed and pet food manufacture.

In addition to turnkey projects, their core products are hammer mills, ribbon and paddle mixers, double-shaft paddle mixers, rotary sifters and coaters for liquids (vacuum and atmospheric).

Approximately 80 percent of their products are exported. In order to guarantee its high quality standards, Wynveen assembles and tests all its key equipment in-house.

Wynveen always aims to fully understand customer requirements, working in partnership with customers and using all their accumulated knowledge and experience to deliver the optimum, often highly innovative, technological solution.

That’s why their company motto is: ‘Versatility in feed processing’.

Visit the company website, HERE.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

15/09/2017: Live feed production: the bottleneck for shellfish, marine finfish and shrimp hatcheries

by Industrial Plankton, Victoria, Canada 

Industrial Plankton is a Canadian company manufacturing live feed equipment focused on biosecurity and automation

The equipment stabilises hatchery yields by increasing the predictability and reliability of on-site live feed production.

To handle biosecurity, the 1000L algae photobioreactor shown here is automatically cleaned and sterilised between culture runs using an internal spray cleaning system and biodegradable detergent.
 

Industrial Plankton 1250L PBRs
Image credit: Industrial Plankton

Air is micron filtered as it enters and exits the sealed tank. Incoming water is micron filtered, then UV sterilised at the point of entry, and a peristaltic pump is used for the automated harvest.

The harvested algae is ideal for feeding shellfish larvae, spat and broodstock, providing greenwater for shrimp and marine finfish hatcheries, or providing feed for zooplankton. The large volumes produced also make a great inoculant for larger tanks or raceways.

Stable culture parameters achievable through automation are also important for biosecurity. Large fluctuations in water temperature, nutrient availability, light levels, and other factors, can cause a portion of the algae culture to die off.

The decomposing cells spike the total organic carbon (TOC), creating an environment that encourages the growth of early colonisers, often pathogenic bacteria like vibrio, the most common and serious pathogen in fish and shellfish marine aquaculture worldwide (Chatterjee, et al. 2012).

Despite efforts to maintain biosecurity in the algae room, pathogenic vibrio species can often be found in algae bag cultures, and even in stock cultures at aquaculture hatcheries (Elston, et al. 2008).

A 20L carboy is an ideal starter culture for these bioreactors, which the control system will scale up to the full tank volume in seven to 10 days.

Once full, harvest is done continuously by overflow, or periodically using the onboard peristaltic pump, with water and nutrients added automatically after each harvest. Alternatively, the whole tank can be harvested as a batch.

The optical density sensor can be used to fine-tune the culture's production.

To boost the productivity, a specially designed tank is used to double the surface area exposed to light, letting cultures grow denser before self-shading limit cell growth.


Read the full article in International Aquafeed magazine, HERE.

Visit the Industrial Plankton website, HERE.

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Bühler company profile




There are plenty of good reasons for Bühler’s success: Personal commitment, clever entrepreneurial decision-making, a high level of sensitivity to the changing needs of the market, and a core business that has become a byword for quality and consistency, founded on the distinct power to innovate.

Tackling the challenges of the period and of the market have always played a role in shaping the direction of the company. This is simply something that Buhler has always done, and when it comes to generating benefits and added value for our customers, we have always been a step ahead.

Bühler is a specialist and technology partner for plant and equipment and related services for processing basic foods and manufacturing high-grade materials. The Group is a global market leader in the supply of flour production plants, pasta and chocolate production lines, fish and animal feed manufacturing installations, and aluminium die casting systems.

The core technologies of the Group are in the field of mechanical and thermal process engineering. With its expertise and over 150 years of experience, Bühler time and again rolls out unique and innovative solutions for its customers, helping them achieve success in the marketplace.

Over the decades Bühler has come to be acknowledged as a reliable partner thanks to its distinct commitment to quality and its global presence.

Bühler Group operates in over 140 countries, has a global payroll of 7860, and generated sales revenues of CHF1907 million in fiscal 2010.


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14/09/2017: Aquaculture Europe 2017 Latest Updates

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 The programme for the upcoming European Aquaculture 2017 is now full it has been reported on the events website. 

 The conference will take place between October 17-20, 2017 and now has a full and exciting event schedule. 

 Over the three days you can expect to see everything from a workshop based on "New skillsets in Percid Fish Culture" to an industry forum on "A stable supply of robust native oyster juveniles - identification and prioritisation of gaps and challanges." 

 To see a full list of the updated programmes, click here!

 The importance of AE2017
 As reported in the description of the fast approaching event, "One of the factors that may contribute to the lack of positive growth in the aquaculture sector, is the lack of cooperation between operators in the sector. This may be regarding production (breeding programmes, feed resources, benchmarking technical performance etc.,), promotion and market intelligence or training and knowledge management, including open access publications." 

 The brochure goes on to offer an insightful solution, "Turning policy into growth can be achieved through diminishing competitive forces through common actions using regional cooperation, task forces, public/private partnerships and other initiatives that help reduce conflicts."

 As partners of the event we will be attending this very exciting event in force! We hope to see you all there. 

To see the  full brochure click here. 
To register for the event, click here. 

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14/09/2017: Aquaculture Vietnam 2017 Expo and Conference

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 The Aquaculture Vietnam 2017 Expo and Conference, from October 25-27, 2017, will be held at the Can Tho International Fair Center, Can Tho, Vietnam.

 The Conference features many world-class speakers and local speakers who will share their experience and technology with 500 participants from Vietnam and the Mekong Delta Sub-Region, under the theme of Aquaculture – Profitable & Sustainable Business. 

 To attend or sponsor the Conference please contact - Ms Sophie at Thao.Nguyen@ubm.com or call +84 28 36 222 588.

International speaker samples:

  • Assc. Prof. Dr. Le Thanh Hung - Nong Lam University
  • Mr.Sjo Zwart - Technical Manager Feed Ingredients - Aliphos Rotterdam B.V
  • Asso.Prof Dr.Phan Thi Van - Director of Research Institute for Aquaculture No.1
  • Dr. Tran Dinh Luan - Director of Deparment of Aquaculture - D-Fish
  • Asso. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Sang - Director of Research Institute for Aquaculture No.2
  • Dr.Kevin Fitzsimmons - Consultant of Myanmar USAID project - University of Arizona

For more details please click here. 
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