Volume 12 Number 3

  • Betagro crafts niche in premium pet food
  • Raw material trends
  • Thaifoods Group eyes 19% sales growth in 2017
  • Bangkok Ranch Plc takes the food business plunge
  • Trang Wattana to market commercial hog feed
  • Understanding different types of organic selenium
  • How to deliver plant-based compounds for maximum bene fit to animals
  • Bringing mycotoxin risk management to the next level
  • Improving gut health and reducing pathogenic bacteria by reducing undigested protein available at the intestinal wall
  • Preconditioning: An Effective Approach to Maximizing Milling Efficiency, Feed Quality and Feed Mill Profitability
  • Powering aqua feed with plant protein
  • Phytobiotics Asia meeting in Pattaya
  • Animal protein marketers face new competitors, says expert
  • Special Nutrients Inc marks 30th anniversary
  • Novus International names new regional sales director
  • Jefo president and founder Jean Fontaine at VIV Asia
  • ERBER Group to open pig health research centre in Thailand
  • Big Dutchman unveils major logistics centre in Malaysia
  • Bentoli AgriNutrition unveils Core Four
  • Aviagen appoints new hatchery tech manager
  • New product overcomes variability in fat and oils
  • Anpario debuts in Asia
  • Cobb’s MV male now available
  • Latest real-time process control presented at VIV Asia
  • Nutriad expands team
  • Cost-effectiveness sets Selko IntelliBond apart

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Bangkok Ranch Plc takes the food business plunge

WITH THE OPENING OF A NEW SUBSIDIARY, Bangkok Ranch Plc will begin offering pre-cooked items and meals to the food service industry, according to Joseph Suchaovanich, vice-chairman and man- aging director of Asia and Asia Pacific.

The new facility operated by Food City Co worth 500 million baht located in Pathum Thani will be ready to roll in the second half of 2017. The plant will supply further cooked products, duck meat- balls, duck patties, smoked duck breast, roast duck, salami and various ready-to- eat meals.

Highly versatile and equipped with four production lines for raw, grilled, steamed, and roasted meat, the facility can also do pre-dusting, battering and ready-to-eat meals including soup and fried rice.

Besides the core business of duck meat, Food City also makes noodles and won- ton wrappers with 30 tonnes/month capacity to supply food services, wholesalers, quick-service restaurants and more.

It recently opened a restaurant in Udon Thani and a coffee shop at Bangkok Ranch’s head office. READ MORE


Thaifoods Group eyes 19% sales growth in 2017

THAIFOODS GROUP (TFG) is stepping up a planned shift into primary and further processing in a bid to thwart risks to its business model from market volatility.

The company is well on its way to recovery after suffering steep losses in recent years, said Cherdsak Kukiattinun, COO.

Cherdsak Kukiattinun

In fiscal year 2016, the company reported 1.4 billion baht in net profit, which was a big turnaround from the 1.5 billion baht that it lost in 2015. So far in 2017, it has earned 20.7 billion baht, up from 17.5 bil- lion baht during the same period last year.

It has invested in two hog slaughter- houses in Khon Kaen and Chachoengsao and a poultry further processing plant.

With a larger sales force, better market penetration countrywide and favorable chicken prices, TFG expects to report even better earnings in 2017.

Mr Cherdsak said the company plans to establish new distribution depots in 40 strategic markets to increase its acces- sibility to end users and shore up gross margins.

Hog prices in 2017 have leveled off amid a slump in exports of live animals, but the company still sees opportunity for sub- stantial swine business growth. It plans to leverage additional primary process- ing capacity to reduce risks from price swings. TFG successfully grew its hog business by 20% in 2016. READ MORE


Betagro crafts niche in premium pet food

completion of a 1.2-billion- baht pet food plant will enable Betagro Group subsidiary Pet Focus Co to capture a larger share of the premium pet food and pet treat market across Asia, accord- ing to Vasit Taepaisitphongse, CEO of Betagro Group.

The grand opening of Pet Focus Co was presided over by (2nd left) Panu Yamsri, Lopburi governor, (3rd left) Dr Yukol Limlamthong, former deputy prime minister and minister of Agriculture
and Cooperatives, (4th left) Dr Chaivat Taepaisitphongse, Betagro chairman, (5th left) Vanus Taepaisitphongse, president (right), Vasit Taepaisitphongse, CEO, and (left) Chayanon Kittayachaweng, COO.

