Thai soybean crusher PAS Export & Silos Co., Ltd. targets better logistics

Pornamnuaysub raw material silos and vegetable oil dispense station

Pornamnuaysub raw material silos and vegetable oil dispense station

With the goal of making a good location even better, PAS Export & Silos will build a new 4,000-tonne transit warehouse in Ayutthaya to improve logistic efficiency as it targets 15% sustained growth per annum.

Raw materials can be delivered to the plant via ship, truck and train, said Krit Pornamnuaysub, managing director. Whole soybeans can be shipped to Laem Chabang and then transferred to smaller boats that are towed to its warehouse in Ayutthaya or they can be trucked directly from Laem Chabang. However, transitioning cargoes from Laem Chabang and shipping them via barges on the Chaophraya River to Ayutthaya is more cost effective.

The new transit warehouse being built in Ayutthaya in Q3 this year will reduce both time spent on empty backhauls and overall travel distance. As a result, the average delivery cost for shipping products to customers in the upper north will be less than 0.30 baht/kg. In comparison, he estimates that it costs his competitors around 0.55-0.70 baht/kg to cover the same route. Continue reading

Nutreco unveils start a state-of-the-art premix plant in East Java

Nutreco invests US$9 million to build a new premix plant in Surabaya in order to meet robust demand in East Java and fast growing markets in the Far East, according to Knut Nesse, CEO.

(from left) Haiko Zuidhof, Samson Li, Knut Nesse and Harris Priyadi

(from left) Haiko Zuidhof, Samson Li, Knut Nesse and Harris Priyadi

This investment is crucial for Nutreco’s Asia growth strategy of sustaining leadership and growing the market in Asia and Indonesia in particular,” he said.

Product safety is the top priority. The new plant will adopt Nutrace, Nutreco’s proactive quality assurance program that assures feed-to-food safety.

You are not allowed to call the company ‘Nutreco’ if quality is compromised,” said Mr Nesse.

Trouw Nutrition's latest premix plant in Pasuruan Industrial Park, Surabaya. The plant has a working space of 2,200 sq m, tower height 40 metres, and a double-deep racking system with 900 pellet positions or around 900 tonnes of stocking capacity

Trouw Nutrition’s latest premix plant in Pasuruan Industrial Park, Surabaya. The plant has a working space of 2,200 sq m, tower height 40 metres, and a double-deep racking system with 900 pellet positions or around 900 tonnes of stocking capacity

All ingredients will be subject to rigorous testing to prove that they live up to Nutreco’s high standards of quality control and quality assurance system.

We are offering customers peace of mind. We provide customers and stakeholders in the feed and food chain with safe, traceable and impeccable products,” he said.

Haiko Zuidhof, general manager of Trouw Nutrition Indonesia, said Surabaya was selected because it will enable Trouw to increase its level of service, cut lead time for customers in the East Java area, and save significantly on logistic costs.

With mills in East Java revving up their capacity, it is likely that the eastern part of the island will be the main market driver. At the same time, seaport infrastructure in East Java is well developed and less congested.

The location offers a distinct logistical advantage, which means that the mill will provide better services for customers in Makassar, Surawesi and  outlying markets in East Java as well as offshore clients. Continue reading

Japan’s Ghen Corporation dominates parent stock trade

Decades of superior quality, products and technical support have put Ghen Corporation at the top of Japan’s layer breeder industry with a market share of over 90% for PS and day-old layer chicks.

(from left) Shuji Watanabe Akihiro Shimizu and Chiemi Ichikawa

(from left) Shuji Watanabe Akihiro Shimizu and Chiemi Ichikawa

Shuji Watanabe, president, said the company’s success is also based on a long record of offering the right products to meet diverse needs. The company’s product portfolio includes Hy-Line, Lohmann and H&N products, whether white, brown or tinted egg shell.

The products are flawless in terms of egg quality, eggshell quality, efficiency, livability, amount and dryness of feces. However, feces management could become a critical point holding producers back from taking up new expansion projects due to stricter environmental regulations.   

PS demand in Japan is 1.2 million birds a year.  The Hy-Line Brown dominates with nearly 100% of the brown egg market. Hy-Line Sonya Gray, a tinted egg variety, has been the dominant tinted egg layer in Japan for many years.  The LSL Classic and LSL Lite, both white egg layers, occupy a major proportion of the white egg market while W-36, a white egg layer, is popular in the more temperate regions of Japan. Continue reading

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

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.


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.

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