Feed safety on top of the agenda for Bühler


Marcel Scherrer, Managing Director of the business unit Feed, said the feed industry is heading

Marcel Scherrer (centre) accompanied by Liang Li (left) and Urs Wuest

Marcel Scherrer (centre) accompanied by Liang Li (left) and Urs

towards rigorous feed safety, e.g. as demanded by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) in the US.

Recently built feed plants demonstrated that feed safety has become a key consideration for feed plants as well as along the entire value chain.

“Achieving good hygiene is only attained through holistic thinking. It cannot be limited to a single machine,” Marcel says and adds that high quality and safe feed is the result of an elaborated plant design, starting already in the engineering and conception phase of a feed mill.

With food and feed safety in mind, Bühler solutions are designed for preventing contamination, ease of cleaning and service. Therefore Bühler integrates a dedicated food safety officer in the design team, Mr. Scherrer adds. Continue reading

Volume 11 No 6


  • Akara-Ise to debut Japanese-style fresh eggs
  • DBN to crank out 100 million finishers/year by 2025
  • Biomin: Phytogenics the next big thing
  • Raw material trends
  • Akara Group offers “Feel The Nature” organic eggs
  • Making room for feed additives in piglet diet formulation
  • Modeling hindgut fermentation in chickens and pigs
  • Evaluation of Chelated Mineral Premixes on Broiler Chicken Performance
  • Egg transfer – A necessary and delicate task
  • Cobb hosts technical school in Macau
  • BIC Chemical Vietnam at Vietstock 2016 Expo & Forum
  • Feed safety on top of the agenda for Bühler
  • More vibrant VIV Asia 2017
  • Hy-Line and Huayu plan massive layer DOC distribution project in China
  • Nutriad debuts web-based application MYCOMAN® for mycotoxin management
  • TVO’s QC lab ranked as one of the world’s most proficient labs
  • Progressus AgriSchools offer fast-track industry training
  • Novus supports World Egg Day

Hy-Line and Huayu plan massive layer DOC distribution project in China

Hy-Line and Hebei Huayu Company of Hebei province have agreed to invest in increased commercial layer chick production capacity to boost sales of Hy-Line Brown and Hy-Line Sonia in China.

Hebei Huayu Co, with current sales exceeding 120 million chicks annually, plans to boost capacity to more than 200 million chicks/year before 2020.

It is building a new hatchery in Handan, Hebei province, with a total capacity of 55 million commercial layers per year.

Wang Lianzeng, Huayu’s chairman (left), and Dirk Wesjohann, EW Group’s managing director (right), together with distinguished guests at a recent press conference.

Wang Lianzeng, Huayu’s chairman (left), and Dirk Wesjohann, EW Group’s managing director
(right), together with distinguished guests at a recent press conference.

Wang Lianzeng, chairman of Huayu Agricultural Science and Technology Co Ltd, said Huayu is the largest shareholder and will oversee the joint venture. Both parties will invest capital and Hy-Line will provide technical expertise.

He sees the joint venture as a win-win for both parties and beneficial for layer farmers in China. Furthermore, Huayu is undergoing a structural transformation to deliver high quality layers and services to customers. Continue reading

DBN to crank out 100 million finishers/year by 2025

DBN has set its sights on the lucrative hog finishing business with a plan to produce 100 million finishers per year by 2025.

DBN’s training, feed mill and GP farm, equipped with biogas reactors and waste water treatment system, is located 132 km east of Beijing. It hosts more than 1,000 trainees/year.

DBN’s training, feed mill and GP farm, equipped with biogas reactors and waste water
treatment system, is located 132 km east of Beijing. It hosts more than 1,000 trainees/year.

Currently operating a 45,000-sow operation, DBN has set a near-term target of 10 million finishers/year by 2020, said Chen Guoyu, general manager.

Although the growth will be organically driven, there will be openings for contract growing and investments with potential joint venture partners may be sought.

After starting in the swine business in 2003, the company decided to make further investments in the business again in 2014 due to handsome profits. DBN is a key player in the hog feed segment, supplying around five million tonnes/year. Continue reading

Akara-Ise to debut Japanese-style fresh eggs

KARA-ISE, a joint venture between Thailand’s Akara Group and ISE Foods Japan, plans to launch a premium brand of eggs that are so fresh and hygienic that they can be eaten raw.

The company has invested over 300 million baht in new 12 layer houses accommodating 600,000 birds. Akara Group holds a majority of the shares. Registered capital was not disclosed.

Akara-Ise will focus on the modern trade segment where quality and freshness are the keys to differentiating Akara Group from its competitors.

Thanawut Ualapan

Thanawut Ualapan

“Egg quality will be on par with Japan’s best-selling ISE eggs,” said Thanawut Ualapan, vice chairman Akara-Ise, adding that ISE Foods Group sells around 12 million eggs/day in Japan and 12 million eggs/day in the US.