Pet Focus targets becoming Thailand’s 3rd largest dry pet food player by 2018 with a 10% market share, up from its cur- rent 5%.

At present, the plant produces around 4,000 tonnes/month mainly for the Thai market with 30% exported to Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, Vietnam, Myanmar and the Philippines.

Pet Focus projects double-digit growth via development of innovative products, noted Mr Vasit.

Full capacity of 11,000 tonnes/month will be reached sometime between 2018 and 2019. More production lines are to be added later.

Pet Focus, which has achieved annual growth of 20% in the domestic market in recent years, expects 60% sales growth by the end of 2017. This will be achieved by adding 1,000 new sales channels at pet shops, vet clinics, modern trade and pet farms across the country, up from 2,000 in 2016. READ MORE


Trang Wattana to market commercial hog feed

(left) Raewat and Ekarat Pokawattana

Trang Wattana plans to enter the pig feed business while at the same time increasing finishing and breeder capacity to retain cost competitiveness, according to Raewat Pokawattana, manag- ing director and founder.

As it prepares for GMP and HACCP accreditation in Q3 this year, the com- pany plans to rev up its feed mill capac- ity to 35 tonnes/hour, up from 20 tonnes/ hour, to keep up with business growth.

In the second half of 2017, it will launch “New Choice,” a formulation that cov- ers hog needs at all stages, ranging from creep feed, pre-starter, starter, grower, finisher, and sow feed for both gestation and lactation.

Ekarat Pokawattana, general manager, said the company currently produces around 1,800 tonnes/month for inter- nal use. The increased capacity will also help it serve nearby contract growers.

A single-barrel, three-tonnes/hour extruder line produces full fat soy and corn for internal use. Production deci- sions hinge on the spot price of full fat soy and corn.

It operates two pellet mills with com- bined capacity of 35 tonnes/hour and a mash line, 20 tonnes/hour. Average Pellet Durability Index (PDI) is above 80%. Fines at a rate of 20-40% negate the benefits of pelleted feed, he added.

Macro and micro scales are routinely calibrated. The weighing bridge is cali- brated every two years as required by Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce.

Grower and finisher feed is antibiotic free. Piglet and creep feed is produced in a separate line. It uses a single-shaft rib- bon mixer with a CV below 10. The mixer is thoroughly cleaned when changing for- mula from piglet feed to other products.

Feed is mainly corn-soybean based. Wheat is included when the price is right. Phytase is a staple enzyme, but NSP enzymes are sometimes incorpo- rated depending on the substrates used in the formula.

Fish meal is used as a protein source, with total volatile nitrogen (TVN) test- ing to determine quality. Acceptable ingredients should have a TVN of 120 mg N/100g. Natural anti-oxidants are applied as stabilizers. READ MORE

Volume 12 Number 2

  • India’s Alivira to strengthen offshore business
  • BIC Chemical launches new multi-species probiotic line
  • SK Interfood positions for retail business growth
  • Breeding farm relocates as Beijing keeps expanding
  • Betagro Group Plc pulls ahead of the pack on animal welfare
  • Cebu’s Twin Tower Farms bolsters supply chain
  • Scaly grain mites in animal feed
  • Algotherapy in pig production
  • Methionine sources and M+C levels: Impact on performance of broilers
  • Technical Update: An Overview of Focal Duodenal Necrosis (FDN)
  • TECHNICAL CORNER: ImmunoWall: Nutritional Food Safety Tool
  • Cobb shares latest research with CP Group
  • Big Dutchman acquires Betco
  • The Next Big Change in Aqua Feed
  • DSM to launch digital version of its YolkFan at VIV Asia
  • Asia to lead future global livestock industry growth
  • DOL 53 ammonia sensor launch at VIV Asia 2017
  • Nutriad appoints area managers for India

What are effective, non-antibiotic solutions in animal production that can be applied to reduce the dependence on antibiotics?

Many countries have banned the use of antibiotics in food animals for the purposes of growth promotion. While others have gone as far to limit their use for disease prevention. Concern around the world has become increasingly urgent.

