Dulcoapetente D-6500 vs Sodium Saccharin

Sweeteners add sweetness to other substances or compounds. Their use is mainly intended to mask bad tastes, especially bitter tastes from plant origin or medications. We can divide sweeteners into natural or intensive. Regulation EU 1832/2003 only allows the use in piglets of natural sweeteners and, among the intensive, only saccharin and neohesperidin dihydrochalcone. As we all know the aftertaste of these two intense sweeteners is a drawback that may limit feed intake. Norel S.A. carried out a trial to assess the influence that saccharin aftertaste could have compared to Dulcoapetente D-6500, formulated with sodium saccharin, neohesperidin and flavoring substances to mask aftertaste. The trial tested a diet with 230 ppm of Dulcoapetente D-6500 versus a diet with 150 ppm of sodium saccharin (max. doses allowed in the EU) in piglets weaned at 21 days and with a basal diet containing amoxicillin 300ppm, colistin 200 ppm and zinc oxide 0,31%. The trial lasted 4 weeks. The obtained results showed a 6,5 % improvement on the weight gain in Dulcoapetente D-6500 piglets (15,73 kg vs. 14,76 kg in the saccharin treatment). Moreover, piglets that consumed the diet with Dulcoapetente D-6500 had an 11,5% higher ADG and a 3% better ADFI compared to the saccharin treatment. The feed conversion ratio was also improved by 8%. We can conclude that the product Dulcoapetente D-6500, containing flavoring ingredients to mask intense sweeteners aftertaste, can improve the productive parameters in weaned piglets.

Contact: Luis Mesas, lmesas@norel.net

GUSTOR N’RGY, Zinc Bacitracin and their Combination on Gut

The objective of the study, presented in APPC 2014, was to evaluate the effect in broiler gut health of sodium butyrate protected with PFAD sodium salt (GUSTOR N’RGY), Zn Bacitracine (BMD) and their combination, in a control diet without any additive. A total of 160 Cobb one day old chickens were randomly allocated to 4 treatments: Control (T1), BMD supplemented (T2), N’RGY (T3) and BMD + N’RGY (T4). Every treatment was replicated 4 times and each replicate consisted of 10 chickens. Mash feeds and water were offered freely. At the end of each period (21 days and 42 days) one chicken per replicate was euthanized and samples from the ileum and caecum were taken to analyze gut microflora. Samples of duodenum, jejunum and ileum epitheliums were obtained in order to determine their development status. Data were analyzed as a completely randomized design by GLM of SPSS v. 19.0. The use of butyrate alone and in combination with BMD tended to reduce the count of E. coli in ileum at 21 days (T1=5.02×106 vs. T3=4.63×105; P=0.0932). BMD was also able to reduce the count of E. coli but when evaluating the epithelium variables a thinner mucosa was observed both in jejunum (683 µm) and ileum (627 µm) at 42 days when compared to the control treatment (760 µm in jejunum and 670 µm in ileum). This effect was not observed in the combination of BMD+butyrate (959 µm in jejunum and 809 µm in ileum). Also the longest ileum villi at ileum corresponded to the butyrate supplemented group (720 µm) vs control, BMD and combination respectively (487, 464 and 589 µm). It can be concluded that the use of sodium butyrate protected with PFAD sodium salts is able to modify gut microflora without affecting mucosa thickness and villi length when combined with Zn Bacitracin. If used alone, it improves GIT villi development.

Contact: Álvaro Ortiz, aortiz@norel.es 


BIOMIN opens Aquaculture Center for Applied Nutrition in Vietnam

The grand opening ceremony of the new BIOMIN Aquaculture Center for Applied Nutrition at Nong Lam University in Ho Chi Minh City took place on 30 June 2015.

The new research center will drive research and development of innovative and effective solutions to pressing challenges in the industry.

More than 150 guests, including representatives from local government, academia, and the aquaculture industry attended the grand opening ceremony of the new 900m2 aquaculture research center at Nong Lam University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The new BIOMIN Aquaculture Center for Applied Nutrition (ACAN) signifies the continued collaborative efforts of BIOMIN in conducting innovative and impactful research, supported in partnership with the local government and university. It aims to provide effective solutions to the aquaculture industry with the focus on several key areas, namely:

•   Nutrition and feed formulation
•   Gut health and immune modulation
•   Waste management and feed safety

Research will be centered on several of the most important species for the aquaculture industry in the region including marine and fresh water species such as catfish, tilapia, sea bass and shrimp. BIOMIN will collaborate closely with Nong Lam University in research and development activities, coordinated by the BIOMIN Research Center in Tulln, Austria, and the technical staff at the facility.

The research facilities are equipped with five different cutting-edge recirculating systems and two challenge rooms. A feed formulation lab for preparation of test diets, including a lab scale feed extruder that will allow testing of different ingredients and solutions under conditions similar to those found in the aquaculture industry to conduct high-level science. The facility is a testament to the dedication of BIOMIN to the aquaculture industry.

In addition, SANPHAR, a veterinary products and services company, runs a state-of-the-art microbiological lab also located in Nong Lam University. SANPHAR and BIOMIN are both part of the ERBER Group.

