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

Alltech and poultry layer Tumen Shuvuut tackle selenium deficiency in Mongolia

Mongolian egg producer Tumen Shuvuut recently began marketing selenium-enhanced eggs to tackle widespread selenium deficiency, which is a serious public health problem in the country due to its selenium-deficient soils.


Mongolia’s Ministry of Health and the Public Health Institute of Mongolia are strongly in favour of the plan, which is being seen as one way to increase the population’s selenium intake through enriched foods.


A trial of selenium-enriched eggs was launched in July of last year by Tumen Shuvuut, one of the largest poultry producers in Mongolia, using an organic source of selenium called Sel-Plex® from Alltech.


The trial was deemed a success, and now Tumen Shuvuut is selling selenium enriched eggs in supermarkets across Mongolia.


Selenium, which is nutritionally essential for humans, is a constituent of more than two dozen selenoproteins that play critical roles in reproduction, thyroid hormone metabolism, DNA synthesis, and protection from oxidative damage and infection. The selenium enrichment process takes place when an animal is fed an approved source of organic selenium, providing natural enrichment of the food product.


“Based on trials conducted with our flock using Sel-Plex, the research reports showed that the 0.5 gpm-enriched eggs were more likely to offset selenium deficiency in the Mongolian population,” said Bold Jigjid, CEO of Tumen Shuvuut. “We were very satisfied with the outcome of the two-year trial with Alltech, and we look forward to producing eggs that will benefit the Mongolian people.”


The enriched eggs have been available for purchase in local supermarkets since late December.

TFG cuts costs with own logistics company

Thai Food Group Plc expects to save 5-10%/year by operating its own trucking company.

Thai National Logistics (TNL) will handle transportation, setting up and running distribution centres for delivering hog and poultry feed to company and contract farms, and delivery of raw materials from seaports to production warehouses.

Currently, TFG bears logistics costs of over 600 million baht/year, or 3% of its sales revenue. With logistics expenses continuously rising in line with business growth, the new operation is expected to shave up to 10% off of the annual cost of moving products.

TNL will deliver both livestock and processed meat to customers as well as transport live animals from farms to slaughterhouses.

FAMI-QS workshop on Third Party Certification to be held in Bangkok

FAMI-QS Secretariat will organize a workshop on “The role of Third Party Certification in Feed and Food Safety and the role of FAMI-QS in feed safety” on March 16, 2017 at the Millennium, Hilton Bangkok.

Topic that will be discussed during the workshop:

  • Introduction to the FAMI-QS Certification System – Emmanuel Geneiatakis, FAMI-QS Secretary General
  • The role of accreditation in Food/Feed Safety – Apisit Prakarnkamanant D.V.M, MSc. Office of Standard Accreditation, National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
  • Management Systems in Food/Feed Safety (The integrated approach) – Binarti Dwi Astuti, General Manager, Charoen Pokphand Indonesia
  • Implementing the FAMI-QS Code: Chemical Process – Hema Ravishankar, Quality & Regulatory Management, Evonik Nutrition & Care, Business Line Animal Nutrition


For more information on the workshop Contact FAMI-QS Secretariat at +32 2 550 3452 or info@fami-qs.org


Registration form can be found also online at : http://fami-qs.org/node/216

Groupe Grimaud sees bird flu vaccination pragmatic

Frédéric GRIMAUD, CEO of Groupe Grimaud, in his open letter proposes concerned authorities to consider “pragmatic mode of avian flu management” where minimum bird flu vaccination is a tool to cope with bird flu outbreak in Europe.

He views that OIE should reassess its rules and operating procedures in line with the current situation. Vaccinate free-range poultry which could possibly contact with wild birds. However, the vaccination should be prudently administrated.

The flocks should be officially inspected to prove their uninfected status.

Compartmentalisation needs to be implemented. Birds destined for export should be exempted from vaccination.

Implement regionalisation of uninfected zone to preserve exporters’ status.

Last but not least negotiation with importing countries on a case basis has to be done.


Open letter

Subject: Management of the avian flu crisis in Europe

The year 2016 ended, as it began, with a proliferation of declared cases of avian flu in Europe.

As of today, hardly a single country exporting poultry (genetic or meat) is unaffected.

With each case identified, the scenario is the same:

  1. declaration to the national authorities,
  2. report on the OIE web site,
  3. depletion of the infected flocks,
  4. installation of protection and surveyance zones,
  5. prohibition by third party countries of all genetic or meat imports derived from poultry originating from the country, or in some cases the region, declaring the outbreak; effective until it regains its avian flu-free status, at least 6 months after the last declaration.


All this would make sense if the eradication procedure could be shown to be effective.

But how could a virus originating from wild bird populations (migratory birds) conceivably be eradicated? It would imply the elimination of all potential carriers coming «out of the sky», which is obviously impossible.

So, what should be done? Should we go on applying a rule that is no longer appropriate, that does nothing to solve the problem and increases the burden on producing and exporting companies a little more every day, or change our model?

Some decades ago, when occurrences of avian flu were for the most part isolated cases affecting few poultry farms, it was possible to envisage strict health measures. Today, when we see epidemics coming in waves of growing magnitude and frequency (for reasons still poorly explained), is it not time to change the paradigm in a very pragmatic way that can be expressed succinctly, considering that these viruses are not pathogenic to human beings?

  • Ensure that bio-safety rules are properly applied on poultry farms.
  • Vaccinate, as a minimum, all free-range poultry in contact with wild birds.
  • Divide the flocks into compartmentalised groups, unvaccinated, of birds destined for export, or whose issue is destined for export.
  • Submit these flocks to official inspection plans to prove their uninfected status.
  • Negotiate this new pragmatic mode of avian flu management immediately, on a case by case basis, with importing countries.
  • Finally, review the rules of the OIE in order to adapt the regulations to the new reality described above.


Of course, we could devise more complicated systems: for example, we could give priority to the regionalisation of uninfected zones with a view to preserving their exporters’ status, we could give special treatment to the duck, as a healthy carrier, or could exclude free-range chickens from the scope of the vaccination policy. But what would be the point?

Vaccination has been successfully used in the past to eradicate a number of epizootics: Foot-and-Mouth in cattle or Newcastle Disease in chickens come to mind, among others.

It could be a great help in solving this problem too, provided it is realised that, as with human seasonal flu, the vaccines would need to be adapted in accordance with the evolution of the virus.

Here again, nothing is impossible, since many countries already vaccinate poultry varieties against multiple variants of this virus.

With kind regards,


Frédéric GRIMAUD

CEO of Groupe Grimaud.grimaud.com

CP Foods completes US$1.075billion acquisition of Bellisio

Marks first acquisition in the U.S. for Thailand’s leading integrated foods business

Charoen Pokphand Foods Public Company Limited (“CPF” or the “Company”) today announced the successful completion of the acquisition of Bellisio Foods Inc. (“Bellisio”) from Centre Partners Management LLC (“Centre Partners”). CPF has acquired all of the outstanding interests in Bellisio from Centre Partners for total consideration of USD 1,075 million.

The transaction brings together one of America’s largest and fastest-growing frozen food companies with Thailand’s leading and most successful integrated foods business. Bellisio manufactures and distributes single-serve frozen entrees under the Michelina’s, Atkins, Boston Market, Chili’s, EatingWell, and Eat! brands, as well as co-manufactures private label and food service products.