The Pearse Lyons Accelerator Selects Final 10

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A total of 183 startups from 38 countries applied to be a part of The Pearse Lyons Accelerator, a late-stage, agri-tech accelerator run by Alltech and Dogpatch Labs. The accelerator will commence with 10 startups that have been chosen to take part in a mentorship program for agri-business innovators with a proven technology that is ready for market.

The accelerator is a 15-week, mentorship-driven program aimed at collaborative learning and seeking new business and/or partnership opportunities. The program will culminate with the startups presenting on the main stage at ONE: The Alltech Ideas Conference in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, May 21–24, 2017.

Startup participants will receive access to Dr. Pearse Lyons. In addition, participants will receive free space for three months in Ireland’s leading startup hub, Dogpatch Labs, located in the heart of the Dublin Docklands, a €15,000 cash fund and mentoring covering a range of areas, from product development to strategy and international expansion. Additional benefits include software perks worth more than €300,000 from companies such as Google, Facebook, Softlayer and Amazon.

“We had a great selection week in Dublin, and I’m really impressed with the startups’ ideas, their engagement and the talent,” said Aidan Connolly, chief innovation officer at Alltech. “We were especially looking for emerging technologies in agri-tech, such as drones, sensors, the internet of things and artificial intelligence, and I’m excited to see those are all represented within the 10 companies that were chosen.”

Agribusiness, Alltech

The Farm Whisperer ~ Be Intentional With Your Future

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The legacy of the family farm or ranch is sacred. However, the preservation of that legacy is something few families like to talk about. During the Young Beef Leaders (YBL) session at the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show, Caterpillar, Inc. sponsored a speaker to get the converstation started.

Dave Specht, author of The Farm Whisperer, has a true passion for preserving families and perpetuating farms. This topic hits home for me and as I watched young people in the audience I witnessed heads nodding, insightful questions and raw emotion.

“Be intentional about your future. Young people, ask the tough questions early so you don’t spend your first 10-15 career building years in an operation where you don’t have a future. Senior generation, design your legacy and ask professionals to implement the technical side of the plan. Take control of your future by asking the hard questions, by having courage and moving forward.”

The Farm Whisperer has an app and don’t forget you can follow Dave on Twitter @fmlybusinessman as well. Listen to my latest AnimalAgCast to learn more about planning for your future on the farm here: Animal AgCast - Dave Specht, The Farm Whisperer

View and download photos from the event here: 2017 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show Photo Album

Agribusiness, Animal AgCast, Audio, Beef, Education, Farming

Novus Hosts Next Gen Swine Nutritionist Council

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Last week, Novus International hosted the inaugural meeting of the Next Generation Swine Nutritionist Council. The council was formed this year upon recognizing that up-and-coming nutritionists in the swine industry need resources for non-company career development, professional skill training, think tanks and networking.

Novus’s Dr. Yulin Ma came up with the idea and said, “After spending time talking to my peers over the past couple of years, I noticed there is a gap the industry isn’t filling. I brought the idea to my team and we thought it was something we could lay the groundwork for and get started for this group, which I am very proud to be a part of.”

Attendees heard from Dr. Gary Allee, professor emeritus, University of Missouri, who discussed the changes, innovations and discoveries he has seen during his career and time working in the industry. Dr. Laura Greiner, director of research, Carthage Innovative Swine Solutions (CISS), shared some of the new technologies her group is evaluating and where the team at CISS are working to help develop the industry for the next 10 to 25 years.

The group is already making plans to host the next meeting and have offered up some impactful topics they would like to see included in the next agenda.