Hendrix Genetics and NPM Capital join forces in animal breeding & life sciences

Hendrix Genetics, a leading, multi-species, animal genetics company, and NPM Capital, a subsidiary of family-owned, SHV Holdings, have completed an agreement that will advance the animal breeding sector. Through the issue of new shares, NPM has become a 25% minority shareholder in Hendrix Genetics, alongside existing shareholders. The Hendrix Family remains the majority and controlling shareholder.

Hendrix Genetics will continue to conduct its business under its current corporate governance and with its existing management team, strategy and structure. Its Vision 2020 plan, created last year, identified many opportunities to invest in R&D, capacity expansion and acquisitions to continue the company’s impressive growth of the last decade. The equity of NPM/SHV will enable Hendrix Genetics to accelerate the execution of its ambitious plan.

AGCO buys Farmer Automatic

AGCO has agreed buy Farmer Automatic from The Clark Companies. The deal includes the company’s manufacturing operations in Laer, Germany as well as its global distribution network.

GSI Protein Dealers will be unaffected by the acquisition of Farmer Automatic. Products will continue to be sold through their present distribution channels and the company will become part of the GSI/AGCO family of companies.


Eastman Chemical Co builds new plant

Eastman Chemical Co has broken ground on a choline chloride facility in Louisiana, USA.

Taminco Corporation and Balchem Corporation had originally planned a joint venture to build and operate the facility and market choline chloride produced at the site separately. Eastman, which bought Taminco in 2014, expects the manufacturing facility to be operational in late 2015.

Choline chloride is also used globally as a feed ingredient in animal nutrition for both pets and animal agriculture. Choline plays an essential role in fat metabolism, energy balance and reproduction, with proven effects in enhanced and accelerated growth during times of rapid development.

Cobb broiler producers convention

More than 120 delegates from 25 countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific attended the recent Cobb broiler seminar in Bangkok.

Cobb_v10n5reThe two-day seminar brought together the two regions for the first time, attracting support from Middle Eastern countries including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Iran, Kuwait, UAE and Oman.  The Asia-Pacific region saw representatives from Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Myanmar, Taiwan, China, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

The seminar topics included biosecurity, lighting, health, brooding, environment and regional trends, with specialist speakers from the Cobb World Technical Support Team, Cobb Asia and Cobb Europe.

In a related development, Cobb Vantress has officially opened a new regional Asia-Pacific office in Shanghai at the new office complex in SOHO Fuxing Plaza, a development in the central area of Xintiandi.

The office will be the base for the Cobb team operating across East Asia and the Pacific as well as supporting the Cobb grandparent operation currently being built in Hubei province in partnership with Hubei Tongxing Agriculture group.  The investment is designed to satisfy increased demand for Cobb parent stock in the Chinese market, currently supplied by Beijing Poultry Breeding Company. The grandparent farm will be operational in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Aviagen hosts hatchery performance school

aviagen_vol10n5_reThe first Aviagen® Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) School of 2015 took place in Istanbul, Turkey, recently with a module focused on optimising hatchery performance.

Now in its third year, it was the first time the educational event has been held in Turkey, where it welcomed 37 students from 23 countries including Canada, Colombia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, Hungary, France, Spain and Japan.

The module, which aims to strike a balance between classroom learning and practical demonstrations, was led by Dinah Nicholson, global manager for hatchery development and support.

The focus for the first day was on “Fertility and Hatching Egg Care” which included workshops run by two Aviagen incubation specialists. Day two looked at “The Science of Incubation” with insights into humidity, calibrations, temperature and turning. The third and fourth days covered “Incubation Conditions” and topics ranging from data handling, hatchery design, to chick transport and investigating hatch failure.

Volume 10 No 5, May 2015

  • V10N05P1Betagro’s new feed mill in Cambodia set to launch
  • Bluefalo Smart Energy to churn out 1.2 million tonnes of wood pellets/month by 2020
  • Boonyong Farm goes big into broiler farming
  • Designing ventilation and air flow to optimize bird comfort
  • Manitou Group eyes bigger share in Southeast Asia
  • Pancosma hosts Thailand technical meeting
  • Trouw Nutrition expects robust growth in Vietnam
  • BIOMIN launches Mycofix® 5.0
  • A better bird needs a better message 
  • Chickens through the McDrive
  • “Smart Pellet” solution improves throughput and pellet quality

Volume 10 No 4, March 2015

  • V10N05p1Trouw Nutrition builds new premix plants in Indonesia ans Vietnam to increase premix capacity
  • JBF repositions fermented soybean meal as a must-use ingredient
  • Co may installs new fish feed production line
  • Sustainability benefits through research and development
  • Bringing the eggs up to temperature
  • Cobb set to begin producing parent stock in China
  • EW Nutrition GmbH: Immunoglobulins a new solution for piglet health
  • Diamond V: Immunology key to maintaining                performance as end of AGP looms
    • Aviagen eyes 65% market share in Asia-Pacific
    • Biomin conference touts ‘Sustain:Ability’ as the way forward
    • PVTM rolls out new plant in Navanakorn Industrial Zone