The product, set to appear on Thai supermarket shelves in Q4, will boast ISE’s uncompromising quality control system combined with Akara Group’s managerial and marketing skills, Mr Thanawut added. Continue reading



Thanavut Ualapan, managing director Akara Group, said the new business unit and production protocol brings animal welfare and ecologically-friendly principles to the forefront.

The farm was subject to a rigorous initial audit by Thailand’s DLD in order to qualify for certified organic status. In order to continue using the “organic” label on its packaging, it must also be audited periodically in the future.

Mr Thanavut said the business was developed for serving the needs of health-conscious consumers who prefer chemical-free products.

The birds are reared as naturally as possible. For example, they are allowed to graze freely, and unapproved chemicals are totally banned from the operation.http://www.feedlivestock.com/akara-group-offers-feel-the-nature-organic-eggs/ Continue reading

Hypor Magnus scores high in feed efficiency and meat quality in the US

Recent research at the University of Missouri shows that the Hypor Magnus Duroc boar is more feed efficient than the current leading boar in the U.S.

The 2015 trial compared the feed efficiency of 200 pigs—100 pigs per boar line—up to the average U.S. live market weights of 285 to 300 pounds.

“Statistically, a 0.22 feed conversion difference is significant,” says Hypor Nutritionist and Product Manager Greg Simpson.

During the trial the pigs were allocated a specific amount of feed per weight range and weighed at the end of each weight range. These numbers were used to calculate how much feed the pigs needed to get to the desired market weight.

This trial shows that even at higher weights, the Hypor Magnus is still significantly more feed efficient.

Hypor is constantly testing its products against competitor’s products in North America and Europe.

Nuscience launches Babi®, a brand-new range of piglet feed

Nuscience, the specialty division of the Royal Agrifirm Group, is launching a new young animal nutrition program for piglets: Babi®.

The Babi® feeding program consists of 3 piglet feeding lines: Babi® Delicious, for the highest feed intake; Babi® Dynamic, for cost-effective growth performance; and Babi® Robust, for a healthy start.

The main factors determining the choice of pre-starter are the voluntary feed intake of piglets before and around weaning and the health status on the farm. The 3 piglet feeding lines offer farmers a perfect solution for choosing the most convenient pre-starter feed.

The new piglet feeding program focuses on delivering high piglet quality, maintaining a high weaning weight, and reducing the need for antibiotic use.


Groupe Grimaud and Agocampus Ouest sign research partnership agreement

France’s GROUPE GRIMAUD and AGROCAMPUS OUEST – Higher national institute of agricultural, agri-food, horticultural and landscape sciences – sign partnership agreement in “Genomics and Selection in the Poultry Sector” to improve the knowledge in genomic selection.

Both parties will jointly undertake research on genomic selection (UtOpIGe project) to enhance selection capacity in pyramidal breeding schemes such as laying hens.

Research on adaptability of animals to changing conditions (ChickStress project) will be conducted to understand animals’ mechanisms for adaptation to abiotic stress (thermal shock and sub-optimal nutrition), which may lead in the medium term to the establishment of new selection objectives consistent with animal sturdiness.

These projects will involve 35 scientists from GROUPE GRIMAUD’s research teams and the 135 lecturer-researchers from AGROCAMPUS OUEST.



(left) Grégoire THOMAS, General Manager of Agrocampus and Frédéric GRIMAUD, General Manager of Groupe Grimed at the agreement signing ceremony

Phytogenic Feed Additive Market to Double Every 7 Years

Healthy demand for phytogenic feed additives (PFAs) in livestock production should cause pfa-market-projection_original_110695annual global sales to grow four-fold by 2030, according to calculations by BIOMIN.

The botanicals market has grown rapidly in recent years, having already topped US$500 million in global sales in 2015. Worldwide sales will cross the US$1 billion threshold by 2023 and could reach US$2 billion annually by 2030.

“Looking at numerous scenarios based on feed production trends, evolving consumer demands changes in livestock production including antibiotic-free and antibiotic reduction strategies, and the growing demand for animal protein products, by 2030 we can expect the PFA market to total between US$1.7 billion and US$2 billion,” explained Michael Noonan, Global Product Manager Phytogenics at BIOMIN.

Market drivers

Though roughly 3% of the 1.2 billion tons of feed used worldwide today include these plant-based products, PFA inclusion in livestock feed should grow considerably by 2030. This represents growth in global market demand of 8% to 10% per year on average.
Consumer preferences have shifted considerably in recent years, as efforts to phase out antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs) and coccidiostats have accelerated in countries worldwide, including Brazil, China and the United States. Antibiotic reduction and the uptake of novel growth promoters (NGPs) to optimize feed costs, improve efficiency and reduce emissions should boost demand worldwide for PFAs in the future.