Agribusiness, enzymes, Feed, Novus International, Nutrition, Swine

Animal Ag Bites

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  • The National Pork Board will host its annual Pork Management Conference, April 19-21, in Nashville, Tennessee. The annual conference will current business trends and challenges facing the U.S. pork industry. Attendees will gain important insight on the pork industry, its challenges and financial management practices that improve the performance and efficiency of pig farming.
  • The National Turkey Federation (NTF) Board of Directors has elected members of the 2017 Executive Committee. Carl Wittenburg, President and Founder of Protein Alliance, Inc., was elected chairman and Jeff Sveen, Chairman of the Board for Dakota Provisions, as vice-chairman. Glenn Leitch, President of Jennie-O Turkey Store, as secretary-treasurer and John Reicks, Vice President of Internal Operations for Tyson Foods, Inc., will stay on as Immediate Past Chairman.
  • The family of Pat Goggins has provided a $11,750 gift, creating the Pat Goggins Memorial Angus Scholarship Endowment Fund. Goggins was a publisher, columnist, auctioneer, livestock market owner, real estate broker and longtime Angus breeder from Billings, Mont. Angus Foundation scholarship applications are now available online and are due May 1.
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    Purina Brings Answers to Beef Producers

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    Lance Enget grew up on a diversified cow/calf ranch, so the role of sales specialist with Purina Animal Nutrition seems like a great fit for someone looking to connect their company to the needs of producers. In fact, he’s still on the ranch, Enget told Jamie Johansen at the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show and the trade show is a great place to meet with the record number of attendees. Purina was more than ready with their team of specialists on site to answer questions about products.

    “We’re talking a lot about our Purina All-Seasons Nutrition Program,” Enget said. “That’s based on keeping nutrition in front of cows 365 days a year, helping them with reproductive efficiency, body condition score, being more efficient and more productive”

    Learn more about Purina and their support of the NCBA in Jamie’s full interview with Enget here: Interview with Lance Enget, Purina

    View and download photos from the event here: 2017 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show Photo Album

    Audio, NCBA, Nutrition, Purina

    Alltech’s Commitment to Sustainable Aquaculture

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    According to the 2017 Alltech Global Feed Survey, the aquaculture industry experienced a 12% increase in feed production in 2016. Asia maintained its volume and accounts for approximately three-quarters of global production per Alltech’s 2016 Aquaculture Survey. These results are no surprise, but present a new set of challenges. Dr. Aoife Lyons, director of educational initiatives and engagement for Alltech, will speak at Aquaculture America, Feb. 19–22, 2017, discussing “Forging New Frontiers” in aquaculture.

    “‘The Fish to 2030: Prospects for Fisheries and Aquaculture’ report produced by the World Bank states that the projected growth in fed aquaculture over the 2000–2030 period, equivalent to an annual average growth rate of 3.9 percent per year, is much faster than the projected growth in fish oil use in aquaculture, which has an average annual growth rate of 1.7 percent,” said Dr. Keith Filer, project manager for aquaculture research at Alltech. “This is why Alltech is committed to providing a sustainable alternative to fish oil with our algae.”

    Alltech has been improving aquaculture performance through nutrition for 13 years, but recent developments have significantly strengthened the company’s efforts.

    Filer noted that the research alliances’ findings to date “have observed that All-G Rich could replace fish oil in the diets of marine, freshwater and salmonid species while maintaining performance as well as DHA levels in the fillet.”

    “What if we had a sustainable DHA source that was traceable and provided health benefits to fish?” said Dr. Jorge Arias, Alltech’s global director for aquaculture. “We believe we have a real solution in our algae that will reduce reliance on fish oil while increasing the amount of DHA available to farmed fish and, ultimately, to consumers.”

    Agribusiness, Alltech, Aquaculture, Fish, Food, Nutrition

    NutriQuest Poultry Division Moving Rapidly

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    NutriQuest has only had a poultry division for about four years, Director of Sales Shannon Burasco told Chuck Zimmerman at the International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE), but they are committed to serving across the poultry industry, from performance to food safety. They’re working to provide solutions that will assist producers in being good stewards of their animals and offer a final product that is good for the consumer.

