Volume 11 No 1

  • Vol11N01Trouw Nutrition unveils state-of-the-art premix plant in East Java
  • Ghen Corporation dominates Japan’s parent stock trade
  • Thai soybean crushes PAS Export & Silos targets better logistics
  • Smart breeding decisions lead to healthier birds
  • Mycotoxins affect poultry performance even at sub-toxic concentrations
  • Non-coated, intrinsically heat-stable enzymes: Needs, challenges and opportunities

Trouw seminar serves up modern poultry nutrition

More than 40 professional experts, poultry nutritionists and managers from leading Philippine feed mills and poultry farm operations were welcomed to a recent seminar in Tagaytay City, Philippines.

Hosted by Trouw Nutrition Asia Co Ltd and Nezus Philippine Corporation, the seminar entitled “Feeding the future – modern poultry nutrition in the Philippines” was aimed at updating customers on Trouw Nutrition’s advances in productivity and improved bottomlines.

“Feeding the future safely depends on strategic agricultural alliances based on joint responsibility throughout the entire poultry management chain from feed mills to farms,” said Trouw Nutrition’s vice-president, Mr Nabil Chinniah, in his opening keynote address.

Dr Chris Cobacha, a consultant and animal feed specialist, emphasized the need for efficient use of non-conventional feed ingredients available locally and new feed formulation strategies.

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Dr Edita Zandee, global product manager for Trouw Nutrition-owned Selko Feed Additives BV  in Tilburg, Netherlands, discussed how metabolic osmolytes in the diet are a viable solution to combat heat stress.

Jose Ma Diez Gata, general manager of broiler operation Sada España, a Nutreco-owned company, explained how a brand severely damaged by a salmonella outbreak could make a comeback by implementing strict hygiene rules,  improved drinking water, and intestinal gut health treatments.

The last presentation on raw feed material quality management, featured Dr kai-J. Kuehlmann, technical manager of Trouw Nutrition for the APEC region. He highlighted Trouw Nutrition’s new mycotoxin testing kit, “The Mycomaster,” which enables feed mills to directly quantify the main six mycotoxins with a five-minute, on-the-spot photometric analysis.

Novus appoints new director

Stuart Court

Stuart Court

Novus International Inc has announced the appointment of Stuart Court as director, South Asia and Southeast Asia-Pacific.

With a degree in Agricultural Science from the University of Sydney, Mr Court has worked in the animal nutrition and health industry for more than 25 years and has built a wealth of technical and commercial experience across many animal species.

Based in Bangkok, Mr Court replaces Dr Vaibhav Nagpal, who is taking up a new global position within Novus as a senior director of global product development.

Bangkok Ranch plans aggressive growth strategy

Now that it is back on Thailand’s stock exchange, Bangkok Ranch has big plans to build a new slaughterhouse, upgrade its parent stock farms, and add three commercial farms to produce an additional nine million ducks a year.
Joseph Suchaovanich

Joseph Suchaovanich

After floating 228 million shares on the SET in July, the new investments for 2015 and 2016 will be strategically important ahead of an ambitious growth program that will begin bearing fruit in 2017, said Joseph Suchaovanich, vice-chairman.

In two years, when the company is capable of processing 27 million ducks/year, it will be the world’s largest duck producer outside China.
Sakaew province is the location of choice for the new primary processing plant worth a billion baht. With a processing capacity of nine million birds/year, it will be located on a 20.8-hectare block and designated to serve markets in northeastern Thailand as well as Laos and Cambodia. Construction will be completed by January 2017.
Bangkok Ranch’s processing facility in Bangpli, currently running at full capacity of 5,000 birds/hour, 12 hours/day, will continue to serve customers in the Bangkok area. The company recently invested 210 million baht to upgrade machinery in the plant.
The upgrades to be completed in 2016 include a chiller and new equipment for waxing, automated weighing and grading, defeathering and more.
“The Bangpli plant is currently operating beyond its optimal capacity. It is time to build a second processing plant,” said Mr Suchaovanich.
The plan will see three new commercial farms built in Chonburi and Petchaboon, along with a breeder farm in Rayong worth 165 million baht. Together, they will boost total production capacity to 1 million ducks a year.
The new commercial farms will use state-of-the-art technologies allowing full automation and biosecurity. The farms and the new processing plant will take animal welfare to the next level, Mr Suchaovanich added.

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By Philippe Serene philippe.serene@nutrispices.com

For many years, we focused on improving the feed digestibility in the small intestine. We increased the ingredients with high digestibility and reduced as much as possible the ingredients presenting low digestibility.

But we ignored the basic digestive physiology and namely the importance of the large intestine where bacterial fermentation are contributing as well to the nutritional supply of the animal.

How important are these fermentations?

How nutritionist should adjust their feed formula to optimise both small intestine digestion and large intestine fermentation and provide a more efficient feed conversion. The article below brings some clarifications on that subject.

Generally, carnivores consume animal tissue, which is similar to their own; therefore all the body needs to do is break down the tissue and absorb the different components in the small intestine, which can then be used in the carnivores’ own body.

Herbivores only consume plant materials, which is very difficult to digest. No vertebrates make an enzyme capable of breaking down cellulose. To overcome this, herbivores have developed a symbiotic relationship with a population of microflora that inhabit a specialized region of the gut for fermentation e.g. the caecum or rumen of ruminants. The microflora population of the gut is able to breakdown cellulose and uses the glucose for its own metabolic needs. As a waste product of this process, the microflora population releases volatile fatty acids (e.g. acetate, butyrate & propionate) and lactate, which the herbivore utilizes for energy. http://www.feedlivestock.com/news-2/are-we-fermenting-enough/


China will Import over a Sixth of the World’s Sorghum in 2015

Over a sixth of the world’s sorghum will be shipped to China this year as the Asian superpower’s new-found hunger for the grain continues to grow, according to market intelligence firm CCM.

China imported over a million tonnes of sorghum during May alone, according to data from China Customs, and imports have risen every month since February.

Based on current rates, CCM predicts that China will import over ten million tonnes of sorghum in 2015, more than a sixth of the 59.4 million tonnes the International Grain Council forecasts will be grown worldwide during the 2014/2015 growing season.


Source: China Customs and CCM

This spike in Chinese demand is being driven mainly by the country’s feed industry, which is increasingly turning to sorghum as a cheaper substitute for corn. Over 80% of the sorghum imported to China is used to produce feed, according to China’s Ministry of Commerce.

Sorghum’s chief advantage lies in its relative cheapness. The Chinese government’s policy of stockpiling large quantities of corn has driven up domestic corn prices to USD393/t[1], almost double prices in the US. However, China also imposes a hefty 65% tariff on corn imports that raises the price of imported corn to USD380/t.

At an average price of just USD284/t, sorghum represents an attractive alternative for Chinese manufacturers.  Continue reading

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.