Wednesday, April 18, 2018

19/04/2018: Get ready for Livestock Asia 2018

From April 19-21, the community of ASEAN’s feed, livestock, aquaculture, meat and allied industry professionals will gather once again at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for Livestock Asia 2018 Expo and Forum 
 


Livestock Asia 2018 and its co-located event, Asia MEATEC 2018 and Aquaculture Asia 2018 will showcase the latest technologies and equipment for feed, farming, animal health, processing and many more sectors, thus opening huge trade opportunities for distributors, feed millers, farmers, veterinary drug manufacturers and other stakeholders.

Pre-Register Now for Fast Track Entrance and receive: 
• Free show catalogue
• Free international forum and seminars
• Free access to the business matching service


For more information visit the Livestock Asia website, HERE.

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19/04/2018: EFFPA & FEFAC welcome commission guidelines on feed use of former foodstuffs

Commission clarifications and guidance help to facilitate public and private understanding of the EU legal framework for the conversion of former foodstuffs into feed

The European Commission published its Guidelines for the feed use of food no longer intended for human consumption on 17 April 2018, as the next key deliverable of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan on food waste.
 

EFFPA and FEFAC highly appreciate the efforts that have been made by the European Commission in cooperation with the national competent authorities to develop a practical guidance document that increases the legal certainty for the former foodstuff processing sector while preserving the integrity and safety of the EU food and feed chain.

EFFPA, representing former foodstuff processors, considers the publication as additional support for the sector as a legitimate and professional solution to reduce food waste.

EFFPA President Paul Featherstone said, “This publication is a key milestone for the business practice of former foodstuff processing. It now makes it clear that when foodstuffs are unsuitable for human consumption, because of expiry dates or when they have fallen off the manufacturing line for example, this does not automatically mean they are unsuitable for animal feed use”.

FEFAC, representing European compound feed manufacturers and the main customer of former foodstuff processors, sees value in the publication of the Guidelines in the light of feed safety management and traceability.

FEFAC President Nick Major said, “We welcome the Guidelines which highlights the responsibilities of the different operators in this particular part of the feed value chain. It confirms that the feed quality and safety of former foodstuffs need to be verified before entering the feed chain”.

EFFPA and FEFAC believe the Guidelines will increase the understanding and recognition of former foodstuff processing under controlled conditions as a valuable part of the circular economy in Europe and encourage the use of food no longer suitable for human consumption in feed to reduce food waste.


Visit the EFFPA website, HERE.

Visit the FEFAC website, HERE.

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19/04/2018: Offshore Mariculture Asia 2018 programme announced

Actions for investment and financing opportunities together with the day to day practicalities of running an offshore business

Offshore Mariculture Asia, to be held in Singapore, 15-17 May, has announced the launch of its 2018 programme. The conference will be opened by Conference chairman, Alessandro Lovatelli, Regional Fisheries and Aquaculture Officer, Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO); followed by Lukas Manomaitis, USSEC Aquaculture Program Technical Contractor and Southeast Asian Technical Director. Guillaume Drillet, President of the World Aquaculture Society Asian Pacific Chapter and Bjorn Myrseth, President, European Aquaculture Society who will deliver keynote addresses.
 


‘Netting the right offshore technology’ and ‘Zoning, licensing and security for offshore operations’, are just two of the topics on offer giving attendees detailed insight into moving from nearshore to offshore, production chain and how to choose the right investments, and an unprecedented insight into the industry.

Day two of the conference will focus on efficiency, covering everything from marketing of the product, to identifying and targeting species for investment. The conference will also look at how to secure financial support for offshore projects and joint venture approaches, including investment case studies with real life examples for delegates.

Delegates from Norway, Vietnam, The Philippines, Jamaica, Turkey and Mexico will be in attendance, providing international networking opportunities and the chance for local stakeholders interested in moving to cage quality finfish production to meet with international experts, equipment suppliers and investors. The final day of the conference will offer delegates a technical visit to an established functioning fish farm and hatchery, followed by a question and answer session with the farm managers.