    “This time next year we feel like we’ll really have some strong solutions and opportunities to provide to the producer, and that’s our main goal, providing solutions for the opportunities they have in the field,” Burasco told Chuck. “At the end of the day [we want] to provide them with a good product that’s going to provide a sound ROI.”

    It’s an exciting time to be involved in the new division, Burasco says. In the next three to five years customers can look not only for product development, but the creation of a team and a growing company.

    Learn more about NutriQuest’s newest division in Chuck’s full interview here: Interview with Shannon Burasco, NutriQuest

    View and download photos from the event here: 2017 International Production & Processing Expo Photo Album

    Audio, IPPE, Poultry

    New FARM Program Environmental Stewardship Module

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    The National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Program has opened participation in its third component, FARM Environmental Stewardship (ES). The voluntary FARM Environmental Stewardship program helps dairy producers augment their environmental management efforts by identifying ways to improve their on-farm sustainability.

    “America’s dairy farmers have long been active stewards of the environment,” said Jim Mulhern, President and CEO of NMPF. “Farmers should be proud that, today, producing a gallon of milk uses 65 percent less water, requires 90 percent less land and has a 63 percent smaller carbon footprint than it did 70 years ago. The FARM Environmental Stewardship program captures more detailed data on these great advances, while at the same time presenting farmers with useful information that can help them improve their farms efficiency and use fewer natural resources, all while saving money.”

    FARM ES provides a comprehensive estimate of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and energy use per pound of milk produced on dairy farms by asking producers a limited set of questions. The tool is based on a life-cycle assessment (LCA) of fluid milk conducted by the Applied Sustainability Center at the University of Arkansas, incorporating existing data from more than 500 dairy farms across the United States.

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    Ag Group, Animal Welfare, Cattle, Conservation, Dairy, environment, National Milk

    New Holland Rolabar Rakes Celebrates 50 Years

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    Throughout 2017 New Holland Agriculture is celebrating 50 years of continuous production of their Rolabar Rakes. I have spent many summers pulling one of these around making windrow after windrow and was eager to learn more about it’s success.

    George Rigdon, New Holland hay tool marketing manager, said, “We were the first in grassland farming as a brand. At one point in time, this rake had 20,000 produced in a year. It really set the standard for raking a clean, nice windrow.”

    To commemorate this milestone, New Holland is giving away two Rolabar Rakes. One is designed with a vintage decal and the other in camo. Those who attended the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show and will attend the 2017 National Farm Machinery Show can stop by their booth to enter for a chance to win one of the classic rakes. Don’t worry…if you can’t register in person, you can do so online. The contest will end May 15 and the drawing will take place soon after.

    To learn more about New Holland and it’s legacy rake listen to my complete interview with George here: Interview with George Rigdon, New Holland

    View and download photos from the event here: 2017 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show Photo Album

    Agribusiness, Audio, Beef, Cattle, Equipment, Forage, Hay, NCBA, New Holland

    Another Record Setting Year for #IPPE17

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    A record setting 31,649 poultry, meat and feed industry leaders from all over the world attended this year’s International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE). The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, American Feed Industry Association and North American Meat Institute sponsored event also brought in 1,273 exhibitors showcasing products in 533,000 square feet of exhibit space.

    “We are very excited about this year’s record-breaking exhibit space floor and attendance numbers. The turnout for the 2017 IPPE was exceptional, and the feedback from attendees has been extremely positive regarding time spent on the trade show floor and in education sessions. We expect next year will be even more valuable for attendees and exhibitors alike,” the three organizations said.

    We always look forward to covering this trade show each year and have already marked our calendars for 2018, we suggest you do the same. Next year’s IPPE will be held Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2018, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga.

    View and download photos from the event here: 2017 International Production & Processing Expo Photo Album

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    Coverage of the International Production and Processing Expo is sponsored by NOVUS
    Ag Group, Feed, IPE, IPPE, Meat, Meat Science, Novus International, Poultry