Both experts and consumers are worried. Antibiotic therapy for humans and animals is becoming less effective against disease-causing bacteria, including foodborne pathogens like Salmonella, Campylobacter, and E. coli.

At VIV Asia in Bangkok, Thailand, Jason Frank, PhD presents the technical seminar ‘Antibiotic Use and Replacement Strategies’ (Session 50, 16 March, 10:00 – 11:00 am, BITEC Room 213).

Dr. Frank is the Director of Non-Ruminant Research and Technical Support at

global nutritional health company Diamond V, which is headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Animal Science and a doctorate in Swine Nutrition. His experience includes postdoctoral research in swine nutrition and immunology.

In the VIV Asia technical seminar, Dr. Frank will present a brief review on antibiotics, including the evolution of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and regulatory efforts to control AMR. He also will discuss improved farm management techniques, feed additives, and ‘next generation’ nutritional health programs.

For more about non-antibiotic solutions, nutritional health, pre-harvest food safety, and Diamond V at VIV Asia, visit http://www.diamondv.com/media/2017/03/viv-asia/.

Non-antibiotic solutions in poultry feed for safer food product

The rapidly developing field of ‘pre-harvest food safety’ applies innovative technology in feed to reduce foodborne pathogens in live poultry and other food animal species.

Poultry producers who can reduce Salmonella, Campylobacter, and E. coli in the gastro-intestinal tracts of birds on the farm are helping to reduce the risk of pathogens in poultry food processing and food products.

Producers need new, non-antibiotic solutions because of the high cost and difficulty of further improvement through the conventional techniques of biosecurity, hygiene, feed microbial security, and changes in management and husbandry. Going forward, major improvements in poultry food safety require nutritional health solutions implemented on the poultry farm.

At VIV Asia in Bangkok, Thailand, Don McIntyre, PhD, PAS presents the technical seminar ‘Food Safety and Pathogen Control in Layers and Broilers’ (Session 51, 16 March, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, BITEC Room 213).

Dr. McIntyre is Director of Global Research and Technical Services for Diamond V, the nutritional health company headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA with offices in Thailand, China, and other countries. He holds a master’s degree in Avian Science and doctorate in Physiology and his experience as a professional animal scientist includes more than 35 years in poultry research and technical support.

In the technical seminar, Dr. McIntyre will explore effective pre-harvest food safety interventions in poultry, which result in proven reduction in the load of foodborne pathogens entering the processing plant, lower virulence of pathogens, and increased sensitivity of pathogens to commonly used antibiotics.

For more about non-antibiotic solutions, nutritional health, pre-harvest food safety, and Diamond V at VIV Asia, visit http://www.diamondv.com/media/2017/03/viv-asia/.

Volume 12 Number 1

  • Thai Feed Mills Group in further-processing export venture
  • Decha Pakthongchai Farm to boost broiler output
  • Beyond the Breed: Troubleshooting hen performance
  • 8 Reasons to use broad spectrum Mycotoxin protection
  • Precision delivery coated butyrate to support Salmonella control in the eld
  • Feed Granulometry and the Importance of Feed Particle Size in Layers
  • TVO touts dehulled full-fat soy for superior performance
  • Hanoi-based Mavin targets top sausage supplier slot by 2020
  • Betagro supports OVEC training for agro-industrial specialists
  • COBB to launch CobbMV at VIV Asia 2017
  • Arbor Acres eyes bigger share in Asia
  • World feed production tops one billion tonnes
  • Superbug gene found in piglets in Thailand
  • Thailand’s DLD tightens bird u prevention measures
  • Sales of Jutima salted eggs driven by quality
  • New gadget makes on-site feed testing a cinch
  • On-site mycotoxin testing easier than ever


Hubbard touts new M22 males

Hubbard’s new M22 males are the result of intensified selection work focused on yield and conformation, the company says.

The Hubbard M22 builds upon the performance and FCR advantages offered by Hubbard’s existing male lines such as the Hubbard M99, but is optimized for total yield and market-leading FCR. Company data shows it offers 1-1.5% additional breast meat yield.

Integration of scanner technology into selection programs has accelerated genetic advances which better enable Hubbard’s geneticists to focus on specific criteria such as breast meat yield and conformation.

For additional information contact: marketing.hubbard@hubbardbreeders.com