Marianne Rasmussen-Coulling, Events Director, Mercator Media, organiser of the conference, added, “Our programme highlights the high calibre speakers and critical topics that will be covered at Offshore Mariculture Asia 2018. We look forward to welcoming all those attending between the 15-17 May 2018”.

View the full programme, HERE.

Visit the Offshore Mariculture Asia website, HERE.



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19/04/2018: BioMar uses BASF’s Sustainable Solution Steering methodology on their raw material portfolio

Sustainability is an integral part of BASF’s corporate strategy. A tangible example of how BASF carries out its company purpose “We create chemistry for a sustainable future” is the Sustainable Solution Steering method.  

This method has been developed by BASF to assess and steer its product portfolio based on defined sustainability criteria. It considers the entire value chain and markets including industry- and region-specific views. The approach reflects economic, ecological and social aspects of the products and solutions in their respective application. The company is now publishing the detailed method to enable customers and other interested parties to apply it to their businesses and to steer their portfolio according to their sustainability targets.

BioMar applies Sustainable Solution Steering to its business
Since BASF cooperates with its customers and partners in creating and driving more sustainable solutions, first customers are already using the Sustainable Solution Steering method to analyze and steer their portfolios. BioMar, a leading supplier of high-performance aquaculture feed for farms around the world, applies BASF’s Sustainable Solution Steering methodology to its raw material and ingredient supply side.

“BioMar strives to be the sustainability leader in the industry and this method supports us with a comprehensive and systematic tool that grants transparency and documentation from raw material to end-product application,” explained Vidar Gundersen, Global Sustainability Director BioMar.

Sustainable Solution Steering supports BioMar’s sustainability targets: It helps to foster the use of more sustainable raw materials in feed recipes, thereby promoting more sustainably produced aquaculture and seafood.

Originally developed by BASF for its own use as a chemical company, the methodology was adapted for the aquaculture feed industry by thinkstep, a consulting company. “Thinkstep has been supporting companies in all industries to customise and implement this approach – using a combination of consultancy, sustainability data and software tools,” said Martijn Gipmans, Principal Consultant and chemical sector lead at thinkstep. “Clients value BASF’s Sustainable Solution Steering method because it systematically reveals risks and opportunities along the entire value chain and enables the strategic steering of a product portfolio towards greater sustainability and revenue growth.”

BASF has applied the method to analyse, assess and steer its portfolio since 2012. “Our experience with Sustainable Solution Steering shows that it is a very effective tool to actively improve our portfolio towards solutions which make a larger contribution to sustainability,” said Dirk Voeste, Head of Sustainability Strategy. “The method helps us achieve ambitious sustainability targets which we have set ourselves and supports our customers with unique sustainability solutions.”

The manual including the detailed Sustainable Solution Steering methodology can be found, HERE.

Visit the BASF website, HERE.

Visit the BioMar website, HERE

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19/04/2018: Protecting your shrimp from AHPND

by Dr Eckel, Germany

Following a high occurrence of reports in Bangladesh districts close to West Bengal regarding incidences of Acute Hepatopancreatic Necrosis Syndrome in shrimp, also known as AHPND or previously named as EMS, authorities have increased the alert.

An emergency response team under the National Surveillance Program for Aquatic Diseases will undertake surveillance in the area. The State Government advised that in case of confirmation of the AHPND incidence, all stock at the affected farms will be destroyed and disposed of and the whole farm will be disinfected.
 


All other coastal states in India are requested to be vigilant and to monitor the shrimp aquaculture farms for prevention and control of any incidence.

The disease is a newly emerging threat but has already done serious damage to shrimp production and the shrimp aquaculture industry worldwide. It was first detected in China in 2009 and moved in the region, later crossing the Pacific with several reports from Latin America in recent years. Notable symptoms of affected shrimps include an empty gut and pale hepatopancreas. AHPND has been discovered to be caused by toxic strains of Vibrio parahaemolyticus that have acquired a ‘selfish plasmid’ encoding the deadly binary toxins PirAvp/PirBvp. Morbidity can reach 100 percent, and lead to 100 percent mortality within 20 to 30 days after a pond gets stocked with shrimp postlarvae.

Studies have revealed that phytogenic products can have anti-bacterial activity and have the capability to improve immune response. Therefore they have a high potential to improve the survival rate of some aquatic organism. A specific group of plant extracts called polyphenols has many biological effects including antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial qualities, making them valuable ingredients for health promotion.


Read the full article, HERE.

Visit the Dr Eckel website, HERE.

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Alltech company profile





In the 1970s, Alltech’s founder, Dr Pearse Lyons, immigrated to the United States with a dream: to sustain the planet and all things living on it. As an Irish scientist, he saw an opportunity to apply his yeast fermentation expertise to animal nutrition challenges, and his dream became a reality when he founded Alltech in 1980 with just $10,000.

Today, a global team of more than 5,000 people around the world shares this vision of sustaining and nourishing the world’s plants, animals and people.

Alltech deliver on this vision by improving plant, feed and food quality through nutrition and scientific innovation, particularly yeast-based technology. Their team is fully committed to helping plants and animals achieve their full potential while supporting producers in greater efficiency, profitability and sustainability.

Aquaculture
From gut health to mineral absorption, their nutritional technologies help aqua producers overcome challenges to support fish health and profitability. Alltech can help you with:

- Feed efficiency
- Antibiotic-free production
- Food enrichment
- Mycotoxin management
- Gut health management
- Protein management
- Enzyme management
- Mineral management

Alltech’s guiding principle 
In all of these endeavors, they are guided by their ACE principle, their promise that in doing business they have a positive impact on the Animal, Consumer and Environment.

Visit the Alltech website, HERE.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

18/04/2018: Focusing on aquaculture sustainability by combatting over-consumption

by James C. Sanderson, Managing Director, President, Indigo Seafood

For decades, the founders of Indigo Seafood have been studying and developing the practices which together comprise the practice of sustainable aquaculture.

The starting point for this discussion is the situation humanity finds itself in through the consumption and often over-consumption of the earth’s seafood supply. The oceans’ wild fisheries cannot meet the demands of seven billion people. Thankfully, much of the world has come to the realisation that we must not only wisely manage the wild populations of fish, but also responsibly produce more through sustainable aquaculture.
 

Indigo Seafood has set out not only to conduct its business in such a manner, but also to be the example to follow. Furthermore, Indigo’s business model incorporates local personnel and resources so that the economic development of the industry greatly benefits the citizens of Palau. We also want to create jobs, jobs, jobs!

Sustainability
Feed sourcing is an integral part of producing sustainable fish. In the wild, the feed conversion ratio (FCR) of a carnivorous fish can range from five – 20. That is, the fish must eat from five – 10 lbs. of fish to grow one lb. of meat on its own. With proper nutrition, and pure feeds, Indigo can produce one lb. of fish with only two lbs. of feed (FCR = 2)! This is a remarkable efficiency! We can grow the fish more efficiently with feed that is contaminant free AND responsibly sourced.

Indigo is also investigating alternative protein sources for its feed, such as insects, worms and algae. During the recent Fish 2.0 Sustainable Seafood Conference, the leaders of Indigo met with several such alternative protein source companies. As these developing technologies become financially feasible, our feed sustainability will increase even more.

One of the biggest challenges in producing alternative protein (other than fish meal) fish feed is the resulting taste of the fish. Some alternative protein sources can duplicate the appearance of a cultured fish, but duplicating the taste is another matter.

Wild fish taste so good because they feed on delicious protein sources (other fish, crustaceans, etc…) in the ocean. Replicating or at least approximating these tastes with which we have become accustomed is a remaining challenge. Therefore, the development of alternative protein sources, while maintaining the expected taste, and brought together in an economically feasible product is what Indigo is watching for.

To ensure environmental sustainability, Indigo chooses its ocean sites under exacting conditions, monitors the surrounding waters and sediment, and uses low stocking densities within its ocean cages. Not only does this protect the surrounding ecosystem, but it also maximises the health and growth rates of Indigo’s fish.


Read the full article, HERE.

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